Example: [Collected via e-mail, November 2011]
And you idiots in CA keep voting in the liberal scum that makes this possible.
Poster Girl - Tells Why CA is the Best. You should watch the attached video. It only runs for
Origins: The video clip shown above of a young woman discussing the ease of obtaining public assistance benefits in California and the use (and misuse) of those benefits via the state's EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) program has been widely circulated on the Internet since the latter half of 2011, usually under titles such as "California Poster Girl" or "Parasites Are Devouring the Host Culture." It's a difficult item to classify, because while it wouldn't be accurate to maintain there is no truth to what is expressed in the video clip, it also isn't the case (as many viewers assume) that the interviewee is expressing her own personal experience in using the public assistance system or advocating the subject she's discussing.
The woman shown in the video is LaToya Hicks, a "new R&B Pop artist" who records under the name of Chapter. The clip is an excerpt from a longer interview in which Chapter discusses her life, her music, and the background of the characters and situations woven throughout the tracks on her album Chapter 1: Young and Restless:
Specifically, the portion of the interview excerpted in the circulated video clip is Chapter's comments on the inspiration behind her song "It's Free Swipe Yo EBT," the premise of which is described thusly:
"It's Free Swipe Yo EBT" has been described as everything from a song that unfairly mocks black women on public assistance programs to a satire that lampoons California's welfare system. Chapter herself said of the song in an interview that:
A: When I put that song out I just thought people would laugh about it. I never imagined that the type of backlash that has occurred would even take place. I came up with the idea to paint a picture to people as an exaggeration. The song is actually a reflection of my childhood in that my mother had multiple kids and was abusing government assistance.
I'm definitely not judging anybody and I don't hold any resentment toward my mother, but I want people to know that you have to treat your kids with respect not just like a paycheck. You never know, one day that child might grow up and write a song about it.