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"I am an American" Television advertisements -- Vanity

Posted on 10/12/2001 8:33:15 PM PDT by Partisan Hack

I'm sure many of you have seen the advertisements featuring many people of different ethnicities who proclaim "I am an American."

While I appreciate the purpose and intent of these advertisements, I do not appreciate the intonation of those giving the message. "I am an American" comes out sounding like a confession, not a proclamation. It's stated with the the same affect and confidence as a quivering alcoholic confessing his addiction to an AA group.

Have you seen this ad? What's your take on it?


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1 posted on 10/12/2001 8:33:16 PM PDT by Partisan Hack
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To: Partisan Hack
Haven't seen it. But most ads make me sick regardless, I'm sure this one would too. :)
2 posted on 10/12/2001 8:34:56 PM PDT by Dr. Frank fan
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To: Partisan Hack
I think it's a condescending attempt to prevent us from killing a bunch of Muslims. I resent the ad.

I think it was put together by a bunch of "egg-sucking-dog" liberals.
3 posted on 10/12/2001 8:38:40 PM PDT by Hemlock
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To: Partisan Hack
I have mixed feelings about it even though I haven't seen it. I'm sure the same libs who criticize people who show patriotism will love it since it has the almighty "diversity" angle.
4 posted on 10/12/2001 8:39:03 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: Dr. Frank
I think the ads are stupid. By showing ONLY people who are not typical Northern European descended they play to the mistaken belief that most Americans are rednecks just waiting to take out whomever isn't lily-white.

I'd say that all this tripe about "tolerance" is not only patronizing and presumptive, but wastes airtime. We could be talking about something more concrete than PC platitudes.

5 posted on 10/12/2001 8:39:06 PM PDT by Skywalk
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To: Partisan Hack
what Hemlock said...
6 posted on 10/12/2001 8:39:45 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: Skywalk; Partisan Hack; All
Who is paying for these "ads"? (Sound more like propaganda pieces - I mean what product is being sold?)

Does anyone know? Let me guess - taxpayers, right?

7 posted on 10/12/2001 8:40:42 PM PDT by Dr. Frank fan
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To: Partisan Hack
I guess it's in the eye of the beholder. I find the speakers proud, putting America ahead of their "original" heritage or nationality. It's tagline "From many, one" is what it's all about. You can see the commercial at www.adcritic.com.
8 posted on 10/12/2001 8:42:16 PM PDT by danzaroni
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To: Partisan Hack
I've seen it, and am somewhat offended by it, although I'm not sure my reason makes any sense. Every time I see it, I think of Julia Roberts with her phoney head shake and insincere "we must all love one another." Well, daggone it, right now I just don't feel like loving the whole world!
9 posted on 10/12/2001 8:42:35 PM PDT by Helen
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To: Dr. Frank
"Who is paying for the ad?"

The Ad council. That's you and me Frank -- The taxpayers. The Ad Council is the U.S. Gub ment's vehicle to produce, promote, and broadcast a specific message.

10 posted on 10/12/2001 8:43:32 PM PDT by Partisan Hack
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To: All
I'm sick of rainbow ads. These ads have every possible ethnicity artificially built in. I just gag when I see them. Phoenix Wealth management takes it a step further, portraying white men as out of touch dinosoars, while depicting the typical minorities as intellectually superior. FedEx did the same with their commercials for a while.
11 posted on 10/12/2001 8:45:32 PM PDT by Professional
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To: Partisan Hack
All commercials become irritating, even with a remote, but this wins a prize. Have you noticed all these "I am" and "I will" commercials, these irritating mantras, that are so common over the last 5 years or so. (Does anyone remember the first one? What was it? 'I will make my financial future secure'; 'I will listen to my inner voice and go to Sears'...?)

Existential statements of resolution. This one just goes on and on and on and on. I ran from the room and never have seen the whole thing.

12 posted on 10/12/2001 8:45:51 PM PDT by withteeth
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To: Hemlock
I'm going to say you are wrong on this one.

The add merely shows that we are all Americans period.

No hyphens, no BS.

We are simply all in this together.

With out each other, we have no country....It's a simple message.

So, don't be simple minded or Neanderthal in your thinking, cause you sound no different than those Muslim Extremists spewing pure hate towards the US.

13 posted on 10/12/2001 8:46:42 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP
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To: Partisan Hack
The ripped off an advertisment for "Molson Canadian" beer in Canada. The ad up here has been running for years and consist of person after person stating 'I am a Canadian'.

PS.Is it just me, or is the news media (being targeted by some wacko with anthrax), spending way too much time being concerned for their own safety.

If these anthrax letters are being sent by terrorist, they must be the dumbest terrorist in the world. Total damage so far: 1 dead, 1 assistant to Tom Brokaw with a bad rash. It's not exactly as shocking as the press make it out to be.

