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It shows diversity on steroids. Blacks, Asians, Muslims, queers, and some token hipster-type whites. You can be sure that none of these people voted for Donald Trump. They are all having a fun good-natured protest march of some sort. Then Kendall Jenner takes off a blonde wig, joins the march, and gives a can of Pepsi to the best looking police officer in a row of police who are watching the march. The police officers are the only people in the video who probably voted for Donald Trump.
Since the commercial seems to be yet another case of our big corporations glorifying diversity, why is anyone upset about it? It’s just another example of how liberalism is now part and parcel of the establishment corporate structure.
It was, current activists say, precisely the opposite of their real-world experience of protesting police brutality.
In torrid criticism after the ad was posted, commentators on social media accused Pepsi of appropriating imagery from serious protests to sell its product, while minimizing the danger protesters encounter and the frustration they feel.
Elle Hearns, the executive director of the Marsha P. Johnson Institute and formerly an organizer for Black Lives Matter, said the ad “plays down the sacrifices people have historically taken in utilizing protests.”
“No one is finding joy from Pepsi at a protest,” she said. “That’s just not the reality of our lives. That’s not what it looks like to take bold action.”
I don’t see any reason, based on the video, for the cops to be angry or fearful of the crowd, who just appear to be non-violent hipster types. There are no angry ghetto blacks to be seen. It looks to me like every actor in the video is a college graduate.
Now, if a TV ad showed a realistic view of protesting blacks as angry ghetto types who will beat anyone up who gets in their way, then the ad would surely be accused of being “racist.” The purpose of diversity marketing is to teach racist whites that the others are good people and that you should welcome millions more of them into the country. And when has a Pepsi ad ever been realistic? Pepsi always inserts itself into overly sentimental moments when in the real world calling attention to a brand of soda would be the last thing on anyone’s mind.
But this “protest” is more like a parade than a scary protest, with friendly-looking, happy, well-behaved participants who joined the march not because they are angry at anything but because they don’t want to be left out, so naturally the cops are in a relatively good mood, and of course the young cop will be pretty happy to receive the attention of the extremely attractive Kendall Jenner.
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I think the symbolism of the cop drinking a Pepsi is supposed to be that, by drinking Pepsi, the cop takes a small step towards being one of the cool, hip, praiseworthy, diverse people and not a dull, boring, possibly racist and fascist but definitely suffering from the sin of white privilege, establishment drone.
There’s also the hint that drinking the other brand of cola might make you a racist.
March 7-8, 1941: 18.1 inches (in Central Park)
March 12-14, 1888: 21.0
Could the Blizzard of 2017 set a new all-time record?
Will an all-time blizzard record make people some kvetching about global warming for at least a few weeks?
(By the way, March 12-13 1993 was known as the “Superstorm” but it only dumped 10.6″ on Central Park, and tomorrow’s blizzard is a lock to surpass that.)
NY Times reported and so did every other mainstream news organization. This is an example of a biased news story. Obama also fired the Bush-era prosecutors, but there was never a big headline story.
On March 11, 2009, the only Obama story on the front page shows an angelic picture of Obama with the caption “A Call for a New Education Policy”
In contrast, today’s paper has two other Trump-related stories in addition to the 46 prosecutors being fired, both of them also with a negative tone to them.
“Even Before the Wall, Migrants Find the U.S. Forbidding”
“Michael Flynn Was Paid to Represent Turkey’s Interests During Trump Campaign”
The NY Times is completely incapable of being anything but negative negative negative on Trump.
Chuck Ross writes in the Daily Caller that New Disclosures Show It Was Probably A Good Idea To Fire Michael Flynn
As people who read my blog know, from the beginning I opined that Trump used the Russia stuff as an opportunity to fire Flynn because he had other reasons for not wanting him around anymore.
The computer geek in me found this interesting. Guy with a Russian accent demonstrates using a 17-year-old laptop with Windows 98.
The bottom line is that, although software designed for Windows 98 runs perfectly fine, it doesn’t play videos (except a few cherry-picked low-res videos) and it can’t surf the web.
A person close to Mr. Trump said he was reluctant to let go of Mr. Flynn because Mr. Flynn had vigorously supported him at a stage of his presidential campaign when few people did. Mr. Trump also felt Mr. Flynn did nothing wrong in his conversations with the U.S. ambassador to Russia and had good intentions.
This is consistent with my previous posts and comments on Trump. I previously wrote:
Trump likes to reward people who are loyal to him, and especially those who were loyal to him back when everyone said he had no chance of winning anything and that anyone who associated with Trump was an evil racist. Flynn was one of those loyalists whom Trump rewarded.
I also expressed doubt that Flynn did anything wrong by talking to the Russian ambassador.
The WSJ quote, however, is consistent with Flynn doing a bad job and Trump using this opportunity to get rid of him.
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I haven’t yet written anything about Andrew Puzder.
I think it’s unfortunate that Puzder was rejected by the Senate. With previous experience as a lawyer and specifically with labor law, and as CEO of a big corporation that hires a lot of people, especially at the bottom end of the economy, I think no one was better qualified to lead the Department of Labor, especially as an outsider.
People are wrong to mix up the position that Puzder has to take as a CEO and a lawyer where his job is to be an advocate for the positions of his employer, and his own personal politics which are unknown. Puzder had to support more immigration and lower minimum wage because it benefited the fast food company he worked for.
For example, just because I wrote marketing copy for my former employer’s website doesn’t mean that I believe any of the crap that I wrote. I was just doing my job. The same applies to Puzder.
If Trump thinks that Puzder would advocate for Trump’s positions as Secretary of Labor, then I have no reason not to accept Trump’s judgment. If Puzder were to change his loyalty from CKE Restaurants to the American people, then he would have been a great force for good, as no one knows better the two-faced arguments made by big corporations to benefit shareholders at the expense of the American worker. But unfortunately, with his rejection by the Senate, that won’t happen.
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I am very disappointed in certain blog commenters. I thought it was cool that Serena Williams is marrying a nerdy white guy, and I wish them the best of luck with their marriage, but there were a lot of uncalled for mean-spirited comments about Serena Williams who has done nothing wrong here and in fact has done a lot right. She deserves praise for her smart choice in a mate, and not your petty insults.