Dirty Harry Meets M.I.A: America’s Halftime

Wow. Dirty Harry is a closet liberal. Who’d a thunk it? Not many, if anyone. And that includes the corporate suits at Chrysler who aired the only ad during the Super Bowl worth talking about: Halftime in America.

And the ad has created a shitstorm — mostly because conservative pundits and other miscreants opine that it provides a template for Obama’s re-election campaign: America is down not out, hard work carries the day, the next half will be better than the first, and all it takes is billions of taxpayer money to save a city and an industry. Oops. May have gotten a little off track with that last comment. Or maybe not. (See “Chrysler Flacks for Obama in Super Bowl Ad.“)

Here’s from the NYT, “It’s Halftime in America“:

Was the Super Bowl ad featuring Clint Eastwood, “It’s Halftime In America,” a Chrysler ad or an Obama re-election ad?

Confusion abounded.

After all, the spot seemed to tout the success of the auto bailouts, which the four remaining Republican presidential candidates were against. Halftime is also an easy metaphor for a president who’s nearing the end of one term but seeking a second.

Yikes. Detroit as a model for hope about the future of the USA. We’re sunk. As the Cleveland economic developers like to opine: “Hey, at least we’re not Detroit.” I digress.

I also tend to give Dirty Harry the benefit of the doubt when he says the commercial was not designed to be political, but rather to be inspirational. And it’s a message that should resonate with Americans since it does talk about pride, hope, hard work and pulling together.

In addition Clint Eastwood was quoted by The Wrap as having told O’Reilly Factor producer Ron Mitchell  That he wasn’t Politically affiliated with Obama and that  ”It was meant to be a message … just about job growth and the spirit of America. I think all politicians will agree with it.”

But let’s say that the big thinkers at Chrysler were smart enough (LOL) to craft a subliminal political message supporting Prez O and those who wrote the checks that saved the company from going belly up. Maybe that explains why the rapper M.I.A gave the middle-finger salute during the real halftime in America as portrayed by Madonna.

Perhaps she’s a conservative who is distressed about watching her native land, Great Britain, and the rest of Europe swirling around the toilet bowel. Looks like those countries are well into the fourth quarter and trailing by more than a touchdown. Anyway, here’s from the Daily Mail:

British rapper M.I.A is said to be blaming ‘nerves’ and ‘adrenaline’ for her controversial rude gesture during a performance at the Super Bowl yesterday.

The singer – best known for the hit song Paper Planes – flipped her middle finger and swore into the camera during her rap solo as over 100 million fans around the world watched the performance.

While all eyes were on Madonna for a scandalous moment, the broadcasters were caught by surprise by the 36-year-old and scrambled to obscure the gesture in time.

With one foot up on the podium, the 36-year-old rapped: ‘I don’t give a s***’ and pulled the rude gesture during a live performance of Madonna’s new song, Give Me All Your Luvin, alongside the pop queen and fellow rapper Nicki Minaj.

The screen briefly went blurred in what seemed like a late attempt to cut out the camera shot and Madonna, who at this point was lying on her back behind the rapper, appeared blissfully unaware of the controversial move. [Other than being asleep, how did I miss all this?]

The NFL, which produces the show, and the broadcaster, NBC, both apologised immediately but blamed each other for the incident.

And get this:

But a member of M.I.A.’s camp claimed the rapper was struck with ‘a case of adrenaline and nerves.’

‘She wasn’t thinking,’ said the source, who requested anonymity but was with the artist at Lucas Oil Stadium. “It wasn’t any kind of statement.

‘She was caught in the moment and she’s incredibly sorry.’

But it may be a costly mistake – sources tell TMZ that M.I.A may end up paying any fines imposed in the wake of the drama.

She is said to have signed a contract with the NFL for the halftime performance in which she agreed to indemnify the NFL for any money it might be forced to pay if the FCC comes down on the NBC.

Good grief.

Let’s hope the FCC is OK with Dirty Harry. Otherwise, this could get nasty.

 

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One response to “Dirty Harry Meets M.I.A: America’s Halftime

  1. I think Jay Leno put it best in commenting on the Eastwood ad…..”it’s halftime in America, the Chinese have the ball, and we’re down 16 Trillion”.
    Not sure if I want to laugh or cry……..

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