‘Best thing ever’: Boris Johnson stirs controversy with unconventional vote-conservative ad

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Britain’s Boris Johnson is using a parody of a popular movie scene to get his Brexit message to voters.

The UK Prime Minister released a three-minute video Monday that recreated a scene from the 2003 movie “Love, Actually,” in an effort to get people to vote Conservative and help to “get Brexit done.”

“With any luck, by next year we’ll have Brexit done (if Parliament doesn’t block it again,” one of the cue cards held by the prime minister read.

Johnson went through the stack of cards in the same fashion that actor Andrew Lincoln’s character reached out to the one played by Keira Knightley, except not pushing a message of love but of Britain’s Dec. 12 general election and the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

“Your vote has never been more important,” one of Johnson’s card read as he delivered the message to a woman at her home with “Silent Night” playing in the background.

“We only need 9 more seats to get a majority,” another said. “Your vote will make all the difference.”

After a final card wishing the homeowner a Merry Christmas and giving a thumbs up, Johnson turned to leave.

“Enough. Enough. Let’s get this done,” he said to the camera as he walked off.

A vocal critic of Johnson, actor Hugh Grant – who played the part of a prime minister in the film – thought the parody video was “well done.”

“I thought it was quite well done, very high production values, but clearly the Conservative Party have an awful lot of money,” Grant, who has been supporting anti-Brexit candidates, said on a BBC Radio 4 program apparently making a reference to alleged Russian influence.

“Maybe that’s where the rubles went,” he said, adding a comment about a missing card that in the original film read that Christmas is a time to tell the truth.”I just wonder if the spin doctors in the Tory Party thought that was a card that wouldn’t look too great in Boris Johnson’s hands.”

Labour lawmaker Rosena Allin-Khan has come out against the video, claiming Johnson stole the idea from her.

In her campaign video released last month, Allin-Khan also parodied the movie in her version entitled: “Election Actually.”

“Boris Johnson has copied my video,” she tweeted, declaring that she would not be re-tweeting his version but encouraging the spread of her own.

With a highly divisive upcoming vote, reaction to Johnson’s video was mixed on social media. But many gave the prime minister a virtual round of applause and said he got their vote.

 

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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