'Obama Boy' goes viral on YouTube

2012-06-15 08:29
US President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Saul Loeb, Pool, AP)

US President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Saul Loeb, Pool, AP)

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New York - Four years ago it was "Obama Girl" declaring love for the president in a racy, viral internet video. Now, with the re-election fight heating up, enter an updated, under-dressed admirer - gay "Obama Boy".

"Cuz I got a crush on Obama," croons "Obama Boy" in the video on YouTube.

US President Barack Obama may no longer inspire the level of adulation he enjoyed during his meteoric 2008 rise to the presidency.

But the song recaptures that spirit, tweaked for 2012 with the bikini-clad "Obama Girl" replaced by a young man in tight shorts praising Obama over his recent statement of support for gay marriage.

"You let us serve openly in the military. I'm so jealous of the First Lady. Gay marriage will soon be the norm. It makes me shiny and warm. You support me unlike the right. You're my rainbow coloured knight," "Obama Boy" sings.

Political landscape

The singer is actually a stand-up comedian and actor called Justin Brown and the video and lyrics were created by his friend John Duarte, a 29-year-old film maker from New York.

Neither of them is gay.

"The idea came to me the day President Obama came out and said he was pro-gay marriage. The idea dawned on me: This is great! And I went home and wrote the lyrics till like three in the morning," Duarte said.

The video, featuring cheeky shots of Brown cavorting with cardboard cut-outs of the president, took just three days to shoot, Duarte said.

Although the political landscape is more divided than ever after Obama's first term and gay marriage is far from universally popular, the video is meant to create positive buzz.

"The hope is that it helps Obama," Duarte said. "We were trying to entertain people. It's supposed to be comedy. I hope people won't take it so seriously that they don't vote for him."

Here is the YouTube video:


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