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'Call Me' Ad Actress Says It Was Just a Job (Blacks Accuse Democrats of Reverse Racism)
National Jounrnal and the Hotline Wake Up Call ^ | 11/9/06 | Danielle Jones

Posted on 11/09/2006 9:12:02 AM PST by meg88

Thursday, 11/09/06 'Call me' ad actress says 'it was just a job'

The bare-shouldered blonde whose appearance in a political ad helped sink Democrat Harold Ford Jr. says she isn't very political, and didn't know who "Harold" was when she said, "Call me."

"I don't involve myself in politics. I stick to my job," said Johanna Goldsmith, an Austin, Texas, actress. "For me, it was just a job like any other."

Goldsmith's ad in the U.S. Senate race in Tennessee touched off a national political and racial firestorm.

She had promised to keep quiet until after the election, and she spoke to The Tennessean by telephone Wednesday.

Although the ad has been criticized for playing into racial fears of a black man dating a white woman, Goldsmith said she saw no such message. Goldsmith, who has Mexican heritage, said she has “dated all nationalities” and didn’t see the ad as racist.

Tammy Thompson, a Texas radio personality who also appeared in the ad, agreed.

"I live with undertones of racism all the time," said Thompson, who is African-American. "But I also have to think of it as, 'Everything is not racism.' We as black people have a tendency to be a little sensitive because of what our ancestors went through and what we continue to go through today."

Thompson said the actors didn't have a script and were thrown lines to repeat as they stood in front of the camera. They shot Oct. 15 in Dallas and a week later the ad aired.

In the commercial, Goldsmith plays a flirtatious blond who says she met Ford at a Playboy party — a reference to his attendance at a Playboy-sponsored Super Bowl party in Jacksonville, Fla., last year. The ad, filmed in a man-on-the-street-style, featured other questionable characters who said they backed Ford.

Some pundits and politicians speculated that the ad, paid for by the Republican National Committee, helped put Republican Bob Corker over the top.

The first poll — a Bloomberg survey — that showed Corker leading by more than a percentage point was conducted in the days just after the "call me" ad aired, and Ford was never consistently ahead in the polls again.

"It clearly had an effect. After the ad ran, that's when the polls started changing — Corker for the better and Ford for the worse," said David Bositis, senior political analyst at the Joint Center of Political and Economic Studies, a nonprofit black think tank.

The fact that 30 short seconds caused such an uproar — and landed Goldsmith's picture all over prime-time television news channels and the front page of major print publications such as Time magazine and The New York Times — surprised her, she said.

A Spanish translator for a Texas doctors association, Goldsmith said, “I don’t just play the bimbos, I play the young mom, too.

“I love children and comedy.”

As the spot was criticized as tacky and latently racist, calls started pouring in alerting Goldsmith to her newfound fame, she said. A friend from Australia even called to tell her she'd made the cover of a major magazine in Melbourne.

Two days after the election, Goldsmith is trying to catch up on the back-and-forth over the ad. She recorded some of the news broadcasts and plans to watch them this weekend.

Linda McAlister, Goldsmith's agent, said people of all political hues signed on to the commercial, produced by Dallas-based company Scott Howell & Co., because the script was funny. McAlister said she was surprised people took the ad so seriously.

"That's what's been so hilarious about the whole thing," she said. "We've been looking at each other like, 'You are good. You sold it!' "


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: corker; ford
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1 posted on 11/09/2006 9:12:05 AM PST by meg88
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To: meg88

No picture? :)


2 posted on 11/09/2006 9:13:03 AM PST by cvq3842
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To: meg88

PS This whole controversy was nonsense, of course.

Democrats LOVE to show that "Bible-thumping" Republicans are hypocrites. This ad did the same to Ford.

If it had showed a black stripper, there would have been cries of racism. It showed a white stripper, and there were cries of racism. I'm sure an Asian stripper would have resulted in . . . you guessed it.

Notice a pattern here? Of course. No surprise.


3 posted on 11/09/2006 9:15:00 AM PST by cvq3842
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To: meg88
"I live with undertones of racism all the time," said Thompson, who is African-American. "But I also have to think of it as, 'Everything is not racism.' We as black people have a tendency to be a little sensitive because of what our ancestors went through and what we continue to go through today."

As a white guy who graduated from a historically black university, I have this to say about racism:

Racism is far more prevalent than most whites believe... and far less prevalent than most blacks believe.

