Herman Cain ad features farmer eaten alive by chickens

By Stephen C. Webster
Thursday, April 12, 2012 15:37 EDT
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A chicken prepares to eat a farmer in an advertisement by former presidential candidate Herman Cain. Screenshot via YouTube.
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As far as shock value goes, it’s hard to top blasting a bunny into bloody chunks with a shotgun. Yet, conservative pitchman Herman Cain has managed to do it.

In his latest ad, the former motivational speaker turned presidential candidate depicts a farmer being eaten alive by a flock of chickens, in a mime of the Reagan Administration’s famous anti-drug ad, “This is your brain on drugs.”

Except in Cain’s latest ad, the farmer is the taxpayers, and the chickens — well, they’re “big government,” naturally. Which is why they proceed to devour the farmer, leaving just a skeleton to wave at the camera as a little girl deadpans: “Any questions?”

Cain’s last ad, promoting his “Sick of Stimulus” website, used a similar narrative construction to illustrate how a bad economy can hurt small business… by showing a rabbit being launched into the air and splattered by buckshot.

Cain, who left the campaign trail months ago amid a flurry of sexual harassment scandals, has gone on to endorse former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA), whose campaign recently started bouncing checks even as Gingrich vowed to press on until the Florida GOP convention.

The anti-stimulus ads aren’t the first time Cain’s videos have caused a stir: during his campaign he released an ad showing a top campaign aide smoking a cigarette and looking very somberly into the camera. It was widely spoofed across mainstream media, and nobody was quite sure what the campaign was thinking when they released it.

This video was published to YouTube on April 11, 2012.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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