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Silly Little Fairy?
Advertising Age ^ | Apr. 17, 2006 | Bob Garfield

Posted on 05/01/2006 5:47:54 PM PDT by cicero's_son

Is This Dodge 'Fairy' Commercial Actually Hate Speech in Disguise? Bod Garfield's Ad Review: Watch the Video By Bob Garfield

Published: April 17, 2006

Faggot. Queer. Fairy. These are synonyms, epithets one and all disparaging gays -- or, more often, heterosexual men deemed insufficiently masculine. Let's call that Fact No. 1.

The 'Fairy' spot was created for Dodge by BBDO, Detroit. ALSO: Comment on this review in the 'Your Opinion' section below.

Macho brand Fact No. 2: Dodge is marketing its new Caliber subcompact as a tough little car, as opposed to sissy little Civics, Corollas and the like. This comports with Dodge's long-cultivated macho image, as exemplified by the grunting, Aerosmith heavy-metal music tag punctuating every spot.

Fact No. 3 is that one of the introductory commercials from BBDO, Detroit, features the juxtaposition of a burly tough guy and his Doberman with a sweater-draped girlie man who is walking four little lap dogs. Fact No. 4 is that the only line of dialogue in the commercial is the burly dude exclaiming, "Silly little fairy!"

And Fact No. 5 -- the genuinely astonishing fact -- is that Daimler Chrysler asserts that none of the above is meant to invoke a sexual insult.

"Was it intentional? Absolutely not," says spokeswoman Suraya Bliss, whose voice quavered as she spoke, perhaps because she was choking on the corporate line. "It's not the kind of company we are."

Preposterous corporate line But, of course, the corporate line is preposterous. Much more likely is that someone at BBDO realized they could call people fairies if their commercial depicted an actual fairy. Get it! How subversive! A flitty little fairy! We can imagine the hilarity in the cubicle as they contrived a way to set up the "Not for sissies" selling proposition based on an innocent magical fantasy. The result-mean-spirited but undeniably crafty -- is as follows:

A winged little pixie, fluttering along an urban skyline, waves her magic wand and -- in a puff of magical dust -- turns a skyscraper into a gingerbread house. Next she turns a commuter train into a colorful toy choo-choo. Then she spies a new Dodge Caliber, which she waves at with her wand.

But nothing happens. Three times she tries her magic, to no avail. For all her efforts, the shiny black Caliber remains a tough, rugged subcompact. Meanwhile, her momentum sends her flying-splat! -- into a building.

'Silly little fairy' A passing brute (he's also all in macho black as he walks his Doberman) is very amused by this scene. "Silly little fairy," he laughs.

So she wands him -- turning his Neanderthal getup into a wimpy tennis outfit, and his Doberman into four Pomeranians. "Oohhh!" he simpers.

Then the voice-over: "Introducing the all-new Dodge Caliber. It's anything but cute."

Oh, is it now?

Look, there's nothing wrong with positioning an economy car as a car with truck values. In fact, "the manly subcompact" is a very good idea. You can even suggest that everything else in the category looks effeminate. Though political correctness is out of control in this society, you're still allowed to choose your own sexual demeanor.

But what no advertiser has any business doing is calling people fairies, because it is cheap, because it is gratuitous, because it is hateful.

Gay and lesbian consumers Also self-destructive, undermining Daimler Chrysler corporate entreaties to gay and lesbian consumers -- not to mention the much larger sick-of-sexual-bullying population. But never mind the business consequences.

There is simply no room in advertising for hate speech. Period.

For the record, Daimler Chrysler and BBDO protest that this spot is obviously not homophobic because the guy with the lap dogs is a preppy type-as opposed to some flamboyant queen. Of course, the same people swear they were totally unaware of the "fairy" double-entendre.

They say we're seeing things. We say they're living in a fantasy world, and it's anything but cute.

Review: Zero stars Ad: Dodge Agency: BBDO Location: Detroit


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: ad; advertising; agenda; commercial; dodge; dungmunchers; fairy; fruits; girliemen; homosexual; homosexualagenda; poofters; savage; silly; thisreeksofgayness; thisthreadisghey
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To: cicero's_son
I suspected that the reason for the edit was protests from homosexual groups. Based on this article, I guess I was right.

Probably...

61 posted on 05/02/2006 1:58:22 PM PDT by DBeers ()
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To: cicero's_son

I saw the ad last night and he still said "silly little fairy". Of course since the fairy in question is a Tinkerbell style and turning everything into Disney-esque colorful versions it's pretty obvious that it's not some comment on gays or sexuality.


62 posted on 05/02/2006 2:03:48 PM PDT by discostu (raise your glass of beer on high, and seal your fate forever)
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63 posted on 05/02/2006 2:03:55 PM PDT by DBeers ()
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To: cicero's_son

Is This Dodge 'Fairy' Commercial Actually Hate Speech in Disguise?



It must be wrong, because it was funny.


64 posted on 05/02/2006 2:08:31 PM PDT by trubluolyguy (It wasn't the spikes that kept Him on the cross.)
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To: Question_Assumptions
Gay.

65 posted on 05/02/2006 2:08:42 PM PDT by evets (God bless president George W. Bush!)
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan
That guy makes my Gaydar go red alert!

