I haven’t written this post until now because I wasn’t sure if I’d break any sort of covert rule about favouring candidates, but now that the 2015 elections are over I can talk about it with all the bias I want! The elections have been explained nicely by Sami here, but just to summarise on this post: for the last two weeks students of the university have been campaigning to be elected officers for the students union for next year. The campaigns usually involve painted signs, lots of leafleting, and then usually various gimmicks like little videos, or convincing a friend to dress up as a minion…
Anyway, my friend Rachel was running for the position of President of the Students Union, which I’m very happy to say she got. She wanted to make a video, but she wanted to make it as memorable and entertaining as possible. Her and her housemates had a brainstorm, and the result was a parody of Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk. I got a knock on my door early one Sunday morning asking me to come and be in the video, which (with some reservations) I decided to do. The team ended up being all girls as none of our male friends would volunteer to put their face to something with so much cringe potential, which was seen by some as Rachel not standing for the rights of everyone… I strongly disagree with that idea, but there we go! It was freezing cold so filming the video was a lot of fun but mildly brutal, and the person filming wouldn’t let us see any of the footage in case we regretted our life choices and backed out!
On the bright side, whilst the video is very cringeworthy, it’s so obviously a joke that I didn’t want to run away from my life when I watched the end result. But also, the video got a lot more attention than any of us had anticipated! In a week the video got 14,000 views, and was mentioned on media platforms such as Buzzfeed, Leicester Mercury, and by Scott Mills on Radio 1! (approximately 1 hour 21 in, only available for the next 25 days…)
So on a less serious note than my last few posts have been, I invite you to have a look at Rachel’s campaign video for the role of Leicester Students Union President by following the link! THE VIDEO