4 posted on 11/09/2006 9:15:13 AM PST by Terabitten (Be humble and be kind.)
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To: meg88

The race of the woman wasn't the problem.The fact that Ford would associate himself in any way with that 80 year old pervert is what was offensive to voters.


5 posted on 11/09/2006 9:15:44 AM PST by Gay State Conservative ("An empty limousine pulled up and Hillary Clinton got out")
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To: meg88

She was referred by Willie Horton.
A couple of Shakespearean actors if I do say so myself.


6 posted on 11/09/2006 9:18:26 AM PST by kinghorse (I calls them like I sees them)
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To: Terabitten
And your comment on the bigotry practiced by blacks against other blacks because their skin is too dark, their hair is too 'nappy', etc.

I have heard more vicious racial comments by blacks to other blacks than I have ever heard from other white people toward blacks.

7 posted on 11/09/2006 9:19:45 AM PST by OldFriend (Run and Hide, Tax and Spend for the next two years. Everyone happy?)
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To: meg88

What put Corker over the top probably had to do more about the criticism of the ad being racist. I saw that ad and thought it was funny, didn't even occur to me to think there was anything racist in it. So when I heard on Brit Hume's show someone say it was rather racist, I thought to myself, this is the dems looking to make colour an issue here. To me they're the ones who are fixated on colour, not the republicans.
I've seen Harold Ford, I happen to think he's a good looking guy, and many girls, regardless of colour, probably wouldn't mind dating him.


8 posted on 11/09/2006 9:19:47 AM PST by psjones (u)
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To: meg88

I just saw that ad and it was hillarious. Saw no racism in it at all. Just some flirty chick saying "Harold, call me [wink]".


9 posted on 11/09/2006 9:21:30 AM PST by smith288
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To: cvq3842

10 posted on 11/09/2006 9:22:26 AM PST by meg88
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To: Gay State Conservative

Even that might not have raised the ire of some - but the fact that he was pretending to be this devout Christian conservative made it worse.

Democrats savor it when any Republican or Christian leader is shown to be a hypocrite.

But not this time.

No surprise.


11 posted on 11/09/2006 9:23:24 AM PST by cvq3842
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12 posted on 11/09/2006 9:23:28 AM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: smith288

here's the link for the ad http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWkrwENN5CQ&eurl


13 posted on 11/09/2006 9:24:04 AM PST by meg88
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To: meg88

It's too bad they only showed her neck up in the ads...


14 posted on 11/09/2006 9:24:04 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative (...He had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here...-- Worst.President.Ever.)
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To: meg88

Saw the commercial here in N. Alabama - it was very funny and clever. Racism never even crossed my mind. I would have never thought about it unless it was mentioned in the media. I have not heard one explanation to date about why exactly it is 'racist.'


15 posted on 11/09/2006 9:24:40 AM PST by AUJenn
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To: GraniteStateConservative

she is a good actress, I'll give her that! and a very light skinned Mexican to boot...


16 posted on 11/09/2006 9:25:16 AM PST by meg88
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To: cvq3842
No picture? :)

OK. someone's gotta do it. Grumble, grumble.

Michael M. Bates: My Side of the Swamp

17 posted on 11/09/2006 9:25:50 AM PST by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: meg88

I'm a black woman and there wasn't an ounce of racism in that ad. Only the DemocRATS saw racism in that ad because it was effective!

Plus, I heard that Harold Ford, Jr. dates white women anyway so why he was crying about it is a mystery.


18 posted on 11/09/2006 9:25:54 AM PST by Sister_T (America has spoken. And gave the terrorists what they wanted.)
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To: OldFriend
And your comment on the bigotry practiced by blacks against other blacks because their skin is too dark, their hair is too 'nappy', etc.

I saw that happen, and sometimes the comments were vicious, but frankly, I don't consider it racism. By definiton from dictionary.com, racism is "a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others."

Blacks deciding that some blacks were less attractive than others doesn't rise to the level of racism. Hearing it in context struck me about like white people saying that they preferred blondes over redheads.

Now, don't misunderstand me - I met plenty of black racists. It's just that the particular issue of dark-skinned vs. light-skinned blacks doesn't really qualify for me.

19 posted on 11/09/2006 9:26:42 AM PST by Terabitten (Be humble and be kind.)
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To: meg88

Pretty lady. Harold will probably give her a call, for real!


