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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has made a bizarre bid for electoral support, starring in an offensive YouTube spoof that describes Julia Gillard in obscene terms and in which Mr Assange dons a blond mullet wig and reprises a John Farnham song.
The music video, which ends with Mr Assange singing a WikiLeaks-inspired tribute to Farnham’s hit You’re the Voice, features caricatures of Tony Abbott, Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard.
The worst is reserved for the cartoon Mr Abbott, who is depicted crouched in speedos on a beach towel, drooling from the mouth and promising to ban abortion and gays, “even my sister”. The spoof Mr Abbott describes the Australian public as a “bunch of c—s”, Ms Gillard as a “ranga witch” and “freckle tits” who should do some ironing.
The video cuts to the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where Mr Assange has been living for a year. The WikiLeaks founder dons a blond wig and denim jacket and begins miming his Farnham tribute.
“We have the chance to turn the pages over,” he sings. “We can write what we want to write. We gotta make things leak so we can get much bolder …
“We’re all wiretapped now. We’re all being fed lies …”
A WikiLeaks spokesman said the video was “a lot of fun and there’s not a fib in it”.
Asked whether the descriptions of Ms Gillard were offensive, he said he did not “know anything about that”. The spokesman said Ms Gillard had hung Mr Assange out to dry when he was in legal trouble.
The video was produced by Juice Rap News, which describes itself as “the internet nation’s off-beat musical, current-affairs program, responsible for turning bollocks-news into socio-poetic/comedic analyses which everyone can relate to and understand”.
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