If LU had a Clown of the Week award (which the editors may want to consider) this week’s trophy would clearly go to Ohio State Senator Andrew Brenner. A video of Brenner that has gone viral depicts his feeble attempt to convince fellow lawmakers taking part in a Zoom meeting that he is in his office and not behind the wheel of his car.
There is no better place to begin an assessment of the senator’s “performance” than with the production values. Obviously he used cheap green-screen software, most likely freeware. That would explain the fuzzy outline surrounding him throughout. There is also the issue of artifacting. Notice that at times you can see the back window of his vehicle on the driver’s side through which the passing scenery is visible.
And no critique would be complete without mention of his seatbelt. Not that many desk chairs in my experience come with seatbelts, but I guess Brenner figured the other senators wouldn’t notice or might assume it was a decorative sash.
Finally note that he swivels his head around frequently as he drives to keep an eye on traffic.
But I’ve saved the best part for last. According to station WKYC, the meeting occurred just “as the Ohio House is considering a bill proposing stricter rules against cell phone use while driving, with a goal of cracking down on distracted driving in the state.”
Maybe in addition to his booby price, Brenner deserves a citation.