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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 08:09:33 PM
Obviously it's because there are not white people in Jamaica

//i was there for two weeks, so how come i never tell now
///that natty dread drinks at the sheraton hotel
 
2013-01-30 08:10:52 PM
I'm offended that he's not offended.  My cracker outrage must be heard.
 
2013-01-30 08:17:10 PM
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2013-01-30 08:22:41 PM
I like his lighten up and have fun attitude. It seems very Jamaican.

Wait, is that wrong?
 
2013-01-30 08:28:58 PM
Everyone know that Jamaicans are African-American, like any other person of color.
 
2013-01-30 08:29:51 PM
It's no worse than that guy faking a German accent and pretending he was the CEO of VW.
 
2013-01-30 08:41:30 PM
There are a lot of Asians that have grown up in the US and have an American accent.

I have yet to see a European that grew up in China, and then learned English.
 
2013-01-30 08:46:23 PM
It made me want to go back to Jamaica.

/buy a VW, not so much
//ya man
 
2013-01-30 08:48:02 PM
Don't worry, be happy?

Some people really need to pull the farking stick out of their asses.
 
2013-01-30 08:54:58 PM
I fail to see how this ad could be considered "racist."
 
2013-01-30 09:08:50 PM
www.nypost.com

Approves.
 
2013-01-30 09:14:40 PM
white guilt strikes again.
 
2013-01-30 09:17:30 PM
I was actually entertained, it's a stupid commerical for the Super Bowl. It's supposed to be dumb.
 
2013-01-30 09:17:34 PM
Crisp and clean, with no caffeine.
pluckyoutoo.files.wordpress.com
Never had it, never will.


...and lest ye forget:
www.troll.me
 
2013-01-30 09:17:44 PM
FTFA:

"People are entitled to their own opinion," says Erik Nicolaisen, the 33-year-old actor. But for a second opinion, he asked his brother-in-law, who is from Kingston, Jamaica. "He loves it."
 
2013-01-30 09:17:56 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?"

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.
 
2013-01-30 09:18:23 PM
Just like the time there was a campaign to take the Speedy Gonzales cartoons off the air, because Hispanics would find them offensive. Offensive that the little Mexican guy always wins? They loved him!
 
2013-01-30 09:20:16 PM
Racist? No. Stupid? Yes. It's an advertisement. What do you expect?
 
2013-01-30 09:21:51 PM

natazha: Just like the time there was a campaign to take the Speedy Gonzales cartoons off the air, because Hispanics would find them offensive. Offensive that the little Mexican guy always wins? They loved him!


Maybe they had a problem with his cousin.

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2013-01-30 09:22:29 PM
I can't believe they thought it was a good idea airing that commercial during the mutherfarking Super Bowl. Weak-ass tea.

/weak ass-tea
 
2013-01-30 09:22:29 PM
Two words: cultural appropriation.

Certain clothing, traditions, and yes, even accents are reserved for certain races. If you disagree, you are oppressing those poor minorities.
 
2013-01-30 09:23:12 PM
It's pretty awesome.
 
2013-01-30 09:24:03 PM
2.bp.blogspot.com

Chill the bork out, mon!
 
2013-01-30 09:24:13 PM
People need to get over themselves.
 
2013-01-30 09:24:17 PM
People talk in fake accents all the time. What's the big deal again?

Oh, wait, I'm a stuck up white person. Sorry about that.

Call me when they do a white guy speaking ebonics.
 
2013-01-30 09:24:31 PM
Ah, extreme political correctness. I don't see the problem with a white person speaking with a Jamaican accent. There are white Jamaicans, albeit they are quite the minority.
 
2013-01-30 09:24:54 PM

Rufus Lee King: Poor me, Israelite.


get up in the morning, slaving for bread, sir. so that every mouth can be fed?
 
2013-01-30 09:25:18 PM
 
2013-01-30 09:26:18 PM
Everybody has to be offended over something, these days.
 
2013-01-30 09:27:06 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.
 
2013-01-30 09:27:29 PM
This white guilt shiat is getting real farking old. Is anything not considered "offensive" anymore?
 
