Hudson school apologizes for making students watch clip of celebs pledging loyalty to Obama [VIDEO]
The controversial clip closes with this illustration.
On Wednesday, for the fifth year running, Hudson Middle School recognized Peace One Day -- an "international event to build peace awareness," in the words of administrators.
That's all well and good, but some parents complained about a four-year-old video that was shown to students that day as part of the event. Put together by Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher (of all people), the clip shows various celebrities -- including Anthony Kiedis, Cameron Diaz, and Michael Strahan -- pledging their loyalty to United States of Obamaca, so to speak.
Here's the video, which is a unique combination of unintentionally hilarious and creepy:
Hearing that their kids were forced to sit through a bunch of pinko Hollywood celebs professing their loyalty to Obamer prompted some parents to contact administrators, and on second thought, officials concluded the video indeed was a bad idea. From a statement released by the district:
The Middle School and District apologize for the use of the "I Pledge" video. The reason the video was used was to show students small ways to make a difference in their communities. Most of the video provided viewers with examples like: end hunger in America; volunteer more; always represent your country with pride, dignity and honesty; and care for America's elderly. Unfortunately, the video also had a political slant. The District is non-partisan and does not endorse the political messages found in this video. This video will not be used in the District again.
Middle School Principal Dan Koch made the following announcement to students Thursday afternoon, "The 'I Pledge' video we viewed yesterday included some messages about serving President Barak Obama. We apologize for any part of the video that was offensive to students, their families and staff. The video conveyed a message that people serve the presidency when in fact our elected officials serve the people. We respect the Office of the President of the United States but like all of our other elected officials, that office serves each of us as well. I sincerely hope that as participants in Wednesday's event what you took away from the experience was to choose to make a difference in your world.
The video is about as popular with YouTube viewers as it is with conservative Hudson parents. Nearly five years after it was first posted, it's received about about five times more "thumbs-down" than "thumbs-up" ratings.
h/t -- Fox 9
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