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(USA Today)   A lot of people are offended by the Volkswagen ad with the white guy faking a Jamaican accent. Except Jamaica's minister of culture and tourism, who loves it and wants to discuss a co-branding contract   (usatoday.com) divider line 184
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2013-01-30 09:37:09 PM
These people aren't personally offended.  They're professionally offended.  They work for multicultural agencies.  Their jobs would go away if not for playing the race/gay/woman card, if not for the subsequent lawsuit-fearing apologies, if not for the subsequent diversity seminars put on by the "offended" agents.
 
2013-01-30 09:37:18 PM
I thought it was funny. I don't think VW is trying to be offensive or condescending. I like a commercial that makes me laugh.

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2013-01-30 09:37:48 PM

untaken_name: Land Ark: OtherLittleGuy: Everyone know that Jamaicans are African-American, like any other person of color.

I don't understand how "African-American" became accepted. It seems like it should be horribly offensive since it presumes everyone in Africa is black and every black person is of African decent.

Political correctness has never made sense. If the pattern holds, African-American will soon become offensive and a new term will be pushed as the politically correct term to use. This is what happened to "colored" and "black".


One of our Farkers from Canada is black and of Caribbean descent. He says all the time how they hate being called African Americans because it is incorrect.
 
2013-01-30 09:38:11 PM

Land Ark: OtherLittleGuy: Everyone know that Jamaicans are African-American, like any other person of color.

I don't understand how "African-American" became accepted. It seems like it should be horribly offensive since it presumes everyone in Africa is black and every black person is of African decent.


African American means black, it's just a politically correct way to say it. A black American from Haiti, Jamaica, the UK, South America, etc isn't African American. Moroccans, Libyans, Algerians and other non-blacks from Africa aren't considered "African American."
 
2013-01-30 09:39:20 PM
Volkswagen: putting unpleasantness in the rear-view mirror since 1945.
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2013-01-30 09:39:24 PM
My father was born and raised in Jamaica and is Syrian and Jewish, so not black at all. Jamaica is a depressing place since all the money left in the seventies and eighties. Anything that can boost the countries profile and increase tourism is all good in my book.
 
2013-01-30 09:39:38 PM

ultraholland: Not offended.


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To be fair, he might have been, but no one understood what the hell he was saying when they asked him.

\A licky boom boom down.
 
2013-01-30 09:41:37 PM
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I remember it came out of the jungle....the great beast.

I know by the stone look in his eyes everyting wan't gonna be Irie!
 
2013-01-30 09:42:20 PM

Lionel Mandrake: "It's pretty horrific," says Ricki Fairley-Brown, president of the multicultural marketing agency Dove Marketing. "Why do they have a white guy from Minnesota faking a Jamaican accent?"

Same reason men dress as women, babies and animals talk and dance, and grannies rap.  A big part of humor of humor is having people do things that are unexpected or against type.

And, "pretty horrific??"  Man, you are a giant wuss.


Id rather see a black Jamaican faking a Minnesota accent

/Is that racist?  I just dont know anymore.
//Eh
 
2013-01-30 09:43:12 PM
This is still my favorite ad featuring a Jamaican accent.

/Hooray beer!
 
2013-01-30 09:44:03 PM
I remember when the English got mega pissed off at Jerry Seinfeld for this late 90's Amex commercial.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OQWFZZE-DY
 
2013-01-30 09:44:51 PM
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It be openin' doors to other worlds, mon.
 
2013-01-30 09:46:02 PM

chazsandiego: I remember when the English got mega pissed off at Jerry Seinfeld for this late 90's Amex commercial.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OQWFZZE-DY


To be fair, that really was a wicked googly
 
2013-01-30 09:47:33 PM

chazsandiego: I remember when the English got mega pissed off at Jerry Seinfeld for this late 90's Amex commercial.


bloody wankers
 
2013-01-30 09:47:34 PM

illannoyin: They must think this is the most offensive and racist song ever


The thing I hate about that video is that it doesn't include the rappy bit, the lack of which just makes the song a crappy cover.
 
2013-01-30 09:47:56 PM
"OtherLittleGuy: Everyone know that Jamaicans are African-American, like any other person of color.I don't understand how "African-American" became accepted. It seems like it should be horribly offensive since it presumes everyone in Africa is black and every black person is of African decent."they are
 
2013-01-30 09:48:30 PM

FlippityFlap: /I be from Jamaica, mon. Lord have mercy.


If I wasn't Jamaican, then why would I wear this hat?
 
2013-01-30 09:49:11 PM
It's pretty horrific," says Ricki Fairley-Brown, president of the multicultural marketing agency Dove Marketing. "Why do they have a white guy from Minnesota faking a Jamaican accent?"

Dude's horror threshold is awfully low. He needs a  Dreadlock Holiday.
 
