What better way to teach teens not to smoke than by producing a PSA-style video set to the tune of the song they blast on their iPods? To be sure, the online video "Smokerface," which has generated close to 60,000 views on YouTube since going up in April, is a lot more vulgar than the anti-smoking commercials shown on TV, and it features video of people who don't smoke at all, like Hillary Clinton. But the chorus drives the message home: "You have got, you have got, a very wrinkly smoker face (yellow skin and barely breathing.)"
BONUS! 6. GOP Goes Gaga Route to Woo Young'ns
It's not a "Poker Face" parody, but for the sake of proving the reach of Gaga's influence, take note of the Republican party's recent effort to reach out to young voters: "Just Tax," an online video that takes off on Gaga's first mainstream hit, "Just Dance."
Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA) debuted the clip at a Republican conference meeting in July to a crowd that, according to House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-IN), might have previously assumed Lady Gaga to be the name of a toy for babies, not a pop star. The music video features a young, well-dressed dude crooning about America's ever-expanding national debt. Where Gaga's solution to drinking too much in the club is to "Just dance," the GOP's solution is to "Just tax, gonna be OK, do-do-do-do-do-do/Just tax, spread the love around do-do-do-do." Surely it's only a matter of time (and an applicable Gaga hit) before the Dems strike back.