bling and bolshevism

Is this the most offensive campaign ad ever? If not, it’s not for lack of trying! The racism/sexism twofer is not always so easy to pull off. But what I think is especially intriguing are the images from the labor movement interspersed as background material (including a special shout out at one point to the protests in Wisconsin.) “I don’t know, I just like the stripper’s booty in this shot needs something extra, you know?” “What about a sticker extolling the Soviet Communist party?” “Perfect.”

Author: jeremy

I am the Ethel and John Lindgren Professor of Sociology and a Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University.

6 thoughts on “bling and bolshevism”

  1. I think it was Cuba, unless there is more than one flag in the ad. They managed to pack a lot in. At one point, graffiti on the wall says “I blame Mitt Romney.” I’m not sure what that’s about.

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  2. Here I was, thinking the ads couldn’t get worse than the primary: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/05/dem-congressional-candidate-runs-bizarre-ad-we-minorities-should-stick-together.php

    Sadly, it looks like crazy and offensive is becoming a go-to strategy for long shot, no name candidates to try and get voters’ attention. It’s a safe seat out here.

    Jeremy, Janice Hahn’s main base is organized labor, which may explain all the labor movement background material in this ad. It’s an odd subtle note on an ad that is otherwise designed to be highly offensive.

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