This Commercial Represents Everything That's Wrong With Murica.

Discussion in 'Mostly Harmless (Serious Discussion)' started by Chelli, Feb 28, 2014.

  1. Chelli

    Chelli Active Member

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNzXze5Yza8

    I'll just post some bullet points because this is...I can't even...

    MURICAN superiority
    --looking down on other countries
    Focus on "stuff"
    --forget family! we work hard for our STUFF!
    Guy looks/sounds/acts like a flick in general :p

    And the line about MURICA being the first to go back to the moon is downright hilarious. Whose space program are we gonna use to get us there?

    This article does a much more eloquent job explaining how horrible this ad is:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/26/this-commercial-sums-up-e_n_4859040.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063
     
  2. Terro

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    Last I heard, there wasn't much of a space program in America :p Curiosity was the biggest thing to come from it in... a very long time :p

    You know, it's pretty counter-productive when you work hard to make money, but when do you GET to enjoy it? Well, a car I guess you can kind of enjoy to commutes, but how often can you use that pool, Mr. CEO? He definitely takes more than 2 weeks, off a year, I'm sure :p Honestly, I like the European model. Everything's so chill (although higher prices...) being stressed stinks and is not good for your health. Actually, I think I heard that even Canada will give you more time off work, too.

    American pride and patriotism is something I will just never get... In Canada, there's definitely Canadian pride (we HAVE to gloat about our hockey gold medals :p) but not enough to put out flags during holidays etc. We think other countries are cool (and WE can actually VISIT Cuba!!) but America... well, that stereotyping and experience people have travelling to different places gives us another impression :p Rolleyes at Super Bowl pandering commercials.
     
  3. Chelli

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    I've watched this a couple more times, and I refuse to believe it's meant to be taken seriously. I realize that the group who designed the commercial DID mean it to be taken seriously, and that's sad.

    As a satire, this thing is brilliant. :p
     
  4. Chaosblade77

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    Nah, needs more guns and religion [background='#282828']and bigotry[/background].

    This kind of ad is so America though and I'm surprised we don't see more of them. Keep driving that live to work mentality until people believe it.
     
  5. SquatDingloid

    SquatDingloid New Member

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    I was born to make this commercial. But someone else beat me to it, so now I don't know what to do with my life.....
     
  6. Terro

    Terro Well-Known Member

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    Eat moar Cheetos!
     
  7. SquatDingloid

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    They stopped tasting like anything three days ago and I feel like throwing up ):
     
  8. TiamatNM

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    The ad seems kinda like a materialist circlejerk for rich people but eh I don't find it offensive at all. Funny he mentioned Bill Gates since he's a lefty though

    well Beyonce and Jay Z can vacation in cuba so clearly the law doesn't apply to the rich and famous
     
  9. Terro

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    Well of course! Rich people can do whatever the heck they want >_> Justin Bieber gets a tiny fine and slap on the wrist (not to mention doesn't get to wait months in line for his trials, he gets to go RIGHT IN FRONT). Just don't cheat with money or you WILL go to jail like Martha Stewart! Same with Enron. Kill a man (or two)? Ehhh maybe the glove didn't fit after all! (Actually, I just looked on the Wiki and I had no idea he robbed a casino 7 years ago >_> How'd I miss that one?)
     
  10. Kainsy

    Kainsy Somewhat Cowardly

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    Two words that guarantee to make any usual american's anger peak-
    gun control.
     
  11. Terro

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    ^Violent video games make killers, but you have your right to keep your guns that's just fine!

    I grew up with locked cabinets of rifles... For hunting deer to eat.... I have no beef with that (only venison :p) Handguns and assault rifles.... why? :/
     
  12. Chaosblade77

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    As an American, from the south:
    I'm not against it.

    Granted, I'm not for a gun ban. That seems counterproductive.
     
  13. SquatDingloid

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    trap sprung

    *LE EPIC TROLL FACE*
     
  14. Terro

    Terro Well-Known Member

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    ....is your new avatar Cthullu with a kitten?
     
  15. TiamatNM

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    Why? Cause a handgun is way more practical for self defense than a hunting rifle. Yes, guns can be used to evil too but if you look at Chicago type situations you'll see crazy gun violence despite strict gun laws. It's harder for the law abiding citizens to get them so the criminals aren't as afraid to attack whoever they want. I've never owned a gun or even touched a gun but if I lived in a dangerous area I would want to be able to get one legally.

    and yes I know I'm contributing to Kain's thread derailment :p
     
  16. Terro

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    The point being that I didn't grow up in a pro-guns for self defense country, only one where people own rifles to hunt game. I don't find handguns practical, anyhow. Small, yes, but when legally you need it locked up and stuff, it kinda defeats in the purpose :/ For example, in a richer area of my town, someone pulled a gun on some guy that got home and was heading to his front door. Had his kid with him too. So, say he has a gun locked somewhere safely in his house, how's he gunna go get it? >_> Could be said for anything where the gun could just simply be stored in a place you can't get to, if you are held at gunpoint in your own home. Then you can only use it for reasonable force, so impending court cases can happen if you do something serious in deterring the bad guy, not to mention the bajillion stories of parents who DON'T store their guns and have their kids get to them.

    I have yet to hear many successful stories of guns being used properly for home invaders etc., so as far as I'm concerned, the cons outweigh the pros.
    Oh and speaking of Chicago, I just wouldn't live there, having a HUGE amount of crime in that city :/ (I hear it's really really bad there, and moving would probably be better than getting a gun and risking it >_>)
     
  17. SquatDingloid

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    also very close Terro, it's my absolute favourite race from mass effect that bioware never gave a poop about, holding a kitten
     
  18. KlausRealta

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    I wonder how my friend likes living near Chicago... I imagine that his neighborhood is safe, but having crime next to where you live seems bad... but considering he used to live in Florida near where I live currently, it might not be much of a substantial difference, just the difference of crime between Chicago and Miami.
     
  19. Terro

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    Oakland is spreading further and further out >_> Just yesterday (one of the few times this has happened) a helicopter came circling around my neighborhood. That's not worrysome! Ended up leaving but geeze can't wait to move from this area :/
     
  20. TiamatNM

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    A handgun is more practical because it is easier to conceal and also easier for someone who may be small or weak to use cause of the size. When Joe Biden suggested a shotgun is all you need I saw a parody video with a bunch of girls and women having a tough time with the recoil.

    Also, part of the reason you said it's not practical is because "you have to keep it locked up" which is...a form of gun control. Excessive gun control is what makes it impractical. I can understand locking it up at home if you have kids and stuff but the point still stands. If you can concealed carry then as long as they don't get the jump on you too hard you've got a lot more chance than someone without a gun. You know that shooting in Norway where about 80 people got killed by one guy? Even one person with a gun might have been able to save lives in that situation. I read something like even the police in norway have to phone in for permission to get the guns out of their locked trunks or something. :p

    The reason you don't hear the stories about successful self defense with guns is cause they don't make for as exciting news as the latest school shooting and it doesn't fit into the media's intended narrative. There are still stories out there if you look for them though.
     

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