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(Vice)   Area man takes issue with American Exceptionalism, and American car ads selling Amurica instead of cars   (vice.com) divider line 159
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2014-03-04 12:17:51 PM  
When you really don't have anything to sell about the product that sets you apart, you sell Amurica or manliness or sexual allure (which usually doesn't have anything to do with the product).
 
2014-03-04 01:15:34 PM  

Prey4reign: When you really don't have anything to sell about the product that sets you apart, you sell Amurica or manliness or sexual allure (which usually doesn't have anything to do with the product).


or just 'cause

img35.imageshack.us


And I love a company that had to have a bail out talk to me about being a bad arse.
 
2014-03-04 01:15:58 PM  
There will always be people who aren't driven to succeed and who are content to wallow in mediocrity and complain loudly and vociferously about successful Americans and America's success-driven culture.
 
2014-03-04 01:29:42 PM  
Anyone that would pay $75K (base price) for a tarted up Volt really isn't really the savviest consumer to begin with.
 
2014-03-04 01:47:51 PM  
FTFA:

Me? I'm a libertarian, so I don't give a shiat about the politics expressed in a car ad.

*scrolls down a few seeing a sh*t load of words*

Yeah, you don't care. Sure thing, buddy.

*closes window*
 
2014-03-04 01:48:10 PM  
From the ad with the creepy psycho dude from Justified: "We went to the moon and you know what we got? Bored. So we left. We left a car up there with the keys in it because we're the only ones going back up there."

static.guim.co.uk
LOLWUT?
 
2014-03-04 01:49:16 PM  
It's the rich, smug asshole market. It has been around forever.  Nothing says 'I'm better than you' better than a fancy overpriced car.
 
2014-03-04 01:50:18 PM  
My god, the amount of butthurt is astonishing.
 
2014-03-04 01:50:34 PM  
Is Area man a super hero?
 
2014-03-04 01:51:17 PM  

busy chillin': FTFA:

Me? I'm a libertarian, so I don't give a shiat about the politics expressed in a car ad.

*scrolls down a few seeing a sh*t load of words*

Yeah, you don't care. Sure thing, buddy.

*closes window*


This.  Dude sure did write a lot of words about something he purports to not care about.  He also sounds poor.
 
2014-03-04 01:51:40 PM  
Chevy, Built Ford tough, for when you need Dodge strength.
 
2014-03-04 01:51:42 PM  
Don't care. I love that Cadillac commercial.
 
2014-03-04 01:51:48 PM  
OK, so I watched the electric caddy commercial.  It's actually not a bad effort, considering they're trying to sell an electric car to a group of people who have been told FOR YEARS by their Republican masters that electric cars suck...
 
2014-03-04 01:52:08 PM  
I would very much like to purchase things made in America. Last time I checked we don't sell children to employers, we don't burn hundreds of people to death because of locked doors, we don't crush hundreds of employees in buildings that are structurally unsound.

So tell me more about your American-made products. I have money to burn.
 
2014-03-04 01:52:47 PM  

m1ke: Dude sure did write a lot of words about something he purports to not care about


I suspect Female with male nom du plume.
He's going to tell you his feelings no matter what.
 
2014-03-04 01:52:52 PM  
He's right. F*ck American car makers and their shiatty hyper-Americana advertising.
 
2014-03-04 01:52:52 PM  
I would love to see someone do a remake of the Cadillac commercial set in Europe. The owner could go on about how wonderful the car and his life is, then finish with the line, "...and I get four weeks vacation."
 
2014-03-04 01:52:57 PM  

m1ke: busy chillin': FTFA:

Me? I'm a libertarian, so I don't give a shiat about the politics expressed in a car ad.

*scrolls down a few seeing a sh*t load of words*

Yeah, you don't care. Sure thing, buddy.

*closes window*

This.  Dude sure did write a lot of words about something he purports to not care about.  He also sounds poor.


That.  Settle down Beavis.  The only thing that matter is do ads sell more stuff.  This is like complaining because hot chicks are in ads, when they have nothing to do with the product.
 
2014-03-04 01:52:59 PM  

busy chillin': FTFA:

Me? I'm a libertarian, so I don't give a shiat about the politics expressed in a car ad.

*scrolls down a few seeing a sh*t load of words*

Yeah, you don't care. Sure thing, buddy.

*closes window*


... About the politics.

He cares about the shiatty car ads, obviously.  Because that's what TFA is about.
 
2014-03-04 01:53:00 PM  

abhorrent1: Is Area man a super hero?


Area Man, Area Man
Has more dimensions than Particle Man
 
2014-03-04 01:53:12 PM  
"We went to the moon and you know what we got? Bored. So we left. We left a car up there with the keys in it because we're the only ones going back up there."

www.freakingnews.com
 
2014-03-04 01:53:57 PM  

Zik-Zak: abhorrent1: Is Area man a super hero?

Area Man, Area Man
Has more dimensions than Particle Man


With his side kick, Bill Stickers
 
2014-03-04 01:54:45 PM  
Patriotic pride denotes ignorance-unless it's another country than this one.
 
2014-03-04 01:55:10 PM  

DecemberNitro: He's right. F*ck American car makers and their shiatty hyper-Americana advertising.


Why do you hate America?  ... na?  Americanama?

Doo doooo do do do.
 
2014-03-04 01:56:10 PM  

The Goddamn Batman: My god, the amount of butthurt is astonishing.


Yeah, that's pretty bad. It's like he has no clue what advertising is supposed to do. Good advertising sells a product. Great advertising sells a lifestyle. There's a reason you don't see appliances sold saying "They'll cook your food well." Instead you see "These are stylish and advanced," with the implication that those who buy them are similarly stylish and advanced. The same reason beer commercials don't say "buy our cheap swill and you'll get wasted," they give images of people getting together and having a good time.
 
2014-03-04 01:56:24 PM  

sendtodave: busy chillin': FTFA:

Me? I'm a libertarian, so I don't give a shiat about the politics expressed in a car ad.

*scrolls down a few seeing a sh*t load of words*

Yeah, you don't care. Sure thing, buddy.

*closes window*

... About the politics.

He cares about the shiatty car ads, obviously.  Because that's what TFA is about.


Well, I quit reading TFA obviously.
 
2014-03-04 01:57:18 PM  
The Lexus Crowd commercial is the worst car commercial in the history of ever. The moral of the commercial is that the whiter and less human you are, the better your car is, or something.
Seriously, at least by selling 'Murka, you concede that one reason to pick a car over another might be who put it together....
 
2014-03-04 01:57:48 PM  

doubled99: Patriotic pride denotes ignorance-unless it's another country than this one.


Makes you wonder if the asshole who wrote TFA also freaks out when Volkswagen touts their "German engineering" or when Fiat talks about "Italian style."
 
2014-03-04 01:59:03 PM  
I'm glad he included the Bob Dylan Chrysler commercial from the Superb Owl. That one left me wondering "What the fark, over?" the first time I saw it.

"What's more American...than America?" TAUTOLOGIES, that's what.
 
2014-03-04 01:59:19 PM  
It's aimed at the richest 1%
Not so, says Mr. Bierley. Rather than millionaires, the spot's targeted at customers who make around $200,000 a year.


Those people buy Cadillacs?
 
2014-03-04 01:59:44 PM  

Zik-Zak: abhorrent1: Is Area man a super hero?

