A Hillary Clinton campaign advert dated 2008 and the former secretary of state have generated a buzz on social media, as the ad parodies the ambiguous ending from the HBO drama The Sopranos.
The footage, posted on Twitter by journalist Jeremy Kaplowitz, bears the caption:
“I don't have anything political to say about this but my friend liam told me about this hillary ad from 2008 that's a parody of the sopranos finale where she dies (?????) at the end and it's making me go fully insane. i'm furious every one of my friends didn't tell me about this.”
i don't have anything political to say about this but my friend liam told me about this hillary ad from 2008 that's a parody of the sopranos finale where she dies(?????) at the end and it's making me go fully insane. i'm furious every one of my friends didn't tell me about this pic.twitter.com/cvkpvnkWT0— Jeremy Kaplowitz (@jeremysmiles) January 28, 2020
The video, starring the future secretary of state and her husband, former US president Bill Clinton, shows her playing the character of mafia boss Tony Soprano, browsing jukebox selections in a diner booth. Her husband Bill Clinton, portraying the part of Carmela, is alongside her.
The camera cuts to Hillary Clinton ordering carrots instead of the Soprano clan’s beloved snack - onion rings – in an apparent bid to make healthier choices.
Just like Tony’s daughter Meadow in the series, Hillary Clinton’s daughter Chelsea drives up outside in her car and has a tough parallel parking moment.
A cameo appearance is given by Sopranos’ actor Vince Curatola, whose character Johnny Sack died of cancer long before the finale of the show.
The campaign video finale echoes the final scene from the drama, by suddenly cutting to black, leaving viewers guessing as to what happened.
In its time, the finale of the HBO drama sparked a debate among fans as to whether Tony Soprano ultimately dies.
In the campaign advert it is left to the imagination whether Hillary Clinton meets a grim fate.
Netizens were tickled by the parallels between the drama finale and the advert.
mind = blown— Jeremy Kaplowitz (@jeremysmiles) January 28, 2020
This is practically avant-garde— Ethan "Chumbajerry" Ferengimarx (@ferengimarx) January 28, 2020
Indistinguishable from the Tim & Eric aesthetic— Scott Greene 🌹 (@scottgreene96) January 28, 2020
This is an even more insane ad if you’ve never seen The Sopranos— Brandon Scott Wolf [indie darling/celeb stand in] (@BrandonEsWolf) January 28, 2020
Some joked that the advert could have had a greater impact if it had reached a larger audience.
had more people seen this she would have won— Maxwell (@MaxwelLost) January 28, 2020
Some twitter users mentioned having seen the clip before.
I saw this before I saw the finale to the sopranos and unfortunately when I reached the final moments of my binge watch I was struck with the thought “oh like that Clinton ad”— Matt Grippi (@MattGrippi) January 28, 2020
this was made in my hometown diner during my senior year of high school and I've been telling everyone I meet about it for twelve years... glad it lives on— 𝕚𝕟𝕔𝕚𝕕𝕖𝕟𝕥𝕒𝕝 𝕒𝕣𝕔𝕙𝕚𝕧𝕖 (@_blackberrys) January 28, 2020
Other fans took issue with the quality of the campaign advert.
That is so weird! The quality of it looks like somebody hired the director of Birdemic (with some form of basic budget) to do the Sopranos parody. Even if they managed to hire Tim & Eric, it couldn't be as awkward as this.— Jeremy Williams 🐯☯️ (@Metalyger) January 28, 2020
bill is SO BAD in these things— ratliff (@ratliff) January 28, 2020
Meadow Soprano was a more productive member of society than Chelsea Clinton is.— Paul Sie1ski (@thebigpeezy) January 28, 2020
My favorite thing about this is the giant basket of carrot sticks. You know she looks out for Bill and makes sure he eats like a cartoon rabbit.— State Banjo (@StateBanjo) January 28, 2020
The hugely successful drama, starring James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano and Edie Falco as his wife Carmela, ran on HBO for seven seasons between 1999 and 2007, and won 21 Emmys.