Skip to comments.Audiís Gorewellian Super Bowl Ad
Posted on 02/10/2010 9:57:23 AM PST by Servant of the Cross
The ad is absurd, of course, but not nearly as absurd as Audi thinks
I watched the Super Bowl in the chilled air of the G.F.I.S.Z. (thats Goldberg Family Ice Station Zebra). Here in Washington, we havent seen this much snow since at least 1922. The blizzard of 2010 took out our electricity for a day. Digging out from snowmageddon was nothing less than an Augean challenge, though my lower back is, alas, less than Herculean. Meanwhile, snow canceled my daughters seventh birthday party Saturday and her school Monday. Were slated for another foot by Wednesday.
Suffice it to say Im not panicking about global warming right now.
Perhaps thats why I was bemused and intrigued by Audis Super Bowl ad.
Audis Green Police (available on YouTube) depicts an America where citizens are arrested roughly for even minor environmental infractions. A man at the supermarket asks for a plastic shopping bag and has his head slammed against the counter as hes cuffed by a Green Police officer. You picked the wrong day to mess with the ecosystem, plastic boy, quips the cop. When officers find a battery in the wrong suburban garbage bin, one big cop yells, Battery! Lets go! Take the house!
Its a fascinating commercial. They even got Cheap Trick to rerecord Dream Police as Green Police. But just as the satire becomes enjoyable, the message changes. Until the pitch for Audi intrudes, youd think it was a fun parody from a right-wing, free-market outfit about the pending dystopian environmental police state.
The pitch involves an eco roadblock. A man driving an Audi A3 TDI is singled out by an inspector. Weve got a TDI here, he says. Clean diesel, he adds approvingly.
Youre good to go, sir, the cops inform the driver. The smiling Audi owner accelerates to happiness on the open road. The screen fades to black and the tagline appears Green has never felt so right.
So, instead of some healthy dont-tread-on-me mockery, the moral of the story is that we should welcome our new green overlords and, if we know whats good for us, surrender to the New Green Order.
Some eco-bloggers disliked the ad because it reinforces the association of undemocratic statism and PC bullying with environmentalism. Perhaps thats why the New York Times dubbed it misguided.
Meanwhile, some conservatives didnt like it because it makes light of what they believe is actually happening. After all, in America and Europe the list of environmental crimes is growing at an almost exponential rate. The ad is absurd, of course, but not nearly as absurd as Audi thinks.
What was Audis intent? Presumably, to sell cars.
The ad only makes sense if its aimed at people who acknowledge the moral authority of the green police, writes Grist magazines David Roberts on the Huffington Post. The target audience, according to Roberts, is men who want to do the right thing. Hes certainly right that the ad isnt aimed at people (whom he childishly mocks as teabaggers) who worry that their liberties are being eroded.
But the message is hardly do the right thing.
To me, the target demographic is a certain subset of spineless, upscale white men (all the perps in the ad are affluent white guys) who just want to go with the flow. In that sense, the Audi ad has a lot in common with those execrable MasterCard commercials. Targeting the same demographic, those ads depicted hapless fathers being harangued by their children to get with the environmental program. MasterCards tagline: Helping Dad become a better man: Priceless.
The difference is that MasterCards ads were earnest, creepy, diabetes-inducing treacle. Audis ad not only fails to invest the greens with moral authority, it concedes that the carbon cops are out of control and power-hungry (in a postscript scene, the Green Police pull over real cops for using Styrofoam cups). But, because resistance is futile when it comes to the eco-Borg, you might as well get the best car you can.
It will be interesting to see whether the ad actually sells cars. The premise only works if you take it as a given that this Gorewellian nightmare is inevitable. But the commercials arrive at precisely the moment when that inevitability is unraveling like an old pair of hemp socks. The global-warming industry is imploding from scientific scandals, inconvenient weather, economic anxiety, and surging popular skepticism (according to a Pew Research Center survey released in January, global warming ranks 21st out of 21 in terms of the publics priorities).
This week, I dont want a car that will get past the Green Gestapo. Im looking for something that can power through the frozen tundra separating me from the supermarket.
I drive an Audi. 6 cyl, 5 valve quattro. And Im not a liberal pos jerk.
That’s the downside to making generalizations. Not they arent sometimes correct, but there are always exceptions.
In part, at least, the ad will be a reality someday.
For my grandchildren:
Mountain climbing: illegal
Running with scissors: illegal
Telling someone being a homo is unwise: illegal
Generalisations are usually a bad idea. A kid at the local gas station has an Audi like mine only a sedan. He loves it. Got it because of the all wheel drive and it’s better on gas then an SUV.
Yup. And I bought it because of the quattro, it’s a station wagon and it has a honking engine. ;-)
“The only heads that are gonna’ roll at that agency are gonna’ roll into a bigger office, and earn a higher salary. If you don’t understand what I just typed, then you don’t understand advertising.”
Brilliant ad. People are talking about the ad.
Next they will want to know more about the company and the car.
For those who do not know much about cars, Audi is making a BIG deal advertizing their diesel powered vehicles in the US.
In Europe, over 50 percent of new vehicle sales are turbodiesels.
VW Group owns Audi. VW also sells diesel cars, in the same price bracket as others’ hybrids.
At this time, VW/Audi diesels have no direct competition.
VW/Audi would like to sell diesels in the US, so they are advertizing.
VW/Audi, BMW and Mercedes have been developing diesels cars for the US, while the former big three, Japanese and Koreans did not.
The truck people at FR know diesels are good.
*disclosure—Am current Audi (non-diesel) owner.
I know... but they did put that disgusting ad on, so you need to cut me some slack in the matter.
I liked the ad as I know that greenies hate diesels. It was excellent theater of the absurd. As hellbender said, it looks like an ad you’d get if Scrappleface wrote ads.
P.S. And I know that you don’t think I’m a lib. ;-)
I know that you know that I know that you know that I know that you are not a lib! ;-) I do have a major disdain for libs... I just do not think that they are compatible with sane people.
Thanks....I needed that today!
My girlfriend has a Volvo...damn ticket magnet.
You are very welcome!
I was soooo amazed by that ad, that I am now going to find out what an ‘audi” is all about. Never wanted to do that before.
Rush said the brilliance was that it appealed to both left and right!ha.
“Is that a plastic cup? Ok, get out of the car!”
Plus everybody hates arrogant, out of control, “beaurocratic” police hitting people up for ridiculous infractions...and I support the police who do the heavy lifting for us with the real scum.
BTW, VW makes good cars.
Undoubtedly, because the target is our freedom, not "pollution".
Just like all the greenies calling for the use of "renewable energy" and then when a solar power plant is proposed, do everything possible to get it shut down before it's built.
Will shooting the fascist enforcers be illegal then?
Just checking, ‘cuz that’s what will be happening.
Jonah gets it. Some here don't.
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