Area Man, Area Man
Has more dimensions than Particle Man


Isn't area 2D?

Area Man, Area Man
Has bigger surface than Particle Man
 
2014-03-04 01:59:50 PM  
The car in the advert is on the GM Delta II platform, which was designed and developed in Germany.

upload.wikimedia.org

An exceptional American, pictured earlier

 
2014-03-04 02:00:12 PM  
Wow, that Cadillac commercial really is douchey. I predict it will sell a lot of Cadillacs to douches, though, which is bad news for BMW.
 
2014-03-04 02:00:55 PM  

busy chillin': sendtodave: busy chillin': FTFA:

Me? I'm a libertarian, so I don't give a shiat about the politics expressed in a car ad.

*scrolls down a few seeing a sh*t load of words*

Yeah, you don't care. Sure thing, buddy.

*closes window*

... About the politics.

He cares about the shiatty car ads, obviously.  Because that's what TFA is about.

Well, I quit reading TFA obviously.


Oh, well, of course.  I forgot that this is fark for a second.

Continue opining about things you didn't read.
 
2014-03-04 02:01:25 PM  
I would have figured Hipster Magazine would love a commercial full of superficiality used to mask something of no interest or significance.
 
2014-03-04 02:01:33 PM  
sendtodave:

Continue opining about things you didn't read.

Will do!
 
2014-03-04 02:02:41 PM  

Fuggin Bizzy: I'm glad he included the Bob Dylan Chrysler commercial from the Superb Owl. That one left me wondering "What the fark, over?" the first time I saw it.

"What's more American...than America?" TAUTOLOGIES, that's what.


Was that even Bob Dylan's real voice?

Or did they superimposed a gravelly growl over his Jewish-mother nasal twang?
 
2014-03-04 02:02:48 PM  
Also, Neal McDonough, dude, you got fat. You're not much fatter than me, but then I'm not a highly paid actor.
 
2014-03-04 02:03:05 PM  
Young people don't want to hear about American exceptionalism because they're afraid it means they're going to have to work at some point to maintain it.
 
2014-03-04 02:03:21 PM  
He sounded extremely concerned about this whole thing.
 
2014-03-04 02:04:32 PM  

The Muthaship: Young people don't want to hear about American exceptionalism because they're afraid it means they're going to have to work at some point to maintain it.


You think it actually exists?
 
2014-03-04 02:05:52 PM  

sendtodave: Fuggin Bizzy: I'm glad he included the Bob Dylan Chrysler commercial from the Superb Owl. That one left me wondering "What the fark, over?" the first time I saw it.

"What's more American...than America?" TAUTOLOGIES, that's what.

Was that even Bob Dylan's real voice?

Or did they superimposed a gravelly growl over his Jewish-mother nasal twang?


Yes, that was his real voice.
 
2014-03-04 02:07:08 PM  

Fuggin Bizzy: I'm glad he included the Bob Dylan Chrysler commercial from the Superb Owl. That one left me wondering "What the fark, over?" the first time I saw it.

"What's more American...than America?" TAUTOLOGIES, that's what.


Tautologies are Greek.
 
2014-03-04 02:09:20 PM  

The Muthaship: Young people don't want to hear about American exceptionalism because they're afraid it means they're going to have to work at some point to maintain it.


No, they don't want to hear about it because they know no matter how hard they work, they're not going to be commensurately rewarded, compared to how baby boomers were. When state university tuition is $20k per year and up (in states where it was virtually free until the '90s), life actually IS harder and less rewarding for middle class kids.

/I'm Generation W, the thin slice between boomers and Xers. I worked for peanuts after college, but I owed only $3k.
 
2014-03-04 02:09:51 PM  

Doc Batarang: Fuggin Bizzy: I'm glad he included the Bob Dylan Chrysler commercial from the Superb Owl. That one left me wondering "What the fark, over?" the first time I saw it.

"What's more American...than America?" TAUTOLOGIES, that's what.

Tautologies are Greek.


Tauntaun's are Hothian.
 
2014-03-04 02:10:10 PM  
I expected The Onion from subby's headline.

Oh, and midway through the writer's "thousand words so I get paid today" article I spotted a key joke. How do you spot a Libertarian? Don't worry, they'll tell you.
 
2014-03-04 02:10:38 PM  

Doc Batarang: Fuggin Bizzy: I'm glad he included the Bob Dylan Chrysler commercial from the Superb Owl. That one left me wondering "What the fark, over?" the first time I saw it.

"What's more American...than America?" TAUTOLOGIES, that's what.

Tautologies are Greek.


You guys are forgetting the first rule of Tautology Club.
 
2014-03-04 02:13:14 PM  

The Muthaship: Young people don't want to hear about American exceptionalism because they're afraid it means they're going to have to work at some point to maintain it.


American exceptionalism has nothing to do with money, btw. It doesn't refer to getting less vacation than Europeans. It refers to our disinterested, enlightened foreign policy in matters like Wilson's 14 Points, and the Marshall Plan.

My take on it is that we are most American we we act exceptionally. American exceptionalism isn't  a birthright; it's something we have done in the past, and need to live up to.
 
2014-03-04 02:13:29 PM  

busy chillin': sendtodave: Fuggin Bizzy: I'm glad he included the Bob Dylan Chrysler commercial from the Superb Owl. That one left me wondering "What the fark, over?" the first time I saw it.

"What's more American...than America?" TAUTOLOGIES, that's what.

Was that even Bob Dylan's real voice?

Or did they superimposed a gravelly growl over his Jewish-mother nasal twang?

Yes, that was his real voice.


Why does he sound so whiny in his music?

Also, is he a sell out?  I mean, flag waving car commercial... Isn't he supposed to be some sort of anti-establishment hippie type or something?

Either way, he's old.
 
2014-03-04 02:14:33 PM  
Sybarite:Anyone that would pay $75K (base price) for a tarted up Volt really isn't really the savviest consumer to begin with.

Really?

/kinda redundant there ain't we.....
//at least you got savviest right.....
///sorry, got nuttin else to beech about.....
 
2014-03-04 02:15:11 PM  

mbillips: The Muthaship: Young people don't want to hear about American exceptionalism because they're afraid it means they're going to have to work at some point to maintain it.

American exceptionalism has nothing to do with money, btw. It doesn't refer to getting less vacation than Europeans. It refers to our disinterested, enlightened foreign policy in matters like Wilson's 14 Points, and the Marshall Plan.

My take on it is that we are most American we we act exceptionally. American exceptionalism isn't  a birthright; it's something we have done in the past, and need to live up to.


Huh.  What's wikipedia say...

"American exceptionalism is the theory that the United States is "qualitatively different" from other states.[2] "

Oh.  I see.

That's bullshiat.
 
2014-03-04 02:15:30 PM  

mbillips: American exceptionalism isn't  a birthright; it's something we have done in the past, and need to live up to.


I agree with that.

I doubt our current conviction in the matter.
 
2014-03-04 02:18:55 PM  
sendtodave:

Why does he sound so whiny in his music?

Also, is he a sell out?  I mean, flag waving car commercial... Isn't he supposed to be some sort of anti-establishment hippie type or something?

Either way, he's old.