2013-01-30 09:28:19 PM
So faking an accent is racist now?


/I be from Jamaica, mon. Lord have mercy.
 
2013-01-30 09:28:50 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fg6J1Skptbs

TV isn't racist, noooooo none so ever.
 
2013-01-30 09:28:56 PM
soo FPSrussia was racist too then. i think i get it
 
2013-01-30 09:29:34 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.


Also Minnesota residents often have a thick upper midwest accent.  As a Michigan resident I saw the whole Minnesota reference as "You're supposed to have this weird accent, yet the Jetta has made you have this one instead."  It's not the world's greatest commercial, but I fail to see how it is offensive.
 
2013-01-30 09:29:34 PM
 
2013-01-30 09:30:02 PM
citythatbreeds.com
Oh right, but if a black guy dresses up like me it's high comedy
 
2013-01-30 09:30:11 PM
If you're offended by that you are pathetic.
 
2013-01-30 09:30:46 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.


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".
 
2013-01-30 09:31:37 PM
I wonder what Ras Trent thinks.
 
2013-01-30 09:31:58 PM
Thank god all the `critics' ie: People doing racially fed product placement for their own agenda got told to stfu
 
2013-01-30 09:32:36 PM
Leave it to Progressives to white knight for people who never wanted their help, particularly when they get to call other people "racists." Anything to prove to the world how Enlightened and Tolerant they are.
 
2013-01-30 09:32:48 PM

basemetal: It made me want to go back to Jamaica.

/buy a VW, not so much
//ya man


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tldDQT57CtY
 
2013-01-30 09:32:58 PM
FTA : Even more troubled by the spot is Rochelle Newman-Carrasco, chief hispanic marketing strategist at Walton Isaacson, an African-American, Gay/Lesbian and Hispanic agency. "What happens in this ad is that the culture becomes a punch line, and that is offensive."

She's right. Havent Minnesotans suffered enough? A hundred and fiifty five years of oppression shouts, "YES!".
 
2013-01-30 09:33:08 PM
If you were offended, you have no funny bone.
 
2013-01-30 09:33:25 PM
You should all feel ashamed for even watching that commercial.  How dare white people make the insinuation that Jamaicans are happy and friendly.
 
2013-01-30 09:33:39 PM

phrawgh: Crisp and clean, with no caffeine.
[pluckyoutoo.files.wordpress.com image 284x400]
Never had it, never will.


...and lest ye forget:
[www.troll.me image 552x386]


And if you say "raise up lights" fairly fast, you sound like you're saying "razor blades" in an Australian accent.  RACIST!!!!

/if there's anybody watching.
 
2013-01-30 09:34:10 PM
Not offended.

cbswxrk.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-01-30 09:35:57 PM
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2013-01-30 09:36:45 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".


"African-American" is kind of a dumb term.  Black's never been offensive.
 
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.

/insert lightenupFrancis.jpg
 
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.
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
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.


cbswxrk.files.wordpress.com

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
wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net


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
img.gawkerassets.com

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.
[3.bp.blogspot.com image 400x265]



Thats because everything behind the rear-view mirror was unpleasant.
 
2013-01-30 10:05:31 PM
i.imgur.com

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.


24.media.tumblr.com
 
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?
 
Rat
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
 
2013-01-30 10:39:58 PM
Headline: "A lot of people are offended"

Reality:

"An online polling of Today viewers concurred with that sentiment. More than 93% said they like the spot."


So 7% of people don't like it.  And some of those probably dislike it for some reason other than perceived racism or cultural insensitivity.

And then the article drops the fact that, as the Fark headline mentioned, the Jamaican minister doesn't have a problem with it, and that the actor's brother-in-law (who's Jamaican) likes it.

Got to love the manufactured outrage.  I wonder how many of the multicultural ad agency people quoted in the article aren't actually bothered by ad itself but rather by the fact that it shows how much of their "expertise" is BS.  How many advertisers are going to hire them in the future, at hundreds of dollars an hour, to be "appropriate" in ethnic marketing when it's (gasp!) perfectly acceptable to be less than 100% PC all the time?  Who would have imagined that "ethnic" people have a sense of humor?!
 
