Reposted with permission from The Hill
A startling video of former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaFeehery: Don’t call the game before it’s over When will the Trump transition end? 2018 will test the power of political nobodies MORE calling President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump asking Arab nations to replace US military in Syria after defeat of ISIS: report Columbia presses on with scholarship program for displaced Syrians despite Trump travel ban Dershowitz confronts Hannity: ‘You should have disclosed your relationship with Cohen’ MORE a “complete dipshit” is a coordinated stunt from filmmaker Jordan Peele as a PSA to warn about fake videos.
The video appears to show Obama, wearing an American flag pin, beginning to issue a warning. However, viewers don’t hear the former president’s voice, instead, Obama’s lips move perfectly in sync with Peele’s voice.
“We’re entering an era in which our enemies can make it look like anyone is saying anything at any point at time — even if they would never say those things,” Peele says voicing the former president.
“So, for instance, they could have me say things like, I don’t know, [‘Black Panther’s’] Killmonger was right!” Peele says as Obama. “Or, Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonTrump admits mistakes with Cabinet picks Feds form task force to combat sexual harassment in housing Senate braces for showdown over Trump’s nominees MORE is in the sunken place! Or, how ‘bout this: simply, President Trump is a total and complete dipshit.”
BuzzFeed reported Tuesday that the video was meant as a warning to the public regarding the threat to digital misinformation and how technology allows for videos and faces to be distorted.
“This is a dangerous time. Moving forward, we need to be more vigilant with what we trust from the internet,” Peele says as Obama.
The PSA for the Internet Age was created by Peele and his brother-in-law, Buzzfeed CEO Jonah Peretti, according to BuzzFeed.
Peretti told BuzzFeed that the project was to help raise awareness that video can be manipulated and isn’t always a safe source of information. He said that people have become more aware of fake news sites and fake written news in recent years, but not everyone realizes video can be manipulated in the way the PSA shows.
Peele, who last month won an Oscar for “Get Out,” has impersonated Obama on multiple occasions on his Comedy Central show “Key & Peele.”
Peele urges news consumers to “stay woke” and only use trusted media sources.
“It may sound basic,” Peele says as Obama, “but how we move forward in the Age of Information is gonna be the difference between whether we survive or whether we become some kind of f—ked up dystopia.”