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.]

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


  1. TT- yes, not nearly the outcry.
    The vast majority of peecee users are republicans.
    They’ll come aboard eventually, though.
    Their minds are clouded by Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin, O’Rielly, etc.

    Can’t vote for McCain, he bent over and held his ankles for the party, and they plooked him pretty hard. Then, he came up smiling. (He’s STILL smiling).

    Can’t vote for Clinton- she can’t seem to come clean and admit her Iraq vote was a strategic political vote.

  2. It never ceases to amaze me that McCain, who just about got nabbed in an FBI corruption sting, has the unmitigated gall to try to position himself as someone interested in reform. As to ‘straight talk’- more like double talk or triple talk.

  3. Always right vomited:

    “The vast majority of peecee users are republicans.
    They’ll come aboard eventually, though.
    Their minds are clouded by Limbaugh”

    Limbaugh is a huge Mac fan, he just bought 4 Quad Pros a few months ago.

  4. It’s just not a very good ad. It latches on to someone else’s idea, and doesn’t bring anything new to it. What makes Hillary “Big Brother” any more then Obama or Bush? And it is derivative. I’m sure that everyone is posting their enemy into 1984 somewhere. (Futurama did it much better – with a good punch line.)

    It shows the danger of becoming too wrapped up in your ideas and loosing perspective.

  5. @Tom Strong…

    “Oh and the vast majority of Peecee users are Democrats too. That’s what happens when Peecees have 95% of the market.”

    Not trying to pick an argument here, but wouldn’t this statement mean that the vast majority of people in the usa are democrats? And since we as a country are divided fairly down the middle, wouldn’t our computer choices be closer to the same?

    I’m just sayin…

  6. And so another parochial spat based on politics is brought to you by MDN, as they try to increase their ad revenue for the next two years.

    Do yourself a favour and stay away from these stories: all they do is end up in uncivilised name calling creating a lot of heat and not very much light. If you want to exercise your political debating skills, go and sign up at HuffPo or somewhere.

    For all of us who aren’t US voters, it’s amusing but hardly why we come here.

  7. I am always amazed, not surprised, just amazed how people like you bitch and moan about political speech here at MDN. You know full well how impotent your arguments have been and futile your efforts are when people still keep threading their politics.

    What makes you people so damn stupid? I use “stupid” not “persistent” because there is no logical reason to expect people to change their behavior because you and people like you whine about it.

    Did you ever think that your incessant whining is the reason why some post? I, for one, rather enjoy reading your whimpering pleas to stop threading political opinions. Yep, I’ll do it again just to piss you off. And I won’t apologize either.

    I really don’t give a rat’s ass why you visit MDN. It’s not that yours is the only reason that anyone should visit MDN. So, take your pretentious and pompous ass somewhere else if you don’t like it here. Comprendre?

  8. Excuse me, but why did you open the link to this thread if you don’t come to MDN for political news and discussion?

    You see, you are a worse liar than most other liberals here. You pathetic, bonehead.

  9. I agree.

    MDN IS the full plethora of Macolyte life in the 21st century…contributions can be techie, arty, professional, political, slander, rumour and sexual.*

    It IS what makes it fun and enjoyable. So I say keep up the good work MDN and down with spoilsports like MCCFR.

    *ie: My MBP with bsd unix kernal is the equivalent of a Rembrandt created by Chiat/Day working for the homophobic Taliban leader Mokmud Midimovie.

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