Don't ask me, I like his voice and think he still kicks ass. I don't think he is a sell out. And he never wanted any of those labels people put on him to be put on him.

yes, he was so much older than, he is younger than that now.
 
2014-03-04 02:19:39 PM  

Sybarite: Anyone that would pay $75K (base price) for a tarted up Volt really isn't really the savviest consumer to begin with.


Where the hell do you car shop, 42k in TX for a loaded volt. Just bought my wife a new car for xmas . Didn't get a volt though.
 
2014-03-04 02:20:11 PM  
That was a car commercial? Cus I swear that had to be a beer commercial.

That's how bad it was.

"Wanna look like a douche bag? Grab a bud light Cadillac!"
 
2014-03-04 02:20:37 PM  
Liberals hate it, conservatives love it. Me? I'm a libertarian, so I don't give a shiat about the politics expressed in a car ad.

aaand I stopped reading right there.
 
2014-03-04 02:21:45 PM  
Ralph sport sports of Ralph sport sports motors will sell you a car with fully paintable surface and four count them four fully inflatable tires.
 
2014-03-04 02:22:09 PM  
Makes you wonder if the asshole who wrote TFA also freaks out when Volkswagen touts their "German engineering" or when Fiat talks about "Italian style."


No, because they're European, thus better. There are only ignorant idiots in the U.S.
 
2014-03-04 02:22:21 PM  
FTA: Wardrobe note: McDounough's suit was one size too tight

How else was he supposed to show off his package?
 
2014-03-04 02:22:59 PM  
What would you have them do with the 40 billion of exceptionalism we gave them, build exceptional cars?
 
2014-03-04 02:24:50 PM  
It's a commercial trying to sell a product. Not talking about the actual product is nothing new. Microsoft tried selling Surface tablets by having people dance around while clicking on the keyboard. It's a gimmick ad. It might just be time to turn off the TV and pick up a good book.
 
2014-03-04 02:25:50 PM  
I hate to agree with the guy. Copy writers for Automotive ads are notoriously uninspired, and when they try to pull off "artsy" shiat like this, it inevitably falls flat.

Prey4reign: When you really don't have anything to sell about the product that sets you apart, you sell Amurica or manliness or sexual allure (which usually doesn't have anything to do with the product).


The stupid part about the Cadillac ad being that they were advertising an electric model. That's still pretty notable at this point.
 
2014-03-04 02:26:40 PM  

doubled99: Makes you wonder if the asshole who wrote TFA also freaks out when Volkswagen touts their "German engineering" or when Fiat talks about "Italian style."


No, because they're European, thus better. There are only ignorant idiots in the U.S.


Just about every European I've ever met would agree that they are better.

Seems that Americans who realize this are "in the know."
 
2014-03-04 02:27:01 PM  
Liberals hate it, conservatives love it. Me? I'm a libertarian, so I don't give a shiat about the politics expressed in a car ad.

aaand I stopped reading right there.



Why?  The author also provided you the simple lib/con  ideology you're more accustomed to.
 
2014-03-04 02:29:43 PM  

FreeLawyer: I would love to see someone do a remake of the Cadillac commercial set in Europe. The owner could go on about how wonderful the car and his life is, then finish with the line, "...and I get four weeks vacation."


Of course, that comes with an almost 40% reduction in average purchasing power (EU average) but hey, that extra 2 weeks vacation totally makes up for it, right?
 
2014-03-04 02:30:42 PM  
Can you name the truck with four wheel drive,
smells like a steak and seats thirty-five..

Canyonero! Canyonero!

Well, it goes real slow with the hammer down,
It's the country-fried truck endorsed by a clown!

Canyonero! (Yah!) Canyonero!
[Krusty:] Hey Hey

The Federal Highway comission has ruled the
Canyonero unsafe for highway or city driving.

Canyonero!

12 yards long, 2 lanes wide,
65 tons of American Pride!

Canyonero! Canyonero!

Top of the line in utility sports,
Unexplained fires are a matter for the courts!

Canyonero! Canyonero! (Yah!)

She blinds everybody with her super high beams,
She's a squirrel crushing, deer smacking, driving machine!

Canyonero!-oh woah, Canyonero! (Yah!)

Drive Canyonero!

Woah Canyonero!

Woah!
 
2014-03-04 02:31:15 PM  
Since when was advertising a luxury product about the nuts and bolts of the product? It's about how it makes you feel, to what class its purchase says you belong, and how quickly it'll get you laid. Yeah, ladies, you, too.

That ad did all of it: Buy the Cadillac ELR and you'll feel rich, you'll show others you're rich and hard-working, and biatches will flock to your cawk.
 
2014-03-04 02:31:29 PM  
That commercial was embarrassing enough that I knew which one we were talking about without having to look. Some of us in the US don't want to be associated with that kind of arrogant douchebaggery.

The bit where they tried to tell us that barely getting any vacation in this country is somehow an awesome thing was an especially nice touch. If you think the 1% in this country don't take all sorts of long, expensive vacations, you're dumb enough to buy one of these cars.
 
2014-03-04 02:31:38 PM  

sendtodave: Doc Batarang: Fuggin Bizzy: I'm glad he included the Bob Dylan Chrysler commercial from the Superb Owl. That one left me wondering "What the fark, over?" the first time I saw it.

"What's more American...than America?" TAUTOLOGIES, that's what.

Tautologies are Greek.

You guys are forgetting the first rule of Tautology Club.


Rules are made to be laws.
 
2014-03-04 02:31:53 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: "We went to the moon and you know what we got? Bored. So we left. We left a car up there with the keys in it because we're the only ones going back up there."

[www.freakingnews.com image 850x1013]


I can tell that's a fake - they shouldn't be on the moon until Apollo XI.
 
2014-03-04 02:33:06 PM  
Just about every European I've ever met would agree that they are better


Exactly. When they think it, it's because they're smarter and they know it. When we think it, it's because we are ignorant rubes.
 
2014-03-04 02:33:20 PM  

tricycleracer: It's aimed at the richest 1%
Not so, says Mr. Bierley. Rather than millionaires, the spot's targeted at customers who make around $200,000 a year.

Those people buy Cadillacs?


nope - we live in cities and take public transportation, because $200k is not like living off lottery winnings when you live in the city
 
2014-03-04 02:34:03 PM  

vudukungfu: Ralph sport sports of Ralph sport sports motors will sell you a car with fully paintable surface and four count them four fully inflatable tires.


Does it have sneeze thru window vents? Chrome plated fender dents?
 
2014-03-04 02:34:33 PM  

akula: Makes you wonder if the asshole who wrote TFA also freaks out when Volkswagen touts their "German engineering" or when Fiat talks about "Italian style."


He might regard those purported national attributes as relevant to the business of designing and engineering a car, as opposed to the ad's collection of non sequiturs?

BTW: This is not anti-American sentiment on my part. I feel exactly the same way about the British villians Jaguar ad. We're supposedly inherently refined/organised/evil and this makes us good at making cars (for the Indians) because...?
 
2014-03-04 02:34:48 PM  

cwheelie: Does it have sneeze thru window vents? Chrome plated fender dents?


Oh yeah, and climate control you can set to desert or jungle.
 
2014-03-04 02:35:39 PM  

Prey4reign: When you really don't have anything to sell about the product that sets you apart, you sell Amurica or manliness or sexual allure (which usually doesn't have anything to do with the product).


