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Jamaica embraces controversial Super Bowl ad

Postby jamboy » Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:18 pm

http://news.yahoo.com/jamaica-embraces- ... 53703.html

- Jamaica is embracing a controversial Super Bowl commercial that depicts a white office worker from the U.S. Midwest feigning the Caribbean island's lilting patois accent to display a cheerful, upbeat outlook.

On Wednesday, opposition lawmaker Edmund Bartlett said the television ad "is a perfect illustration of Jamaican culture's global reach and our uncharacteristic penchant to be happy even in challenging situations."



Here is the ad.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H0xPWAtaa8
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Re: Jamaica embraces controversial Super Bowl ad

Postby jamboy » Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:30 pm

Now, hear a real Jamaican white man speaking.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwDgA9LUVMA
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Re: Jamaica embraces controversial Super Bowl ad

Postby Marlow » Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:16 am

jamboy wrote:Now, hear a real Jamaican white man speaking.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwDgA9LUVMA

That's really funny (not that I believe for a second that's how he really talks on a regular basis).

Whoever thinks that ad is racist sincerely needs to re-examine his own issues and biases. That's where his objections are really coming from.
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Re: Jamaica embraces controversial Super Bowl ad

Postby jamboy » Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:27 am

Marlow wrote:
jamboy wrote:Now, hear a real Jamaican white man speaking.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwDgA9LUVMA

That's really funny (not that I believe for a second that's how he really talks on a regular basis).

Whoever thinks that ad is racist sincerely needs to re-examine his own issues and biases. That's where his objections are really coming from.



He doesn't live in Jamaica anymore and thus, he doesn't talk like that regularly. I left Jamaica many moons ago and I can(like most Jamaicans who live in the US) switch back and forth between Jamaican talk and "yankee talk" as we please.
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Re: Jamaica embraces controversial Super Bowl ad

Postby jamboy » Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:38 am

I am glad this white guy put up this video since a lot of non-Jamaicans especially those from North America and Europe do not believe that there are “white Jamaican born” men and women.
If you were to take a look at my HS year book from back in the day, you will see white, Chinese, asian, Indian Jamaicans at my school. Jamaica is made of up of many different ethnic groups with the majority being black however.

As the Jamaican motto(on our paper currency) says “Out of many one people”
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Re: Jamaica embraces controversial Super Bowl ad

Postby odelltrclan » Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:16 am

I was just in Jamaica 2 weeks ago and they seem to embrace the be happy mentality. Loved the commercial. Not suprised Jamaica would embrace it as well. Lots of happy people there, at least they appear to be with tourists! :lol:
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Re: Jamaica embraces controversial Super Bowl ad

Postby jamboy » Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:55 am

Marlow wrote:
jamboy wrote:Now, hear a real Jamaican white man speaking.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwDgA9LUVMA

That's really funny (not that I believe for a second that's how he really talks on a regular basis).

Whoever thinks that ad is racist sincerely needs to re-examine his own issues and biases. That's where his objections are really coming from.



One of the funniest comments I have seen posted on the internet about this controvery :D
I AM BLACK AND JAMAICAN AND I APPROVE THIS MESSAGE
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Re: Jamaica embraces controversial Super Bowl ad

Postby Marlow » Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:32 am

jamboy wrote:As the Jamaican motto(on our paper currency) says “Out of many one people”

Hmmmm, where have I heard that before . . . . e pluribus unum . . . ? :D
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Re: Jamaica embraces controversial Super Bowl ad

Postby jamboy » Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:19 pm

Marlow wrote:
jamboy wrote:As the Jamaican motto(on our paper currency) says “Out of many one people”

Hmmmm, where have I heard that before . . . . e pluribus unum . . . ? :D



Que? :D
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Re: Jamaica embraces controversial Super Bowl ad

Postby jamboy » Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:59 pm

NBC's Jeanna Wolfe was also born in Jamaica.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blJY8-aF0mQ
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Re: Jamaica embraces controversial Super Bowl ad

Postby mcgato » Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:58 am

I used to work with a Chinese guy who had a bit of an accent. I assumed that he was from China, but then I overheard him talking to his brother on the phone in a language that was definitely not Chinese. Turned out he was from Jamaica, with his ancestors arriving there in the 1800s to help build some railroads.

Another former coworker was of Indian descent, but she was from Trinidad. Didn't have much of an accent until she got a little nervous during presentations, which was kind of cute. Very pretty lady.
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Re: Jamaica embraces controversial Super Bowl ad

Postby Cooter Brown » Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:34 pm

One of my former employees was a Chinese guy born and raised in Tampico, Mexico. He was 2nd generation Mexican. He went to college in San Antonio and stayed in Texas. Spoke fluent Spanish, Chinese, and English. Also, he was a hell of an Interior Mexican cook.