2013-01-30 10:40:37 PM

FlippityFlap: Quaker


One man gets it. Simpson Sampson, I stick by my story........


de part by de beach!  Lord have mercy..

(related, someone posted the pic)

Lionel Joeseph!
 
2013-01-30 10:40:49 PM
At lest he didn't say black people can't have an American accent, he would be fired and sued
 
2013-01-30 10:41:51 PM
See also:  Mattsyahu
 
2013-01-30 10:45:45 PM
How about a "joint" meeting instead?
 
2013-01-30 10:46:47 PM
 
2013-01-30 10:46:56 PM

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


fark I hate UB40.
farking reggae for white people.

ear bleach

Alton Ellis
Prince Buster
The Melodians
Augustus Pablo
Althea and Donna
Desmond Dekker
Ken Boothe
The Mighty Diamonds
Black Uhuru
Mikey Dread
Prince Far I
Eek-A-Mouse

take that UB40 shiat the fark out of here
 
2013-01-30 10:48:07 PM

Fark Rye For Many Whores: [citythatbreeds.com image 300x400]
Oh right, but if a black guy dresses up like me it's high comedy


That's supposed to look  white?

/Wow. Apparently, white people have the fashion sense of idiots.
 
2013-01-30 10:50:19 PM

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

fark I hate UB40.
farking reggae for white people.

ear bleach

Alton Ellis
Prince Buster
The Melodians
Augustus Pablo
Althea and Donna
Desmond Dekker
Ken Boothe
The Mighty Diamonds
Black Uhuru
Mikey Dread
Prince Far I
Eek-A-Mouse

take that UB40 shiat the fark out of here


How bout this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsFpUW48Tnc">http://www.youtube.com/w atch?v=dsFpUW48Tnc

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

fark I hate UB40.
farking reggae for white people.

ear bleach

Alton Ellis
Prince Buster
The Melodians
Augustus Pablo
Althea and Donna
Desmond Dekker
Ken Boothe
The Mighty Diamonds
Black Uhuru
Mikey Dread
Prince Far I
Eek-A-Mouse

take that UB40 shiat the fark out of here


Offensive?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsFpUW48Tnc">http://www.youtube.com/w atch?v=dsFpUW48Tnc
 
2013-01-30 10:52:57 PM
There are a lot of bruised pussys in the world. Apparently VW just ran a few of them over.
 
2013-01-30 10:53:20 PM

macadamnut: 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".


As a New Orleans native who is Colombian, Italian, and with a wee bit of the tarbrush in me from my Colombian side, New Orleans black people will refer to each other in terms based on the color of their skin.  Blue, red bone, high yellow, creole, or even say they are spanish or indian if they do not want to admit they are black.

Most northern states have no idea about black people but their residents freak out when they come to the dirty south and realize we are people of color.

I had a girlfriend from rhode island who though that the only dagos in the new world were from new york and rhode island.
 
2013-01-30 10:58:02 PM

patchvonbraun: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s41r9ZUE3uw

That is all


I love you
 
2013-01-30 11:00:16 PM

bearcats1983: This white guilt shiat is getting real farking old. Is anything not considered "offensive" anymore?


Well, there's still your mom, but that's about it.
 
2013-01-30 11:01:52 PM

Fark Rye For Many Whores: [citythatbreeds.com image 300x400]
Oh right, but if a black guy dresses up like me it's high comedy


You should've seen the SNL skit Eddie Murphy had done.
 
2013-01-30 11:04:16 PM

Captain Dan: 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.


Not that I've been going out of my way to look, but the only two "people of colour" that seem to have a problem with this are Ricki Fairley-Brown from this article, and Charles Blow from the NYT... I think you may be on to something with that Professionally Offended thing.
 
2013-01-30 11:09:41 PM

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


C'mon, if you're going to go with a white guy who sounds like a Jamaican, at least go with the best:

Groundation - Silver Tongue Show

Bonus: he was a college professor.
 
