Watch the Banned Danish Election Cartoon ‘Voteman’ (NSFW)

What’s the best way to encourage young people to vote? The Danish parliament (or Folketinget) decided that the answer was an ultra-violent, sex-filled Adult Swim-style cartoon. To encourage young Danes to vote in the upcoming European elections, the Folketinget commissioned a 90-second piece of animation starring a leather-clad dolphin-riding muscleman named Voteman who receives blowjobs from an army of women when he’s not busy decapitating Danish people who don’t vote. The reported budget for the piece was $30,000.

The ill-conceived cartoon, which was posted on the Folketinget’s YouTube and Facebook channels, was removed on Tuesday, just one day after it was posted, following a backlash over its indiscriminate use of sex and violence. “Many people whose opinions I deeply respect have perceived the cartoon from the EU Information Center as far more serious and offensive than it was intended, and believe it talks down to young people,” said Mogens Lykketoft, the speaker of the Folketinget. “I acknowledge that in the future Folketinget as an institution has to show more caution in terms of what we put our name to.”

The best thing about the video though: I learned that the amount of cinnamon in baked goods is a serious political issue in Denmark.

Watch the banned cartoon below:

(Thanks, John Dilworth)


  • OdysseyTag

    Reminds me of SuperJail.

  • DangerMaus

    They got bent out of shape over that? Extreme violence and sex? Obviously, the people complaining about this haven’t watched “Game of Thrones”. Sure this short is violent and there are sexual themes, but I’ve seen a lot worse in live action films.

    it seems like kind of a stupid way to raise the issue of falling voting rates, but it was obviously meant to shock people out of complacency. Given the complaints and resulting “pull”, I’d guess it did its job….just not in the way it was intended. It certainly doesn’t get to the heart of the issue. People aren’t voting, because they intrinsically know that their vote means nothing, because governments are owned by oligarchs and special interest groups. Why waste time voting when nothing ever changes or, if it does change, it changes only to suit the 1%.

  • http://the-animatorium.blogspot.com/ Natalie Belton

    Exactly how is this going to encourage people to vote?

  • NickA4

    I bet creating controversy and removing the video was all part of the plan to make it more viral.

  • Beamish Kinowerks

    Loved every second of it

  • Vivi

    I NEED TO VOTE NOW

  • StephaneDumas

    I laughed a lot. It look like a blend of South Park with Beavis & Butthead. Now will Matt Stone and Trey Parker plan to do a parody of Voteman? ;-)

    And I saw this article from the webzine Reason about Voteman
    http://reason.com/blog/2014/05/13/sex-violence-and-cinnamon-regulations-th

  • BlueBoomPony

    They regulate cinnamon buns?

  • Eman

    You know, abstaining is a totally valid right to exercise. Not a very wise one, but completely withing their rights.

    Seems more like a piece of satire than a serious political push.

  • truteal

    Unfortunately he is no match for Apathyman and Lackoffaithinthepoliticalsystemman

    It also says a lot about western culture