This. They're just terrible ads.
 
2014-03-04 02:36:42 PM  

Prank Call of Cthulhu: From the ad with the creepy psycho dude from Justified: "We went to the moon and you know what we got? Bored. So we left. We left a car up there with the keys in it because we're the only ones going back up there."


LOLWUT?


Chinese just dropped off their version of the moon rover, it died a day or so later.
 
2014-03-04 02:37:36 PM  
Oikophobia/Oikophobes:

"It's from Roger Scruton, a British political philosopher:

This repudiation is the result of a peculiar frame of mind that has arisen throughout the Western world since the second world war, and which is particularly prevalent among the intellectual and political élites. No adequate word exists for this attitude, though its symptoms are instantly recognised: namely, the disposition, in any conflict, to side with 'them' against 'us', and the felt need to denigrate the customs, culture and institutions that are identifiably 'ours'. Being the opposite of xenophobia I propose to call this state of mind oikophobia, by which I mean (stretching the Greek a little) the repudiation of inheritance and home. Oikophobia is a stage through which the adolescent mind normally passes. But it is a stage in which some people-intellectuals especially-tend to become arrested. As George Orwell pointed out, intellectuals on the Left are especially prone to it, and this has often made them willing agents of foreign powers."


More: http://www.civitas.org.uk/pdf/cs49-8.pdf
 
2014-03-04 02:38:44 PM  
I just bought a Dodge Avenger. It's nice that someone figured out that a cool-looking, sort of muscular-bodied car doesn't HAVE to be rear-wheel drive. I live where it snows for at least four months out of the year. Rear wheel drive would get me killed.

/first new car I've ever bought myself
//car is farking sweet so far
 
2014-03-04 02:38:49 PM  

Harry Freakstorm: Can you name the truck with four wheel drive,
smells like a steak and seats thirty-five..

Canyonero! Canyonero!

Well, it goes real slow with the hammer down,
It's the country-fried truck endorsed by a clown!

Canyonero! (Yah!) Canyonero!
[Krusty:] Hey Hey

The Federal Highway comission has ruled the
Canyonero unsafe for highway or city driving.

Canyonero!

12 yards long, 2 lanes wide,
65 tons of American Pride!

Canyonero! Canyonero!

Top of the line in utility sports,
Unexplained fires are a matter for the courts!

Canyonero! Canyonero! (Yah!)

She blinds everybody with her super high beams,
She's a squirrel crushing, deer smacking, driving machine!

Canyonero!-oh woah, Canyonero! (Yah!)

Drive Canyonero!

Woah Canyonero!

Woah!


This needed to be posted. Thanks.
 
2014-03-04 02:40:13 PM  

BR549: Sybarite:Anyone that would pay $75K (base price) for a tarted up Volt really isn't really the savviest consumer to begin with.

Really?


cdn-media.hollywood.com

"Really."
 
2014-03-04 02:41:05 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: It's a commercial trying to sell a product. Not talking about the actual product is nothing new. Microsoft tried selling Surface tablets by having people dance around while clicking on the keyboard. It's a gimmick ad. It might just be time to turn off the TV and pick up a good book.


Those Surface ads were really good; they made me want to buy a Surface even though I've used Microsoft products for decades and should know better. Word of mouth, fortunately, brought me to my senses.
 
2014-03-04 02:42:26 PM  

monoski: Chinese just dropped off their version of the moon rover, it died a day or so later.


It got better.
 
2014-03-04 02:42:31 PM  
The only car commercials I'm offended by are the ones that Lexus puts out every Christmastime. Like do these asswipes actually think that there really is that large of a demographic of rich fathers buying crappy cars as a gift for their daughters and/or wives?

2minutefinance.com

See? This guy shows his love by giving his wife a brand-new car! What did you get your wife last Christmas? A Keurig coffee maker? HUR HUR HUR! How cute.
 
2014-03-04 02:43:04 PM  
Watching the worst current television ad for the 100th time is never worse than hearing somebody moan and drone about the ad
 
2014-03-04 02:43:46 PM  

doubled99: Just about every European I've ever met would agree that they are better


Exactly. When they think it, it's because they're smarter and they know it. When we think it, it's because we are ignorant rubes.


I do wonder what kind of massive douchebag you have to be to even get into that conversation with someone from another country. Although that may just be my sense of superiority coming out.
 
2014-03-04 02:43:53 PM  

Mein Fuhrer I Can Walk: I hate to agree with the guy. Copy writers for Automotive ads are notoriously uninspired, and when they try to pull off "artsy" shiat like this, it inevitably falls flat.


Maybe they need to make more ads like this from the 90s:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLWWtgqDG2M&noredirect=1
 
2014-03-04 02:46:37 PM  
"Me? I'm a libertarian..."

stoppedreadingrightthere.bmp



Arrested development is a cool band and TV show, but not a good personality trait.
 
2014-03-04 02:47:28 PM  

akula: Makes you wonder if the asshole who wrote TFA also freaks out when Volkswagen touts their "German engineering" or when Fiat talks about "Italian style."


Except German engineering and Italian style are actual features of the product they are hawking.
 
2014-03-04 02:50:24 PM  
Even if you know nothing about ad agency culture, you know by watching Mad Men that...

If everything you know about ad agency culture comes from a TV drama then you know nothing about ad agency culture.

/I like the Caddy ad
 
2014-03-04 02:54:15 PM  

xria: Mein Fuhrer I Can Walk: I hate to agree with the guy. Copy writers for Automotive ads are notoriously uninspired, and when they try to pull off "artsy" shiat like this, it inevitably falls flat.

Maybe they need to make more ads like this from the 90s:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLWWtgqDG2M&noredirect=1


Okay, who farked with my medication?
 
2014-03-04 03:02:58 PM  

The Muthaship: Young people don't want to hear about American exceptionalism because they're afraid it means they're going to have to work at some point to maintain it.


Or they've lived online long enough to have friends in other countries, which are also exceptional and don't need the comforting blanket that they live in some special chosen country...
 
2014-03-04 03:03:09 PM  

TV's Vinnie: The only car commercials I'm offended by are the ones that Lexus puts out every Christmastime. Like do these asswipes actually think that there really is that large of a demographic of rich fathers buying crappy cars as a gift for their daughters and/or wives?

[2minutefinance.com image 637x349]

See? This guy shows his love by giving his wife a brand-new car! What did you get your wife last Christmas? A Keurig coffee maker? HUR HUR HUR! How cute.


Sadly, those people exist.
 
2014-03-04 03:03:19 PM  
Ford's "make your neighbor's jealous with a new Ford" advertising campaign has to be among the worst.
How farked up do you have to be to spend tens of thousands on something to make other people jealous?
Never mind, forgot where I was.
 
2014-03-04 03:05:48 PM  

saintstryfe: The Muthaship: Young people don't want to hear about American exceptionalism because they're afraid it means they're going to have to work at some point to maintain it.

Or they've lived online long enough to have friends in other countries, which are also exceptional and don't need the comforting blanket that they live in some special chosen country...


I get it, you don't know what American exceptionalism means.

No big deal.
 
2014-03-04 03:06:55 PM  

TheShavingofOccam123: I would very much like to purchase things made in America. Last time I checked we don't sell children to employers, we don't burn hundreds of people to death because of locked doors, we don't crush hundreds of employees in buildings that are structurally unsound.


