If you're an American, then there's a decent chance that the 2016 election has caused you some stress over the course of the last year. Opinions about all of the candidates have become incredibly polarized, and it can often feel as if there's no real alternative. Now it seems that there is. Boy Meets World and Girl Meets World's Eric Matthews has decided to throw his hat into the ring (even though he forgot his hat) for the 2016 presidential election, and his campaign ad is absolutely perfect. Check it out below.
Now that's a political ad that people can genuinely rally around. The commercial sees Will Friedle once again step into the role of Eric Matthews as the loveably incompetent Senator announces his candidacy to become the President of the United States. Although his ad is certainly light on policy, Matthews makes up for it by giving voters a genuine sense that he simply wants to help the American public. Despite the fact that the promo does very little to actually convince us that Senator Matthews is qualified to run the country, it's still nice to see him try. He even allows a dog to maul his hand simply to try and win our votes; that's commitment to the political process.
Of course, if you haven't kept up with the Boy Meets World universe over the last few years, this ad might feel a bit confusing. Like many other vital elements from the original series, Eric Matthews made a glorious return to the small screen when Girl Meets World debuted back in 2014. Actor Will Friedle reprised the role as a recurring member of the series' ensemble, with the former mayor of St. Upidtown eventually finding himself elected as a New York Senator. Even though the character definitely remains the bumbling buffoon that we all came to know and love during the TGIF run of Boy Meets World, he has arguably proven himself as a decent Senator. Perhaps there's a correlation there.
With less than two weeks to go until the 2016 presidential election process finally comes to an end, this commercial is actually a nice breath of fresh air. Political satire has become fairly mean spirited on both sides of the political aisle over the course of the last year, and it's nice to see a piece of entertainment that can poke fun at the process while maintaining a lighthearted and neutral sensibility. There are probably many Disney characters who could pull that off, but if it has to be Eric Matthews, then he'll get our vote.
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