Southern California voters probably didn’t expect to hear “Vote Frank Underwood!” being shouted outside their polling booths this morning as they punched ballots for Hillary, Bernie or Trump. But street teams for the fictional “House of Cards” president were in full campaign mode Tuesday, including at one West Hollywood station, where two women wearing Frank Underwood 2016 t-shirts were carrying posters and handing out #FU2016 bumper stickers.
That surreal moment came courtesy of Netflix, which wanted to remind Los Angeles voters that Frank Underwood is in contention… or, rather, that “House of Cards” remains a very real Emmys contender in 2016.
According to Netflix, “Underwood supporters” visited 52 LA locations, including polling stations. Technically, per California election code, any sort of campaigning or electioneering is forbidden within 100 feet of a polling place. But there’s no official mention of whether that applies to fictional characters, and it’s also, appropriately enough, exactly the sort of underhanded move Frank Underwood himself would approve of.
In the current state of election and FYC madness, this isn’t the only show taking a political angle on its campaigning. Also today, Hulu brought the political message of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog to a dog park in Silver Lake for a massive installation handing out puppy treats and reminding Emmy voters (as well as Silver Lake dog owners) that “Triumph’s Election Special 2016” is eligible for consideration as an outstanding variety special. Goodies being handed out included DVDs of the special, dog treats, chocolate cigars, buttons and poop bag dispensers. In addition, a camera crew was on site to interview local dogs on the issues for a forthcoming video.
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As we wait for the results from today’s pivotal California primary, check out photos from the Netflix street teams as well as the Triumph installation below.
Courtesy of Netflix