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'Gossip Girl' Stars Featured in New MoveOn Ad

By Ed O'Keefe and Garance Franke-Ruta
Spoofing antidrug public service announcements that target teens and their risky behavior, the latest commercial from Political Action stars two actors from the hit CW teen soap opera "Gossip Girl" encouraging parents to just say no to a behavior common to their age group: voting for John McCain.

"Mom, Dad, I found this in your room," opens Penn Badgley, who plays bookish "Lonely Boy" Dan Humphrey on the show, holding up a "Drill, Baby, Drill" hat.

"Just because other people are doing it, doesn't make it cool," says another -- and not famous -- youngster in the spot, warning against the effects of peer pressure.

"Voting Republican even once could have disastrous effects that last for years," adds another.

"You're not only risking your future, you're risking mine," a third says in a guilt-trip.

"And if you're ever out somewhere and you're considering voting McCain, just call me, and I'll come pick you up, no questions asked," concludes Blake Lively, who stars as chill bad girl Serena van der Woodsen in "Gossip Girl," where her character routinely is called to come to the aid of friends in the middle of the night.

The ad, which points viewers to the "Partnership for a McCain-Free White House" site, will air during upcoming broadcasts of the show on CW, and during local cable ad breaks on MTV and Comedy Central in North Carolina and Nevada.

It's a tiny ad buy, considering the less-than-stellar TV ratings for "Gossip Girl" and the low price of local cable ad time, but the spot seems destined for wide play on the Internet, where "Gossip Girl" has become an iTunes must-download for many and anything featuring its actors has a devoted and built-in audience.

The spot also drives home a message that Barack Obama's campaign has pushed in recent days: that young people are best positioned to talk to their parents out of voting for McCain. "Are you sure if your parents are voting for Obama?" asks the Obama site devoted to this push. "If not, you may be the only person who can convince them. If you haven't already, it's time for you to have 'The Talk' with your parents and other family members."

The MoveOn site also features a how-to guide, asking: "Are your parents thinking about voting for McCain? It's time to have 'The Talk.'"

MoveOn aired a similar pro-Obama pharmaceutical ad/antidrug ad spoof aimed at young voters in late July.

By Web Politics Editor  |  October 14, 2008; 12:14 PM ET
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Annoy the media. Fight ACORN. Ruin a terrorist's day.

Say no way, Nobama.

Posted by: zjr78xva | October 14, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

The problems we are experiencing today could have been avoided by having never had the Bush tax cuts of of 2001 and 2003. If instead there was a tax credit for those who purchased a primary residence with a 20% down payment and the capital gains tax had been raise to 28% on those with a capital gains of greater than say five million, except if it resulted from the sale of a start up small business we would be in a better situation today. Also the regulation of mortgage lenders should not have been dependent on whether the lender was a bank or non bank. Lastly the regulation of futures markets should have been no different than the securities market.

If the added tax receipts from the hedge fund managers and those wasted in the Bush tax cuts was plowed back into the economy by starting an infrastructure renewal project there would not be a collapsed credit market. The economy would not be in peril today.

What is most important for Americans to grasp is not to let extremists into the government. Bush was such an extremist and it was apparent by 2004. Our worry now should be extremism from the left.

Obama wants to have a long term effect on the future of this country. That can only be achieved by governing from the center, working with Republicans as he has promised to do and not getting caught up by the fringe on the left who will in fact want us to reward the non productive.

I agree with the gist of raydh from 3:12PM.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 14, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse


Women must unite against the liberal media vicious, sexist, cruel, demeaning, contemptuous UN-AMERICAN, unfair, unprofessional, unrelenting and blatantly biased treatment against Vice President Sarah Palin and acting blatantly in favor of Barack Hussein Obama during this unprecedented historic quest for the presidency!

Barack Hussein Obama claims a mightier throne, one forged in liberal ideals of justice and equality and hope, BUT he has benefited mightily from sexism in this campaign, and has remained silent. Obama supporters seem very happy with the sexist way pundits and some news organizations treat any action or statement by Sarah Palin, and many believe that most of the "venom" in the campaign is coming from supporters of Obama.

Women of America Unite in this defining moment in American history. To ensure we can grow up from the male dominated government that has caused many of the problems our country is facing; to a country where men and women are equal partners in governance.


Posted by: Manolete | October 14, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Dear Wapo Copy Editor,

Affect is a verb. Effect is a noun.

Posted by: chloepear | October 14, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I am in the McCain generation and found this an appealing add.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 14, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: scrivener50 | October 14, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Ever wonder what would happen if MTV hosted a presidential debate, well now you get to find out.

Seems McCain may be asking Palin to take his place in the debate tonight.

Posted by: pastor123 | October 14, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

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