Kudos to Coca-Cola's #AmericaIsBeautiful commercial being made. Racist English-Only zealots are hoppin' mad over this commercial.
This may very well be the best commercial of the Super Bowl this year. It gets the racist English-only zealots mad.
Bill O’Reilly and Fox News tried to use their Super Bowl interview with President Obama to push conspiracy theories like Benghazi and the IRS, but Obama pushed back slamming Fox News repeatedly for spreading false information.
O’Reilly began by asking about the ACA website. Obama said, “Now we got the website up and running.” O’Reilly disagreed because of a poll that says that Americans don’t think it is working. O’Reilly wanted Kathleen Sebielus fired. The Fox News host tried to get Obama to admit that his biggest mistake was saying that if you like your insurance you can keep it. The president wouldn’t bite.
Bill-O then turned to Benghazi. (This interview is nothing more than a 2014 Republican campaign ad.) Obama said, “Understand that by definition, anybody who is attacking our compound is an act of terror.” O’Reilly then tried to play the Susan Rice card, and he claimed that he was just a confused American. Obama accused Republicans of creating a political agenda over protecting Americans. O’Reilly got hammered when he asked if it was a terror attack. O’Reilly used the patented Fox News folks believe line, and the president replied, Folks believe it, because you are telling them that.
O’Reilly tried to grill Obama on the bogus IRS scandal, and royally flopped. On the IRS, O’Reilly used the Fox News line, “some people are saying.” Obama said things like the IRS keep resurfacing because Fox News keeps promoting them. Obama said there were boneheaded decisions, but not a smidgen of corruption at the IRS.
Bill O’Reilly broke out the fundamental transformation of America line via a viewer letter, and Obama said, “I don’t think it is necessary to fundamentally transform America.”
Fox News tried to use the Super Bowl interview as a partisan vehicle to attack the president. This was a totally different interview from the last time these two men sat down at the Super Bowl.
The president seemed to catch on very quickly to what their intentions were a blasted Fox News twice for dredging up dumb conspiracy theories that have no basis in truth.
From the 02.02.2014 edition of Fox’s Super Bowl Pregame Show:
By John Amato February 1, 2014 10:21 pm The heat on Gov. Chris Christie continues to rise following the Bridgegate scandal and that was made evident by a crowd of people booing him at a pre-Super Bowl function. Gov. Chris Christie’s popularity continues…
A Canadian man who beat out four million competitors to win a fantasy football league’s grand prize of tickets to last night’s Super Bowl was stopped at the border and denied entry because U.S. customs officials discovered he had a minor pot possession conviction on his record from 1981.
Myles Wilkinson was 19 years old when he was caught carrying two grams of marijuana and paid a $50 fine. Nearly 32 years later, he’s still paying for that infraction:
A Vancouver Island man who won an all-expenses-paid trip to the Super Bowl in New Orleans has been refused entry into the U.S. because of a marijuana possession conviction dating back to 1981.
Victoria resident Myles Wilkinson won the trip in a fantasy football league contest, competing against nearly four million other players for the chance to attend the National Football League championship, featuring the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers.
But when he got to Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Thursday, U.S. customs agents learned of a marijuana possession conviction in Vancouver in 1981 and told him he was not allowed to enter the country.
Though Wilkinson’s border ordeal is noteworthy, it’s one that affects a significant number of foreigners who want to visit the United States.
Following the episode, the fantasy football contest’s organizers offered Wilkinson a consolation prize: entrance to a private Super Bowl watch party in Vancouver.
The puritans are up in arms against Beyoncé’s Super Bowl performance, which included a reunion with her 1990s R&B group, Destiny’s Child. It wasn’t “family friendly”. They say their kids can’t watch the Super Bowl anymore if women are going to dress like that and lick their fingers.
I hope these same people don’t take their kids to that bastion of family values, Hooters.
Here’s Beyoncé’s smoking hot performance, in which we are told she sang live (talent is sexy, no?):
It astounds me that anyone living in this culture could be offended by Beyoncé’s performance. Is it offensive that women can’t play football and that they are served up as objects of lust who cheer on the men? Yes, that’s offensive. But that is hardly Beyoncé’s fault. Is football a sport that attracts the sort of male energy that objectifies women? Often, yes. Again, NOT Beyoncé’s fault.
