Julian Assange sings in 'bizarre' spoof video ahead of election
WikiLeaks founder performs his own version of John Farnham's 1986 hit You're the Voice
WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange, who is standing for election in Australia’s upcoming election, has appeared in a spoof video, singing about the nation’s politics.
Donning a platinum mullet, he performs his own version of John Farnham’s 1986 hit You’re the Voice. He sings: “We have the chance to turn the pages over. We can write what we want to write. We gotta make things leak so we can get much bolder… We're all wiretapped now. We're all being fed lies.”
The film has prompted some to wonder if he has gone stir crazy after being holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for more than a year as he fights extradition from Britain to Sweden.
It was created by Juice Rap News, who describe themselves as “the internet nation’s off-beat musical, current-affairs programme, responsible for turning bollocks-news into socio-poetic/comedic analyses which everyone can relate to and understand”.
Australia’s prime minister, Kevin Rudd, his predecessor Julia Gillard and opposition leader Tony Abbott are all caricatured in the video. The spoof Abbott is portrayed in Speedos on a beach towel, drooling from the mouth and promising to ban abortion and homosexuals.
He describes the Australian public as a “bunch of c***s”, while Gillard is also parodied and described as a “witch” who should do some ironing. It comes a year after Gillard famously accused Abbott of misogyny, running through his extensive back-catalogue of sexist comments.
The Sydney Morning Herald describes Assange’s video as a “bizarre” and “offensive” bid for electoral support – but the clip has nevertheless attracted the attention of nearly 300,000 viewers since first being uploaded to YouTube on Monday.
Assange is standing along with six other WikiLeaks Party candidates in the 7 September election. ·