2013-01-30 11:13:07 PM

theflatline: I had a girlfriend from rhode island who though that the only dagos in the new world were from new york and rhode island.


I once met a southern belle who, after noting my very Italian last name, said, in her best Scarlet O'Hara accent, "I didn't think there were any eye-talians in Connecticut."

I then rattled off the last names of half the staff at my place of business. Every one of 'em ending in a vowel.

/freakin' state is lousy with us.
 
2013-01-30 11:15:27 PM

tripleseven: How bout this?


I was addressing a specific hatred of UB40.
 
2013-01-30 11:16:22 PM

tripleseven: FlippityFlap: Quaker


One man gets it. Simpson Sampson, I stick by my story........

de part by de beach!  Lord have mercy..

(related, someone posted the pic)

Lionel Joeseph!


Nenge?  Nenge Mboko?
 
2013-01-30 11:20:18 PM

BigNumber12: Leave it to Progressives to white knight for people who never wanted their help, particularly when they get to call other people "racists." Anything to prove to the world how Enlightened and Tolerant they are.


And leave it to the Far Right to make up a fantasy Progressive out of equal parts straw and Freudian projection, and then assign it selfish motives.
 
2013-01-30 11:25:00 PM
Help us if people ever watch a Ford commercial.

Link
 
2013-01-30 11:27:17 PM
Here's my bet: Dove Marketing is being paid by VW to generate this controversy.

/controversy is a funny way to spell free advertising
 
2013-01-30 11:36:26 PM
I'm offended.
 
2013-01-30 11:38:18 PM

cretinbob: tripleseven: How bout this?

I was addressing a specific hatred of UB40.


I saw them in concert.

Of course the tickets were free, but, my god, what could they have done to offend you?
 
2013-01-30 11:39:15 PM

jmadisonbiii: tripleseven: FlippityFlap: Quaker


One man gets it. Simpson Sampson, I stick by my story........

de part by de beach!  Lord have mercy..

(related, someone posted the pic)

Lionel Joeseph!

Nenge?  Nenge Mboko?


Umbelli umbelli umbellii um bo!
 
2013-01-30 11:40:14 PM

ciberido: BigNumber12: Leave it to Progressives to white knight for people who never wanted their help, particularly when they get to call other people "racists." Anything to prove to the world how Enlightened and Tolerant they are.

And leave it to the Far Right to make up a fantasy Progressive out of equal parts straw and Freudian projection, and then assign it selfish motives.



Oh yes, this sort of behavior is completely unheard-of on the Left. And all of the zealous white knights on Fark are sinister Republican plants.
 
2013-01-30 11:43:01 PM
How about we all start ignoring the small minority who get butthurt about everything. It's a harmless, sort of funny commercial that features a fake patois. Thank god the world is so perfect that the media can devote this much energy to a VW commercial.
 
2013-01-30 11:56:03 PM

ordinarysteve: How about we all start ignoring the small minority who get butthurt about everything. It's a harmless, sort of funny commercial that features a fake patois. Thank god the world is so perfect that the media can devote this much energy to a VW commercial.



Because, internets.
 
2013-01-31 12:05:51 AM
didn't watch; don't care
 
2013-01-31 12:07:41 AM

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.


u r correct.  IEDs, AIDs, and no taxation without representation are pretty horrific;  Car advertisement? stfu
 
2013-01-31 12:08:07 AM
Old story bro.

When Fargo came out I spoke with my mother and said.  "It was an entertaining movie but I thought the accents were wa off."

She paused for a long time and said "Yah"

And I paused for a long time and said "Yah Mom."

And then I paused for a long time and said "Actually, in retrospect I think they kind of nailed it."

- I was born in Minneapolis and it was borderline Jamacain channeled through repressed Norwegians so as supposedly disparate as it is, I kind of see the connection.  There's a fine line between Yah Mon and Yah Mom and Ole Bull hangs his lutefisk on it.
 
2013-01-31 12:16:29 AM

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

If I wasn't Jamaican, then why would I wear this hat?


remember: no breakin' and no takin' de coral... RIP funnyman
 
2013-01-31 12:32:35 AM

Dafatone: 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".

