VIDEO – The new feature film, ‘The Campaign’, starring Will Ferrell Zach Galifianakis, features two characters modeled after the Koch Brothers. The Koch brothers themselves released a statement blasting Galifianakis for referring to them as “creepy”.
‘The Campaign’ features Will Ferrell as Cam Cameron, a four-term Democratic congressman from North Carolina who is cruising to an easy, unopposed reelection when a major gaffe sends his approval ratings tumbling. The “Motch Brothers” (played by Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow) are two ultra-rich billionaire brothers who plan to sell a huge portion of the congressional district to China so they can open up a fully legal sweatshop on American soil. The Motch Brothers look to seize the opening to unseat Cameron by pumping millions of dollars into the race to install a Republican puppet (Zach Galifianakis) to do their bidding.
In a recent interview with The New York Daily News, Galifianakis admitted that the “Motch Brothers” characters are the Koch brothers. “Whether you are on the right or the left,” said Galifianakis, “everyone can agree that there are a lot of outside influences in American politics that are not good for the system. There’s just too much money.” He specifically noted the Koch Brothers saying, “I disagree with everything they do. They are creepy and there is no way around that. It’s not freedom what they are doing.”
The Koch brothers responded through a spokesman:
“Last we checked, the movie is a comedy. Maybe more to the point is that it’s laughable to take political guidance or moral instruction from a guy who makes obscene gestures with a monkey on a bus in Bangkok,” said Philip Ellender, referring to a scene from the movie “The Hangover Part II.”
Ellender continued: “We disagree with his uninformed characterization of Koch and our beliefs. His comments, which appear to be based on false attacks made by our political opponents, demonstrate a lack of understanding of our longstanding support of individual freedom, freedom of expression, and constitutional rights.”