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Posted on 08/11/2007 1:39:54 AM PDT by chessplayer

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - There are so many negative vibes around "Cavemen" that at least one TV critic is taking bets that it won't even get on the air.

The ABC series based on Geico insurance commercials has gone beyond being just another stupid sitcom.

Questions are being raised about whether the Cro-Magnon characters will reinforce racial stereotypes.

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KEYWORDS: cavemen; commercials; geico; geicocavemen; hypersensitivity; moviereview
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A black man on the news last night said the proposed caveman show is racist and an insult to blacks.
1 posted on 08/11/2007 1:39:57 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer
I was looking forward to the show. Should’ve known that racial politics would stick it’s ugly head up and ruin it.

Maybe if everyone got the 40 acres and a mule they were promised....LOL I want my reparations, since European nobles kept my people down for hundreds of years!!

2 posted on 08/11/2007 1:45:24 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Cuius testiculos habeas, habeas cardia et cerebellum)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I want my reparations, since European nobles kept my people down for hundreds of years!!

Me too! What must our little piece of Perthshire be worth now?


3 posted on 08/11/2007 1:48:01 AM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: chessplayer
...and an insult to blacks.

No more than Jessie Jackson or Al Sharpton....

4 posted on 08/11/2007 2:04:54 AM PDT by dirtbiker (I tried to see things from the liberal point-of-view, but I couldn't get my head up my a$$...)
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To: chessplayer

three jewish guys play neurotic cavemen and this insults blacks?

that is ridculous

are these blacks who object saying they feel as blacks they are closer to cavemen genetically than say your average cracker?

if not then why do they care?

anybody got that human development timeline thingie so we can check the veracity of these crybabies?


5 posted on 08/11/2007 2:08:36 AM PDT by wardaddy (Is it hot today or just me?)
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To: chessplayer

most of the blacks whining today aren’t even old enough to remember real racism

racism today is a crutch....a bogeyman phantom used to bring whites and asians to a degree to heel


6 posted on 08/11/2007 2:11:23 AM PDT by wardaddy (Is it hot today or just me?)
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To: chessplayer

Perhaps he meant that it’s an insult to the intelligence of Black TV viewers.

...and White TV viewers.

...and Latino TV viewers.

...and Asian TV Viewers.

...and Gay TV viewers.

...and Elderly TV viewers.

Well... Basically, anyone with a TV ought to be offended by such a stupid idea for a TV show.


7 posted on 08/11/2007 2:14:10 AM PDT by Redcloak (The 2nd Amendment isn't about sporting goods.)
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To: chessplayer

So, black activists now identify with vaguely feminized, metrosexual, weak chinned, whiny limp wrists with bad haircuts?

Or maybe it’s the silly poser way the cavemen try so hard to seem so culturally elite and progressive that has caused the radicals to identify with them?


8 posted on 08/11/2007 2:24:52 AM PDT by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: chessplayer

I always thought that “Amos and Andy” was an insult to cavemen.


9 posted on 08/11/2007 2:29:41 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: chessplayer
The real problem with this series (and the ad campaign it's based upon) is that it mocks liberalism. I've always thought that the Geico commercials were a parody of the modern "grievance culture," in which every offended group is entitled to copious apologies, groveling, and restitution. Liberals will hate this series because it satirizes them; they're perfectly fine with comedy that makes fun of conservatism or moral values.

I give this thing a 10% chance of survival. Too many oxen being gored here.

10 posted on 08/11/2007 2:34:12 AM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: Cincinatus

Bullseye! You earn the Insight of the Day award. They can’t STAND being called on their victim status. I hope this show succeeds and is funny as well.


11 posted on 08/11/2007 3:25:18 AM PDT by CalvaryJohn (What is keeping that damned asteroid?)
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To: Cincinatus
That is an interesting take on it. On the one hand, the cavemen have a grievance about everything. They are not inferior but perhaps they secretly fear that they are inferior because that is what society tells them, and this makes them neurotic. So the cavemen have to deal with both real and imagined insults. On the other hand, every one else acts in a condescending manner in their face while making "racist" fun at them behind their back and this legitimizes the cavemen's grievances.

I can imagine that the leftists are upset because this demonstrates that being condescending is just the same old racism in a new package. There are also the sort of humorless leftists who object to the word "caveman" (why not "cavepersons"?). They are also probably offended by the evident lack of gay, lesbian and transgendered "cavepersons" in the Geico commercials. This is proof that America is the most intolerant, male-dominated society on earth, blah, blah, blah. And who needs car insurance when cars are destroying the environment, blah, blah, blah. You are right, the cavemen concept just takes too many otherwise unspeakable things and parodies them. This will never pass the Hollywood censors.

12 posted on 08/11/2007 3:41:09 AM PDT by Wilhelm Tell (True or False? This is not a tag line.)
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To: Wilhelm Tell
They are also probably offended by the evident lack of gay, lesbian and transgendered "cavepersons" in the Geico commercials.