"African-American" is kind of a dumb term.  Black's never been offensive.



There is a euphemism treadmill at work here.  That much is true.  But it has more to do with human nature and the nature of language than any sort of conspiracy or shortcoming of any particular group of people.
 
2013-01-31 12:33:15 AM
When will white liberals realize that calling other white people racist over nothing doesn't work like carbon credits?
 
2013-01-31 12:39:00 AM

super_grass: Two words: cultural appropriation.

Certain clothing, traditions, and yes, even accents are reserved for certain races. If you disagree, you are oppressing those poor minorities.


This presumes white people from Jamaica dont speak with a Jamaican accent, so by cultural appropriation you mean stereotyping - certain clothing, traditions and accents are reserved in a racist head as stereotypes.
 
2013-01-31 12:41:52 AM

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


Yeah I was in England then and only remember us brits thinking it was awesome, we are proud of our weird and wonderful brit speak. Cant remember anyone, not even the current bun, being miffed by this malarkey
 
2013-01-31 12:42:21 AM

Nem Wan: Volkswagen: putting unpleasantness in the rear-view mirror since 1945.
[3.bp.blogspot.com image 400x265]


For the first time in Fark history, a Jamaica thread was Godwined.  What's wrong with you?
 
2013-01-31 12:55:56 AM

impaler: I have yet to see a European that grew up in China, and then learned English.


I had an American-heritaged white girl as an English student in Thailand. She never spoke it except at school.
 
2013-01-31 01:08:01 AM
Well VW has done some great ads over the years

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-01-31 01:11:42 AM
Let me guess, black people are pissed off again?
 
2013-01-31 01:15:07 AM
It's just a bunch of projection. The people who think this is 'racist' are the ones who are actually racist. "A white person talking like a black person, that's racist!" "No, he's talking like a Jamaican." "Yeah and Jamaicans are all black." "Wow, racist much?"
 
2013-01-31 01:16:35 AM

Popcorn Johnny: Let me guess, black people are pissed off again?


This time I think its white people pissed off that black people aren't pissed off.
 
2013-01-31 01:25:51 AM
So, did anyone else catch the OTHER VW "Get Happy" ad?
 
2013-01-31 01:37:31 AM
i.dailymail.co.uk
 
2013-01-31 01:57:32 AM
But in the end, it's press. And any press is good press if it gets ppl talking about it. Sure the minister wants to cobrand he sees nothing but $$$$$. Anything to get those "one love, one heart" commercials off the air.
 
2013-01-31 02:18:52 AM
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hi6Av8gN8J8">Who says white people can't have Jamaican accents?</a>

/ Tony Cozier ftw
 
2013-01-31 02:33:34 AM

MNguy: I'm offended.


every time I hear about someone being offended, I recall a quote from a kid @ my old HS; "Well, if it's any consolation; it wasn't meant to be nice."

/not really the case here
//just meant for a quick laugh
 
2013-01-31 02:51:18 AM
Maybe people need to take the Jamaican attitude about it and LIGHTEN THE fark UP PEOPLE.

I mean GEEZE. nothing in the commercial was insulting. It portrayed the whole attitude as positive, joyous, and laudable.

But I watched as a bunch of self righteous but self loathing white people got on TV and proceeded to tell me how racist and negative this was... never once actually citing anything that proved their point mind you... and expressed all their deep self inflicted guilt over how they mistreat de poor black mahn.

fark them and the horse they road in on. We need to start having people stand up to these self loathing pricks and tell them to go be guilt filled assholes somewhere else.

People are freaking sick and tired of hearing moaning white people chanting about how EVERYTHING is RACIST. You people aren't enlightened... you're just dipshiats that need to lighten the fark up.

The farking world has it in for EVERYONE. Maybe we should take a page out of the Jamaican world view and just try and get along with love for our fellow man and be kind to one another... now. and not dwell on shiat people 150 years ago did to each other. Look at the middle east, they've been hashing the same shiat over for 3000 years. Where has that gotten them?
 