2013-01-30 09:49:46 PM
Just don't tell the professionally outraged about that Jamaican bobsledding movie.
 
2013-01-30 09:52:45 PM

JayR30: untaken_name: Land Ark: OtherLittleGuy: Everyone know that Jamaicans are African-American, like any other person of color.

I don't understand how "African-American" became accepted. It seems like it should be horribly offensive since it presumes everyone in Africa is black and every black person is of African decent.

Political correctness has never made sense. If the pattern holds, African-American will soon become offensive and a new term will be pushed as the politically correct term to use. This is what happened to "colored" and "black".

One of our Farkers from Canada is black and of Caribbean descent. He says all the time how they hate being called African Americans because it is incorrect.


Then he should say Afro Carribean, cause in Colombia where part of my heritage is from, they call themselves Afro Colombians.

But where was your friend born, if he was born in Canada, then he is Afro American...
 
2013-01-30 09:56:02 PM
"One of our Farkers from Canada is black and of Caribbean descent. He says all the time how they hate being called African Americans because it is incorrect."caribbean blacks are from.. get this.. africa
 
2013-01-30 09:56:44 PM
Not racist, but some do have a problem with it. My daughter's mother and her family are from St. Thomas and sound like that, so I in a fake Island voice told my daughter to " go pick me up some of that jerked chicken mon"............... She never rolled her eyes that hard in her life.
/BTW I'm black
//My cousins from the south also have that problem when we talk like them
 
2013-01-30 09:56:57 PM
What's wit' all de batty boys gettin' de panties in a bind?
 
2013-01-30 09:57:49 PM

NewWorldDan: You should all feel ashamed for even watching that commercial.  How dare white people make the insinuation that Jamaicans are happy and friendly.


"Why can't we have racism that's ignorant but nice? You could have stereotypes that are positive about race. You could say, 'Those Chinese people, they can fly!' 'You know about the Puerto Ricans... they're made of candy!' "
 
2013-01-30 10:00:46 PM

Igor Jakovsky: Lionel Mandrake: "It's pretty horrific," says Ricki Fairley-Brown, president of the multicultural marketing agency Dove Marketing. "Why do they have a white guy from Minnesota faking a Jamaican accent?"

Same reason men dress as women, babies and animals talk and dance, and grannies rap.  A big part of humor of humor is having people do things that are unexpected or against type.

And, "pretty horrific??"  Man, you are a giant wuss.

Id rather see a black Jamaican faking a Minnesota accent

/Is that racist?  I just dont know anymore.
//Eh


(I think you were going here anyway, but...)
Exactly how is that different?

/Tiny Vader is the bar for VW, good luck getting back there.
//THIS IS NOT RACIST, but it's no Tiny Vader, got a smile out of me... YMMV
 
2013-01-30 10:01:00 PM
Land Ark: I don't understand how "African-American" became accepted. It seems like it should be horribly offensive since it presumes everyone in Africa is black and every black person is of African decent.

This. And couple it with the fact that most people in the country aren't first generation immigrants and they're just "Americans," not "Irish-Americans" or "African-Americans" etc. etc. There also seems to be a fair amount of apprehension among white people saying "black", and I've never met a black person who was offended by someone saying someone is "black." I'd find such a person intolerable as well.
 
2013-01-30 10:01:01 PM
This "controversy" smells like a gigantic troll.
 
2013-01-30 10:01:51 PM
I guess watching the superbowl a week in advance is really popular in Jamaica.
 
2013-01-30 10:02:51 PM

ryant123: Ricki Fairley-Brown


dude's a dudette, dude.
 
2013-01-30 10:03:02 PM
Isn't the racist thing that this "multicultural agency" believes only black people can have Jamaican accents?  I know a couple of white people and asian people who grew up in Jamaica.

NEWSFLASH:  ACCENTS HAVE MORE TO DO WITH WHERE YOU GROW UP THAN YOUR RACE.
 
2013-01-30 10:04:40 PM

Nem Wan: Volkswagen: putting unpleasantness in the rear-view mirror since 1945.
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Thats because everything behind the rear-view mirror was unpleasant.
 
2013-01-30 10:05:31 PM
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And it is shocking that the actor who does this character's voicework isn't even a penguin!
 
2013-01-30 10:06:35 PM

OtherLittleGuy: Everyone know that Jamaicans are African-American, like any other person of color.


Actually they aren't African American. They're black. They aren't American at all. They're Jamaican. So I guess you could call them African Jamaican, but you'd sound ridiculous. About as ridiculous as people sound when they say African American.
 
2013-01-30 10:12:28 PM
 
2013-01-30 10:12:58 PM

craig1f: OtherLittleGuy: Everyone know that Jamaicans are African-American, like any other person of color.