Funny...He makes my Wish-I-still-had-Whose-Line-Is-It-Anywaydar go wild! The Washedupotomer is another story.
66 posted on 05/02/2006 4:42:53 PM PDT by Das Outsider (Are Marxist academics and apostate bishops trustworthy enough to tell you who the "real" Jesus is?)
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To: Darnright
The train ended up multicolored. These guys are just itching to whine about something, anything, to get the spotlight on them and their agenda.

If you noticed, the complaint resorted to citing code words in the case of the fairy "double-entendre." Just like how "welfare" means "poor, black people" or "illegals" means "Mexicans."

This would seem like some exaggerated right-wing rant had I not learned it in college psychology as an undergrad. Liberals, particularly in the social sciences, tend to look for code everywhere. What guides them is the presupposition that there is bigotry, intolerance, prejudice, etc., hidden in our thoughts, words, and actions. If there's one thing that I've learned, it is that the ones in charge of deciphering the code are the guilty party.
67 posted on 05/02/2006 4:52:03 PM PDT by Das Outsider (Are Marxist academics and apostate bishops trustworthy enough to tell you who the "real" Jesus is?)
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To: cicero's_son; DBeers; All
If you thought that THAT was bad...


WANTED FOR MURDER OF 192 FAIRIES

HOGGLE



Aliases: Boggle, Boss Hog, Snoop Hoggy Hogg, Andy Rooney
Date of birth used: Unknown
Place of birth: Kingdom of Jareth
Height: Between 3'2" and 3'6"
Weight:Unknown
Hair: White
Eyes: Brown
Sex: Male

CAUTION: Suspect has history of using propellants against fairies. By his own claims he has murdered 197 of them. Should be considered armed and dangerous.
68 posted on 05/02/2006 5:17:15 PM PDT by Das Outsider (Are Marxist academics and apostate bishops trustworthy enough to tell you who the "real" Jesus is?)
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To: cicero's_son

Once they're out of the closet all they do is b tch & moan it seems. Normal people have no problems with fairies and pink leashes. Much ado about nothing.


69 posted on 05/02/2006 5:37:41 PM PDT by pandoraou812 ( barbaric with zero tolerance and dilligaf?)
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To: cicero's_son

I worked for a BBDO sister company in the same bldg, and often interacted with the employees.

They definitely had nothing against homosexuality over there.

I think you'd be hard pressed to find a traditional-values-conservative in the whole company.


70 posted on 05/02/2006 9:21:33 PM PDT by Zechariah_8_13 (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I TOTALLY agree! I LOVED the commercial as it was. I didn't get the gay connection until they took the line out.

I thought about it - and went "Noooo, someone didn't get offended by someone calling a faerie, a faerie....did they?" Then I come online to do a search...and I find out I was right.

really REALLY sad. The guy looked more snooty/preppy than he looked gay - to me.


72 posted on 05/23/2006 1:24:12 PM PDT by ladyofshallott
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To: Rte66
But, but, but .... what about the Snack Fairy? He's a guy. (In a tutu.)

And every time I see him I see a little thought balloon over his head that reads "Don't laugh. At least I am not on welfare."

73 posted on 05/23/2006 1:28:36 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Every lady in this land hath 20 nails on each hand five and twenty on hand and feet)
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To: cicero's_son

I just saw that commercial this weekend, "Silly little fairy" line and all. I love it! Course, I'm from the Midwest, where we laugh at guys whose wives dress them right out of "Golf Digest" and who walk animals we call "dustmops-on-a-leash".

I think someone was looking to be offended, and sadly Adage published his tripe (do I still have to pay to read their stuff?)

For the highly offeneded-but-terminally-stupid viewers, the commercial is about how tough the new car is. It's (the car) tougher than a biker dude (yep, that's what we see) with a Doberman.

Now someone send this to BBDO so they won't back down.


74 posted on 05/23/2006 1:36:06 PM PDT by blu (People, for God's sake, think for yourselves)
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To: blu

I saw it for the first time, too! Truthfully, I can't believe they got away with it. But I guess it's kinda like Ahnahld calling guys "girlie men," although it doesn't connote quite the same thing as "fairy" does.


75 posted on 05/23/2006 2:55:04 PM PDT by Rte66
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To: Criminal Number 18F

Real men don't even known what Pomeranians are. To us, all yappy little ankle-biting cat-wannabee dogs are the same.

Yes, with the addition of a sparkling diamond collar they
are just right to be dragged behind a 30' power boat in search of large voracious fish.


76 posted on 05/23/2006 2:58:36 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: cicero's_son
Every time I see the ad I think the blonde from Married With Children finally got a real job.

I'd watch it for that alone.

77 posted on 05/23/2006 3:05:53 PM PDT by norton
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To: cicero's_son

This ad has been on quite a bit during the hockey playoffs and it seems about 50/50 with and without the "fairy" line.


78 posted on 05/28/2006 8:23:48 PM PDT by Zack Attack
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To: razorback-bert
"I own a cute SUV!"

If you ask Jim Rob very nicely, I'll bet he'd let you change your screen name to, "Tinkerbell."

79 posted on 05/28/2006 8:30:30 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: cicero's_son

Oh give me a friggin' break. I tihnk it is (was) funny and the fairy line never invoked a gay image to me, but then again I have a sense of humor. I don't get POed at fat jokes, blonde jokes (when I was a blonde), redneck Texas jokes, etc etc etc. Good grief! Why even have an ad on TV as it MAY offend some bunch of sissies.


80 posted on 05/29/2006 4:48:57 AM PDT by gopheraj
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