As if Mountain Dew’s Puppymonkeybaby commercial during Super Bowl 50 didn’t haunt us enough, a pro-marijuana group has adapted it with the likeness of Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., to make a political point.
“We thought it was something young people would get,” Adam Eidinger, chairman of the pro-cannabis DCMJ group, told HOH. Harris’ character is PoopyMonkeyBaby, which DCMJ created especially for the lawmaker who led the charge to block the relaxing of marijuana laws in the District, despite an initiative voters approved in 2014 and that went into effect in February 2015. The punch line: “He always dances after he poops on D.C. voters.” DCMJ thought Harris’ birthday was the perfect time to roll the character out.
On Feb. 16, Harris’ 59th birthday, DCMJ is going to Nottingham, Md., to protest a birthday party fundraiser Harris is holding at a banquet hall there. The group plans to register voters and raise awareness about Harris’ stances.
“I wish they were as passionate about solving the minority youth unemployment and college graduation rate problems in D.C. as they are about marijuana – but this is their right as Americans,” Harris told HOH in response.
On Jan. 20, Eidinger interrupted one of Harris’ town hall events in Bel Air, Md. “You tried to overturn an election that 70 percent of the public supported,” he said, referring to Ballot Initiative 71, which legalized possession of minimal amounts of marijuana in D.C.
And, in case you want to re-live Puppymonkeybaby, here it is .
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