Creator of Anti-Clinton Obama ‘Net ad based on Apple’s ‘1984’ unmasked (ad was Made on a Mac)

Apple Store“The mystery creator of the Orwellian YouTube ad against Hillary Rodham Clinton is a Democratic operative who worked for a digital consulting firm with ties to rival Sen. Barack Obama,” Jim Kuhnhenn reports for The Associated Press.

“Philip de Vellis, a strategist with Blue State Digital, acknowledged in an interview with The Associated Press that he was the creator of the video, which portrayed Clinton as a Big Brother figure and urged support for Obama’s presidential campaign,” Kuhnhenn reports.

Kuhnhenn reports, “De Vellis said he resigned from the firm on Wednesday after he learned that he was about to be unmasked by the, a liberal news and opinion Internet site.”

“Blue State designed Obama’s Web site and one of the firm’s founding members, Joe Rospars, took a leave from the company to work as Obama’s director of new media,” Kuhnhenn reports. “The 74-second clip, a copy of a 1984 Apple ad for its Macintosh computer, has recorded nearly 1.5 million views, with an enormous surge in the past two days.”

Kuhnhenn reports, “De Vellis said he used footage of an updated Apple ad that portrayed the female athlete wearing an iPod. He said he used standard Apple equipment to modify the video and edit Clinton’s image into the clip.”

Full article here.

De Vellis wrote an admission and explanation on the Huffington site, “I made the ad on a Sunday afternoon in my apartment using my personal equipment (a Mac and some software), uploaded it to YouTube, and sent links around to blogs… Let me be clear: I am a proud Democrat, and I always have been. I support Senator Obama. I hope he wins the primary.”

Full article here.

“Hillary 1984” ad:

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “RadDoc” and “Adam W.” for the heads up.]

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Unauthorized Obama Internet political ad converts Apple’s famous ‘1984’ commerical (with video) – March 19, 2007


  1. He made this on a weekend on his computer? I don’t think so. And it’s strange how he’s so emphatic that he’s a Democrat. Right….

    But, the crappy unquestioning media will take it, like everything else, at face value.

  2. you are right “marco” it took him months to do on his avis editing suite, and he is really a ralph nader supporter…

    tool… yes i mean you marco… or whatever moniker you will be posting with next.

  3. A few conservatives as well. I don’t trust Hillary any farther than I can throw the Statue of Liberty. I see her as an opportunist, not someone who actually subscribes to a set of guiding values that aren’t negotiable.

    The guy did a pretty good job on the update. The fact he did it on a Mac in a weekend is in itself testimony to how good it can be.

  4. It’s a testament to the power of advertising. What she’s saying in the “ad” isn’t evil – in fact it makes sense. But the feelings – inspired by the visual and sonic aspect of the ad make you feel as though she is “evil”. This is nothing more than slanderous political advertising taken up another level. It’s nothing more than high tech mud slinging, which is – regardless of political affiliation – a shitty way to get a vote.

    The guy who did this ad is an extremist and idealist, just like the people running this country.

  5. “I don’t trust Hillary any farther than I can throw the Statue of Liberty. I see her as an opportunist, not someone who actually subscribes to a set of guiding values that aren’t negotiable.”

    You liberals have Hillary, we conservatives have McCain. Two sides of the same coin. How ’bout we lock them both in a room and let them fight it out. Then, seal the room and find candidates with some principles, spines, and who remember parties end at borders. No matter where you stand, we’d all be better off.

  6. Farlo-100 % agreement, although I do admire McCain for his service and sacrifice, not so much his politics.

    My view as a conservative-This commercial has always been important to Mac heads (understatement). It is also an inspirational little saga of a David and Goliath matchup.

    The man who doctored this video, I think, felt very strong about the message it gives, whether it concerns Macs or any type of enslavement. Now, he being in the political field, could very well feel that Hillary embodies everything that Barack opposes, in a manner of speaking, in the political arena. So for that, I give him kudos. At least it wasn’t for Kucinich!

    Or, maybe he just had access to the equipment, and really hates the bitch.

    Now, one thing I am pretty sure of here, and that is if the video were made with Dick Cheney on the screen, and the support was for Barack, Rudi, or even Mitt, we would not have near the outcry, even from the right.

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