Meet “Nathan Spewman”: comedian Jack Black’s personification of the outrageous claims against President Obama circulated by Fox News and Republican-leaning interest groups.
In a new campaign by liberal coalition group Health Care for America Now, Black’s character, sporting a mustache and Charlie Brown t-shirt, poses as a grade school student who’s paid by interest groups to tell lies about the president and the Affordable Care Act.
“I’m Nathan Spewman, professional misinformant,” Black gleefully announces in part one of a planned series. “I’ve infiltrated dangerous academic revolutionaries, crazy satanic cults and unpatriotic slackers, all for the purpose of helping greedy corporations spread the sweet stink of misinformation all across this great land.”
One such piece of misinformation, delivered in what appears to be a first grade classroom: “Hey, did you hear Obama’s gonna kill our grandmas? You ever hear of a death panel? Say your goodbyes now. For real.”
And another: “Obamacare is a socialist plot to, um … [he pauses, looking at notes scrawled on his left palm] … take decisions out of the hands of our doctors so they’re all gonna quit. Bye-bye doctors!”
Then Black tells a teacher he’s drawing a picture of “Obama in his birthplace … Tijerkistan.”
HCAN says its video series aims to counter misinformation being spread by “front groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American Crossroads and 60 Plus Association.”
“While this video is brilliant comedy, it is also part of a serious public education effort,” HCAN Executive Director Ethan Rome said in a media advisory. “The new health care law puts an end to the worst insurance company abuses, ends out-of-pocket costs for preventive care and helps seniors maintain their independence. Opponents of the law are spending millions to spread outright lies about the law and its supporters.”
Black reportedly donated his time and talents to the project, as did actress America Ferrera. A phone number attached to the campaign (206-438-3964) drops callers into an automated message that offers tidbits of Spewman’s misinformation via text message.
This video was published to YouTube on Oct. 11, 2010 by Health Care for America Now.
Correction: American Ferrera plays a teacher in the ad, not a student.