Is it offensive that these same puritans are okay with Smiling Barbie cheerleaders’ costumes but offended by the same coverage when done in leather? It’s okay to show off your breasts and bottom in order to cheer the men on, but if you are fierce and awesome in black leather while showing your tummy and bottom as your own act, you are no longer family friendly.
After the performance, the focus of America’s criticism for being too sexy/sexist left an inspiring letter for her fellow female performers, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson. Beyoncé wrote that it was “an honor” to perform with the “phenomenal ladies… You are all beautiful, talented and showed so much class!”
This is a nation that calls Hooters a family restaurant, so spare me the puritanical outrage over Beyoncé.
That this is a sexist, misogynistic culture is not up for debate among sane people. I don’t blame mothers who don’t like it, but it’s a bit short-sighted to blame Beyoncé for this fact. Is she making money off of her sexuality? Yes. So are the women anchors at Fox News. So are the girls at Hooters. Models. Sarah Palin when she had it. And so many more. Because of our culture, almost all women in media have to sell their sexuality, even if by withholding it (so rare) and creating a more valuable commodity. Some of those people also have talent to back up their sex appeal. Some of them don’t, which should be offensive but somehow we don’t seem to mind a girl selling herself short or bemoan the women with talent who are ignored by our culture because they aren’t “hot”.
This culture is offensive to women and bad for young girls and it’s not fixed by cheering women in the front lines of combat, because even that, while progress, is still an attempt to catch the approval of the American male centric value system in which power is equated with being like a man. When a woman is seen as an equal because of her more feminine traits (not sexual traits; feminine traits, like cooperation – and I note that Beyoncé demonstrated one such feminine trait by praising her female co-performers) we will have advanced into post-knuckle-dragging days.
Beyoncé is actually a strong, talented woman making the most of her short shelf life as an object of desire and using that sexuality to empower herself. In 2010, Knowles was ranked first on Forbes list of the “100 Most Powerful and Influential Musicians in the World”. She designs clothes and markets perfumes because she’s smart enough to know where this is going to land.
Hey, the First Lady enjoyed Beyonce’s performance, as did most of the country. Michelle Obama tweeted, “Watching the #SuperBowl with family & friends. @Beyonce was phenomenal! I am so proud of her!”
Here’s the family friendly argument: Cheerleaders, who make a lot less money, have no power and often wear less, are a great model for their daughters but Beyoncé isn’t. Here’s a hint, puritans of America — if the men aren’t watching the NFL expecting sex, then why do the cheerleaders dress like strippers, albeit American sparkly strippers? Maybe if Beyoncé had put some Sarah Palin sparkly stars on her leather, she wouldn’t have been so darn scary, eh?
Some people seem to have a real problem with a woman being center stage in her own life. Who would you rather your daughter emulate in her career: Beyoncé or a cheerleader?
Wingnut whining at its finest.
FINAL SCORE: Ravens 34, 49ers 31.
Glad the Ravens won.
Jindal behind the Superdome lights malfunction
The lights just went out at the Superdome. What the fuck just happened?
I looked away for one second and then I see that holy crap.
Bobby Jindal and the #LAGOP did it on purpose
»President Obama on Super Bow Sunday: “Boy Scouts should be open to gay members.”
(via Travis Waldron at Think Progress Economy: Corporate Front Group Airs Misleading Anti-Union Ad During Super Bowl)
While Super Bowl XLVI will be remembered for its dramatic ending, the issue of workers’ rights and union representation also surrounded the National Football League’s biggest game. A labor dispute nearly cost the NFL its 2011-12 season, and in the days before the game, Indiana passed an anti-union “right to work” law that led to union and Occupy protests at Indianapolis’ Super Bowl festivities throughout the week.
