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It's Halftime in America

Postby pjbogart » Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:08 pm

I jumped around listening to the usual suspects' appraisal of this commercial from last night's game and it was fairly universal that Republicans (the talking heads, not the voters) hated this commercial and the Democrats loved it. If you haven't seen it, watch it here:

It's Halftime in America

I personally don't understand the fuss, nor do I find the ad all that moving. It's a tad on the jingoistic side, which perhaps appeals to its intended audience.

What's offensive about it? I listened to Rush Limbaugh's fill-in rant about Chrysler being 58% owned by Italian automobile manufacturer Fiat and then went into a mind-numbingly dumb tirade about how Superbowl car commercials are indicative of the corrosion of the American spirit. Sean Hannity picked up the ball where Mark Stein left off and continued the bashing and even Vicki McKenna's fill-in thought it was worth jabbering about, adding some calls about Madonna's left-wing radical, socialist, communist, terrorist sidekick M.I.A. Seriously, has anyone even heard of M.I.A before? I haven't.

Anyway, I watched the commercial a couple more times when I got home from work and I can't seem to find what's so offensive about it. It does have a brief shot of a politician's mouth moving, which is enough to piss off anyone, followed by a shot of a protest at a capitol (was that us?) But overall the theme seems to be "if Americans work together through tough times we'll find a way to succeed." Is that offensive? Really?
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Re: It's Halftime in America

Postby rabble » Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:14 pm

pjbogart wrote:It does have a brief shot of a politician's mouth moving, which is enough to piss off anyone, followed by a shot of a protest at a capitol (was that us?)

Yes, I think that was us.

I saw that this evening. I had no idea the right was having fits over it. The only thing that crossed my mind was oh, look at that. Clint's doing car commercials. I wonder how he got that hard up.

Damn. They must be running out of scapegoats if they're going ballistic over stuff like that.
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Re: It's Halftime in America

Postby city2countrygal » Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:21 pm

So when does the 2nd half of the game start? Now?

I liked it. I used to paint cars with my dad in our garage. I love cars. They are the backbone of this country. My next car will be a hybrid.

pjbogart wrote:Seriously, has anyone even heard of M.I.A before? I haven't.

Yes, she's known for being controversial. Almost every performance she does something for attention. Just what the attention is being directed toward is what I'm not sure of. I'm all for free speech, if she wants to pay the fine for the bird. A view from the New Yorker:
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2012/02/im-sorry-mia-apologized.html
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Re: It's Halftime in America

Postby snoqueen » Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:40 pm

I think this time the coded messages run the other direction. First the ad showed a black guy getting dressed for work and later some other minority workers and families. That gives the message "this is the face of America" and it really ticks them off, just likea picture of Obama -- "this is the face of America's president" -- does. I'm serious.

The rest of us don't get it at all because we think that actually is how America looks today so it seems normal. Maybe the Chrysler people didn't get it either because that's how their city and their plant look every day. Maybe they wanted to be inclusive because they want to sell you a car and your race doesn't matter one way or the other.

But the far right sees it and it pisses the hell out of them.
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Re: It's Halftime in America

Postby Galoot » Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:47 pm

Sno is right about that bit, as usual.

The other thing is the entire idea of "compromise" and "working together" is anathema to today's GOP. They think that liberalism is entirely evil, or a mental illness, and the idea that America could progress at all without the GOP being in absolute control...? Why, that's crazy talk to them.

The commercial reminded me of the "greatest generation" attitude, that America wasn't going to take anything lying down, that we would sacrifice and work like crazy to win on the world stage. And it is incredibly sad that today's GOP thinks that is something to mock and deride.
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Re: It's Halftime in America

Postby DCB » Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:53 pm

rabble wrote:
pjbogart wrote:It does have a brief shot of a politician's mouth moving, which is enough to piss off anyone, followed by a shot of a protest at a capitol (was that us?)

Yes, I think that was us.

I saw that this evening. I had no idea the right was having fits over it. The only thing that crossed my mind was oh, look at that. Clint's doing car commercials. I wonder how he got that hard up.

Did you see 'Gran Torino'? I think its personal for him.

Why the fuss? Obama bailed out Detroit, so the entire car industry is now a socialist enterprise. And the right is terrified of manufacturing, because it supports unions thugs.

