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Some person who “knows stuff like this” breaks down Carly Fiorina’s Laser-eyed Sheep Furry Of Death From Hell comedy film for FishbowlLA: “Wow…they did shoot all of that sheep stuff. It wasn’t stock footage. Paid crew for the sheep stuff and an editor for two days worth of cutting that stuff, titling, paid crew, equipment rental and effects plus the gathering of the rest of the stock footage…but there is an office scene too – probably $15,000.” One more facepalm for those ex-Hewlett-Packard shareholders. [FishbowlLA]

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  • AnnieGetYourFun

    I hadn’t watched that video yet, but without the sound, I can’t tell if they want me to eat the sheep, or fuck ’em. Both?

  • Seanibus

    My mind simply refuses to accept this as a real ad. It MUST be a joke. It simply must be. It is so bad one wonders if Tom Campbell’s people made it themselves.

  • Dashboard_Buddha

    I bet the image in the picture is similar to the one see by our biblical forefathers on cold desert nights.

    “Father…why must I crawl along on all fours when there are plenty of sheep available?”

  • give us a bob

    Similarities to Murakami’s book Wild Sheep Chase?

    “The unnamed narrator leads an ordinary life until one day he tries to publish a pamphlet with a picture of sheep back dropped by mountains. However amongst the sheep is a sheep with a star on its back. He is forced to drop his life under threat and go in search of this sheep by the right hand man of a powerful right-wing Boss who controls the media, advertising etc. So begins the mysterious wild sheep chase. Accompanying him is his new girlfriend, a girl with such exquisite ears that looking at them makes sex a thousand times better. Their only clue is Rat the narrator’s run-away friend who sent him the photo in the first place. The girl’s sixth sense leads them to encounter an ovine obsessed professor who directs them to where the mountains in the picture are. They travel to the mountains where he encounters a bizarre man in a sheep outfit and a ghost who drinks beer.”

    Discuss at your leisure.

  • blinky_twinkie

    Given the simultaneous ridiculousness/horrific monstrosity that is that video, Fiorina will be voted Governor of California for Life within 10 months by those sheep. The People’s Republic of Berkeley will declare itself a sovereign nation 2 weeks later, and then an earthquake will come along and shake everyone west of Modesto into the Pacific. At that point, US Americans will call a special election to vote Governor-for-Life Fiorina to the Presidency because they’re all sad that the real Disneyland is gone, and then you’ll all feel the pain California is in. I’m a psychic. It’s for realz.

  • rmontcal

    Wow, that’s BAAAAAAAAD.

  • Judas Peckerwood

    $15,000? Please, they spent more than that on the devil/wolf/sheep alone.

  • Dashboard_Buddha

    [re=507180]rmontcal[/re]: “Hey…your daddy fucks sheep.” “No he don’t. Take that baaaaack”

  • M Lite

    And it’s almost three and a half mind numbing minutes of wtf. I think they used computer effects from “there’s a gay storm coming”…someone tell Maggie Gallagher that they’re infringing on her 2M4M copyrights.

  • AnnieGetYourFun

    Wow, that moment at 2:26 really is fucking terrifying.

  • Extemporanus

    It wasn’t stock footage, it was flock footage!


  • Long Form Def Certificate


    /hotter if I knew the person in the costume has the right genitals

  • Judas Peckerwood

    [re=507188]Extemporanus[/re]: Livestock footage?

  • eclecticbrotha

    [re=507180]rmontcal[/re]: [re=507183]Dashboard_Buddha[/re]: Stole my joke. All I’m left with is a suggestion they shear the demon sheeple to see if there’s a “666” birthmark underneath all that wool.

    Maybe we should call PETA on the production company. I mean, how dare they make that sheep stand on that high pedestal without a parachute.

  • DoktorZoom

    I think the “Fishbowl LA” linky you were looking for was this one:

  • Suds McKenzie

    I was totally waiting for Dieter to show up at the end and say “Now is the time on Sprockets when we dance”.

  • S.Luggo

    In other news, Palin unseated as “Most Completely and Absolutely Clueless Republican Woman in America”.

    Just read the headline:

  • Extemporanus

    [re=507191]Judas Peckerwood[/re]: Also known as “The shot herd ’round the world”.

    [re=507193]eclecticbrotha[/re]: The director fell a sheep at the pitch.

  • S.Luggo

    [re=507205]DoktorZoom[/re]: Has anyone figured out how to pronounce FCINO yet?

  • Sharkey

    [re=507209]S.Luggo[/re]: It does say she “cried for days” after he made his public admission. I think she still really loves him. I feel bad for her. The divorce is a wise move.