But despite fears from sports columnists and right-wing blogs that the protesters would “ruin the Super Bowl,” the only visible advocacy for some of the game’s viewers came in the form of a misleading anti-union attack ad from a corporate front group. The Center on Union Facts, an organization that has run newspaper ads comparing unions to Kim Jong-il’s authoritarian North Korean regime and endorsed other ads comparing unions to Nazis, produced and paid for the 40-second ad, which ran in the Washington DC television market just before halftime ended.
The ad’s claim that just 10 percent of current union members voted to form the union may be true, but it is incredibly misleading. Federal law mandates that more than 50 percent of a company’s workforce must vote in favor of the formation of a union. Most current union members, however, join unions that were formed years before and know that the union exists when they take the job.
The ad’s implication that the Employee Rights Act — a national right-to-work law — would put money in workers’ pockets is also misleading. According to the Economic Policy Institute, right-to-work laws cost workers up to $1,500 a year and also lead to reduced pensions and health care coverage.
The Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) said Monday morning that CNN should fire political analyst Roland Martin over comments made on his Twitter page about a Super Bowl ad.
In response to the H&M commercial featuring soccer icon David Beckham wearing underwear, Martin wrote on his Twitter page: “If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him!”
GLADD replied back to Martin’s tweet, saying, “@rolandsmartin Advocates of gay bashing have no place at @CNN #SuperBowl #LGBT.”
Martin shot back: “@glaad @CNN well you’re clearly out of touch and clueless with what I tweeted. Way to assume, but you’re way off base.”
The political pundit wrote on Twitter Monday that he intended his original tweet to be a shot at soccer fans instead of the LGBT community.
“I made several cracks about soccer as I do all the time,” he said. “I was not referring to sexuality directly or indirectly regarding the David Beckham ad, and I’m sorry folks took it otherwise. It was meant to be a deliberately over the top and sarcastic crack about soccer; I do not advocate violence of any kind against anyone gay, or not.”
GLADD issued a statement Monday morning calling for Martin’s departure from the network.
“Martin has a history of anti-LGBT views,” the organization said. “GLAAD is calling on him to be fired, joining many other LGBT activists and bloggers.”
Un-freakin’ real. “Twitter Pete" Hoekstra, the man who wasn’t even smart enough to buy his own domain during his run for Governor of Michigan, ran an ad during this year’s Superbowl that was so blatantly racist and offensive to Asians that even GOP consultants are flinching.
The portrayal of a young Asian woman speaking broken English in a Super Bowl ad being run by U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra against Michigan incumbent Debbie Stabenow is bringing charges of racial insensitivity.
GOP consultant Nick De Leeuw flat-out scolded the Holland Republican for the ad.
“Stabenow has got to go. But shame on Pete Hoekstra for that appalling new advertisement,” De Leeuw wrote on his Facebook page Sunday morning. “Racism and xenophobia aren’t any way to get things done.”“Thank you, Michigan Senator Debbie Spenditnow. Debbie spends so much American money. You borrow more and more from us. Your economy get very weak. Ours get very good. We take your jobs. Thank you, Debbie Spenditnow.”
The video is available on Hoekstra’s website www.debbiespenditnow.com, a page festooned with Asian symbols, pots of tea, dragons and paper lanterns.
Understandably, commenting and thumbs up/thumbs down rating have been disabled on the ad’s YouTube page.
Asian-American candidate for Michigan’s 69th state House district Sam Singh, a Democrat, had this official comment on his Facebook page:As an Asian American working to rebuild Michigan’s fragile economy, I was deeply disappointed in Pete Hoekstra’s Super Bowl ad. Instead of playing to racial stereotypes that divide us, we need leaders that understand Michigan’s role in the global economy. Michigan’s advance manufacturing base is expanding and jobs are coming back. We need to be attracting international investment and talent at the same time as stabilizing trade imbalances. Political ads like this hurt Michigan and don’t move our economy forward. Michigan deserves better.
Asian Pacific Islander American Vote - Michigan released the following statement:Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote – Michigan is deeply disappointed by Pete Hoekstra’s “Debbie-spend-it-now” campaign ad, which plays on harmful stereotypes of Asians speaking broken English and has stereotypical Chinese music playing in the background. It is very disturbing that Mr. Hoekstra’s campaign chose to use harmful and negative stereotypes that intrinsically encourage anti-Asian sentiment.
