Signs of the apocalypse, part XXIV…the
moonbat leftie blog Attytood and I agree on something. That something would be John Mellencamp’s new song “This is Our Country,” which Chevrolet is using to flog its trucks, replacing Bob Segar’s old, familiar “Like a Rock.” Actually, it’s not the song so much (lyrics here) as it’s the visuals in the commercials running during the World Series and both League Series before. I’ll quote Will Bunch, the proprietor of Attytood:
We saw troops in the jungles of
We saw Richard Nixon waving goodbye from the helicopter in 1974, after his secret government of dirty tricksters damn near destroyed the Constitution.
We saw, to our disbelief and amazement, shots of the worst of Hurricane Katrina, the howling winds and the flooded-out city, apparently mitigated by a shot of a Habitat-for-Humanity style rebuilding.
Then we saw the thing that truly amazed us, the beams of light in
How did you feel watching the ad? We felt angry.
Oh sure, you can rationalize it. You could say that after a generation of morning-in-America feel-good commercials from Madison Avenue, this is at least a more honest portrayal of the American experience. You could also note that GM, in some ways, isn't the worst corporate citizen within the rogues' gallery better known as the Fortune 500. They did hire a lot of African-Americans in the Rosa Parks era, after all, which is why so many left places like
No matter. You just don't use 9/11 or Katrina to sell a product...period.
Mr. Bunch is correct, but he goes on to dilute his anger with a bunch (no pun…) of “progressive” arguments against the ad and those evil corporate America types, yadda, yadda, yadda. But I agree with his point: it’s in extremely bad taste to use images of the two most painful disasters this country has endured in a long time to sell trucks.
I think there’s a little bit more than truck selling going on here, however. The inclusion of the Viet Nam images and Nixon’s famous farewell gestures as he left the White House for the last time immediately preceding the Katrina and 9/11 images establishes a subtle but direct connection between history and current events. And that connection, however subtle, is negative, given the
The image sequences in the commercial are probably lost on the average person under 30, after all