Color Them Annoyed
How not to win the Internet wars: Tea Party makes 'Crayola' video a hit
All in all, it's only a so-so video. A woman in a suit appears on the screen, identified as the CEO of Crayola, to thank Tea Partiers for all their sign-making marker purchases that have propelled Crayola to a banner year.
"Now you could have printed your signs, but that takes time. Crayola lets you make signs quickly, and without thinking," she says.
Sure, there's a chuckle or two in there, but it's not really viral material. At least it wasn't. But as soon as the obvious parody, made by satirists The Full Ginsburg, started to get four-digit page views, conservative activists got it pulled from YouTube.
How? By complaining to Crayola (or technically Hallmark, of which Crayola is a subsidiary) about the message while pretending not to understand that the video is parody.
Which, if it was actually the case, means that Tea Partiers think it's possible that Crayola will be releasing a thick black marker specifically to make drawing on Hitler mustaches "a breeze."
(P.S. Tea Party? If you want people to stop calling you stupid, feigning ignorance when it suits you is not the best strategy. Also: Spell-check your signs.)
Though YouTube has taken down the video, FunnyorDie has not. And the "Crayola Thanks the Tea Partiers" video has gone from being of mild interest to being a bonafide Internet sensation. Over a 15-minute span today, it garnered about 1,000 views — not too shabby.
And once again, it's all thanks to the Tea Party.