President Joe Biden collaborated with the Jonas Brothers in a new TikTok video to promote vaccinations, and it likely did not go the way the White House had envisioned. There was an overwhelming chorus of critics calling the video "cringe" — including left-wing activists castigating the messaging.
In the video, the boy band Jonas Brothers are lip-syncing audio clips from Sidetalk NYC, a popular social media account that conducts man-on-the-street interviews with New Yorkers that last about one minute. In one of the most popular Sidetalk NYC interviews, a homeless man from Coney Island incorrectly pronounces Biden's name as "Joe Byron." Good Samaritans have recently raised funds to help the man financially and reportedly get a home.
White House deputy press secretary Karine Jeane-Pierre tweeted out the video of the 79-year-old Biden and the boy band.
Commentators quickly bashed the celebrity-fueled attempt to create a viral video for Biden.
Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer said, "Covid cases on the rise but the focus is on cute TikToks."
Jonathan Franks, who has represented families of Americans wrongfully detained overseas, asked, "So what you’re telling me is @potus had dinner with a retired boy band but hasn’t had a single hostage family over for dinner? #PrioritiesBackwards."
Retired Army Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer asked, "Where are your masks?"
Attorney Harmeet K. Dhillon tweeted, "Is this supposed to be funny? I don't get it."
Former Army Special Forces sergeant Jim Hanson said, "I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything dumber than this Biden’s crew always delivers the pure garbage."
White House reporter Katherine Doyle pondered, "What did I just watch?"
Conservative pundit Samantha Marika wrote, "Sometimes I think it can never get worse and then this happens."
Saurabh Sharma, president of American Moment, said, "Cringe is the new state religion."
British author Andrew Sullivan warned, "Biden cringe watch."
Popular Twitter account Libs of Tik Tok replied, "I would rather a mean tweet President than a Tik Tok President."
Political strategist Rory Cooper noted, "The White House celebrity 'get vaxxed' videos seem designed to impress their fully vaxxed group texts and not the easily identifiable demographics they need to actually move."
Entrepreneur Anton Vuljaj speculated, "So I'm beginning to think WH staff convinced Joe Biden do videos like this so staff can hang out with 'celebrities.'"
Even left-wing voices blasted Biden's TikTok video with the Jonas Brothers.
Liberal gun activist David Hogg slammed Biden, "You can have all the celebs you want at the White House- it’s not going to change the fact almost all of my friends just got emails about needing to restart their federal student loan payments and kids are dying everyday from gun violence. Want our vote? Earn it @POTUS."
Luke Savage, staff writer at socialist magazine Jacobin, declared, "We live in hell."
Amelia Montooth, from left-wing political media company Crooked Media, stated, "Why make life saving policy when you can make content, that's what I always say."
Former BuzzFeed writer Ryan Broderick lashed out, "This sucks so bad holy sh-- we are a month away from the anniversary of a literal coup attempt and entering the second year of a still raging pandemic what is wrong with all of you people???? are you all insane?? cancel our student loans!!!! give us free tests!!!"
Far-left Twitch commentator Hasan Piker proclaimed, "This is absolutely the worst thing I’ve ever seen."
The Jonas Brothers video was actually the second video promoted by Biden's White House this week that was panned online for being "cringe." The White House enlisted the singing group Pentatonix to help push COVID-19 vaccine booster shots with an a cappella song.
"We can’t shout 'get your booster' from the rooftops of the White House, so we asked @PTXofficial to do us one better," the official White House Twitter account wrote, and included a link to schedule an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or booster.
Pentatonix sang in the video, "Get your booster. Just like a seat for a little kid. Just like the heat from a rocket ship. Sometimes all you need is a booster."