2013-01-31 03:09:56 AM

Fista-Phobia: [i.dailymail.co.uk image 468x286]


Is that real??

I mean it's funny, but...
 
2013-01-31 03:11:48 AM

Bell-fan: But I watched as a bunch of self righteous but self loathing white people got on TV and proceeded to tell me how racist and negative this was


Welcome to the internet "social justice" crowd.
 
2013-01-31 03:25:55 AM
I'm more offended that they use turbochargers to fake cylinder count.
 
2013-01-31 03:53:48 AM
Another horribly racist ad portraying Jamaicans as helpful and friendly:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qU9sQBJppks
 
2013-01-31 04:00:22 AM
You minorities should be more grateful that you have white people willing to step up and be offended on your behalf!
 
2013-01-31 04:04:47 AM
Even more troubled by the spot is Rochelle Newman-Carrasco, chief hispanic marketing strategist at Walton Isaacson, an African-American, Gay/Lesbian and Hispanic agency.

The fact that this is a job title is beyong ridiculous. Plus the other guy was from some "multicultural agency" and is, surprise, upset against white people doing something from another culture.

So Jose, what do you do for a living?
"I'm the Chief Hispanic Marketing Strategist"
These jobs need to be eliminated, they are obstructions towards a better civilization.
 
2013-01-31 04:30:07 AM

kvinesknows: "caribbean blacks are from.. get this.. africa


So is everybody else. You just have to go back a bit.
 
2013-01-31 04:30:21 AM
The schoolyard population of the 1980's, who all tried to outdo each other in how properly they could call each other racist or sexist or whatever else, has grown up quite a bit I see. Although 'grown up' is probably not a good word for it.

/I know, I'm part of that generation.
 
2013-01-31 04:43:46 AM
I'm trying work out whether the main corollary from the outrage is that the actor should have blacked up or that black people shouldn't get uppity and speak like white folks. Meanwhile, if you want to see a properly offensive car advert, try this. Please note that it is NOT a VW advert.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnL-7x4n4d8
 
2013-01-31 05:42:09 AM
I once spent a day doing the tourist thing from Mo Bay to Negril Beach, to Rick's for cliff divers etc. and I will just say that it was quite an experience.  It left me a bit unsettled and sad overall, but mainly due to an Oh Man I've Had Too Much For This Insane Bus Ride Hope I Don't Get Sick --> Must. Walk. Onto. Boat.  --> epic hangover.  I did it wrong.  Still love the Jamaican accent, especially the spoken segment of that "razor" song by Peter Tosh.  Next time I will stay longer and drink not one bit of alcohol.
 
2013-01-31 06:14:24 AM
The commercial gives the impression that people from Jamaica are friendly, up-beat, outgoing, and have positive attitude towards life and that we could stand to have more of that in all of our lives.  The horror.  The horror.
 
2013-01-31 06:18:54 AM

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


Did you know they have black people in Europe and that they don't like being called African-American?
 
2013-01-31 06:19:40 AM
OH NOES!
Apparently an actor on the tv pretended to be someone he wasn't!!!

This seems a great deal like cracker outrage

hey jamaica..you mad?
jamaica: no way mon

Uptight P.C. douche: we're angry for them because we know what is best
and need to look out for people who can't take care of themselves
 
2013-01-31 06:24:35 AM
I wasn't aware that Jamaica was a race.

I'll bet you ten thousand dollars at least a few white people live there.
 
2013-01-31 06:26:11 AM

FlashHarry: Rufus Lee King: Poor me, Israelite.

get up in the morning, slaving for bread, sir. so that every mouth can be fed?


AHHHHHHHH MUST  FIND THIS IN IPOD NOW!!!


/come for Isrealite, stay for It Mek.
 
2013-01-31 06:48:15 AM
Nobody in Jamaica is offended by the ad. In fact, everybody seems amused (and rather pleased) by it.  Seen I.
 
2013-01-31 07:08:37 AM
All people of color should be taken off television. It's racist to even show/mention them.
 
2013-01-31 07:17:28 AM
This thread is full of white people inhaling the fumes of their invisible knapsacks.
 