  • Humpback

    Totally aside from the poor execution, I have to ask what audience was planned for this? The voters who consider themselves sheep and should be afraid of the glowing-eyed interloper?

  • ManchuCandidate

    Should have hired Michael “Bayhem” Bay. Exploding sheep and lingering shots of Hollywood hottie du jour’s body with a kick ass sound track.

  • Hooray For Anything

    Yeah, but the Furry probably came from free

    [re=507212]S.Luggo[/re]: You say Fakeeno, I say Facano– let’s call the whole thing off

  • Escape Goat Nation

    My Sheep he got 3 leg
    Your Sheep he got none

  • memzilla

    Time for the joke whose punchline in “Yeah, but you picked the ugliest one.”

  • El Pinche

    Hmmmm, a man dressed in sheeps clothing ON ALL FOURS. This definitely tickles a conservative’s fancy. Fiona is a marketing genius.

  • Hooray For Anything

    [re=507217]ManchuCandidate[/re]: Or painted the sheep blue and film it in 3D just to get the kid/geek vote. Or maybe have Tarantino do it and have it end with all the sheep shooting each other to death as (spoiler alert) a giant image of Fiorina’s face shrieks out how she’s the face of Fiscal Conservatism. The companion ad would show Campbell getting a large donkey carved onto his face by Aldo the FCINO Hunter.

  • tranch coat

    “Only one way to fall”? I’m literally gobsmacked to learn that there’s MORE THAN ONE WAY TO FALL when you’re not standing on a giant phallus. Have y’all been holding out on me? Can you really fall sideways? Or up? Am I the only one stuck with frumpy dial-up down-only falling?

    Also — “piety”? From politicians? Really? If that’s what you’re expecting, you are literally as dumb as a box of rocks.

  • saggyboobedhag

    Did they charge extra for the red eyes?

  • Jim Newell

    HEY, if anyone can make a not-too-big (~200-300 wide) animated .gif for the archives and e-mail it to TIPS@WONKETTE.COM, of the motherfucker popping out from behind the tree at 2:26 (never forget) or something else that is Funny, you’ll get five minutes with Intern Riley in a Demon Wolf-Sheep Furry Costume (but naked underneath!)

  • proudgrampa

    [re=507176]give us a bob[/re]: WTF???

  • Gopherit

    [re=507188]Extemporanus[/re]: Don’t try to pull the wool over my eyes. No need to ruminate further. That’s not flock footage.

  • Pat Pending

    maybe it’s just me, but seeing a bunch of livestock sheep with the yellow tags in their ears just kills the whole fairy tale aspect of this… Or maybe it’s the shoes sticking out of the furry’s cheap-sheep costume. Or maybe the Monty Python quality of the sheep on the pedestal. Who writes this shit? Who PAYS for this shit??? What a fleecing…

  • schlock and flaws

    [re=507210]Extemporanus[/re]: Herd shot round the world, I think….There’s a place up in Hollywood where you can get a herd shot round the world for $20.00, a

  • x111e7thst

    [re=507232]El Pinche[/re]: A true conservative would demand a boy no older than 16. There a standards to uphold. For Jeebus and the troops.

  • bynrdskynrd

    [re=507179]blinky_twinkie[/re]: GAWDS! I hope West Modesto doesn’t fall in the ocean! Except Vintage Faire Mall–remove that blight of a teenager clubhouse out of my hometown.

    Its fun watching snark from the GrOPers: they always miss the target on ironic, sarcastic, or blatant humor, and it ends up being sad, depressing, or in this case FUCKIN’ SPOOKY!Same with being serious as well: watch “Reefer Madness” sober, and discuss….

  • scooterKPFT

    I don’t understand what all the Fuss-cino is about

  • Radiotherapy

    [re=507188]Extemporanus[/re]: This is shear comedy.
    You say Fcino, I say Fiorino.

  • Tommmcatt

    [re=507250]Jim Newell[/re]:

    I’ve had that. It is only marginally worth the effort.

  • problemwithcaring

    [re=507212]S.Luggo[/re]: I like an Italian pronunciation, “fachino!”

  • Dashboard_Buddha

    [re=507212]S.Luggo[/re]: Fuckifino

  • Jim89048
  • Marlowe

    [re=507268]Dashboard_Buddha[/re]: I agree.
    I first read FCINO as Fuck If I Know.

    Then on further thought, I wonder if they want to keep the Hispanic vote away, FCINO mean Fucking Chino.

