VIDEO FRIDAY  10:30 am April 17, 2009

Turks Love Obama, Dancing, 3D Text

by Sara K. Smith

Here is something fun to lighten the mood on the day before the weekend! How to explain this one … It’s sort of like if the Scissor Sisters met Omar Sharif and directed an intergalactic cruise together, with a backup singer wearing cave-lady rags. Cocaine would almost certainly be involved. This might be talking it up a little too much. [YouTube]

Related video

Hola wonkerados.

To improve site performance, we did a thing. It could be up to three minutes before your comment appears. DON'T KEEP RETRYING, OKAY?

Also, if you are a new commenter, your comment may never appear. This is probably because we hate you.


hobospacejunkie April 17, 2009 at 10:34 am

Do they realize a guy who wandered in from the neighborhood middle eastern cafe highjacked their video and started singing out of tune? That guy kind of ruined the video for me.

CrunchyKnee April 17, 2009 at 10:34 am


TGY April 17, 2009 at 10:35 am

Never again will I question the value of the contributions made to world music by Turkey.

Larry Fine April 17, 2009 at 10:38 am

Hopefully the Taliban will spread its moral law upon Turkey, and these dancers will get punishment.

picyou April 17, 2009 at 10:39 am

Dada lives!

TGY April 17, 2009 at 10:40 am

[re=292862]picyou[/re]: And Dinga Dinga Dee!

FaunceyGardner April 17, 2009 at 10:42 am

sweet, in a one-world kinda way. “Hello…”

Doglessliberal April 17, 2009 at 10:43 am

Thank you. Just thank you.

donner_froh April 17, 2009 at 10:46 am

Love the Frank Nitti meets Barry Gibb outfit on the guy.

SmutBoffin April 17, 2009 at 10:48 am

Why is the guy who starts dropping his lyrical bombs at the end all blacked out? Is he really an embarrassed Nelly or something?

TGY April 17, 2009 at 10:48 am

In the long list of those who perpetrate Crimes Against Humanity, the inventors of Youtube will not be overlooked.

hockeymom April 17, 2009 at 10:50 am

This felt Macarana meets Barbarella.

hobospacejunkie April 17, 2009 at 10:50 am

This is way too ghertto for me. Does Turkey offer music that is less obviously from suburban urban hip hop settings?

PeteJayhawk v2.0 April 17, 2009 at 10:51 am

I can’t stop giggling.

AngryBlakGuy April 17, 2009 at 10:52 am


SmutBoffin April 17, 2009 at 10:54 am

[re=292874]TGY[/re]: Nor the commenters.

CaliforniaMike April 17, 2009 at 10:55 am

If Snowbilly were prez’nit, stuff like this would have been prevented.

Guppy06 April 17, 2009 at 10:56 am

[re=292867]FaunceyGardner[/re]: Welcome to presidency!

SayItWithWookies April 17, 2009 at 10:59 am

The life of a failed Turkish game show host is empty and bleak…

CrunchyKnee April 17, 2009 at 11:01 am

dang tiggers.

Lascauxcaveman April 17, 2009 at 11:06 am

Soooo … the disco kings of Turkey are middle-aged mobsters? American hegemony really has gone too far.

SnarkNotFark April 17, 2009 at 11:09 am

What was with the tacked on hiphop breakdown at the end? That was ghertto pandering at its worst.

Lascauxcaveman April 17, 2009 at 11:11 am

[re=292867]FaunceyGardner[/re]: “You had me at ‘Hello’.”

BillyClubb April 17, 2009 at 11:13 am

Bring back hopes

I agree, and if it helps to have a giant, free floating trumpet in the background, let’s do it.

Min April 17, 2009 at 11:24 am

“Do you expect me to talk?”
“No, Mr. Obama. I expect you to dance.”

V572625694 April 17, 2009 at 11:50 am

[re=292863]TGY[/re]: Rat’s, that’s my line!

A Better American Than YOU April 17, 2009 at 11:56 am

Contrary to popular myth, L-tryptophan in Turkey does not make you sleepy. It’s teh popular music that does it.

Custerwolf April 17, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Is Dick Clark dead yet, or is there a way we can bring these guys overseas for an American Bandstand revival? Be sure to bring plenty of mescaline.

MedianHater April 17, 2009 at 12:06 pm

That lil blue-eyed baby needs botox.

daisy chain April 17, 2009 at 12:08 pm

At least he’s not in blackface. Cok guzel.

proudgrampa April 17, 2009 at 12:10 pm

Turkey has talent!

“It has a beat, and you can dance to it.”

A Better American Than YOU April 17, 2009 at 12:14 pm

[re=292971]proudgrampa[/re]: I’d give it an 86.

pondscum April 17, 2009 at 12:14 pm

[re=292918]Min[/re]: win

engulfedinflames April 17, 2009 at 12:17 pm

where’d they find those hot triplets?also was that a rusty trombone?also

slappypaddy April 17, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Hello right back atchya, big fellow. You know, don’t you, that this video will be used by wingnuts to prove to themselves that our Prez is a secret muslin terriss, whose secret muslin code name is Obama Sin-Laden and who is receiving secret coded messages for our annihilation in this very video, which they don’t need to prove because they have faith in its so-ness, and faith is all you need to laugh in the face of reality, unless you’re playing hide-and-go-seek on the freeway or sumpin’.

Nigel April 17, 2009 at 12:20 pm

Is Mahir of “I Kiss You!!!” fame behind this? Because he should be.

Nigel April 17, 2009 at 12:23 pm

[re=292982]Nigel[/re]: Also, in Turkey the sun rises in the West and sets in the East (see spinning globe at 1:47). Is Obama messing with the time-space continuum? Someone should probably investigate.

gurukalehuru April 17, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Eat your heart out, Susan Boyle.

american mutt April 17, 2009 at 1:12 pm

The subtitles for that “rapper” at the end was weird. Was he really rapping, “We love you Obama”?

american mutt April 17, 2009 at 1:15 pm

In the future, I’ll be showing my children a scrapbook of terrible, terrible music videos inspired by the most wonderful man in history.

assistant/atlas April 17, 2009 at 1:42 pm

This is why MTV needs to start playing music videos again.

Origami April 17, 2009 at 2:19 pm

I like that funky sound!

responsible commenter April 17, 2009 at 3:22 pm

We coulda cleaned up in the campaign if we’d had this video a year ago.

Guppy06 April 17, 2009 at 3:48 pm
himalayancorpseeater April 17, 2009 at 3:57 pm

what an adorable foreigner

laziestgal April 20, 2009 at 7:20 am

my turkish friend explained to me that the singer Mustafa Topaloglu thinks he’s an alien. he’s mentioned here, in a review of what sounds like an awesomely awesome movie:

Noyura April 21, 2009 at 6:14 am

Im surprised no one recognized him; he produced the big hit
from Return of the Jedi
and made a cameo when Lucas remade it

Comments on this entry are closed.

Previous post:

Next post: