Julian Assange Wears Mullet Wig, Is Totally Serious About Running for Senate

As part of his continuing Australian Senate campaign, the WikiLeaks head does some karaoke.

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Matt Berman
Aug. 26, 2013, 8:34 a.m.

You know what a really sure­fire way to get elec­ted to Aus­tralia’s Sen­ate is? Ap­par­ently, it’s guest-star­ring in a news-par­ody rap video and do­ing your best ver­sion of an Aus­trali­an pop song from 1986.

Wel­come to the light­er side of WikiLeaks. 

First, let’s get to this “news rap” video from The Juice Me­dia, which is really, ab­so­lutely real and not something we’ve just made up.

For those of you who are a couple of years late, the in­tro mu­sic here is an un­for­tu­nate fac­sim­ile of the Game of Thrones theme (Game of Polls, get it?)  And yeah, the folks at Juice Rap News made sure to get “winter is com­ing to Aus­tralia” in­to the first 45 seconds. 

But you don’t really need to pay any mind to the first few minutes here, all of which fea­ture polit­ic­al im­per­son­at­ors. As a sum­ming up, let’s just say there are not-so-fleet­ing ex­plet­ives, former PM Ju­lia Gil­lard maims cur­rent PM Kev­in Rudd, and op­pos­i­tion lead­er and elec­tion-fa­vor­ite Tony Ab­bott throws around a lot of miso­gyny and then, in­con­gru­ously, be­comes Gol­lum. OK fine, weird, maybe of­fens­ive, but fine.

Then, at 3:40, we’re in­tro­duced to “an­oth­er con­tender seek­ing a Sen­ate seat,” from in­side of Ecuador’s em­bassy in Lon­don. Who is, of course, WikiLeaks head Ju­li­an As­sange. And this isn’t com­pletely a joke. As­sange is run­ning for a seat on be­half of his WikiLeaks Party, which has had re­cent prob­lems of its own. As As­sange can’t ac­tu­ally cam­paign for the seat in per­son, due to his self-im­posed ex­ile in the Ecuadori­an Em­bassy, he’s been largely lim­ited to on­line videos. Odd as it may seem, videos like this one can be im­port­ant for As­sange, who ac­tu­ally has some trac­tion in polling.

So As­sange isn’t afraid to pull out the stops:

The stops in this case be­ing a blond mul­let wig and a spoof of “You’re the Voice,” John Farnham’s hit 1986 single. “We have the chance to turn the pages over,” As­sange lip-syncs. And if there was any doubt about the WikiLeaks plat­form, he con­tin­ues:

We can write what we want to write.

We gotta make things leak, so we can get much bolder.

We’re all wire-tapped now. We’re all be­ing fed lies. 

“We were im­pressed — and quite sur­prised — that Ju­li­an agreed to the Farnham idea,” the video’s pro­du­cers said in a state­ment to Aus­tralia’s Her­ald Sun. “We fig­ure that, like us, he could see the hu­mour and power in such a skit.”

Not every­one quite saw that power though. The Sydney Morn­ing Her­ald‘s na­tion­al polit­ic­al re­port­er called the video “bizarre” and “of­fens­ive.” But for someone who is typ­ic­ally any­thing but jokey in his me­dia ap­pear­ances, the un­usu­al mul­let bit here is, at least the­or­et­ic­ally, a way for As­sange to seem like more than just an isol­ated ro­bot ac­cused of sexu­al as­sault. 

Aus­tralia’s elec­tions will be held Sept. 7. 

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