I love this ad. If only because it provokes the right into revealing just how much they hate Americans.
Joe Biden wrote:Osama Bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive
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Re: It's Halftime in America

Postby snoqueen » Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:05 pm

I'm sitting here laughing, unfortunately. What are these people going to drive? They can't drive Chrysler products because of whatever Chrysler angle they're angry about, they can't drive imports because they're made by foreigners. GM pretty much got bailed out too, so that's off limits. Do they all drive Ford, or is that evil too?

And you know they won't ride public transportation.
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Re: It's Halftime in America

Postby fennel » Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:22 pm

snoqueen wrote:And you know they won't ride public transportation.
Of course not. Public is just a code word for socialism.
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Re: It's Halftime in America

Postby pjbogart » Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:07 pm

snoqueen wrote:GM pretty much got bailed out too, so that's off limits.


Holy cow. I can tell that you never tune into right-wing radio. GM stands for "government motors." I like your idea that the simple imagery of America as a melting pot is enough to drive a right-winger nuts, but realistically this is the same imagery you see in Republican ads as well.

Galoot is probably onto something with the suggestion that compromise and working together are at issue, but rather than assuming that Republicans hate the notion of compromise and working together, perhaps the root of the anger is that Republicans know that they did neither and Chrysler not only survived, it paid back the loans it received from the government (with interest). Perhaps pointing out that the company survived is somewhat of a finger in the eye of detractors, Mitt Romney among the most vocal, and suggesting that they compromised is a way of saying, "you refused to compromise and we succeeded anyway."
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Re: It's Halftime in America

Postby snoqueen » Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:02 am

Holy cow. I can tell that you never tune into right-wing radio. GM stands for "government motors."


No wonder I never can figure out all those acronyms.
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Re: It's Halftime in America

Postby rrnate » Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:22 am

city2countrygal wrote:So when does the 2nd half of the game start? Now?

I liked it. I used to paint cars with my dad in our garage. I love cars. They are the backbone of this country. My next car will be a hybrid.

pjbogart wrote:Seriously, has anyone even heard of M.I.A before? I haven't.

Yes, she's known for being controversial. Almost every performance she does something for attention. Just what the attention is being directed toward is what I'm not sure of. I'm all for free speech, if she wants to pay the fine for the bird. A view from the New Yorker:
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2012/02/im-sorry-mia-apologized.html


To step away from the "M.I.A. is always causing controversy" talk for a sec, just wanted to add that her albums are awesome (particularly the second one, "Kala"). The music is a pretty cool mishmash of stuff and is worth checking out. She's released a number of solid mixtapes free online that are a good way to get your feet wet.

She's not "Madonna's sidekick" so much as someone that Madonna is trying to use to score some cool-points (and it kinda works). Same deal with Nicki Minaj, though I think she's probably more famous.

All that being said, I'm amused that Springsteen's uber crotch shot or Prince's guitar stroking is not a problem, but MIA flipping the bird is some sort of controversy.
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Re: It's Halftime in America

Postby Remember_Me » Tue Feb 07, 2012 7:30 pm

The only response Clint Eastwood needs to make to these America-hating GOPers:

Make my day by getting off my lawn!
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Re: It's Halftime in America

Postby someone else » Tue Feb 07, 2012 8:18 pm

pjbogart wrote:Seriously, has anyone even heard of M.I.A before? I haven't.


Oh sure I have, of course. Her Paper Planes song is probably the most famous, it was on the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack.

Tom Morello and Boots Riley did a good cover of it with their short lived Street Sweeper Social Club project. Have you heard of them before?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQFWAXNQzAA&ob=av2e
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Re: It's Halftime in America

Postby ilikebeans » Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:38 pm

Did anyone else at first think the ad was being narrated by The Batman?
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Re: It's Halftime in America

Postby supaunknown » Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:02 am

Batman With No Name

Saw the ad during the Super Bowl and thought it was quite affecting, though apparently I had no idea how affecting it'd be for pundits. The whole thing's a coded message for Socialist seditionists? I don't really *git* that. Was it because they showed unionized factory robots? Why do Cadillac owners feel so strongly about Chrysler?
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