When was the last time you checked? Because off the top of my mind from the last few years on Fark: on-going selling of children abducted from northern aboriginal communities, that bar fire in NJ where the band's pyrotechnics went off all at once and the fire exits were chained shut, and any recent year's Black Friday mob crushing and killing people story.

Amurica Fark Yeah!
 
2014-03-04 03:10:14 PM  

Rip Dashrock: Ford's "make your neighbor's jealous with a new Ford" advertising campaign has to be among the worst.
How farked up do you have to be to spend tens of thousands on something to make other people jealous?
Never mind, forgot where I was.


While not thousands, have you ever heard the TFers talking about liters?

img.fark.net
 
2014-03-04 03:10:15 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-03-04 03:13:38 PM  

Hiro-ACiD: Amurica Fark Yeah!


Haven't heard about the first one, doors weren't chained shut in the second one (just a fast moving fire), and people are jackasses everywhere.  The fact that they crushed each other trying to buy sh*tty electronics doesn't equate to being forced to work in unsafe conditions.
 
2014-03-04 03:18:59 PM  

FarkinNortherner: akula: Makes you wonder if the asshole who wrote TFA also freaks out when Volkswagen touts their "German engineering" or when Fiat talks about "Italian style."

He might regard those purported national attributes as relevant to the business of designing and engineering a car, as opposed to the ad's collection of non sequiturs?

BTW: This is not anti-American sentiment on my part. I feel exactly the same way about the British villians Jaguar ad. We're supposedly inherently refined/organised/evil and this makes us good at making cars (for the Indians) because...?


1) They're still stereotypes. The Germans may be known for being good engineers but that doesn't mean everything they make is of great quality. The Italians may be known for being stylish but they can still make some damn ugly vehicles.

2) One could easily make the point that the American desire for freedom is what drives the development of quality 4x4s (Jeep's ads) or the American work ethic makes for trucks that will do what the job takes (any of the big 3 truck ads). Or how some places in the US have gone through rough times but are bouncing back, much like the car companies who make cars there (Chrysler's ads).

Of course non-US automakers aren't harping on the pride of one's heritage there; that's not going to play well in foreign nations. Doesn't matter if the Mitsubishi Lancer is made in the US out of mostly American parts, Mitsubishi isn't a US nameplate and trying to beat the drum of one's heritage is going to have people linking it to the Mitsubishi A6M over Pearl Harbor. Not a good way to sell vehicles.

US automakers are building better cars than they have in years, but they're not going to toss away the "buy American" talking point even if and when their cars are recognizably the best in the segment. Why? Because it's one more reason to buy theirs instead of somebody else's.

And again, non sequitur selling points are STANDARD in advertising. Hell, it's the most common selling point- you don't buy X because you need something that does what X does. They sell you X by telling you that having an X makes you more than just yourself; you're a member of a community, smarter, more with it than the dumbasses who bought Y instead.
 
2014-03-04 03:19:54 PM  

TV's Vinnie: The only car commercials I'm offended by are the ones that Lexus puts out every Christmastime. Like do these asswipes actually think that there really is that large of a demographic of rich fathers buying crappy cars as a gift for their daughters and/or wives?

[2minutefinance.com image 637x349]

See? This guy shows his love by giving his wife a brand-new car! What did you get your wife last Christmas? A Keurig coffee maker? HUR HUR HUR! How cute.


Actually yes, yes there are. The same guy owns both the Land Rover and the Lexus dealership in Tulsa. While I owned a Land Rover I got friendly with everyone over there. Great people with a great product. One day I was dropping off my Land Rover for an oil change and Gary the head of service looked whipped. I asked him what was wrong and he told me he was tired after helping the Lexus dealership unload their truck. I said "don't you just drive the cars off?" His retort "No the effing giant bows came in today". That's right! So many people buy those things and want to recreate those commercials that the Lexus dealership orders the bows in bulk!!

And I agree with your assessment, I hate Lexus.
 
2014-03-04 03:22:59 PM  

Lucky LaRue: There will always be people who aren't driven to succeed and who are content to wallow in mediocrity and complain loudly and vociferously about successful Americans and America's success-driven culture.


I like you
 
2014-03-04 03:24:17 PM  

akula: Of course non-US automakers aren't harping on the pride of one's heritage there; that's not going to play well in foreign nations. Doesn't matter if the Mitsubishi Lancer is made in the US out of mostly American parts, Mitsubishi isn't a US nameplate and trying to beat the drum of one's heritage is going to have people linking it to the Mitsubishi A6M over Pearl Harbor. Not a good way to sell vehicles.


When you're selling a Lamborghini you don't need anything else. Just run videos of the Stig running laps in it, over and over and over again.
 
2014-03-04 03:25:07 PM  
I know I'm late to the party, but:

CAR AD DUDE:  "Europe and other countries enjoy their free time, leisure, and spending time with their family.  Us?  We work our fingers to the bone for no real remuneration but a sense of how tremendous we are.  Look at me.  I'm going in to work because I am a soulless drone leveraged to my gills and can't stand my family.  I'll die of a heart attack soon, all because 'I make my own luck!'

"Just kidding!  I'm a paid actor.  Suckers!  You bought that bullcrap!"
 
2014-03-04 03:26:34 PM  
My main counter-argument to the annoying flag-waving shiat is that the company that produces most of its cars here, using US-sourced parts and American labor in the greatest proportions... is  Toyota.

Especially trucks.  The only trucks built entirely in the US down to the bolt are the Tundra and the Tacoma (both Toyota).  And if an ad says anything about Texas (a lot of them do, not farkin' sure why), the only truck plant that does final assembly in Texas is... a Tundra plant, for Toyota again.

So the goddamned  Japanese company is what you want to buy if you're trying to buy american and support US workers.
 
2014-03-04 03:27:46 PM  

the_foo: That commercial was embarrassing enough that I knew which one we were talking about without having to look. Some of us in the US don't want to be associated with that kind of arrogant douchebaggery.

The bit where they tried to tell us that barely getting any vacation in this country is somehow an awesome thing was an especially nice touch. If you think the 1% in this country don't take all sorts of long, expensive vacations, you're dumb enough to buy one of these cars.


I don't think it's simple arrogant douchebaggery.  What's striking is how stupid it is, how stupid the guy is.  What a stupid ideology -- work! work! work!

Where's the remit for increased productivity?  We certainly aren't seeing it, as workers.  So fark that work! work! work! bullshiat.  Cram your conspicuous consumption up your collective arses.
 
2014-03-04 03:28:31 PM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: I am a soulless drone leveraged to my gills and can't stand my family


We had that commercial
img833.imageshack.us
 
2014-03-04 03:29:58 PM  
Mark " Copyranter" Duffy?

Anyone have any info on this guy? I can't seem to find out what community college he attended.
 
2014-03-04 03:31:58 PM  
 
2014-03-04 03:32:45 PM  

FarkinNortherner: doubled99: Just about every European I've ever met would agree that they are better


Exactly. When they think it, it's because they're smarter and they know it. When we think it, it's because we are ignorant rubes.

I do wonder what kind of massive douchebag you have to be to even get into that conversation with someone from another country. Although that may just be my sense of superiority coming out.


It depends if they open with "fark you, American asshole" or not.

