The latest effort is a Gangnam-Style promotional video in Spanish for tourist visas to the United States. Tourism is a big priority with the Barack Obama administration, and the embassy here has come a long way since the time when Costa Ricans had to stand outside in the rain awaiting a visa interview. The video is subtitled in English.
Now, it seems, embassy staffers really want to approve visa applications.
The embassy has reported that more than 80 percent of the applicants are approved anyway. But there still is a steady flow of illegals taking a long and dangerous trip through Central America to challenge the U.S. border.
Usually these illegal immigrants use the services of so-called coyotes.
Well, the embassy video has someone dressed up in a real coyote outfit as an example of who should not be trusted. When last seen, the Wile E. Coyote markdown was chasing a Costa Rican around the embassy lawn.
The embassy staff enlisted the aid of Costa Rican singer Daniel Castillo to get the workers dancing. Even Ambassador Anne Slaughter Andrew dons sunglasses and catches the beat.
Embassy staffers put together a side-splitting video in 2011 to warn tourists to avoid crimes while visiting.
The embassy here is not the only one getting YouTube time. The embassy in Manilla put up a song and dance number in December but it does not seem to carry a serious message as the production here does. Embassies in Laos, Cambodia, South Korea, Brazil and others.
The only serious criticism seems to come from Ambassador Andrew’s home state of Indiana. The most unkind words come from a conservative Internet commentator namedDebbie Schlussel, who said the production was a ridiculous music video and that the United States did not need to advertise to get visa violators.
In Costa Rica, the embassy video got positive writeups in the Spanish-language press and on television.