All Articles Tagged "parodies"

LeBron James Ad Asks for It

November 23rd, 2010 - By TheEditor
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(Wall Street Journal) — In an arty, soul-searching 90-second Nike commercial released in October, basketball star LeBron James asks repeatedly, “What should I do?”  Angry fans, in loud and blistering terms, have been telling him.  Myriad remixes and spoofs of the ad have attracted more views on the Web than the original Nike Inc. campaign, according to research from online-video measurement firm Visible Measures Corp.  While the original version and direct copies of the ad—which attempt to deal head-on with Mr. James’s controversial decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers to play for the Miami Heat—have generated 5.1 million online video views, spoofs and parodies have generated 5.8 million views, Visible Measures says. The figures don’t include views of Nike’s paid advertising.

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Baracka Flacka Flames and Hip-Hop Minstrelsy

October 29th, 2010 - By TheEditor
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(The Root) — It is always a good time to talk about racism and poisonous images pumping through the mass-media pipeline. What is most interesting is the traditional but unpredictable source of the trouble. Whenever critics point at Tea Party posters of Barack Obama as a witch doctor or as a garishly dressed pimp attending a ball at the White House with Michelle, it is easy to realize that the Tea Party, Fox News and the rest of their ilk are not the worst offenders. Hip-hop minstrelsy, taken to an extreme, has repeatedly outdone all crude, vindictive and simply clumsy whites whenever it comes to dehumanizing black people. Hip-hop obviously, and no less insultingly, does it better.

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