To be fair, the Europeans I've met were all at expat bars.
 
2014-03-04 03:37:11 PM  

jacknifetrucker: Sybarite: Anyone that would pay $75K (base price) for a tarted up Volt really isn't really the savviest consumer to begin with.

Where the hell do you car shop, 42k in TX for a loaded volt. Just bought my wife a new car for xmas . Didn't get a volt though.


If you shopped in a Caddy dealership you would find a Volt with a $75k (before options) price tag.  It would be labeled "XLR".  GM has only had two years of actual Tesla model S production to understand that a $75k volt isn't an option.  Give them a few more years (they've sold 99 so far, I'm sure plenty of dealers are just waiting to have one sit on their lot).

I wouldn't claim (as others have) that this is as bad as a Cimarron.  There is nothing inherently bad about the Volt (unlike the Cavalier of the day), but much like how badly the rest of the Cadillac line was outclassed by Mercedes Benz, the current XLR is outclassed by the the Tesla.  Badge engineering only works when you can legitimately claim that your tarted up chevy is as good as anything else at that price (which was pretty much true 1950-1975).
 
2014-03-04 03:38:01 PM  

illogic: [i.imgur.com image 600x600]


His dong is pretty exceptional
 
2014-03-04 03:43:53 PM  
THat commercial wasn't that bad. There was some really cool camera work in it, McDonough was pretty cool throughout(Don't know why it matters to TFA of TFA that he's a "devout Catholic", BTW), and it was kind of funny. As some have pointed out, this is no different than Volkswagen's 'German Engineering' commercials, and he sure as hell didn't "shat on the world". Author needs some industrial grade:

s3.amazonaws.com
And I thought the bit about leaving a car on the moon with the keys on it was awesome. BTW, nobody else HAS gone back. Robots aren't people, the Chinese, the Russians, they still haven't sent a manned expedition.
 
2014-03-04 03:45:42 PM  

doubled99: Patriotic pride denotes ignorance-unless it's another country than this one.


"Patriotism is the belief your country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it." --GB Shaw
 
2014-03-04 03:46:47 PM  
It reads much better if you hear it in this kids voice:

southparkstudios.mtvnimages.com
 
2014-03-04 03:56:36 PM  

akula: And again, non sequitur selling points are STANDARD in advertising. Hell, it's the most common selling point- you don't buy X because you need something that does what X does. They sell you X by telling you that having an X makes you more than just yourself; you're a member of a community, smarter, more with it than the dumbasses who bought Y instead.


That was one of the largest plot points in Mad Men: you're not selling a product, but rather, you're selling emotion.  They do it because an emotional choice is stronger than a logical one.

Problem is, for people not swayed by emotional ads, the ads come off as simplistic, juvenile and condescending.  Which is how we ended up with several pages of ranting in the linked article.


/if you don't like the ads, invest in a DVR and skip past them
//then subscribe to product review magazine or website when you're ready to buy
 
2014-03-04 03:59:10 PM  
Commercials and advertisements of almost every sort are a poison that should be expunged from society as soon as possible.
 
2014-03-04 04:00:51 PM  
Neal McDonough kicks ass in the Exceptionalism ad.
 
2014-03-04 04:01:08 PM  
To be fair, those commercials suck all the dicks.
 
2014-03-04 04:02:26 PM  

natmar_76: To be fair, those commercials suck all the dicks.


Let's be honest here.
 
2014-03-04 04:07:34 PM  

FarkinNortherner: The car in the advert is on the GM Delta II platform, which was designed and developed in Germany.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x270]An exceptional American, pictured earlier


Some say that he's hypocritical; but call him, instead, apolitical:  "Once ze rockets are up who cares where zhey come down?  Zhat's not my depahtment!" says Werner Von Braun.
 
2014-03-04 04:13:57 PM  

ikanreed: natmar_76: To be fair, commercials suck all the dicks.

Let's be honest here.


I'll drink to that.
 
2014-03-04 04:14:21 PM  

TV's Vinnie: The only car commercials I'm offended by are the ones that Lexus puts out every Christmastime. Like do these asswipes actually think that there really is that large of a demographic of rich fathers buying crappy cars as a gift for their daughters and/or wives?

[2minutefinance.com image 637x349]

See? This guy shows his love by giving his wife a brand-new car! What did you get your wife last Christmas? A Keurig coffee maker? HUR HUR HUR! How cute.


Heh, I actually got a car for Christmas this year! Actually, we needed a car, and it happened to be in December, so...Merry Christmas Combustion!
 
2014-03-04 04:20:57 PM  

Lucky LaRue: There will always be people who aren't driven to succeed and who are content to wallow in mediocrity and complain loudly and vociferously about successful Americans and America's success-driven culture.


Have you SEEN Cleveland?

Or Buffalo?

Or Detroit?

Or Atlanta?

Or Memphis that isn't Beale Street or FedEx?

Pittsburgh's OK, I suppose. Nice setting.

As for that Cadillac commercial with the gay stormtrooper, if you want to buy an electric car for 75K, you'd probably do better with a Tesla S. More time to work out the bugs.

Now this is a car commercial.
 
2014-03-04 04:25:52 PM  
its funny how they have to go back at least 50 years to cite any real american accomplishments.

Just because we can't admit that we're now basically a 3rd world country doesn't mean it's not true.
 
2014-03-04 04:35:02 PM  
gifs.gifbin.com
 
2014-03-04 04:40:53 PM  

Because nothing says "American Quality" like a gigantic cheap plastic grill with a thin coat of silver paint that will be pock-marked with black divots within a matter of months.

i.imgur.com

 
2014-03-04 04:41:13 PM  
This commercial has already gotten some press: Liberals hate it; conservatives love it. Me? I'm a libertarian, so I don't give a shiat about the politics expressed in a car ad.


A libertarian so he doesn't understand basic economics, human behavior and can't learn from history but he knows what a good car ad should look like.
 
2014-03-04 04:56:31 PM  
My favorite part was how they never actually showed the car moving.

Also, what an ugly shiatbox.  There are Hyundais I'd honestly rather drive than that thing.

/32, not the target demo, I know
 
2014-03-04 04:59:56 PM  
Did they ever get the old man smell out of the Cadillacs?

The d-bag in the Caddy commercial is trying to sell style. He buttoned both buttons of his two button jacket. That's shows they don't know anything about style right there.
 
2014-03-04 05:03:23 PM  

natmar_76: I'll drink to that.


Yeah, but what should we drink...

img706.imageshack.us
 
2014-03-04 05:06:27 PM  
I'd like to see a commercial featuring the guy who's like "I make a modest yet comfortable living, and I traded a raise for more vacation time. That's why I bought this other car. Life's too short to be conned by your company."
 
2014-03-04 05:14:13 PM  

Lucky LaRue: There will always be people who aren't driven to succeed and who are content to wallow in mediocrity and complain loudly and vociferously about successful Americans and America's success-driven culture.


As will there always be people so facile in their drive for success they think they are above the populace, and deserve exponentially more for mostly having a big ego and a position of power. They will fallaciously believe their drive for more is worthwhile and will bring happiness only to find themselves always wanting more while driving a society off a cliff in their pursuits.
 
2014-03-04 05:16:26 PM  

tricycleracer: It's aimed at the richest 1%
Not so, says Mr. Bierley. Rather than millionaires, the spot's targeted at customers who make around $200,000 a year.