Also, I went to college with an Indian from Kenya. A Dutch girl I dated in college was also born in Kenya and lived there until she was 7 due to her dad's job.
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Re: Jamaica embraces controversial Super Bowl ad

Postby jamboy » Sat Feb 02, 2013 5:16 pm

Jamaica has some of the most beautiful women the world

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgF4y5Wfeg0
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Re: Jamaica embraces controversial Super Bowl ad

Postby Marlow » Sat Feb 02, 2013 6:47 pm

jamboy wrote:Jamaica has some of the most beautiful women the world
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgF4y5Wfeg0

To be fair, EVERY country has some of the most beautiful women in the world . . .
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Re: Jamaica embraces controversial Super Bowl ad

Postby lonewolf » Sat Feb 02, 2013 9:23 pm

Marlow wrote:
jamboy wrote:Jamaica has some of the most beautiful women the world
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgF4y5Wfeg0

To be fair, EVERY country has some of the most beautiful women in the world . . .

I have noticed that too. :)
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Re: Jamaica embraces controversial Super Bowl ad

Postby jamboy » Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:26 am

Here is another real "White Jamaican" spoofing the VW ad. Mad funny :D



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dGSKQnMH4g
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Re: Jamaica embraces controversial Super Bowl ad

Postby jamboy » Mon Feb 18, 2013 4:32 pm

The "white" actor in the original VW ad is currently in Jamaica courtesy of the Jamaican government.

He is being treated like a king down their for putting Jamaica on the map.The Jamaica Tourist Board wants to use him in an ad.
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Re: Jamaica embraces controversial Super Bowl ad

Postby scottmitchell74 » Sun Feb 24, 2013 1:49 pm

jamboy wrote:
Marlow wrote:
jamboy wrote:Now, hear a real Jamaican white man speaking.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwDgA9LUVMA

That's really funny (not that I believe for a second that's how he really talks on a regular basis).

Whoever thinks that ad is racist sincerely needs to re-examine his own issues and biases. That's where his objections are really coming from.



He doesn't live in Jamaica anymore and thus, he doesn't talk like that regularly. I left Jamaica many moons ago and I can(like most Jamaicans who live in the US) switch back and forth between Jamaican talk and "yankee talk" as we please.



You just described my Bajan (Barbadian) wife exactly. In the US, in order to be understood, she speaks a slightly accented English that people hear as accented, but can't quite place. Once she hits Barbados soil, though, it's full-on Bajan. She's like a different person.
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Re: Jamaica embraces controversial Super Bowl ad

Postby sprintzfan » Fri Mar 01, 2013 4:41 pm

Marlow wrote:

Whoever thinks that ad is racist sincerely needs to re-examine his own issues and biases. That's where his objections are really coming from.


I'm still wating to see an actual person say it is racist. I saw this supposed controversy reported twice on CNN (Erin Burnett's program and Anderson Cooper's also), and neither time did they show a video or put up an attributed quote of ANYONE saying they thought the ad was racist.

I found that odd. And it made me suspicious that this "controversy" concerning this commercial was more than a media concoction, than a legit controversy where any actual people (other than media pot stirrers I'm guessing) had been offended.

Btw, Erin Burnett showed video of columinst Charles Blow saying he had some issues with the commercial, but the clip didn't show him calling it racist. Add to that, based on comments I recently heard her make, I know Erin is essentially a self professed idiot on the issue of race anyway. i.e., Extremely ignorant on the topic.

These are the things that colored my view of this so called "controversy."
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Re: Jamaica embraces controversial Super Bowl ad

Postby jamboy » Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:58 am

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Re: Jamaica embraces controversial Super Bowl ad

Postby jamboy » Sat Nov 02, 2013 7:07 am

For those uninformed who still think there are no "white jamaicans", here is another one for you.
Hope you didn't miss her distinct Jamaican accent :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJC6lGe8auE
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Re: Jamaica embraces controversial Super Bowl ad

Postby norunner » Sat Nov 02, 2013 7:21 am

jamboy wrote:For those uninformed who still think there are no "white jamaicans", here is another one for you.
Are there videos of any FAST white jamaicans? Now that would be busting a myth. 8-)
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Re: Jamaica embraces controversial Super Bowl ad

Postby jamboy » Sat Nov 02, 2013 7:24 am

norunner wrote:
jamboy wrote:For those uninformed who still think there are no "white jamaicans", here is another one for you.
Are there videos of any FAST white jamaicans? Now that would be busting a myth. 8-)


This board is called Things NOT Track and Field :D
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Re: Jamaica embraces controversial Super Bowl ad

Postby jamboy » Sun Nov 03, 2013 9:28 pm

She is so cool and down to earth like most like most Jamaicans. She should do very well in the Ms. Universe competition on November 9th in Russia.


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Re: Jamaica embraces controversial Super Bowl ad

Postby jamboy » Mon Nov 04, 2013 6:38 pm

I hope she wins this Saturday.
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