Monday, September 7, 2015

Is U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz an "Upstart Senate Punk"? Watch the video. (Commentary)

Screengrab from I'm Not Done (Upstart Senate Punk) courtesy Kerry Yoshida
Gridiron 2015 - I'm Not Done (Upstart Senate Punk) from Kerry Yoshida. You can see the video here.

Hawaii's elected officials-- and those who wannabe -- make great fodder for satire when it comes time for the state's press corps to put on its biennial Gridiron show.

This year was no exception, with all the big name politicians from former governors to local mayors to members of Congress pilloried right and left for ambitions and missteps.

But the funniest by far had to be "I'm Not Done (Upstart Senate Punk)," featuring Donalyn Dela Cruz as former U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, lamenting her loss to U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in the Democratic primary to fill the seat vacated by the 2012 death of Sen. Daniel Inouye.

The video, played on the big screen at the Gridiron show, was a re-creation of the music video for the Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson hit "Uptown Funk."

Other honored victims of Gridiron writers were U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard,  former Govs. Neil Abercrombie and Linda Lingle, Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi and pro golfer Robert Allenby.

The show raises money for journalism internships in Hawaii. And that's a good thing.