Actually they aren't African American. They're black. They aren't American at all. They're Jamaican. So I guess you could call them African Jamaican, but you'd sound ridiculous. About as ridiculous as people sound when they say African American.


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2013-01-30 10:13:17 PM
If it were not for this Outrage, the article that ensued and being posted on Fark, I would never have seen this TV ad and, therefore, not have had a good laugh.

Thank you Outrage Guy.
 
2013-01-30 10:13:19 PM

halB: Isn't the racist thing that this "multicultural agency" believes only black people can have Jamaican accents?  I know a couple of white people and asian people who grew up in Jamaica.

NEWSFLASH:  ACCENTS HAVE MORE TO DO WITH WHERE YOU GROW UP THAN YOUR RACE.


So that's why I sound more like a drunk Canadian than someone from Cork? Works for me.
 
2013-01-30 10:13:46 PM

eddievercetti: If you were offended, you have no funny bone.


What if I didn't find it offensive but I also thought it wasn't funny?

Now THESE are some Super Bowl ads that are offensive but are also funny:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJDLws_l3Ok

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oooij6sQYgI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y09z8lwOEYA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVkFT2yjk0A
 
2013-01-30 10:13:53 PM
Quaker


One man gets it. Simpson Sampson, I stick by my story........
 
2013-01-30 10:15:30 PM
Pluto: I'm a planet!

IAU: No, you don't clear out your orbital space.

General Public: But, that's against what we've learned for all our life!

Pluto: Damn straight!  What, you callin' us lazy or somethin' for not cleaning up our orbitals?

IAU: You're right, you're right.  We'll call you a minor planet.

Pluto: Wat?  You oppressin' me and shiat now, too?!

IAU: Ok, you're a Plutoid then.  We'll categorize all minor planets using you as a basis and we'll give them that description after you.  We're sorry.  No hard feelings?

Sedna: Leave me outta' dis.  I'm a farkin' Inuit.
 
2013-01-30 10:15:33 PM
Hey Subby...a lot of ppl need to turn that frown upside down Mon!
 
2013-01-30 10:17:34 PM
Like Puerto Ricans saying they come from pure spanish bloodlines.

Though En mi viejo san juan is a great old tune.
 
2013-01-30 10:20:22 PM

theflatline: Like Puerto Ricans saying they come from pure spanish bloodlines.
Though En mi viejo san juan is a great old tune.


Does it have the word corazon in it? That's pretty much mandatory for spanish language songs.
 
2013-01-30 10:21:44 PM
drjekel_mrhyde: chickenracist
 
2013-01-30 10:22:13 PM

craig1f: OtherLittleGuy: Everyone know that Jamaicans are African-American, like any other person of color.

Actually they aren't African American. They're black. They aren't American at all. They're Jamaican. So I guess you could call them African Jamaican, but you'd sound ridiculous. About as ridiculous as people sound when they say African American.


You're kidding, right?
 
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2013-01-30 10:22:53 PM
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2013-01-30 10:28:23 PM

The Only Sane Man In Florida: Land Ark: I don't understand how "African-American" became accepted. It seems like it should be horribly offensive since it presumes everyone in Africa is black and every black person is of African decent.

This. And couple it with the fact that most people in the country aren't first generation immigrants and they're just "Americans," not "Irish-Americans" or "African-Americans" etc. etc. There also seems to be a fair amount of apprehension among white people saying "black", and I've never met a black person who was offended by someone saying someone is "black." I'd find such a person intolerable as well.


Yeah, my girlfriend is from Maine & my brother-in-law is from New Orleans, so he's about the third black guy she ever met. She plucked up the temerity to ask what he thought about it one time. Basically he said "I'm black"; that "African-American" is contrived and patronizing and not fooling anyone, and if you want to really offend him you call him a "punk".
 
2013-01-30 10:35:04 PM

Land Ark: OtherLittleGuy: Everyone know that Jamaicans are African-American, like any other person of color.

I don't understand how "African-American" became accepted. It seems like it should be horribly offensive since it presumes everyone in Africa is black and every black person is of African decent.


There was a medical student, a white naturalized citizen from Mozambique, who was threatened physically, had his car vandalized and was eventually kicked out of medical school in New Jersey for daring to refer to himself as "African-American".    The dean told him it was offensive to people of color (understandable) and others.     Get over yourselves.
 
2013-01-30 10:35:15 PM
Brilliant marketing job. "Re-speck, Marketing Man." Seriously. There is something slightly edgy about it... with the history of blackface in this country I suppose a nerve might be tweaked. But take that, but show the black guy in a positive light - a ray of sunshine cheering everyone up - and... wow. That is slick.

Re-speck indeed.

And you know what else? I wonder if the fellow who's purportedly opposed to it ("horrific"?) is part of the marketing team to draw attention to this. Very slick indeed. Re-speck advertising agency.
 
2013-01-30 10:37:02 PM
 
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