Just when you think you've seen it all, video surfaces of Julian Asssange starring in a news rap video bashing the U.S. Yes, you read that right.
The video's Australian creators--a university researcher and an English teacher--put together the video as political satire. It's called "News World Order: War on Journalism," and it mocks Donald Rumsfeld, Bill O'Reilly, and Fox News while building up Wikileaks. It's just one of their many episodes raping the news and also featuring the whistleblower site. Apparently, Assange saw a previous episode and was impressed. From the AFP:
The Melbourne-based pair had made a previous episode about Wikileaks and told AFP via email: "He really felt that we'd nailed it, so the possibility of going to London and collaborating on a new episode in the lead-up to the Iraq War Diaries was mooted.
"We jumped at the chance and were on planes within a fortnight."
The pair filmed the episode in London in October, just before Assange released leaks about the Iraq War. When they arrived, they convinced Assange not only to collaborate, but to star. He fell for it:
Once there, Farrant said it seemed logical to offer Assange a role in their parody and, despite some initial raised eyebrows, the WikiLeaks boss was "totally up for it".
It took several takes ("not as many as you'd expect") but Assange managed to get the rhythm down and chime in with the rap performed by Farrant.
"He was full of creative ideas for how to act and time the entrance, and he really enjoyed lampooning his own image," Farrant said.
"It was fantastic -- we're still pinching ourselves," added Nanni. "He's a preternaturally calm person, but with a great sense of humour."
Here's the video's description from YouTube:
Who let the Logs out!? Wikileaks drops 400,000 classified documents shedding new light on the Iraq war—the biggest leak of classified military documents in history—sending shockwaves across the Fourth Estate. Rap News marks the occasion by inviting into the studio the former US Secretary of Offense, Donald Rumsfeld. But what starts out as a conventional Rap News interview soon descends into mayhem as the live feed is hijacked by News World Order, eager to spin the record like a disc jockey on crack. Enter Bill O'Really, the champion of Fair & Balanced journalism, dragging us screaming into the No Spine Zone. Only divine intervention can save us now, from a fate worse than death. But beware of imitators; not all is what it seems to be! Join us for a rollercoaster episode of Rap News, featuring a very very special guest appearance.
The two men tell AFP the goal is "to provide a meaningful contribution to the media discourse around certain issues." The video doesn't necessarily show they've achieved that, especially since it paints Donald Rumsfeld as an over-the-top war criminal. That doesn't appear to be "a meaningful contribution":
[WARNING: Contains some swear words]