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Huffington behind McCain Girls spoof

By Emily Morgan

April 16, 2008 at 11:37am

Sorry, John McCain. The McCain Girls were a joke.

The YouTube sensation, which featured three women of varying ages and questionable vocal skills, singing “It’s Raining McCain,” drew more than 1.7 million hits.

Even John McCain has seen the McCain Girls video, and told Fox News, “I think they’re wonderful.”

Monday, The New York Times reported that the video was a creation of the comedy website 236.com, which intended to spoof other viral campaign videos. The president of 236.com, Sarah Bernard told the Times, “We were pretty amazed that after the video came out, people were confused as to whether or not it was real.”

236.com has posted that it is “proud to have unleashed the McCain Girls on the world, and congratulations to the gals themselves! Though we don’t really want to think about the implications of the senator “watching that video several times” (shudder), there can be no greater sign that this trio has left their indelible mark on American politics.”

The McCain Girls video was made as a parody of the often watched “I Got a Crush on Obama” video, featuring the bikini-clad Obama Girl professing her love for the presidential hopeful.

So who are the driving forces behind these political parodies?

236.com is a co-production of IAC/InterActiveCorp and The Huffington Post. Although on Monday The Huffington Post posted an item titled “McCain Girls Mystery Solved … See Who Made The Music Video,” it did not reveal any affiliation to 236.com.

A link from the Huffington Post to the video on March 21 was the catalyst behind the popularization of the clip, although it did not take any responsibility for the creation of the clip or any additional knowledge of the company that produced it.

However, 236.com defines itself as a co-production of the Huffington Post and names Ariana Huffington its publisher.

The song featured in the Obama Girl’s video, “I Got a Crush on Obama,” was penned and sung by college-student Leah Kauffman and lip-synched by actress Amber Lee Ettinger.

Kauffman is also the vocalist behind the “Box in a Box” music video, the female response to Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg’s Emmy award-winning SNL digital short, “Dick in a Box.”

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