From 2000 to 2010, the Asian American community grew at the largest rate (34.9%) of all racial groups and continues to be a major contributor to the economy in Michigan.
No elected official or candidate for office, regardless of political affiliation, should use stereotypical imagery or language. The use of these stereotypes is counter to the progress our country has made over past decades to encourage respect for all communities.
The Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) responded to the ad by creating the website hoekstrahoax.com.When a politician is trying to tell people he’s the exact opposite of what he really is, that’s an all out hoax–and politician Pete Hoekstra is trying to perpetrate an incredible Hoax on the people of Michigan.
Who is Pete Hoekstra? It’s tough to say. Currently, he’s working at a Washington lobbying firm. Before that, he spent nearly two decades in Washington as a Congressman.
Now Hoekstra says he’s running for US Senate–and says he’s running as a “reformer.” The reality: Hoekstra’s running away from his long record of cozying up to America’s most powerful special interests. Hoekstra supported the Wall Street bailout, and actually voted against putting any limits on the bonuses bailed out executives could pay themselves with taxpayer money. Hoekstra even said that if elected to the Senate, he’ll repeal the Wall Street reforms passed after the financial crisis that hold Wall Street accountable and stop taxpayer bailouts. No wonder- Hoekstra is also on the board of directors at a bank, and his lobbying firm represents all sorts of loaded special interests.
Now, Hoekstra is shamelessly trying to tell you he’s a reformer. But, in reality, that’s the Hoekstra Hoax, and here at HoekstraHoax.com, you can check the facts yourself. Because no matter how Pete “Hoax-tra” tries to cover up the facts, his real record is all right HERE.
This could very well be the year of the Super Bowl ad few of us wanted to see.
Angela Michael is an anti-abortion activist, a grandmother and a candidate for Congress in the 15th District, which includes parts of Madison County in Illinois.
Michael told me Friday she has purchased a 30-second TV ad slated to run at about 3 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday on KSDK-TV, which reaches the entire St. Louis metro area.
Michael’s ad is not your typical Super Bowl ad. This is not Danica Patrick in 4 1/2-inch stilettos touting GoDaddy.
Michael’s ad is grisly. It shows the remains of aborted fetuses.
She is trying to quickly raise another $8,000 to purchase a 30-second slot closer to the 5:30 p.m. kick off.
“People will actually see what we allow to happen to innocent babies and to women,” Michael says.
What do I mean by “grisly”? Go to www.angelamichaelforcongress.com and see for yourself. Be prepared, the video is graphic.
Will this really run on Super Bowl Sunday?
Yes, says Michael. It’s a done deal. She and her husband have the receipt for the $1,800 they paid.
I’ve left messages over three days with Lynn Beall, president and general manager of KSDK-TV. She has not called me back.
Michael is one of a handful of hard-core abortion opponents across the nation who were encouraged to run for Congress by Randall Terry, a long-time abortion foe who founded Operation Rescue. Terry happens to be running for president.
Michael is well known in Granite City, where for 20 years she has been protesting and trying to counsel women as they enter the Hope Clinic for Women, where abortions are performed.
Michael operates Small Victories, a nonprofit that assists women who choose to give birth. It provides counseling, medical assistance and helps with rent payments.
Michael and her husband, Daniel, have adopted two babies in recent years. They say they first talked the mothers out of having abortions. The Michaels have 13 children, ages 1 to 29.
Michael has been criticized for taking photos of women entering the Granite City clinic and posting their photos on a website.
What Randall Terry realized is that federal courts have ruled that TV stations, which are licensed by the Federal Communications Commission, must air the campaign ads of candidates for federal office. This does not apply to state or local candidates.
The one thing TV stations can do is run an advisory or warning prior to such ads.
Michael, in her 50s, was once an obstetrics nurse. She lives in Highland, Ill., and is unopposed in the March 20 Democratic primary. Terry also is running as a Democrat.
Michael’s opponent is incumbent John Shimkus, a Republican who is also anti-abortion. He, too, is unopposed in the primary.
Shimkus has about $1.3 million in his campaign war chest and Michael has about $4,000. Realistically, she has little chance of unseating him.