20 posted on 11/09/2006 9:27:20 AM PST by Sister_T (America has spoken. And gave the terrorists what they wanted.)
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To: Terabitten

True, and the real racism gets lost in all this 'everything is racist' attitudes because people begin to believe that everything is some kind of ploy. I get frustrated and angry that so many who really suffer racist actions against them have their experiences relegated to a 'oh just another one of those'


21 posted on 11/09/2006 9:27:48 AM PST by Ruth C
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To: AUJenn

LOL.....I saw the ad and thought Ford was lighter skinned than the actress!


22 posted on 11/09/2006 9:28:25 AM PST by OldFriend (Run and Hide, Tax and Spend for the next two years. Everyone happy?)
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To: meg88
McAlister said she was surprised people took the ad so seriously.

What a stupid comment. If it wasn't to be taken seriously, then why was it run. That election was too close not to run ads that would cause concern among some core group of people.

23 posted on 11/09/2006 9:29:08 AM PST by joesbucks
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To: meg88

Thanks. Said tongue in cheek - a more serious response is at post 3.


24 posted on 11/09/2006 9:29:12 AM PST by cvq3842
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To: Just another Joe

thanks


25 posted on 11/09/2006 9:29:45 AM PST by cvq3842
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To: Sister_T
Deomcratic projection:

According to Sigmund Freud, projection is a psychological defense mechanism whereby one "projects" one's own undesirable thoughts, motivations, desires, feelings — basically parts of oneself — onto someone else (usually another person, but psychological projection onto animals, inanimate objects — even religious constructs — also occurs). The principle of projection is well-established in psychology.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_projection

26 posted on 11/09/2006 9:29:52 AM PST by meg88
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To: Mike Bates

thanks


27 posted on 11/09/2006 9:30:20 AM PST by cvq3842
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I never understood the uproar.

I see an ad like that and I think "At least he's straight, and will keep his hands off the Pages"


28 posted on 11/09/2006 9:30:35 AM PST by ICU812 (Oldtime Freeper, back from a long hiatus)
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To: Horatio Gates

Just look at her, she wants me.

29 posted on 11/09/2006 9:30:46 AM PST by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (Life is tough. It's even tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Mike Bates

30 posted on 11/09/2006 9:33:22 AM PST by meg88
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To: rdb3; Khepera; elwoodp; MAKnight; condolinda; mafree; Trueblackman; FRlurker; Teacher317; ...
To me, the ad was just plain offensive and out of line, period, race notwithstanding.

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31 posted on 11/09/2006 9:33:29 AM PST by mhking (I make my livin' on the evening news....)
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To: ICU812

LOL!


32 posted on 11/09/2006 9:34:03 AM PST by Sister_T (America has spoken. And gave the terrorists what they wanted.)
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To: meg88

Hey babe. Call me.


33 posted on 11/09/2006 9:41:44 AM PST by Callahan
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To: Terabitten

Racism is far more prevalent than most whites believe... and far less prevalent than most blacks believe.

As a black woman who is currently attending a racially diverse college, I have to say I TOTALLY AGREE WITH THAT STATMENT! I have a girlfriend who blames racism if it rains on her new hairdo. I hate to say it, but the truth is most black people are racially sensitive. It is hard not to be.


34 posted on 11/09/2006 9:42:39 AM PST by brwnsuga
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To: Gay State Conservative

that 80 year old pervert is what was offensive to voters

Hefner is creepy, isn't he. If I was that close to death I'd be in church every day, not running with some girls I pay to be my "girlfriends"


35 posted on 11/09/2006 9:45:07 AM PST by brwnsuga
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To: Sister_T

"Pretty lady. Harold will probably give her a call, for real!"

Whats her number again?


36 posted on 11/09/2006 9:45:49 AM PST by driftdiver
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To: meg88

and a very light skinned Mexican to boot...

And Ford looks like he is awash in white blood with his light skin and eyes. I don't see a problem with the ad other than him hanging out with scandalous people, their race is not of importance


37 posted on 11/09/2006 9:46:59 AM PST by brwnsuga
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To: brwnsuga

Didn't Harold lie about being at the Playboy party to begin with?


38 posted on 11/09/2006 9:48:12 AM PST by meg88
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To: meg88

I heard him say he wasn't there, then I heard him say something like "I'm a single man, so I like pretty girls". I say, if you are going to try to come across as a conservative Christian candidate, you may want to stay out of a Playboy party. You might catch something that only Jesus can cure.