Let's get back to the war

14 posted on 10/12/2001 8:47:00 PM PDT by jerod
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To: Partisan Hack
I guess I had a different take on the ad. What struck me was the absence of "African-American", "Chinese-American", etc. It will have an impact on the diversity crowd, because they will grasp the idea that citizens of America are Americans, not hyphenated Americans. It may not be perfect, but it's a start, and something I never thought I would see again. It's a start toward returning America to the "melting pot" mentality instead of the "diversified" (divided) America. I am Scottish, Irish, Creek Indian, and I'm an American. Yep, not a bad start.
15 posted on 10/12/2001 8:47:36 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: danzaroni
I....am....(gulp, swallow)....an.....Amer...ican..(whew, I got it out!)....(smile. relief)

That's patriotic? I keep feeling that replacing the word American with something such as Pedophile would better match their tone of confession.

16 posted on 10/12/2001 8:49:30 PM PDT by Partisan Hack
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To: Partisan Hack
Well, I must be a minority of one. I like(d) the ad. It made me feel proud to see these people hold their head up high and proclaim, "I am an American." Normally people sit around and berate themselves for even existing on this continent. Not me and probably not you but the guilt mentality shown by the media.

I'm proud and any evidence that anyone else is too is fine with me.

17 posted on 10/12/2001 8:49:38 PM PDT by NTegraT
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To: Partisan Hack
The ad is harmless.
18 posted on 10/12/2001 8:50:08 PM PDT by StoneColdGOP
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To: Partisan Hack
People who aren't bigoted do not need a slogan ("hate doesn't stop hate") to stop them from hating. They see people as individuals anyway.

People who are bigoted will not pay attention to a slogan that's supposed to keep them from hating. In fact, nothing's going to tick off an ignorant redneck more than shoving a bunch of different ethnicities in his face and demanding that he love them.

I guess I'm somewhere in between. I have not been lumping all of the Muslims in America into one group, but these commercials are so insulting to me I feel like using racial slurs just to be spiteful.

19 posted on 10/12/2001 8:50:19 PM PDT by Katie_Colic
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To: RevNan
Finally, another clear thinker!

Spot-on there Bro'.

20 posted on 10/12/2001 8:51:18 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP
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To: Partisan Hack
The Ad Council is the U.S. Gub ment's vehicle to produce, promote, and broadcast a specific message.

Sigh. That's what I figured. Don'cha just love being told how and what to think, with your own money, by those genius omnipotent infinitely benevolent government whiz kids? :)

21 posted on 10/12/2001 8:51:22 PM PDT by Dr. Frank fan
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To: RevNan
Actually I don't recall seeing ANY American blacks in the commercial. Am I wrong, were there any? I do recall seeing people of ambiguous or Middle Eastern/Central Asian descent. From what I recall, it seemed to cater to EXACTLY the generalizing that they are trying to counter. By having mostly people we'd suspect in a commercial it rings hollow. Show a Conan O Brien(pale Irish) and Harrison Ford-type and Wesley Snipes-type and then maybe I'll accept the message.
22 posted on 10/12/2001 8:51:49 PM PDT by Skywalk
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To: Katie_Colic
EXACTLY. If someone is hateful, seeing that commercial really will do nothing. Actually, that's one of the biggest problems with the typical liberal softbrained "thinking." Showing a commercial with mostly people who fit the current "profile" for terrorists doesn't mean anything.

Also, they may be saying "american" but we all know that certain left-leaners will use any term, including "freedom" and "democracy" when, in reality, they desire neither.

23 posted on 10/12/2001 8:55:20 PM PDT by Skywalk
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To: RevNan
I appreciate your take on this and agree. A start it is. No hyphens is a good thing.

Yet the ads still come up just a tad short for my Yankee doodle expectations. Maybe those that write these type of ads have been so focused on destroying America for the last 20 years that to completely change course now would be like stopping a supertanker on a dime.

25 posted on 10/12/2001 8:56:26 PM PDT by Partisan Hack
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To: Skywalk
Absolutely, they had two blue-eyed girls of Scandanavian origin and Irish.

Diversity was not the message, being American was.

26 posted on 10/12/2001 8:56:30 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP
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To: Partisan Hack
It is a great ad.
27 posted on 10/12/2001 8:57:58 PM PDT by Storm Orphan
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To: Partisan Hack
I liked all of the ad except the "Hate doesn't stop hate" caption at the end of at least one version. I don't need to be lectured on moral matters by Madison avenue jackasses, and I resent the implication that I, as an American, had been under the impression that hating people is good.
28 posted on 10/12/2001 8:58:32 PM PDT by Sloth
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To: Partisan Hack
I am surprised that in this ad, there is no representation from homosexuals, transvestites, dwarfs, and the morbidly obese.
29 posted on 10/12/2001 8:59:15 PM PDT by Northpaw
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To: Partisan Hack
For anyone who thinks this is just a sweet, patriotic ad about people who are proud to be Americans, check out the site that is advertised in the ad civilrights.org

NOW is their "featured organization." This commercial was not designed to display pride in America. This commercial was designed to make people feel guilty for not wanting to get on planes with four Middle Eastern men. What do you think the warning at the end not to hate means? It means you better think the way the liberals want you to, or you have no heart.

