In Latin America, you'll sometimes see funny examples of electoral propaganda.
Almost to the point you wonder if the candidates were serious about putting it out there or if they were looking for a laugh from the people watching.
And, to be fair, it isn't like the US is above it either.
For example, as you can see here, there was a video and song put out there to support Donald Trump among a US Latino audience that you might find funny.
Cancion: Yo Voy a Votar Por Donald Trump
On my end, I find the song more catchy than anything.
Just listening to it gets it stuck in your head for an easy hour.
Going back to Latin America, there are similar moments that can be appreciated.
If you want a lot of comedic gold of weird or crazy shit that Latin American politicians do, then just check out this Twitter page that I follow where they post an interesting example every so often.
And now let's get to some examples worth bringing up.
Right away, we have this interesting example here of a promotional campaign video for Maduro of Venezuela.
Vídeo promocional campaña presidencial Nicolás Maduro
While watching it, all you can think is "el que no canta no come."
OK, OK, I took that from the Youtube comment section.
At any rate, it's not as catchy unfortunately as the Donald Trump song but funny to watch anyhow.
El Salvador's Favorite TV Show: Dragon Ball Z
Next, we have an interesting case of the Salvadorian President provided a free streaming of Dragon Ball Z in the busy plaza areas of certain parts of El Salvador to gain more support from younger voters during an electoral campaign.
Here are some pictures I found online of the event that I don't own but simply found online (with the last one showing Nayib at the event).
You can also see Nayib announcing the event on Twitter here.
Kinda funny to think about as I'm not even sure if Dragon Ball Z still makes new episodes.
I remember watching it as a kid when I was like 7 or 8 but I haven't watched it since then basically.
"Destroy the Death Star by Raising Minimum Wage & Bringing Abortion to Argentina"
Next, we have another electoral advertisement by a left leaning Argentine politician named Jorge Altamira that apparently leads the Workers Party in the country as you can read here.
During one of his electoral campaigns, he released a video calling for things like a better minimum wage and providing safe abortions to those who want them.
And, as you can see here, apparently defeating the Death Star of Star Wars also.
Spot de campaña de Altamira basado en Star Wars
The Brazilian Chika Dance with Video Games
This is a more recent example that I have found recently.
Basically, there's some MP in Brazil named Kim Kataguiri who released this electoral video of him with Chika Dance.
I don't really understand the reference so I'll leave it at that as this video seemingly went viral not too long ago.
You can watch it here.
Chika Dance -- Jingle Vote no Kim-chan
Also, as I was writing this, I found out this dude had another odd commercial trying to appeal to the "gamer vote" as he claims to be addicted to DOTA.
CONFESSO: SOU VICIADO! | Basshunter Jingle KIM KATAGUIRI 4433
That gamer vote must be strong in Brazilian elections.
Otaku in Peru
This is another reference that I don't get but it came out of Peru this time.
El saludo "Otaku" de George Forsyth se volvió viral en redes sociales
In this case, we have the Lima mayoral candidate, George Forsyth, making a video where he wants the "otaku vote," will crackdown on the "Akatsuki," and ends the video saying "shinzou wo sasageyo."
Which is apparently a quote from the Attack on Titan's opening.
I'll just leave it at that.
Communism Will Steal Your Videogames
Here is another interesting example from Peru.
We sure do have lots of good examples from Peru today, don't we?
In this case, we have former Peruvian congressman, Kenji Fujimori, using videogames to critique communism.
Where he compares it to someone stealing your Minecraft houses and that, if there was communism, then people wouldn't be able to buy anymore PC games or PlayStation.
....Is the gamer vote as strong in Peru as it is in Brazil?
Well, here's the video for you all to enjoy.
KENJI ADVIERTE A GAMERS QUE EL COMUNISMO ACABARÁ CON LOS ACCESORIOS DE VIDEOJUEGOS, NO SE IMPORTARÁN
The Peruvian Rocky Balboa
Sticking to Peru, we have another interesting example.
This is probably one of my favorite ones so far given that 1) one of my favorite movies is Rocky and 2) it's relatively creative in how it shows supposedly all the projects he's completed.
Plus, by having him run around with "the people," I guess it makes him look like a common man just like Rocky was.
And who doesn't like the music?
Anyway, this video here is what I'm talking about.
Con Juan Navarro vuelven las obras para SJL NavaRocky
The basics of it is that there is some mayoral candidate in 2022 that is running around his area while showing all the infrastructure projects that his previous administration built.
His name is apparently Juan Navarro and they called him Navarocky.
Vote Your Way in Costa Rica
Next, we have an interesting electoral moment that wasn't really meant to promote any specific candidate but is still interesting.
In Costa Rica, Burger King invited all of the Presidential candidates for a lunch on election day where everyone was given a free burger in the 2018 election.
I don't own the image below. Just showing an example of what happened then.
Grand Theft Auto in Brazil
Next, we have a recent example of Bolsonaro playing Grand Theft Auto to promote his reelection campaign in Brazil.
Not really sure how that convinces anyone to vote for him.
Though I do like Grand Theft Auto also.
Sure seems like, at least for the Peruvians and Brazilians, this gamer vote is strong as fuck.
Bolsonaro usa carreata no jogo popular ‘GTA’ para tentar conquistar votos de novos públicos
The K-Pop Community of Colombia
Speaking of oddly important voting blocs in Latin America, we have another one: the k-pop community of Colombia.
....Or it seems important anyway.
As you can see here, it was during the 2022 Presidential Campaign in Colombia where where candidate Gustavo Petro posted on Twitter thanking the K-pop community in Colombia.
Given he ultimately did win the Colombian election and became President, I suppose maybe the k-pop community was helpful in getting him across the finish line.
Anything to Add?
One interesting thing to note also is how, as you can see, there's a lot of cultural influence from the US in these weird Latin American political moments.
Despite all the shit talking some of the politicians do about the US down here, they do love American culture and show it by incorporating it into their electoral propaganda.
Anyway, there are countless other examples that one could bring up if you were so inclined.
Check out that Twitter account that I mentioned before.
And follow my own Twitter here.
Thanks for reading.