So it's aimed at the richest 6%, then?
 
2014-03-04 05:17:10 PM  

busy chillin': sendtodave: busy chillin': FTFA:

Me? I'm a libertarian, so I don't give a shiat about the politics expressed in a car ad.

*scrolls down a few seeing a sh*t load of words*

Yeah, you don't care. Sure thing, buddy.

*closes window*

... About the politics.

He cares about the shiatty car ads, obviously.  Because that's what TFA is about.

Well, I quit reading TFA obviously.


Hmmm... You didn't even read the snippet you posted?
 
2014-03-04 05:18:11 PM  

xBIGxEASYx: busy chillin': sendtodave: busy chillin': FTFA:

Me? I'm a libertarian, so I don't give a shiat about the politics expressed in a car ad.

*scrolls down a few seeing a sh*t load of words*

Yeah, you don't care. Sure thing, buddy.

*closes window*

... About the politics.

He cares about the shiatty car ads, obviously.  Because that's what TFA is about.

Well, I quit reading TFA obviously.

Hmmm... You didn't even read the snippet you posted?


nope. I didn't even read this post.
 
2014-03-04 05:21:24 PM  
What's worse was the Presidents' Day ads that basically had Lincoln and T. Roosevelt endorse for Jeep or whatever.
 
2014-03-04 05:27:59 PM  
its funny how they have to go back at least 50 years to cite any real american accomplishments.

Just because we can't admit that we're now basically a 3rd world country doesn't mean it's not true


I agree with your first sentence but find it sad, not funny.

However, a complete dismissal of any American exceptionalism would require skipping  twentieth century history.
 
2014-03-04 05:28:43 PM  
The Stealth Hippopotamus: Yeah, but what should we drink...

[img706.imageshack.us image 484x646]


I would drink her, yes.
 
2014-03-04 06:10:27 PM  

TV's Vinnie: See? This guy shows his love by giving his wife a brand-new car! What did you get your wife last Christmas? A Keurig coffee maker? HUR HUR HUR! How cute.


Yeah, those piss me off too. What's puzzling is I really don't think the "buys a Lexus for Christmas" demographic is that large at all, so I can't figure out where the advantage for them comes in poking the 95% in the eye with a sharp stick.
 
2014-03-04 06:11:47 PM  

akula: doubled99: Patriotic pride denotes ignorance-unless it's another country than this one.

Makes you wonder if the asshole who wrote TFA also freaks out when Volkswagen touts their "German engineering" or when Fiat talks about "Italian style."


Both of those have to do with the actual car. "German engineering" implies that it is a safe and well-built vehicle, while "Italian style" implies that the car is artistic and luxurious. All this commercial sells is US arrogance; it's message is "yeah you're an asshole who thinks nobody with less money than you works hard and that furners are spineless whiny cretins! This is a car for assholes like that!! Buy it you farking asshole piece of shiat goddamn it BUY THE CAAAR!".

Not only is it not selling the car, it's not selling the car buy selling smug, privileged condescension with the face of an actor best known for playing a murderous, torturing-fetishist and child molester. So basically, it hit all the marks it needed to hit to sell this to their target demo; petty-rich Conservatives who like to think they're richer than they are, and that they matter.
 
2014-03-04 06:12:54 PM  

jacknifetrucker: Sybarite: Anyone that would pay $75K (base price) for a tarted up Volt really isn't really the savviest consumer to begin with.

Where the hell do you car shop, 42k in TX for a loaded volt. Just bought my wife a new car for xmas . Didn't get a volt though.


OK, either I'm missing something or you're having a reading comprehension fail today. "$75K (base price) for a tarted up Volt" is in reference to the CADDY IN THE COMMERCIAL being a tarted-up Volt that costs $75k, not to the Volt itself being $75k.
 
2014-03-04 06:34:12 PM  

wantingout: Just because we can't admit that we're now basically a 3rd world country doesn't mean it's not true.


I would love to hear your justification of the statement "we're now basically a 3rd world country". I'm having a bad day and could use a laugh.
 
2014-03-04 07:37:47 PM  

Fuggin Bizzy: TV's Vinnie: See? This guy shows his love by giving his wife a brand-new car! What did you get your wife last Christmas? A Keurig coffee maker? HUR HUR HUR! How cute.

Yeah, those piss me off too. What's puzzling is I really don't think the "buys a Lexus for Christmas" demographic is that large at all, so I can't figure out where the advantage for them comes in poking the 95% in the eye with a sharp stick.


I think it's the 1%ers' overwhelming fetish for being dicks. Even more so at Christmas time, when they can flaunt their money in everyone else's faces.
 
2014-03-04 07:45:52 PM  

TV's Vinnie: Fuggin Bizzy: TV's Vinnie: See? This guy shows his love by giving his wife a brand-new car! What did you get your wife last Christmas? A Keurig coffee maker? HUR HUR HUR! How cute.

Yeah, those piss me off too. What's puzzling is I really don't think the "buys a Lexus for Christmas" demographic is that large at all, so I can't figure out where the advantage for them comes in poking the 95% in the eye with a sharp stick.

I think it's the 1%ers' overwhelming fetish for being dicks. Even more so at Christmas time, when they can flaunt their money in everyone else's faces.


You sound oppressed
 
2014-03-04 08:42:33 PM  

jim32rr: TV's Vinnie: Fuggin Bizzy: TV's Vinnie: See? This guy shows his love by giving his wife a brand-new car! What did you get your wife last Christmas? A Keurig coffee maker? HUR HUR HUR! How cute.

Yeah, those piss me off too. What's puzzling is I really don't think the "buys a Lexus for Christmas" demographic is that large at all, so I can't figure out where the advantage for them comes in poking the 95% in the eye with a sharp stick.

I think it's the 1%ers' overwhelming fetish for being dicks. Even more so at Christmas time, when they can flaunt their money in everyone else's faces.

You sound oppressed


Oh, it's you again.

If you're not part of the 1%, then you ARE oppressed, whether you want to recognize it or not.
 
2014-03-04 08:55:10 PM  

TV's Vinnie: jim32rr: TV's Vinnie: Fuggin Bizzy: TV's Vinnie: See? This guy shows his love by giving his wife a brand-new car! What did you get your wife last Christmas? A Keurig coffee maker? HUR HUR HUR! How cute.

Yeah, those piss me off too. What's puzzling is I really don't think the "buys a Lexus for Christmas" demographic is that large at all, so I can't figure out where the advantage for them comes in poking the 95% in the eye with a sharp stick.

I think it's the 1%ers' overwhelming fetish for being dicks. Even more so at Christmas time, when they can flaunt their money in everyone else's faces.

You sound oppressed

Oh, it's you again.

If you're not part of the 1%, then you ARE oppressed, whether you want to recognize it or not.


If you buy a new Lexus without being part of the 1%, are you oppressed or not?
 
2014-03-04 09:07:23 PM  

TV's Vinnie: jim32rr: TV's Vinnie: Fuggin Bizzy: TV's Vinnie: See? This guy shows his love by giving his wife a brand-new car! What did you get your wife last Christmas? A Keurig coffee maker? HUR HUR HUR! How cute.

