Conservatives — who are apparently planning to unseat the Democratic president on a platform of staunch opposition to economic recovery — were understandably peeved when patron saint of libertarianism Clint Eastwood lent his familiar voice and weathered face to a Chrysler commercial that was inexplicably pro-auto bailout, and featured a non-dystopian outlook for the future of America.
I know! Communism! (Look, we can get into the abject insanity of a car company being grateful and positive about the U.S. government saving it from bankruptcy in another post. There's just so many unanswered questions!) Obviously, now, the die is cast. This commercial alone will win the general election for Obama, and abortions will become federally-mandated for all!
Anyway, some hawk-eyed investigative journalist at The Hollywood Reporter seems to have cracked the case how such an outrage could have befallen America. Turns out some of the people who worked on the ad also happen to be people who supported Obama in 2008. Scandal of the highest order!
In the days ahead, similar politically charged queries also are likely to be raised about the highly regarded Portland Oregon-based ad agency that produced the spot — Wieden+Kennedy, some of whose key creative professionals privately supported Barack Obama in the 2008 election…
Several members of the Wieden+Kennedy team that produced the Eastwood spot were among the creative professionals who privately supported Obama’s first election campaign. Creative director Aaron Allen, for example, created a striking poster, called "United the States of America," on candidate Obama's behalf. The poster shows an Obama silhouette bringing together red and blue spheres meant to represent America’s partisan division. His official bio notes that he "also works on personal art projects, including a poster for the 2008 Obama campaign that was shown in several galleries and publications."
The ad's art director, Jimm Lasser, created an entire art exhibit in New York around Nike-style shoes bearing Obama’s image. Another of the creative directors, Michael Tabtabai has used his Twitter account recently to send out the message "Obama x Incredible Hulk. America STRONG!" and linking to an image of an action doll of the president looking like the comic book super hero.
Don't tell me that's a coincidence! I'm not dumb! What are the odds that a handful of successful creative people would have used their skills to help elect a liberal politician at some point within the past several years and then later go on to work on a car commercial that is not opposed to a highly-successful federal auto bailout?!
It's gotta be in the millions, right? Am I being too conservative with my estimate? Okay, maybe closer to hundreds of millions.
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Tags: Advertising, Auto Industry, Clint Eastwood, Scandalgate