Denmark’s insane Voteman cartoon uses porn, dolphins to get out the vote

There’s a palpable anxiety hanging over Europe as much of the continent prepares for upcoming E.U. parliamentary elections. Far-right, Euroskeptic parties are surging in polls and may capture a significant number of seats. The crisis in Ukraine has exposed, in some people’s minds, the geopolitical feebleness of the bloc. And concerns about unemployment and the health of national economies remain entrenched.

So maybe the bureaucrats in the Danish parliament’s E.U. Information Center can be forgiven for producing one of the more bizarre “get out the vote” videos ever made, in a bid to get more young people thinking about what’s at stake in Brussels. The Voteman cartoon, released yesterday and summarily withdrawn today, depicts a mustachioed, muscular, leather-clad protagonist bashing and beheading his way through an apathetic voting public.

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The Guardian slams the Voteman cartoons.

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