Yeah, those piss me off too. What's puzzling is I really don't think the "buys a Lexus for Christmas" demographic is that large at all, so I can't figure out where the advantage for them comes in poking the 95% in the eye with a sharp stick.

I think it's the 1%ers' overwhelming fetish for being dicks. Even more so at Christmas time, when they can flaunt their money in everyone else's faces.

You sound oppressed

Oh, it's you again.

If you're not part of the 1%, then you ARE oppressed, whether you want to recognize it or not.


Thought maybe you were trying to out yourself as the writer of the story. Still friends?
 
2014-03-04 09:40:10 PM  
America
America
America, fark Yeah!
Comin' again to save the motherfarkin' day, Yeah
America, fark Yeah!
Freedom is the only way, Yeah
Terrorists, your game is through
'cause now you have ta answer to
America, fark yeah!
So lick my butt and suck on my balls
America, fark Yeah!
Whatcha' gonna do when we come for you now
It's the dream that we all share
It's the hope for tomorrow
(fark Yeah!)
McDonald's (fark Yeah!)
Wal-Mart (fark Yeah!)
The Gap (fark Yeah!)
Baseball (fark Yeah!)
The NFL (fark Yeah!)
Rock N' Roll (fark Yeah!)
The Internet (fark Yeah!)
Slavery (fark Yeah!)
fark Yeah!
Starbucks (fark Yeah!)
Disneyworld (fark Yeah!)
Porno (fark Yeah!)
Valium (fark Yeah!)
Reeboks (fark Yeah!)
Fake Tits (fark Yeah!)
Sushi (fark Yeah!)
Taco Bell (fark Yeah!)
Rodeos (fark Yeah!)
Bed, Bath and Beyond (fark yeah..fark Yeah)
Liberty (fark Yeah!)
White Slips (fark Yeah!)
The Alamo (fark Yeah!)
Band-aids (fark Yeah!)
Las Vegas (fark Yeah!)
Christmas (fark Yeah!)
Immigrants (fark Yeah!)
Popeyes (fark Yeah!)
Democrats (fark Yeah!)
Republicans (..fark Yeah..fark Yeah)
Sportsmanship (...)
Books (....)
 
2014-03-04 09:42:13 PM  
Half time shows have sucked for the last 10yrs. I watch porn.
 
2014-03-04 09:44:39 PM  

jim32rr: TV's Vinnie: jim32rr: TV's Vinnie: Fuggin Bizzy: TV's Vinnie: See? This guy shows his love by giving his wife a brand-new car! What did you get your wife last Christmas? A Keurig coffee maker? HUR HUR HUR! How cute.

Yeah, those piss me off too. What's puzzling is I really don't think the "buys a Lexus for Christmas" demographic is that large at all, so I can't figure out where the advantage for them comes in poking the 95% in the eye with a sharp stick.

I think it's the 1%ers' overwhelming fetish for being dicks. Even more so at Christmas time, when they can flaunt their money in everyone else's faces.

You sound oppressed

Oh, it's you again.

If you're not part of the 1%, then you ARE oppressed, whether you want to recognize it or not.

Thought maybe you were trying to out yourself as the writer of the story. Still friends?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsL6mKxtOlQ
 
2014-03-04 09:46:03 PM  

yet_another_wumpus: jacknifetrucker: Sybarite: Anyone that would pay $75K (base price) for a tarted up Volt really isn't really the savviest consumer to begin with.

Where the hell do you car shop, 42k in TX for a loaded volt. Just bought my wife a new car for xmas . Didn't get a volt though.

If you shopped in a Caddy dealership you would find a Volt with a $75k (before options) price tag.  It would be labeled "XLR".  GM has only had two years of actual Tesla model S production to understand that a $75k volt isn't an option.  Give them a few more years (they've sold 99 so far, I'm sure plenty of dealers are just waiting to have one sit on their lot).

I wouldn't claim (as others have) that this is as bad as a Cimarron.  There is nothing inherently bad about the Volt (unlike the Cavalier of the day), but much like how badly the rest of the Cadillac line was outclassed by Mercedes Benz, the current XLR is outclassed by the the Tesla.  Badge engineering only works when you can legitimately claim that your tarted up chevy is as good as anything else at that price (which was pretty much true 1950-1975).


The new electric Caddy is an ELR.  This is an XLR:

upload.wikimedia.org

a.k.a. a badge-engineered Corvette.

/ It's important not to mix up your "E"s and "X"s, as any old DOS user can tell you
 
2014-03-04 10:57:30 PM  

a particular individual: doubled99: Patriotic pride denotes ignorance-unless it's another country than this one.

"Patriotism is the belief your country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it." --GB Shaw




"Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons." - Bertrand Russell
 
2014-03-05 04:07:43 AM  

the_foo: The bit where they tried to tell us that barely getting any vacation in this country is somehow an awesome thing was an especially nice touch. If you think the 1% in this country don't take all sorts of long, expensive vacations, you're dumb enough to buy one of these cars.


That was the part that irritated me. The idea of a car commercial selling some kind of manly 'Murican ideal isn't really new, but I kind of resent them wrapping up a little turdnugget like "working your ass off ceaselessly" is some kind of admirable ideal to strive for. (Though, if they were trying to appeal to a more masculine audience, I wouldn't fault them for using the concept of working hard and sacrificing as a provider, but "work hard because you don't want to be some pansy-ass European" is pretty odious.) And you're right, those who have the most aren't exactly working the hardest.

I also found their choice of actor ridiculous, although I admit I've only seen him in Justified and one other thing, where he also played the bad guy. I wouldn't take a car from that guy... I'd be wondering if it would blow up.
 
2014-03-05 06:30:17 AM  

kling_klang_bed: Freedom is the only way, Yeah


Freedom is the only MFing way , YEAH
 
2014-03-05 06:31:33 AM  
All USA makers are banned except Ford in my house. Ford is on suspension in my house until its UNION rats are stopped. I buy Toyota cars at the moment and am quite happy with them and their build quality.
 
2014-03-05 09:17:26 AM  

Dinjiin: Problem is, for people not swayed by emotional ads, the ads come off as simplistic, juvenile and condescending.


That would be me. Appeal to emotion doesn't work on me. I find most ads like that annoying and sometimes insulting. I can't help but think, "Does this shiat actually work on people?" and then I get a sad because I realize that yes, it does.

The worst offenders are radio ads that are aimed at women. I don't watch TV anymore so I don't get any exposure to ads that way. When you do your consumption online you get to skip or block ads. The radio in my shop at work is the only time that I hear ads. Most of the time I just zone out and wait for the music to return but some ads are annoying enough to make me turn the station. I wonder what the stations would think of they knew that I turn away from their station because of their ad partners.
 
2014-03-05 10:45:08 AM  

sendtodave: Doc Batarang: Fuggin Bizzy: I'm glad he included the Bob Dylan Chrysler commercial from the Superb Owl. That one left me wondering "What the fark, over?" the first time I saw it.

"What's more American...than America?" TAUTOLOGIES, that's what.

Tautologies are Greek.

You guys are forgetting the first rule of Tautology Club.


Second rule of Tautology Club:  No outside snacks.
 
2014-03-05 09:37:38 PM  
What I dont like about the commercial is the overt corporatism.  It makes fun of European countries that promote more time off for employees.  And implies that America is better because we "enjoy" less vacation.

Yea, we're slave workers and proud of it!
 
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