Clint Eastwood’s Political Super Bowl Commercial Was Insulting

clint eastwood superbowl commercialBetween segments of some important sports game on Sunday (the Super Bowl, was it?) viewers were treated to what might as well be known as national commercial day.  From naked M&Ms to a nearly naked David Beckham, the Super Bowl commercials for 2012 made us giggle and ogle. 

During halftime, one two-minute long commercial sparked immediate controversy across the interwebs -- Clint Eastwood’s Chrysler commercial. The celebrated actor announced that in addition to it being halftime at the Super Bowl, “it’s halftime in America too.”

He continued: 

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People are out of work and they’re hurting. And they’re all wondering what they’re going to do to make a comeback … The people of Detroit know a little something about this … They almost lost everything. But we all pulled together, now Motor City is fighting again.

Seriously? We all ‘came together’ to bailout failing auto companies? I don’t remember that. I remember politicians in Washington doing that, without the popular support of the American people. That’s not coming together, that’s having something rammed down our throats.

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I wonder if anyone’s told the residents of Detroit that they’ve become the Mecca of American ingenuity and spirit. Not only is Clint Eastwood lauding Motor City, but also last month in his State of the Union Address, President Obama basically said that Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Raleigh would do well to follow in Detroit’s footsteps. 

Mr. Eastwood went on to say that we’ve ‘lost our heart’ and that a ‘fog of division, discord, and blame have made it hard to see what’s ahead,” while the viewers were shown a shot of what looked to be a Tea Party style protest at the foot of the Capitol. Bad conservatives, causing strife! How dare you not hop on board with the status quo of forking over the money you’ve earned for congress to spend as it sees fit!

That’s incredibly insulting. I’m sure that Mr. Eastwood meant this to be an inspirational message to America, that we can come together and do what’s right, and if we can’t find a way through tough times, we’ll make one, but that entire message flies in the face of the auto bailouts. If Americans really have the strength and spirit to find their way out of trials, then they don’t need to be bailed out. They’ll bail themselves out. 

Eastwood says this country can’t be knocked to hell in one punch, but common sense says it can be dragged down for years by a government that makes it as difficult as possible to do business. A government that imposes overwhelming regulations on employers, forcing them to shut down or go overseas. A government that will tax our children into the poor house to bail out an auto company that will spend $9 million on a Super Bowl advertisement while still owing taxpayers $1.3 billion dollars.

That’s not the American spirit; that’s just depressing.

 

Here's the commercial if you missed it:

 

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