There’s been a lot of commentary about the “I Pledge” video produced by Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, which various people find weird and disturbing in different ways. But I haven’t seen anyone point out what strikes me as odd about it. These celebrities promise to do a lot of stuff, but it’s all stuff they could have been doing before Obama was inaugurated. The key statement comes at the end of the video, when they “pledge to be a servant to our President and all mankind.” This is a vow of allegiance and service to a person, not a country or cause. That makes this video an oath of fealty. The celebrities are proclaiming that they are vassals of Barack Obama, and he is their lord.

Someone should tell them we don’t live in a feudal monarchy. But I feel sure these people would have absolutely no idea what that means.

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