30 posted on 10/12/2001 8:59:17 PM PDT by Katie_Colic
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To: Professional
Phoenix Wealth management takes it a step further, portraying white men as out of touch dinosoars, while depicting the typical minorities as intellectually superior. FedEx did the same with their commercials for a while.

Ugh, so did Fidelity. Remember those? Oafish white male receives wise investing advice from enlightened (fill in blank) Asian female, white female, Asian male, etc.

31 posted on 10/12/2001 9:02:00 PM PDT by Katie_Colic
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To: Skywalk
Actually I don't recall seeing ANY American blacks in the commercial

That's because if you are to believe Jesee Jackson, Rev Al Sharpton, et al. blacks are not Americans but abductees, held here against their will. That said, the usual poverty pimps would not want their own to peretuate their enslavement with a "I am an American" proclimation.

32 posted on 10/12/2001 9:02:49 PM PDT by Partisan Hack
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To: Katie_Colic
You just lost me.........Even the Liberals are re-thinking their philosophy these days.

Like I said before,

America, Unite or die!

33 posted on 10/12/2001 9:04:16 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP
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To: Partisan Hack
I think you all are way too touchy--good grief!

I agree with the person who said hooray for no hyphens--I find the ads very touching -- and I don't care what the web site behind them says--the ads themselves are great.
35 posted on 10/12/2001 9:06:46 PM PDT by duvausa
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To: Partisan Hack
You should see the ones running on Disney with Whoopie Goldburg and the child actors that star in some of their programs. Very liberal.
36 posted on 10/12/2001 9:09:07 PM PDT by PleaseNoMore
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To: Central Scrutiniser
This is why this forum has been so good.

It has taken a bunch of isolationist conservatives,etc..,and forced them to realize that they can't rule the world with one philosophy.

I also have to work closely with the public and I see real unity these days......

37 posted on 10/12/2001 9:09:09 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP
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To: Katie_Colic
I think the people in the ad look and sound proud to be American. I saw a black girl in the ad, and I like the Asian guy with the baseball cap, as well as the American Indian. I haven't seen anything about 'hate' at the end of the ad, but that would piss me off. I kinda like the ad overall. Good thread for a break from anthrax. Think the newsies will wear their flag pins now?
38 posted on 10/12/2001 9:09:19 PM PDT by GeorgiaSuzy
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To: Northpaw
And there were no morbidly obese gay dwarfs in the ad either.
40 posted on 10/12/2001 9:10:52 PM PDT by billybudd
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To: Partisan Hack
Maybe if someone in the ad said: I'm an American and I want binLaden dead! would be more believable
41 posted on 10/12/2001 9:11:17 PM PDT by MadelineZapeezda
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To: Partisan Hack
I have not seen the ad. It must not be running around here.
42 posted on 10/12/2001 9:11:41 PM PDT by rwfromkansas
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To: Partisan Hack
Is that the one with the broadway stars, all singing on Times Square? Oh wait, that's "I love New York theatre!"
43 posted on 10/12/2001 9:12:59 PM PDT by gopgen
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To: MadelineZapeezda
Maybe if someone in the ad said: I'm an American and I want binLaden dead! would be more believable

ROFLMAO. You owe me a new keyboard. Iced tea everywhere!!!

44 posted on 10/12/2001 9:13:00 PM PDT by Partisan Hack
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To: GeorgiaSuzy
I haven't seen anything about 'hate' at the end of the ad, but that would piss me off. I kinda like the ad overall.

The preaching at the end not to hate is insulting. I would probably like the commercial, too, if that had been left out.

45 posted on 10/12/2001 9:13:00 PM PDT by Katie_Colic
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To: Dr. Frank
"But most ads make me sick regardless"

99.94% of "Public Service" ads make me sick.

Do the networks/stations believe half the cr@p in them? Or are they considered "brownie" points with the FCC?

46 posted on 10/12/2001 9:13:31 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: rwfromkansas
Fox News runs the ad often......

There are several versions of it and they are all good...particularly the guy who looks Caucasian, is a fireman from ground-zero and was from Lebanon....And he is American now.

47 posted on 10/12/2001 9:15:55 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP
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To: Central Scrutiniser
It is a pretty mediocre ad. I would prefer something more like the old Coke ad. "I would like to teach the world to sing.. in perfect harmony.." That was pretty uplifting!
48 posted on 10/12/2001 9:16:44 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: billybudd

"I AM AN AMERICAN"


49 posted on 10/12/2001 9:17:54 PM PDT by Northpaw
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To: Partisan Hack
Quote from the website that is advertised in the "I am an American" campaign:

Yet, throughout our history, too many Americans have been denied that basic right. Widespread reports of irregularities in the November 2000 elections -- that disproportionately disenfranchised minority voters -- make clear that this battle is not yet over."

I knew my instincts about this ad were right.

50 posted on 10/12/2001 9:18:34 PM PDT by Katie_Colic
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