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Sun Feb 3, 2013, 11:54 PM

That "God Made a Farmer" ad was pretty offensive

Did God only make white farmers? Not nary a color in the ad. I didn't know that only white farmers in Iowa counted. There's many black farmers down south, and God only knows how many poor migrants are breaking their back picking stuff for us buy in a grocery store. God made them too.

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Reply That "God Made a Farmer" ad was pretty offensive (Original post)
BluegrassDem Feb 2013 OP
BeyondGeography Feb 2013 #1
Lisa0825 Feb 2013 #2
BluegrassDem Feb 2013 #3
Lisa0825 Feb 2013 #6
abelenkpe Feb 2013 #4
Lisa0825 Feb 2013 #5
cherokeeprogressive Feb 2013 #7
MADem Feb 2013 #8
cherokeeprogressive Feb 2013 #10
MADem Feb 2013 #12
Nye Bevan Feb 2013 #9
hfojvt Feb 2013 #11
BlueStreak Feb 2013 #13
farminator3000 Feb 2013 #14
longship Feb 2013 #15

Response to BluegrassDem (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 11:55 PM

1. Yes, but are they Ram tough?

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Response to BluegrassDem (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 11:56 PM

2. There was a black man. I guess you missed it. nt

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Response to Lisa0825 (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 11:58 PM

3. If I did miss, I must've blinked. I think the ad was like 5 minutes long...

I stand corrected if they did flash a black face. I must've missed that one. However, the theme is pretty much as I said though.

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Response to BluegrassDem (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 12:04 AM

6. 2:03 nt

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Response to BluegrassDem (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 11:59 PM

4. There was one

But the ad did make me want to

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Response to BluegrassDem (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 12:03 AM

5. I just watched it again. At 1:24 there is a woman and teen who appear to be Hispanic.

I have to say I didn't watch the first couple times with a eye to deciphering who was what race. I saw at least 2 shots of people who could be white or "brown" of some ethnicity.

I am an atheist, and I still think this was an incredibly beautiful commercial.

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Response to BluegrassDem (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 12:05 AM

7. Offensive is in the eye of the offended... Perception is reality...

Plenty of people were offended, plenty of people weren't.

One thing is, you and millions of others will remember the commercial, and probably talk about it at work tomorrow.

All in all, a win for Dodge.

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Response to cherokeeprogressive (Reply #7)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 12:08 AM

8. I think the people who were offended are unlikely to be in the Dodge demographic. nt

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Response to MADem (Reply #8)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 12:11 AM

10. I don't really think that matters.

Publicity is publicity. I surely don't think Dodge Ram sales will go down because of this commercial, and it'll have people talking tomorrow.

Just as they are tonight.

That's why I think it's a win for Dodge. My money says this commercial was discussed ad nauseum at the ad agency and within upper echelons at the corporate level. I cannot see in this day and age where they would have missed the fact that some would be offended.

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Response to cherokeeprogressive (Reply #10)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 12:31 AM

12. It absolutely DOES matter. You don't alienate your customer base. They didn't.

And yes, it is a total win for Dodge. Sales won't go down, because I don't think angry atheists who get furious at the mention of the G word are a large percentage of their customer base in the first place. I'm guessing they did the research before they committed to a Superbowl ad buy.

That commercial appealed to their customer base, even the ones who aren't religious, and who aren't farmers. It appealed to the "working man/woman" demographic, the "self-reliant" demographic, the "hard work" demographic, the "plain living" demographic, and the people who think spiritually, if not religiously.

Their customers will be more likely to buy a Dodge truck because they will identify with the imagery that accompanied the ad, and they will find a spiritual resonance in the little poem that Paul Harvey read.

Some might even buy a Dodge because they like Paul Harvey.

And that's....the rest of the story.

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Response to BluegrassDem (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 12:10 AM

9. 0:48......

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Response to BluegrassDem (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 12:25 AM

11. "First, God made idiots. This was for practice."

"Then he made school boards." Mark Twain


Note, just quoting an iconic America humorist, strictly for the humor value. Not meant to offend farmers, or any ethnic group, or even school board members which would include my dad, an uncle, and a great-uncle.

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Response to BluegrassDem (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 12:33 AM

13. I didn't get the point of the thing

But I did turn it off halfway through because listening to Paul Harvey is a guaranteed way to destroy brain cells by the millions.

While I admire "real" farmers, the vast majority of our agriculture industry is now dominated by mega-corporations. I guess God made them too, huh?

If there was any greater meaning to that claptrap, maybe somebody can fill me in.

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Response to BluegrassDem (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 12:33 AM

14. farmers are 97% white. not dodge's fault.

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Response to BluegrassDem (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 12:36 AM

15. When a sport has descended to a point...

...that the championship game is about the advertisements and not the game, we're done.

The inevitable conclusion that anybody can come to is that sport is nothing about the competition. It's about the commercial marketing of the competition and its presentation.

If it's US football, that's what happens.

That's why I am proud to have never watched one of these Stupid Bowls (which they have become).

You may disagree and you are welcome to your opinion. I merely offer counter evidence.

I mean. A few years ago the championship game became all about an alleged costume malfunction.

You rubes!

It's not about the game. It's about things that happen outside the game, most of which has commercial value.

The Stupid Bowl is just that, and nothing other.

My apologies to the fans of the teams playing. But even you have to admit that there was more advertisement time than play time. And be honest, although football wasn't designed that way, that's the way it's ended up, especially the Stupid Bowl.

That's why I've never watched one.

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