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Desc:Clint Eastwood gives America a halftime speech
Category:Advertisements, News & Politics
Tags:commercial, Clint Eastwood, detriot
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Date:02/06/12
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Vaidency
Our independence was only formally recognized 229 years ago and it's already halftime?
StanleyPain
The NFL tried to get this removed from YouTube because they claim they have "copyright" over the term "Halftime."

Oscar Wildcat
QUIT WATCHING OUR ADVERTISEMENT, DAMNIT!

StanleyPain
Nevermind..they did get it removed. Good job.

Cena_mark
Idiots.

SolRo
Stanly, you ass!

Did you get express writen permission from the NFL to talk about the NFL?! You're going to get this place shut down for copyright violation!

Oscar Wildcat
It's understandable. The Chrysler people realized they had a very popular video clip and wanted to put some google ads on it to make some $$$. Smart thinking, huh?

heyitslozeau
Hah, I'm glad I'm not the only person who thought that.

the_slurb
Eastwood will always be good in my book
chumbucket
Halftime assumes there's a coach in the locker room telling the team what to do next.
NineEleven
Would have been better if he was just telling us to get our shit together in a threatening manner
Oscar Wildcat
Couldn't agree with you more.

Kabbage
Yeah

StanleyPain
I like Eastwood. Hell...love the man. And I know this is a commercial, but what a shitty metaphor. It assumes we're all on the same team, which we all are clearly not.
Anaxagoras
Yeah. This constant refrain of "We're all Americans, let's come together" really pisses me off.

Some of us are Americans, others of us are sick assholes.

Cena_mark
I understand where you're coming from Anaxgoras, but what Clint is saying is that we need to put differences aside. We may think we're on different teams Stan, but damn it we're all Americans. I'm not sure how we can work it out with the kinds of folks who support Santorum, but there's gotta be a way. Clint will make it happen.

simon666
By saying we are all on the same team, Eastwood is creating an "ideal audience" (rhetorical term) in which he (Eastwood as orator) creates a vision of the audience he wants his audience to be, which usually works through/with pathos appeals to the actual audience.

Whether or not Eastwood is effective in bringing the actual audience to the ideal audience is another question.

By your remark, StanlyPain, it would seem that Eastwood's appeals here are not sufficient to persuade the more cynical audience members, or audience members who identify themselves through their break from a unified whole.

However, I think it can be argued that because this was a Super Bowl commercial and the intended audience of the commercial were football fans, that the metaphor of a football team is sufficient to overcome your critique, especially when combined with the rhetoric of the American myth, "down but not out."

Oscar Wildcat
Cena, that sounds pretty good, BUT THERE'S A SECRET MUSLIM HOMOSOCIALIST NIGGER IN THE WHITEHOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

StanleyPain
I was mostly joking, but that's cool it elicited such serious replies.
At least Eastwood isn't some fucking pundit lecturing people on shit, commercial or no. He can at least say he was an honest to goodness elected official.

StanleyPain
Oh, and I love the right wing response to this ad:

"THE SUBTEXT OF THIS AD IS THAT THE AUTO BAILOUT WORKED AND CLEARLY IT DIDN'T BECAUSE OBAMA SOCIALISM MARX NAZI MUSLIM!"

Oscar Wildcat
Well, it must be said, Clint has a point. America really is like a pro footbal game. A bunch of otherwise normal humans have been artificially split into two sides, each hating the other with great fury. Meanwhile, the owners rake in huge profits from stoking the resulting discord and strife. Now it's halftime, and a corrupted religious figure has come to stuff it's tits in our faces and ask us to buy sugar water.
SolRo
Where's my multimillion contract then?

Also;

GO TEAM BLUE!! RED TEAM ARE A BUNCH OF GOAT FUCKERS!!

sosage
I thought Eastwood was above this low level exploitative shit. Five for reminding me of the Budweiser horses bowing their heads at ground zero.
Hammer Falls
This commercial has been talked about more than "J. Edgar" and "Hereafter" combined.

Void 71
It's DMCA time, America.

Screwtape
5 for evil. The dark insinuation of a Black man's mouth speaking on the TV, protesters in front of the white house, an all around subtext of anti-Obama. Remind me again, who bailed out Detroit? Which party wanted to let it die? The wrong people won on this apparently.

Xenocide
Fun fact: this ad used footage of last year's Wisconsin union protests, but digitally altered the signs to make them politically neutral. One sign that originally read "Care About Educators Like They Care About Your Child" was changed to a bunch of random words and a picture of an alarm clock.

That way, Americans who hate teachers will still want to buy cars.
pastorofmuppets
The US is still the world's largest manufacturer.

I wonder how many of the statistics regarding the demise of American manufacturing have to do with the fact that for at least 30 years we were one giant nuclear bomb factory?
SolRo
If we pay ourselves with chinese money to build bombs, it still counts dammit!

cognitivedissonance
He's had a hate boner for Democrats ever since the ADA made him put in a ramp in his restaurant. Seriously.
Caminante Nocturno
Yahtzee once compared the United States to a washed-up prizefighter, desperately trying to relive it's glory days. That's pretty much the feeling this stupid commercial gets across.
Cena_mark
Well then the UK is like an even more washed up prize fighter who's accepted that he'll never rise again. At lease we know our competition ain't THAT hot, and that we still have a chance. And If Yahtzee is Australian and not English that makes him even more lame.

cognitivedissonance
He's English who moved to Australia to get some pussy and then she left him and he is a "games journalist" so therefore has no money to get back.

Caminante Nocturno
But apparently he's got enough money to help open and run a successful bar in Sydney's entertainment district. But, yeah, I'm jealous of Yahtzee, too.

cognitivedissonance
That was the original situation. If he's decided to stay, good for him.

Stopheles
5 stars because Karl Rove is currently whining about how this sounds like something a Demonkkkrat would say.
Rodents of Unusual Size
Somewhere it's morning in America. And we're still using gas guzzling technology from the 50s.
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