Kamala Harris criticized for using child actors in new space video

According to the New York Post, Vice President Kamala Harris has released a new educational science video series on YouTube featuring child actors in its first episode, which drew intense ridicule on social media. 

The Get Curious with Kamala Harris series focuses on making space interesting to children, featuring former astronaut Shane Kimbrough from the International Space Station. The children featured in the video appear to be everyday school children but are actually child actors.

Adding more fuel to the fire for her critics, the company hired to help produce the series is called Sinking Ship Entertainment, Fox News noted.

Meet the actors

Trevor Bernardino served as one of the actors in the new video. He was not told who the main star was during his audition for the gig until arriving in Washington, D.C.

“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,” Bernardino said, according to KSBW-TV.

“The most exciting part was definitely meeting Vice President Harris. There’s nothing that can top that,” he added.

Co-stars Derrick Brooks II, Emily Kim, Zhoriel Tapo, and Sydney Schmooke joined Bernadino for the video shot last month at the US Naval Observatory in Washington, where the vice president’s residence is located.

The critics

“The series comes as Harris has continued to face criticism for her perceived inability to connect with many people across the country,” Fox News reported.

The vice president’s video now appears to serve as part of a strategy to change her perception among the American public, offering a new focus on children and education.

Harris has previously experienced criticism over her handling of the border immigration crisis, and has more recently been notably silent on many of Biden’s top issues.

The vice president’s efforts to change America’s perception of her may have been a good idea on paper, but appeared to be poorly executed as the video — which went viral for all of the wrong reasons — has attracted far more negative publicity than positive.

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