Ayisafani. It’s all gone pear-shaped. RICHARD POPLAK goes to a DA political commercial premiere in Mamelodi. Ayisafani.
Slow zoom in. On a girl, perhaps 5 years old, picking petals from a flower. Her name is Daisy.
Daisy: “One, two, three, four, five, seven… six, six, nine… ”
Voice over (Robotic, counting down ominously): Seven, six, five, four…
Zoom in. Focus on one of Daisy’s irises, terror mounting.
An exploding mushroom cloud. Shots of thermonuclear devices presumably shredding young Daisy to atoms.
Voiceover (Lyndon B. Johnson): These are the stakes. To make a world in which all of God’s children can live, or to go into the darkness. We must either love each other, or we must die.
Voiceover: Vote for President Johnson on 3 November. The stakes are too high for you to stay home.
– Infamous political attack ad “Daisy”, 1964
The dust-blown, smoke-strewn, Highveld human baking-tray of Mamelodi is not the first place one thinks of for a television premiere. And yet this is the place that Helen Zille and her Democratic Alliance have chosen to debut the follow up to their smash-hit political commercial Ayisafani. I should probably have situated “smash hit” between inverted commas,…
Source : Daily Maverick