Thursday, January 31, 2013

Quote(s) of the Day



"The Coke commercial for the Super Ball is racist, portraying Arabs as backward and foolish Camel Jockeys, and they have no chance to win in the world."

"What message is Coke sending with this? By not including the Arab in the race, it is clear that the Arab is held to a different standard when compared to the other characters in the commercial."


-- Imam Ali Siddiqui, president of the Muslim Institute for Interfaith Studies, and Abed Ayoub of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, respectively, calling Coke's new Super Bowl ad racist and demanding that it be changed before it airs during the game this Sunday

I was just about to present this without comment, because, like the "controversy" over the Jamaican White Guy Volkswagen ad, it's just that absurd. But I think it's worth making it clear that I do in fact believe that no group of people is above any other group of people -- regardless of race, religion or ethnicity -- and will therefore treat the Arab-American organizations taking offense to this ad exactly the way I'd treat anyone else demanding satisfaction over something so silly and inconsequential: by saying, for God's sake, sit down and shut up before you make yourself look any more ridiculous. It's a fucking commercial -- save the indignation for something that actually matters. It's not like there aren't enough real problems out there for Arab-Americans to contend with on a daily basis.

10 comments:

JohnF said...

Ginned-up outrage doesn't get much more ginned-up than this.

My favorite part is the guy who says "Why is it that Arabs are always shown as either oil-rich sheiks, terrorists, or belly dancers?" in reference to a commercial that doesn't portray the Arab guy as any of those things.

I could think of a hundred things this commercial could have done that would have been offensive to Arabs, and it didn't do any of them.

When conservatives get annoyed and say "you libs think everything's racist!" this is the kind of shit they're talking about.

Janean said...

Oh good grief. Did they even notice the other characters? Deciding that the commercial is some kind of insult to Arabs when it has a giant pink bus shooting glitter out of a cannon...are you sure they aren't joking??

Alan said...

I agree, don't they have more important issues to think about?

Chez said...

It would've been racist had the camel exploded.

Chez said...

Oh, and go fuck yourself, Alan. Hope that doesn't offend you since I'm sure you, as the marginalized in this argument, don't have anything better to worry about.

JohnF said...

Be careful, Chez. Alan's working on a BINGO card for his rebuttal.
That's how these things work.

Chez said...

He can type in website addresses though so woe unto me.

Claude Weaver said...

@Alan: You can't claim "derailing" on the guy who started the discussion ON HIS OWN WEBSITE. The topic was "The outrage is ridiculous" and he stuck to it. Stop acting like an imbecile.

THAT was the big stinking commercial that's getting the "racist" label? Are they trying to argue that there are NO random Arab guys with a stubborn camel in the desert as of 2013? Aren't camels legendary for being stubborn anyway? So wouldn't it be "ha, that guy got a bum ride" and less "ha, that idiot Ay-rab"? For crap's sake, he wasn't even in the damn commercial long enough to do anything racist!

You're right Chez. The powderkeg outrage machine is freaking ridiculous. The only people taking this commercial as somehow racist against Arabs are idiots who were already racist. On BOTH sides of the debate.

littlebitoffeisty said...

....and they don't even take into account that this may only be Part 1 of a 2 or 3 part commercial. You know how Super Bowl commercials are these days. Who knows, in the end the Arab may actually win or at least everyone gets there at the same time for a magnificent tie.

JohnF said...

I think Australians should be offended, too. They're tired of being portrayed as post-apocalyptic psychos riding around in jalopies.