I don't know about that; I always thought the Geico caveman was a little light in the . . . er, sandals.
13 posted on 08/11/2007 3:54:35 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I agree the whining guy on the therapist couch seems like a fairy to me.

This show seem juvenile, it should do well on TV.


14 posted on 08/11/2007 4:04:01 AM PDT by Stop Liberalism (Liberalism is a disease, Help find a Cure!)
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To: chessplayer

Homer Simpson is is a stupid white guy. The yellow is just a beard.


15 posted on 08/11/2007 4:22:37 AM PDT by Mark was here (Hard work never killed anyone, but why take the chance?)
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To: chessplayer
Does anyone see the irony in this? The Geico commercials are about a self-identified group of people, (cavemen) who complain and whine that have been "insulted" by a Geico ad. Now another group of professional grievance mongers complain that the tv show is somehow insulting to them. Yeah, it is insulting to RACE BAITERS. Of course the Jacksons and Sharptons don't like it -- it hits too close to home.
16 posted on 08/11/2007 4:25:05 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: chessplayer
There are so many negative vibes around "Cavemen"

This is what passes for news today?
17 posted on 08/11/2007 4:25:38 AM PDT by Vision ("Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him." Jeremiah 17:7)
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To: sportutegrl

Great point.. I have a feeling Sharpton wouldn’t get the irony.


18 posted on 08/11/2007 4:30:40 AM PDT by ran20
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To: chessplayer

OH...mygod!


19 posted on 08/11/2007 4:35:12 AM PDT by uncitizen
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To: chessplayer

“A black man on the news last night said the proposed caveman show is racist and an insult to blacks.”

That says an awful lot about where this man’s self image lies.

LLS


20 posted on 08/11/2007 4:36:06 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Support America, Kill terrorists, Destroy dims!)
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To: chessplayer
Have you seen the cavemen interview.

The commercials were funny, watching effete cavemen violating caveman stereotype.

Apparently, the show producers cannot tell the difference between effete and flaming gay.

The actors were not funny and sounded like they had been recruited directly from a San Francisco bathhouse. This show is unlikely to see the light of day.IMO

21 posted on 08/11/2007 4:57:50 AM PDT by dangerdoc (dangerdoc (not actually dangerous any more))
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To: chessplayer
The producers revealed that one of the cavemen is gay.

This is too stupid for words.

22 posted on 08/11/2007 5:03:47 AM PDT by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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To: chessplayer

Still waiting for PBS to run a retrospective of Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp.


23 posted on 08/11/2007 5:07:22 AM PDT by Ruddles
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To: Cincinatus; Chieftain

“Hey! Tina’s here and we’re getting back together!!”


24 posted on 08/11/2007 5:12:36 AM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (We need a troop surge in Philly and Newark!)
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To: Cincinatus; Chieftain

“Hey! Tina’s here and we’re getting back together!!”


25 posted on 08/11/2007 5:12:50 AM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (We need a troop surge in Philly and Newark!)
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To: Stop Liberalism
I agree the whining guy on the therapist couch seems like a fairy to me.

The cavemen in all the Geico commercials are METROSEXUAL. That is why it is so damn funny. Metrosexual cavemen!! Come on!! LOL!!

It is a one joke pony, however, not enough to sustain a sicom for ever a full episode.

26 posted on 08/11/2007 5:19:51 AM PDT by southern rock
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To: Fzob

“Too stupid for words?”
It is the stupid for which we spend an unlimited blathering of words.
A whelter of anti PC shows have done well these past few seasons. Perhaps the best of these is “Are you smarter than a 3rd grader?” (Or is it First Grader?) They are all dumb as a stick and wildly popular. Dissing PC is in and gets ratings.
The show will run if only because there is a high degree of curiosity. It will continue if it is well written, a la The Simpsons, a true anti PC classic.


27 posted on 08/11/2007 5:21:13 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (here come I, gravitas in tow.)
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To: chessplayer
Somehow, I never thought about racism when I watched this skit on SNL


28 posted on 08/11/2007 5:25:07 AM PDT by Living Free in NH
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To: chessplayer
Humor. So easy even a caveman could get it.

A liberal? Fa gedda boud it!

29 posted on 08/11/2007 5:25:19 AM PDT by TigersEye (Intellectuals only exist if you think they do.)
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To: sportutegrl

BINGO!


30 posted on 08/11/2007 5:28:07 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: southern rock
I agree the whining guy on the therapist couch seems like a fairy to me. The cavemen in all the Geico commercials are METROSEXUAL. That is why it is so damn funny. Metro-sexual cavemen!! Come on!! LOL!! It is a one joke pony, however, not enough to sustain a sitcom for ever a full episode.

I am wondering how these guys ever managed to survive the Ice age. Going to a Barbara Boxer lookalike for mental help seems like step backward.

31 posted on 08/11/2007 5:33:20 AM PDT by jmcenanly
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To: Redcloak
Really?


