I KNOW WHAT IT BETTER NOT HAD BEEN..!
You would think that with all the cultural sensitivities and awareness that is a part of the creative processes surrounding the productions of these ad campaigns that someone would have noticed the pederasty in the E*Trade baby commercials. The latest commercial showing him being fitted by a tailor (‘Enzo’, whom they slur by having the baby speak in a over-the-top bad Italian accent) who he helped establish his own E*Trade account. Maybe the baby doing his ‘Luigi’ had you laughing and you did not pay much attention to the end of the commercial, where the baby put his fingers to ‘Enzo’s’ lips. THAT was the sexualization of their relationship.
You don’t think so? We are all adults here, so you tell me what significance is there behind having another adult lightly touch your lips with their fingers, Hmm? My thoughts exactly as it does not directly lead to an encounter BUT does signify that there is some physical intimacy somewhere in the vicinity of the pair, right? And that implication is all you can get from the display.
Often, I am told that I am making too much out of nothing. Sometimes I am. Yet when you see things like this and at the same time there is widespread acknowledgement of how media influences behavior, why let stuff like this slip by? Where is the moral outrage about this?? Feh!
IMPORTED FROM DETROIT
It wasn’t even close. The ad for the Chrysler 200 with Eminem, who is notorious for avoiding the limelight and commercialization (and Lipton used that irony in their claymation ad), supported by collage of shots around parts of town that I have, for real, ‘jogged ‘round’, was representative of the Detroit that I know. The narrator’s voice as well as his words captured what makes ‘Made In Detroit’ something authentic, made and brought in from a United States that is more real from the United States that the rest of the country lives in.
When I was thinking over my decision to leave the Motor, it had to do more with know that if I stayed there and built my life, what it would mean. But I have an adventure’s thirst, and it would not have been slaked had I stayed in town. I do think that I have taken a bit of Detroit with me, and in ‘this America’, I little Detroit goes a long way!!