Skip to comments.VANITY: WR Grace Deficit Trials Ad by Ridley Scott
Posted on 04/05/2009 8:32:28 AM PDT by rabidralph
Back in '86, W.R. Grace, a multi-national chemical and everything else company, paid Oscar-winning director Ridley Scott to direct a commercial about Grace's concern for rising deficits. The commercial was made, but when WR Grace tried to buy airtime on the networks, they were refused. Isn't it interesting that no one brings up this commercial in the Age of Obama and it's only been seen 3,000 or so times on YouTube?
The ad in its entirety: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVzStqf2TT0
Looks like the fix is in doesn’t it!
Brings back some memories, I’m sure. I think there was a longer version of this ad and it might have played in movie theaters before the main feature. I remember the standard apocalyptic scenes of people dressed in rags and digging through dirt to find food, etc.
This is the first I’ve seen of it. Thanks.
On the one hand, I marvel that this piece has fallen off the radar, otoh, I’m floored by the favorable coverage given to Mr. Grace, even though Dan tried to impugn his reputation by mentioning he gets tax cuts!
You’re welcome. A true masterpiece from a gentler time.
Looks to me with some backing Scott has a core of what could be a GREAT movie, be it theactrical or a documentary, well only time will tell.
This was made in ‘86. Others have gone well beyond this in such movies as Brazil, 12 Monkeys, TV show Dark Angel and many others, including Scott’s Blade Runner.
No meaning to pick holes in anybody's coat, but it just seems kind of odd.
check it out
Now, companies hide their motives behind third party organizations and PACs and 517 orgs. Life was different in the '80s.
I remember that commercial well. It kind of stuck with me over the years and how prophetic it was.
If I recall correctly, there was a W.R. Grace Commission in the mid 1980’s that took a look at government spending and operations. It came up with recommendations but I don’t believe any were implemented.
Thanks for your insights. Yes, the commercial stuck with me, too, and I remembered it even more during the porkulus debates. I can’t imagine a company today, taking the government to task over its spending habits.
OH DAMN! I forgot to take my red pill this morning or was it the blue one I was to take, which reminds me whats the yellow ones for? Guess I better call Homeland Security before they call me.
For nearly a century.
This needs to go viral, fast. We need to spread the word to everyone.
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