  • Extemporanus

    [re=507250]Jim Newell[/re]: 2:26!! NEVAR FURGETT!!1

    Jim, tonight, I will try to get drunk enough to make a poster for you to hang up in your animal husbandry sex bunker, right next to the wall-mounted Mane ‘n Tail® lotion-cum-lube dispenser.

    Upon receipt of said commemorative document, please bequeef my 5 minutes with Little Bo Riley to the elected ruminant of your choice. (I’m literally not into sheep.)

  • ladymacbeth

    [re=507250]Jim Newell[/re]: oh nonononononono now i live in fear of my wonkette which is the ONLY thing that gets me thru my present daily incarnation.

    the pelosi gif wakes me up at night.
    the jammakin gif is unspeakable.

  • Extemporanus

    Hey Blingtards!

    If you don’t feel like screenshooting the Sheepinator yerselves, you can download a big picture of the furrocious fiend—complete with “2:26” YouTube time stamp that you can keep or crop or whatever—YYYRIGHT HERE.

  • Radiotherapy

    [re=507304]Extemporanus[/re]: A date and timestamp that will live in inframy.

  • Extemporanus

    [re=507250]Jim Newell[/re]: Also, I really wish I could share with you and the other Furry yiffers here pictures from the Furry calendar photoshoot I worked on a few weeks ago:

    12 different Furries. Boardroom. Bathroom (homo/anthro sexytime!). On the train. On the Chinatown bus. Hanging like pelts on a rack in the Blair Witch-y basement of the client’s ancient office building.

    Perhaps someday, when I no longer care if I ever work in this town again…

    (Also, about that “NEVAR FURGETT” poster thing? I am almost out of booze, so please don’t count on it.)

  • KeepHopeyAlive!!

    Wake up; SHEEPLE!!1!!1

  • Smoke Filled Roommate

    Can we call the sheepguy ‘Fcino Man’?

  • Extemporanus

    [re=507308]Radiotherapy[/re]: As will my mutilated—albeit functional—link.

    (“YYY God?! YYYYY?!”)

  • artpepper

    I kept waiting for a dwarf to talk backwards. But what was up with that woman who says “PURITY” in a porn star voice? “Purity … piety … wholesome … juicy … mmmmmmmm … “

  • Minnie Mean

    so, since a sheep doesn’t have “fur” is this really a “furry”? I am adamant about nomenclature!

  • finallyhappy

    [re=507230]memzilla[/re]: How about the one where the punchline is ” yeah, but that’s the Sheriff’s girlfriend”

    And what about the pigs???

  • Paul Tardy

    The ethnically diverse sheep was a nice touch. I think a herd of sheep in a political commercial should look like America, because America looks like a herd of sheep. Seems like it might be fun to change the sound track, goofng with that Hitler video has gotten old.

  • Jim89048

    Rachel’s all over the sheeps, too.

  • finallyhappy

    [re=507325]Minnie Mean[/re]: true- there are wool sheep and hair sheep but no fur sheep.

  • progressiveinga

    The Ishtar of political ads. Horrible. Long-suffering. Career-ending. Box office flop.

  • Darkness

    [re=507176]give us a bob[/re]: This is one of those moments where I think, you know, the world is crazy. Then I come here and I think, no, the world is quite mundane, really.

  • WickedWitch

    [re=507215]Sharkey[/re]: She wasn’t crying for him. She was crying over the realization that she had second-guessed herself — and that she was wrong to talk herself out of buying that contraband stash of arsenic the last time she was in Myrtle Beach.

  • Udargo

    Ok, but you have to admit, FCINO has a real ring to it. It’s genius!

  • memzilla

    [re=507352]Udargo[/re] [re=507250]Jim Newell[/re]: It’s the FCINO Merino!

  • memzilla

    Seriously, Portfolio Magazine voted her into their 20 Worst CEOs of All Time, for the Compaq Merger Fail, bugging the boardroom, and halving the value of HP by the time she left with a $40 million golden parachute.

    Of course, executive performance like this puts her into the Bush League, so, perfect for the reThuglicans.

  • Darkness

    How much did it cost? Oh, just the dream of being seated as senator.

  • Lionel Hutz Esq.

    I am amazed just how much you all are underestimating the Furry and Sheep Fucker vote in the Republican Primaries. What is $15,000.00 when you are reaching over half your voters?

  • Darkness

    The most dangerous of animals . . . a sheep in wingtips.

  • Dean Booth

    [re=507250]Jim Newell[/re]: The sheep is in the mail.

  • El Pinche
  • bitterz

    Well hell-o, Dolly.

