California Gov. Jerry Brown's reservations about following Washington and Colorado into marijuana legalization are being playfully ridiculed in a ripped-from-the-headlines video by Taiwanese animators.
The tongue-in-cheek clip recounts an interview last weekend on NBC's "Meet the Press" in which the Democratic governor argued that a dangerous and competitive global landscape requires a more alert citizenry "than some of the potheads might be able to put together."
A pair of bong-toting couch potatoes point to images of Brown on television and recoil in laughter. "I know, right, what a fuddy duddy," the female narrator says in an English translation of the Chinese-language cartoon.
The report, which depicts the 75-year-old governor shuffling onto the television set with the help of a walker, pokes him for being out of touch with his state's seemingly lax regulations on medicinal marijuana.
"Come on, Moonbeam, does the governor totally not realize that Californians who want to smoke are already doing so?" the narrator continues. "Maybe we should just legalize, commercialize and export. That might level the playing field."
Brown's appearance on the venerable Sunday interview program came after he filed paperwork to seek an unprecedented fourth term. He stands as a clear favorite against a pair of Republicans: former U.S. treasurer official Neel Kashkari and Assemblyman Tim Donnelly of Twin Peaks.
Brown's campaign appeared to take the animated report in stride.
"More entertaining than Neel spouting empty platitudes in the big chair, but still not nearly as fun as Donnelly's videos," campaign spokesman Dan Newman said.
Brown is not the first California politician to get the snarky animation treatment. Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and former GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger all have been lampooned in recent years.
PHOTO: Screen grab from Brown report via us.tomonews.net.