A Mount Carmel native and Carroll High School alum stars in a nationally recognized YouTube video that has garnered major media attention for its creative, laugh-out-loud defense of the Hawkeye State.

Scott Siepker’s “Iowa Nice” short film — produced on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in response to stereotyping of Iowa by the media — has well over 1 million views (and counting).

The two-minute video seeks to debunk certain coastal narratives about Iowa being a cultural monolith of prejudiced reactionaries. The more popular version (874,000 hits) contains some profanity, but Siepker’s team has posted a sanitized version as well (265,000 hits).

“Iowa is not what you think it is,” Siepker said in an interview with The Daily  Times Herald. “There are so many misconceptions out there.”

Siepker, 29, and “Iowa Nice” director, his longtime theatrical collaborator, Paul D. Benedict, have seen their work go viral with features on CNN International, MSNBC and BBC World News.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow termed “Iowa Nice” “the single-most-entertaining ad to come out of Iowa this political season.”

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