You’d be forgiven if you confused the Democrat National Convention with a scene from George Orwell’s “1984”.
It started when Clinton appeared on the giant screen to address her subjects following Alicia Keys’ performance on Wednesday, and continued Thursday when the crowd was given a specific set of commands for a “card stunt.”
“Get ready to hear about your exciting role in this historic celebration,” a booming, mechanical voice said over the loudspeaker. “You will be performing a card stunt.”
Have a listen:
— CSPAN (@cspan) July 29, 2016
This is the most hilarious-pseudo Orwellian moment at the DNC …instructing people in a robot voice to be party of a “card stunt” wut?
— Jackie Kucinich (@JFKucinich) July 29, 2016
The gimmick was designed to “create a unified, patriotic picture.”
“You have your card for the stunt folded in a bag on your seat. Do not remove or open it yet. Each card is assigned to your specific seat, so make sure your card stays at your seat,” the voice instructed.
But the cameras couldn’t tell what the cards were supposed to say, and the whole stunt was a big fail.
To say that it gave people the creeps is an understatement:
— Beckie (@justbeckk) July 29, 2016
Uh-oh. The card stunt is a bit North Korea-esque…
— Matt Lee (@APDiploWriter) July 29, 2016
Attendee David Dayen told McClatchy DC that the cards were supposed to spell “stronger together” in red, white and blue across the arena.
But social media remained confused by the entire, creeptastic thing.
— David Siders (@davidsiders) July 29, 2016
The card stunt … was not a success.
— Philip Bump (@pbump) July 29, 2016
“Card stunt not working. Drop the balloons. DROP THE BALLONS.”- DNC production office probably #DemsInPhilly
— Bethany Tuller (@bethanytuller) July 29, 2016
— cheryl krawchuk (@cherylkrawchuk) July 29, 2016
@bennwalton supposed to be stronger together but stronger is behind me
— David Dayen (@ddayen) July 29, 2016
— Brian Kelley (@bktandem) July 29, 2016
— Danielle Filas (@msfilas) July 29, 2016
— Ashley Wilson (@APdubs) July 29, 2016
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