Feb. 28, 2017

    People Are Losing It Over This Canadian Politician's Bizarre Facebook Video

    [pause, deep breath, looks contemplatively off into the distance]

    So, this is Kellie Leitch. As you may or may not know, she's running to be the next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, based mostly on a hardline immigration policy.

    Canadian Press

    The Ontario MP has proposed screening all immigrants, refugees, and visitors to the country for "anti-Canadian values." Critics have trashed the plan as unrealistic, and Leitch has been accused of dog-whistle politics.

    Leitch laid out her vision on her Facebook page this week, with a video that is unintentionally hilarious and cringeworthy.

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    The eight-and-a-half-minute video is a masterpiece of avant-garde filmmaking.

    There are long, unnecessary pauses, contemplative looks off camera, awkward meandering around the room — and the whole thing is delivered about 50% slower than Leitch's normal speaking voice.

    People are super confused.

    Holy shit. Is Leitch actually totally baked in this video? https://t.co/XJ9Kw3umZH

    I can't stop laughing at that Kellie Leitch video. Who thought it was a good idea to put something that awkward out in public?

    Many could not get over how poorly made the whole thing is.

    I made many terrible student films, and I can honestly say they were all better planned/shot/edited than Kellie Leitch's propaganda film

    Or some of the strange, uh, acting choices.

    Hi I'm @paulisci and I'm running for Conservative leader (sits down) (stands up) (looks to left) (camera pans) (sits down) (looks to right)

    "Hello, I'm the ++Rev. Kelly 'Kellie' Leitch, LMAO, and I'm running for the leadersh—" /spins head 180° to follow wayward camera operator

    Someone even collected all the awkward pauses, breaths, and faraway looks in one place.

    People compared it to Breitbart's infamous interview with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

    Kellie Leitch is now taking production and staging tips from Breitbart

    And '90s HR training films.

    That Kellie Leitch video almost looks like an awkward HR training film from the 90s. Needs more stock footage though.

    ...And acid trips.

    Watching that Kellie Leitch video is giving me the Heebie-jeebies, if heebie-jeebies were on acid and halfway to the moon in a space toilet

    They struggled to understand.

    Me after watching that Kellie Leitch video...

    Was there some kind of malfunction?

    btw does Kellie Leitch always deliver speeches like she's receiving the transmissions in batches from a glitchy orbiting satellite?

    I am so convinced Kellie Leitch is a cyborg.

    Someone get Melissa McCarthy on the phone.

    The perfect person to play Kellie Leitch.

    Anyway, there had better be a sequel.

    Leitch has released her next values video

    Ishmael N. Daro is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto. PGP fingerprint: 5A1D 9099 3497 DA4B

    Contact Ishmael N. Daro at ishmael.daro@buzzfeed.com.

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