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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
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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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