Jessica Alba’s controversial, bondage-themed ad campaign designed to encourage America’s youth to vote—featuring a photo of the naked actress bound and with black tape covering her mouth—has raised eyebrows. It has also sparked an act of one-upmanship on a grand scale from Janet Jackson. The singer debuted her own S&M-based campaign to raise political awareness among the country’s younger set: a traveling stage show featuring Jackson and her backup troupe outfitted in extreme fetish gear, whipping a submissive man who is pilloried before a live audience.
“It’s a brilliant display of patriotism,” stated one political insider of Jackson’s torrid, grassroots crusade. “As Alba has shown, young people directly equate political awareness with a beautiful woman bound and gagged, pleading for her life with only her moist, begging eyes. But Janet’s politically savvy offering of intense, live bondage complete with restraints, flogging and ritual shaming makes Alba’s poster look like an ad for purity rings. If this doesn’t get kids excited about the political system, I don’t know what will. I guess we’ll have to start bussing them down to Tijuana for donkey shows.”
Jackson is scheduled to tour the nation with her sexed-up, get-out-and-vote message and will be appearing at numerous high schools, county fairs and church suppers.