2013-01-31 07:34:48 AM

bullwrinkle: Well VW has done some great ads over the years

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 500x689]


I'll add:

www.greatvwads.com
 
2013-01-31 07:38:36 AM
Ahhh yet another case of everyone being offended except for the people who should be offended
 
2013-01-31 07:51:21 AM

URAPNIS: 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?


Unfortunately no, I wasn't. I saw a post about Jamaica and thought to myself "awesome, some idiot is going to use the term African American like a moron." Searched for the Weeners to do so, didn't bother comprehending the comment, and posted.

Oops :-Þ
 
2013-01-31 08:41:33 AM

dj_bigbird: Here's my bet: Dove Marketing is being paid by VW to generate this controversy.

/controversy is a funny way to spell free advertising


So they're paying for free advertising?  Brilliant!
 
2013-01-31 08:46:15 AM

Mock26: The commercial gives the impression that people from Jamaica are friendly, up-beat, outgoing, and have positive attitude towards life and that we could stand to have more of that in all of our lives.  The horror.  The horror.


It also gives the impression that people from Minnesota are the opposite.
 
2013-01-31 09:01:21 AM
No one is offended by this

No one.
 
2013-01-31 09:23:55 AM

Cyberluddite: I fail to see how this ad could be considered "racist."


Then you're not a bleeding heart who only feels alive when they can pretend they're a victim.
 
2013-01-31 10:06:07 AM

orbister: kvinesknows: "caribbean blacks are from.. get this.. africa

So is everybody else. You just have to go back a bit.


yeah but us white guys were smart and drank bleach
 
2013-01-31 10:28:24 AM
I didn't find it offensive at all.

But it would be more appropriate as a Jamaican tourist commercial, you know, something along the lines that Jamaican optimism and hospitality are contageous.
 
2013-01-31 10:35:24 AM
I wonder how many people know Bob Marley's father was a white Englishman? With a name like Marley, it should be obvious.
 
2013-01-31 11:03:06 AM

macadamnut: dj_bigbird: Here's my bet: Dove Marketing is being paid by VW to generate this controversy.

/controversy is a funny way to spell free advertising

So they're paying for free advertising?  Brilliant!


No, I'm saying they paid the Dove Marketing dudes to come out and claim the ad is racist. Then, the news media outlets pick this up as "news" and then they run the ad for free as part of the "news story" (like USA Today is linking the ad in this story).
 
2013-01-31 11:36:58 AM
What about a black dude playing a Jamacian dude playing an English dude?
www.hotflick.net
 
2013-01-31 12:47:45 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.


I refuse to call anyone "african-american," and it always makes certain types of white people squirm. My husband's Jamaican grand parents also refused to be referred to (or call anyone) "African American." I've yet to meet a black person who's family is from another country like being called african american (even the ones from africa).
 
2013-01-31 12:53:16 PM

dj_bigbird: Here's my bet: Dove Marketing is being paid by VW to generate this controversy.

/controversy is a funny way to spell free advertising


Came here to say this.  Smells like a publicity stunt to me.
 
2013-01-31 02:07:32 PM

MNguy: Mock26: The commercial gives the impression that people from Jamaica are friendly, up-beat, outgoing, and have positive attitude towards life and that we could stand to have more of that in all of our lives.  The horror.  The horror.

It also gives the impression that people from Minnesota are the opposite.


No it does not.  Only one person in the video is actually sad to be from Minnesota.
 
2013-01-31 02:28:14 PM

bullwrinkle: Well VW has done some great ads over the years

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 500x689]


VW have indeed done some great ads. That one, however, was a spoof in National Lampoon.
 
2013-01-31 02:58:41 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".


That's because Political Correctness has never been about not offending people, it's about snobbery and one-upmanship, and feeling superior to others because of the language they use.
 
2013-01-31 03:42:26 PM
Race-based politics are always full of FAIL unless your a Lawyer or are lucky enough to be black, victimized racially by a white person with proof (or not).

GJ Liberals for pushing this shiat on us for the past couple of decades.
 
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