Kamala Harris has been caught red-handed in a sad publicity stunt.
Harris was widely mocked online for a video of her with school-age children grinning, and apparently thrilled to see her, talking about space exploration and NASA.
But these were not simply any kids who were hyped about talking to the vice president about space exploration. A new report revealed that they were carefully selected paid child actors who were picked after they submitted a monologue and three questions they would ask a world leader, Fox News reported.
The YouTube Original Series, entitled “Get Curious with Vice President Harris,” is aimed at getting children interested in space and included an appearance by NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough from the International Space Station. But the children featured in the first installment of the series were child actors, including 13-year-old Trevor Bernardino.
In one scene, Harris tells the children that they are “going to learn so much,” adding that they will “literally see the craters on the moon with your own eyes. With your own eyes. I’m telling you.”
The kid actors appear to be genuinely excited, and Harris seems to be revealing something to them that they don’t already know. The kids are relentlessly ebullient throughout the video.
Bernardino, a Carmel, California teen who was one of five child actors in the video, told KSBW TV that he submitted a monologue and was interviewed for a role in the series.
“Then after that, like a week later my agent called me and was like ‘Hey Trevor, you booked it,’” the 13-year-old said.
The only thing he knew was that he was going to Washington DC and was going to interview someone.
“Me, my mom, dad, we were speculating who could be this important that we meet them in D.C. and we get to go on cool trip and film,” he said.
“The most exciting part was definitely meeting Vice President Harris. There’s nothing that can top that. Like, honestly,” he said. “She just sat us down. She is super charismatic. She’s everything that I ever thought of her, plus more. She made me feel like one of her peers, and at the time I felt super important. I was talking to her face to face.”
She was brutally mocked on Twitter, including by Donald Trump Jr.
“Just when you thought the most fake human being in the history of the world couldn’t get any more phony there’s this… Her commitment to cringe is truly impressive! Kamala Harris hired child actors to be part of her widely-mocked NASA space video,” he said.
“A video with Kamala Harris features child actors, with agents, auditions, and all. But here’s the punchline: ***The project is being produced by a company called Sinking Ship*** You couldn’t make it up,” Tim Murtaugh, a former Trump 2020 communications director said.
“The unqualified and affirmative action Vice President has no future in politics. Kamala Harris hired child actors to be part of her widely-mocked NASA space video,” Fox News contributor Leo Terrell said.
Bernardino’s dad told The Washington Examiner that all of the kids in the video were child actors.
“All five of them are actors,” he said of the cast that included child actors Derrick Brooks II, Emily Kim Zhoriel Tapo, and Sydney Schmooke.
“He’s a child actor — he’s been trying to do this type of thing for a while. And so he has a manager and an agent in LA and they send him castings,” the dad said.“This was a casting call, a very specific one where he had to write essentially a monologue about what he’s really passionate about and he wrote a monologue about the environment.”
“The producer of the series came back to him and asked him to write three questions that he’d ask a very important person … after that, he had a live Zoom interview with the producer of the series and then he got the part,” he said.
They did not know that they would be meeting Harris “until the day flying out, essentially,” he said. “The producers wanted a big surprise.”
“It was pitched to my son and us as a pilot,” he said, but its continuations is going to “depend on the reaction and what the producers want to do — our hope is that it gets picked up.”
YouTube is thrilled to have this project working.
“We are over the moon to be working with Vice President Harris on this exciting special that encourages kids to ask questions and explore space,” Nadine Zylstra, who is the head of family, learning, and impact for YouTube Originals, said. “Upholding our commitment to inspiring kids’ interests and learning, this special delivers quality, educational programming to our young viewers around the globe — and it’s pretty cool to have the Vice President of the United States and astronaut Shane Kimbrough help us do it.”