Who's ready for it all to be over with? After 15-16 months that felt like decades, Election 2016 is hours from the grand finale, barring hanging-chad shenanigans that require the Supreme Court to intervene. (We can do this, Florida, keep it together!)
For many of us, this year's field of presidential candidates has left, shall we say, a little sumpin' sumpin' to be desired - sumpin' like a hari-kiri or a lobotomy or a big, refreshing glass of cyanide punch.
Recognizing what Folio Weekly's therapist called "election fatigue" before she forked over the goods, Kristen Bankert and Jen Domaradzki, two loquacious assistant creative directors at the local office of St. John & Partners, an advertising and public relations firm, decided what this horrible, agonizing, painful, intense, cage match-style election needs most is laughter.
Bankert tells FW that the impetus of the idea came when they noticed people posting pictures of their "I voted" stickers that were "tainted with an undercurrent" of feeling that was different from past elections, when such stickers have historically been worn with pride.
"That was kind of the spark of the idea . . . [that] we should create 'I voted' stickers that capture the truth of how people really feel when they're walking out of the voting booth this year," Bankert says.
So, with full support from their company and less than two weeks to go before the big day, they created "2016 Brutally Honest Voting Stickers" that play off the "I voted" stickers distributed to voters at the polls.
"I voted and I could use a hug," "I voted and now it burns when I pee," "I voted and I just threw up in my mouth," and "I voted and I think some got on me," are just a few.
The stickers took off like wildfire.
"We posted it on our pages and it started getting shared and shared and shared," Bankert says.
As of this afternoon, Bankert says the post has been viewed two million times, with 10 million engagements (i.e. … More