  • rottenart

    [re=507368]Dean Booth[/re]: Damn, beat me to it. Oh well, mine is in the mail too.

  • rottenart

    [re=507368]Dean Booth[/re]: Although mine does not have glorious LASER EYEZ!!11!!

  • S.Luggo

    [re=507215]Sharkey[/re]: “It does say she [Jenny] “cried for days” after he made his public admission [of multiple porkings over time of an Argentine divorcee].”

    Jenny Sanford felt so terribly, awfully shocked, shocked, particularly after years of knowing that dickwad Marky had omitted “fidelity” from their marriage vows.

    No rocket science involved, Jenny. No pity.

  • S.Luggo

    [re=507369]El Pinche[/re]: James O’Keefe manned the kissing booth.

  • DC Hates Me

    Let me see if I got this right:

    A man – or woman – in sheep’s clothing – pretending to be a wolf in sheep’s clothing – pretending to be Tom Campbell fleecing Californians – who are pretending to be sheep – whose governor is the Terminator – who also has glowing eyes – and is fiscally conservative like Tom Wolfe – who wears a white suit.

  • S.Luggo

    [re=507383]DC Hates Me[/re]:
    No. Wolfe now wears see-thru panties and a bra.

  • El Pinche

    [re=507381]S.Luggo[/re]: No whites only sign needed.

  • El Pinche

    2:26 is quite compelling but 1:24 scares the dickens out of me:

  • electoral grad student

    Ah! Between this and the retard thread, it’s been a great gust of fresh air on the Wonkette today. The past month has been really dismal, with the voting and the bullshit, now I can look forward to a joyous Furryary on Wonkette!

  • Radiotherapy

    [re=507400]electoral grad student[/re]: There is nothing to furr, but furr itself!

  • Lionel Hutz Esq.

    I’m surprised no one posted Fiorina first video:

    Tourist: Oh, good for you. Uh…those ARE sheep aren’t they?
    Shephrd: Yeh.
    Tourist: Hmm, thought they were. Only, what are they doing up in the
    Shephrd: A fair question and one that in recent weeks ‘as been much on
    my mind. It’s my considered opinion that they’re nestin’.
    Tourist: Nesting?
    Shephrd: Aye.
    Tourist: Like birds?
    Shephrd: Exactly. It’s my belief that these sheep are laborin’ under
    the misapprehension that they’re birds. Observe their be’avior.
    Take for a start the sheeps’ tendency to ‘op about the field
    on their ‘ind legs. Now witness their attmpts to fly from
    tree to tree. Notice that they do not so much fly as…plummet.

    Tourist: Yes, but why do they think they’re birds?
    Shephrd: Another fair question. One thing is for sure, the sheep is not
    a creature of the air. They have enormous difficulty in the
    comparatively simple act of perchin’.

    Trouble is, sheep are very dim. Once they get an idea in their
    ‘eads, there’s no shiftin’ it.
    Tourist: But where did they get the idea?
    Shephrd: From Harold. He’s that most dangerous of creatures, a clever
    sheep. ‘e’s realized that a sheep’s life consists of standin’
    around for a few months and then bein’ eaten. And that’s a
    depressing prospect for an ambitious sheep.
    Tourist: Well why don’t just remove Harold?
    Shephrd: Because of the enormous commercial possibilities if ‘e succeeds.

  • Cape Clod

    Hard to add anything that already hasn’t said. Jesus Christ in a chicken basket, that’s an awful video.

  • plowman

    I too am outraged that interesting political ads actually cost money to produce.

  • norbizness

    Sheeple get ready, there’s a crazy train a-comin’. Don’t need no ticket, you just get on board.

  • teebob2000

    C’mon — if Fiorina was involved, it had to be at least $2.8 million. Look what she did to HP.

  • TGY

    Well, somebody got shorn.

  • Tundra Grifter

    As usual, Bugs Bunny said it best: “A wolf in cheap clothing.”

  • southern mark smith

    Haha! Chuck Todd just said “pound demon sheep on twitter.” Sure, Chuck.

  • Flanders

    [re=507250]Jim Newell[/re]: He popped out from behind a tree? I saw it as the demon popping out of an ewe’s uterus. My interpretation is much scarier.

  • Flanders

    [re=507304]Extemporanus[/re]: Extemp – I love you.

  • smitallica

    [re=507179]blinky_twinkie[/re]: Cormac McCarthy, is that you?

  • The Church of Realism

    [re=507212]S.Luggo[/re]: sure, it’s pronounced Fiorina.