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  •  I want to know (10+ / 0-)

    where they find actors with enough self-loathing and desperation to appear in a POS like this. I'd respect them more for doing porn.

    Thanks for helping me get to the GRAMMYs! :)

    by virgomusic on Fri Apr 30, 2010 at 04:57:40 PM PDT

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    •  my thoughts exactly. (1+ / 0-)
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      of Indian (the sub-continent) descent?  There are many ethnic groups in the glorious multitudes of India, but I swear this guy looks - and sounds -  more like Isaac Mondragon from Rio Arriba county than a middle-management worker from Bangalore.

      And not only is this ad disgusting because of its content, running it on behalf of Lincoln who does the bidding of  Walmart,  an "American" corporation that is in great part responsible for destroying middle and low level skilled manufacturing in the USA to shave a nickel off the price of a washcloth and a dollar off the cost of a window fan while making billions for the Walton family, is pretty freakin' arrogant.

      I've had to cut back my political donations due to wariness about making online contributions due to on-going ID theft problems, and I'm doing my best within my clan and sept to help keep a few loved ones from going over the cliff due to lost jobs, catastrophic medical events, and other horrors of life in the early 21st C. for the educated 'middle-class'. Hasn't left a lot of cash left over by the end of the month.

      But this kind of bull just can't be allowed to pass without some sort of action from me. Since I don't live in Arizona, and won't be seeing any Arkansans any time soon that I could implore to vote for Halter, I'm going on over to Act Blue to give Halter $250.

      I hope his ad people are already firing up the editing machines while going over the prepared lists of all the times Lincoln has helped Wal-Mart and Big corps take jobs away from Arkansas and the good old USA.

      If the GOP in Arizona or Arkansas or anywhere in these United States thinks they can benefit politically by playing on the economic fears and distress of millions of people by turning them against their neighbors, by using racially-charged images and language in their messages to their base, we must prove them wrong, in every instance.

      We must stand up loudly and clearly and say that these tactics are not acceptable in our political discourse. Not now. Not ever again. Then we have to fight them at the polls this year to keep our majorities, continue to move this country into the progressive 21st century we hold in our vision of the future, and keep on the new path that is before us. Together.

    •  What am I missing? I don't get the racist charge. (1+ / 0-)
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      Progressives will win when the country becomes Progressive.

      by auapplemac on Fri Apr 30, 2010 at 05:41:15 PM PDT

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      •  It's all stereotypying ... (1+ / 0-)
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        ... South Asians as exotic people with funny accents.

      •  it would be bad enough (2+ / 0-)
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        if it stopped at just coming right out and saying "Hey, Arkansas! You can blame Indians for your unemployment woes!" That in itself is simplistic and xenophobic.

        But please, look at the way the people are portrayed. The music -- sure, it may be authentic Indian music, I don't know. But it such a classic cue for "here comes the acid-trip, psychedelic scene" in various stupid movies, and that's how it's being used here. And the clothing -- probably authentic too, but it's not portrayed like, "Look at the beautiful traditional clothing." It's more like, "Ooh, look at the exotic foreigners!"

        The people are made to look ridiculous. Because they are Indian (tho I'm not sure the actors really are). And they are served up as an easy scapegoat for a complex economic situation.

        Just imagine if the soundtrack were something like this, and if the first man had on a huge sombrero and a woven poncho?

        Or this soundtrack paired with this outfit?

        It's just so ham-handed and disrespectful, it makes me embarrassed to be a Euro-American.

        Thanks for helping me get to the GRAMMYs! :)

        by virgomusic on Fri Apr 30, 2010 at 06:51:52 PM PDT

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