32 posted on 08/11/2007 5:43:07 AM PDT by xcamel ("It's Talk Thompson Time!" >> irc://irc.freenode.net/fredthompson)
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To: jmcenanly

In the original commercial where the Geico rep takes them to dinner and apologizes, i thought the one who bitchily refused to eat was quite gay. All that was missing was he didn’t snap his fingers at the Geico man.

As for the Barbara Boxer therapist, I don’t know if I’d call Talia Shire that. Yo Adrian.


33 posted on 08/11/2007 5:47:42 AM PDT by tlb
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To: chessplayer

I’d be insulted if I was compared to a snooty, whiney “metrosexual”, too!


34 posted on 08/11/2007 6:00:11 AM PDT by TheTruthAintPretty (G-d Bless our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, fathers and mothers in harm's way!)
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I always thought that “Amos and Andy” was an insult to cavemen.

LOL

Priceless.

35 posted on 08/11/2007 6:01:50 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: chessplayer

I hope it works out because my friend from high school is starring in it and it could be his big break into the top tier of show business!


36 posted on 08/11/2007 6:02:21 AM PDT by t_skoz ("let me be who I am - let me kick out the jams!")
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To: tlb

Whatever else can be said about the commercials:

Roast Duck with Mango Salsa sounds pretty good!

(ooops...now the PETA people are gonna howl)


37 posted on 08/11/2007 6:07:25 AM PDT by TheTruthAintPretty (G-d Bless our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, fathers and mothers in harm's way!)
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To: chessplayer

Because it makes the cavemen look schmart?


38 posted on 08/11/2007 6:20:25 AM PDT by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: Cincinatus

Yep the Geico commercials are highly effective at subtly poking fun at the libs. If I thought there was a chance in the world that this would continue in the sitcom, I’d be looking forward to it. But more likely it’s what I believe John Simon said about Hollywood’s version of Bonfire of the Vanities: the original authors take the money, hold their noses and toss their material over the California border.


39 posted on 08/11/2007 6:34:31 AM PDT by return to sender
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To: chessplayer
Questions are being raised about whether the Cro-Magnon characters will reinforce racial stereotypes.

Of course they are. Whether it is a sitcom, the weather report, or a documentary about hummingbirds, the professional racists will raise questions about racial stereotypes. That is what they do; that is what they have done for a long time; and by now, they are very good at doing it.

40 posted on 08/11/2007 6:41:51 AM PDT by Logophile
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To: chessplayer
And all this time I thought the cavemen were white!
41 posted on 08/11/2007 6:48:20 AM PDT by k omalley (Caro Enim Mea, Vere est Cibus, et Sanguis Meus, Vere est Potus)
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To: chessplayer

I do NOT understand why this would be an insult to blacks!

Have they given these guys color???


42 posted on 08/11/2007 6:50:04 AM PDT by bannie (The Good Guys cannot win when they're the only ones playing by the rules.)
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To: chessplayer

Barney & Fred must be turning over in their graves.


43 posted on 08/11/2007 7:02:18 AM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: chessplayer
I do not watch sitcoms, but the premise that the caveman from those senseless commercials might make a good show, is as unfathomable to me as are the salaries paid to the folks who came up with the stupid spots in the first place.
44 posted on 08/11/2007 7:11:10 AM PDT by Radix (Mr. Natural says..."Be like two fried eggs. Keep your sunny side up.")
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To: chessplayer
Per Wikipedia...

The Government Employees Insurance Company, usually known by the acronym GEICO, is an American auto insurance company. GEICO is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway and, as of 2006, provided coverage for more than 10 million motor cars, trucks and other motor vehicles owned by more than 7 million policy holders. GEICO writes private passenger automobile insurance in the District of Columbia and in all U.S. states except Massachusetts.


If that tickles your funny bone, Las Vegas has a show called Defending the Caveman

45 posted on 08/11/2007 7:24:02 AM PDT by Issaquahking (Duncan Hunter for president!)
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To: t_skoz

Please tell us more...


46 posted on 08/11/2007 8:04:19 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Cuius testiculos habeas, habeas cardia et cerebellum)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Then again, what about those two cavemen evidently sharing an apartment? I thought they were brothers but maybe not? Hmmmm.


47 posted on 08/11/2007 8:05:13 AM PDT by Wilhelm Tell (True or False? This is not a tag line.)
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To: chessplayer

“A black man on the news last night said the proposed caveman show is racist and an insult to blacks.”

Someone has a very low opinion of himself. Part of the problem with that culture.


48 posted on 08/11/2007 8:05:28 AM PDT by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: Cincinatus; CalvaryJohn

“Bullseye! You earn the Insight of the Day award.”

Amen. You nailed it.


49 posted on 08/11/2007 8:07:28 AM PDT by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: Living Free in NH

I really liked the Caveman Lawyer skit in SNL. I’m just a simple caveman lawyer, and (fill in the blank) frightens me! I don’t know why, but I always found that funny.


50 posted on 08/11/2007 8:13:08 AM PDT by Wilhelm Tell (True or False? This is not a tag line.)
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