39 posted on 11/09/2006 9:53:22 AM PST by brwnsuga
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To: brwnsuga

Sorry Freepers, but I don't know too many single guys who would turn down an invite to a Playboy Superbowl party. Who really cares, especially at this point? At least it appears he's a red-blooded heterosexual male and not some boy-loving closet case. I'd take Ford over my two Dem-wit Senators any day.


40 posted on 11/09/2006 9:56:24 AM PST by Callahan
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To: AUJenn
I have not heard one explanation to date about why exactly it is 'racist.'

Supposedly it's racist because white men don't want to see their white women flirting with black men...according to those who said it was racist, it will make people who may have voted for Ford vote against him, cause he's got white women interested in him.

41 posted on 11/09/2006 9:58:48 AM PST by CT-Freeper (Said the perpetually dejected Mets fan.)
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To: brwnsuga
You might catch something that only Jesus can cure.

ROFL!!

42 posted on 11/09/2006 9:59:35 AM PST by Sister_T (America has spoken. And gave the terrorists what they wanted.)
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To: brwnsuga

The one thing that gets me though is those undercover exposes. A few years back one of the news magazines doctored the records of two guys of the same age. They gave them the same credit scores, financial status etc. The black guy wore a suit and tie, the white guy wore jeans, a t-shirt and a baseball hat, and they tried to get credit, buy a car, rent an apartment.

It still is out there. The black guy was told the apartment was taken. 15 minutes later the white guy came and told he could have it.

That being said, there is hypersensitivity, and excuse making for personal failures in the black community. We need to week out racism from our culture, and at the same time instill personal responsibility.


43 posted on 11/09/2006 10:01:08 AM PST by dogbyte12
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To: meg88

I don't believe this ad had as big an impact on the race as people might think. With "Corruption" ranking high among voters' concerns in this election (if poll reports are accurate), it makes sense that an ethically-challenged Harold Ford Jr. would be the lone high-profile Democrat to lose a closely-contested race on Tuesday.


44 posted on 11/09/2006 10:03:14 AM PST by Alberta's Child (Can money pay for all the days I lived awake but half asleep?)
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To: Terabitten
Racism is far more prevalent than most whites believe... and far less prevalent than most blacks believe.

Maybe so. But in my mind "racism" officially became a non-issue some years ago when I overheard two well-dressed black men on a train in metro New York having a conversation about a crime spree in their neighborhood -- and they agreed that "lynching the b@stards" (that's a direct quote) was the only solution to the problem.

45 posted on 11/09/2006 10:06:07 AM PST by Alberta's Child (Can money pay for all the days I lived awake but half asleep?)
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To: dogbyte12

We need to week out racism from our culture, and at the same time instill personal responsibility.

I agree with that too. I didn't need a news expose'. Before we bought our house, I called an apartment complex about rental rates and was quoted a price and told there were several apartments available. Twenty minutes later when I showed up, by some miracle, there were none available. (I might add that I have terribly standard English and "sound white" on the phone) So, I know from personal experience that racism exists, but not to the extent that every negative thing that happens to me is because of some huge white conspiracy.


46 posted on 11/09/2006 10:06:22 AM PST by brwnsuga
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To: brwnsuga
Hefner is creepy, isn't he. If I was that close to death I'd be in church every day, not running with some girls I pay to be my "girlfriends"

When I was 17,I thought he was just about the coolest guy on earth,as did at least some guys of that age.Today,I recognize him as always having been "creepy",as you say.

47 posted on 11/09/2006 10:10:16 AM PST by Gay State Conservative ("An empty limousine pulled up and Hillary Clinton got out")
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To: Callahan
Sorry Freepers, but I don't know too many single guys who would turn down an invite to a Playboy Superbowl party.

Point conceded. But the ad was relevant because Ford brought up his Christian faith every chance he got in an obvious attempt to attract conservatives. Once you make your faith an issue you invite others to question if you live your faith consistently.

48 posted on 11/09/2006 10:28:42 AM PST by ICU812 (Oldtime Freeper, back from a long hiatus)
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To: Callahan

I have some sympathy with Ford. If I had known what a drubbing we were going to take, I think I qwould have picked him over some of those who did win. At least he would have been a fair trade for Harry Reid.


49 posted on 11/09/2006 11:06:33 AM PST by billhilly
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To: billhilly

I would have preferred to see Ford over Webb. Ford does not come across as a rabid anit bush liberal, which so many of them are.


50 posted on 11/09/2006 11:16:14 AM PST by psjones (u)
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