She tells me her goal is not to shock people on Super Bowl Sunday. Instead, she wants to create a “crisis of conscience” in the same way that newsreels showing the bodies of slaughtered Jews revealed the horrors of the Holocaust.
“What I’m trying to do is make history,” she says. “This Sunday will be 39 years that we have allowed this.”
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the legal right to abortion on Jan. 22, 1973, in the Roe v. Wade case.
“The battle has to be brought into the streets for the people to see it,” she says.
Michael has been in the streets for many years. In 2006, Michael sued Granite City Mayor Ed Hagnauer and Police Chief Richard Miller. She alleged that she and her daughter were harassed and roughed up by two other spectators at a parade and that police did little to protect them and did not charge anyone.
The incident was on Nov. 19, 2005. Michael and others were hoisting large graphic signs of aborted fetuses during the annual Santa Claus parade.
“They wanted to enjoy the day and celebrate children, and I was asking: What about the children one block away who were being slaughtered?” Michael says.
Hagnauer told me he spoke to Michael the day of the parade and said, “‘Listen, we got some kids involved. The graphic signs, could you turn them around?’ We thought they were going to do that but they didn’t.”
Michael says she originally entered the Congressional race based on one issue — abortion. But now that she is “meeting people and kissing babies” she has greater interest in being a well-rounded candidate.
The reason she decided to make her first run for office is because she was about to leave the pro-life movement in despair.
“The movement is not moving,” she says. “It is a pro-loafing movement.”
Many of those in the anti-abortion movement are more concerned with fundraising than ending abortion, she says.
Anti-abortion ads showing graphic images of aborted fetuses covered in blood and surrounded by religious icons will air during the Super Bowl in February, courtesy of Democratic Presidential candidate Randall Terry.
Terry, who has spent a year in jail and been arrested 50 times for his anti-abortion efforts, is using a Federal Election Commission loophole that ensures ads for political candidates cannot be prohibited within 45 days of an election. Apparently, primaries count, so Terry will be running ads on local stations during Super Bowl XLVI February 5.
The Colorado paper the Greeley Gazette notes that Randall has already run political ads with images of aborted fetuses in New Hampshire. The ads attacked President Obama for supporting “child killing.”
Another reason to despise Randall Terry.
h/t: Marie Diamond at ThinkProgress Health
NFL Players Call On Indiana Republicans To Drop Their Anti-Labor Bill Before Indianapolis Super Bowl
For the last two days, Democrats in the Indiana legislature have prevented the consideration of a “right to work” bill, which would make Indiana the first state in the U.S. industrial belt to allow non-union workers to free-ride on union contracts, which obviously undermines the ability of the union to do its job. Today, the National Football League Players Association called on the Indiana GOP to drop its bill in advance of the 2012 Super Bowl, which is being played in Indianapolis, saying that the NFL’s biggest game “should be about celebrating the best of what Indianapolis has to offer, not about legislation that hurts the people of Indiana“:
o win, we have to work together and look out for one another. Today, even as the city of Indianapolis is exemplifying that teamwork in preparing to host the Super Bowl, politicians are looking to destroy it trying to ram through so-called “right-to-work” legislation.
“Right-to-work” is a political ploy designed to destroy basic workers’ rights. It’s not about jobs or rights, and it’s the wrong priority for Indiana. […]
As Indianapolis proudly prepares to host the Super Bowl it should be a time to shine in the national spotlight and highlight the hard working families that make Indiana run instead of launching political attacks on their basic rights. It is important to keep in mind the plight of the average Indiana worker and not let them get lost in the ceremony and spectacle of such a special event. This Super Bowl should be about celebrating the best of what Indianapolis has to offer, not about legislation that hurts the people of Indiana.
– reduce wages by $1,500 a year, for both union and nonunion workers, after accounting for different costs of living in the states;
– lower the likelihood that employees get healthcare or pensions through their jobs—again, for both union and nonunion employees;
– have no impact whatsoever on job growth.
The NFLPA is on the right side of this issue.
H/T: Pat Garofalo at ThinkProgress Economy