6 comments on “Soothing the Savage Beasts

  1. I ventured into the hell that is YouTube comments & a couple of interesting points were raised (I know, in YouTube comments? Reeeeallly?).
    One being that the speaker is a fan of one Cricket team, whilst the others are (apparently) fans of another rival team…which would have the commercial making much more sense.
    Additionally, is the whole watermelon/chicken thing known to Australians (where the commercial hailed from)? Remember, much like some cultures not eating w/ a certain hand, or varying interpretations of sticking one’s finger up, things aren’t always quite the same as we do here in the U.S. I’m wondering if the historical significance is lost on Aussies, as it doesn’t really apply to them?

    If my speculation is wrong, then yeahhhhh…crazy.

    -n

  2. Hey Dre,
    What your not understanding is that the white gentleman in that commercial is the Aussie equivalent of a Democrat U.S. Congressman. Yes, he was involved in a racist commercial, but, he has always championed civil rights and has apologized, therefore; no crime.

  3. Greetings from Down Under! I found your blog browsing over the internet. Very interesting.

    I mean no offense in saying this, but this is an example of how Americans somehow expect the entire world to conform to your standards. This ad has nothing to do with enforcing stereotypes about black people. This ad is about the rivalry between Australia and the West Indies cricket fans. But since the U.S. doesn’t have a cricket team, I guess you would not immediately understand the reference. Imagine any of your major rivalries, the Yankees/Red Sox, the Lakers/Celtics, or Michigan/Ohio State (from your picture, it looks you are a Michigan fan. Am I correct?). So this ad just shows an Aussie around rowdy fans from the opposing team.

    The stereotypes you are speaking of (KFC, watermelon, basketball) is unknown by most countries outside of your own. I don’t blame you personally for feeling this way, given the way things may be in U.S. But I think Americans must be educated more on the cultural differences between nations before they get upset over something they do not understand.

    Hoo-roo!

    *Australian slang for “Goodbye!” 🙂

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