Ooooo, Ooooo, Oooo, Football Conjure!

I could not love this story more and I feel cheated CHEATED that I have not gotten to meet a football rootworker.

(I hope you all remember the awesome story of the hoodoo woman who got me a raise?)


Lots of Random Things

1. This is possibly the most irresponsible piece of journalism I’ve seen in a long time. Mosques in this state get burnt down for less and Channel 5 is hyping that these folks might be terrorists? If someone gets killed, that’s blood on Channel 5’s head. Speaking of murder, who gives a shit what Maury Davis thinks about whether other people can or should kill folks. His whole career, oh, I mean “ministry” is built on the way he milks his murder.

2. Mansplaining. Heh.

Mansplaining is when a dude tells you, a woman, how to do something you already know how to do, or how you are wrong about something you are actually right about, or miscellaneous and inaccurate “facts” about something you know a hell of a lot more about than he does.

Bonus points if he is explaining how you are wrong about something being sexist!

3. The West Tennessee contingent has started a new blog.

4. If we become 30% Hispanic, we will no longer be America. Good thing that becoming 30% Hispanic is harder than it looks. The soonest you can become 30% Hispanic, by my estimation, is when you have  477218588 of your Great, great, great (thirty greats) grandparents who are Hispanic. No more, no less.  That’s going to take some time.

5. Kleinheider’s column this week is great. Especially the part where he reveals the run-around and buck-passing.


Butt Covering?

Pretty much everyone I’ve read or talked to about the majority of the Superbowl ads found them bizarrely hateful towards women (on a side note, I have to believe that, if you didn’t already know what the Tebow ads were about, you would have thought the Tebow family bought the time in honor of itself. “You’re so great, Mom.” “No, you are.” “No, really, you are.” “Oh, no, it’s you who is so great.” “Let’s make a couple of commercials and tell everyone how much we love each other.” “What a great idea.” It’s pretty obvious that Focus on the Family had to drum up controversy about the ads before hand or no one would have known what the hell they were about.).

Goldni has a nice summary of the situation.

So, imagine how surprised I was to see that, first thing this morning, the very first story on Yahoo was about how everyone was talking about all these ads that run down men. Now, don’t get me wrong–the ads were, by and large, also damn insulting to men. But only the butt-coveringist of butt covering industries would turn around and try to make it seem like the problem with these ads was only that they were insulting to men.

And I did wonder if it wasn’t a little butt-covering.

Every year, folks complain about how sexist the ads are, but this year seemed different. The blatant “Hey, pussy, you live with a shrewish bitch who’s turned you into half a man” message of ad after ad seemed to be making all of the viewers (yes, even the men) really uncomfortable.

I mean, I thought the Google ad was cute, but it seemed like a masterpiece because it was a respite from the “Women suck and they’re ruining you. Only our product can make you more manly.” bombardment.

One wonders how many people who bought advertising or who work at ad agencies were sitting on, say, Twitter watching the “What the fuck?” reaction of everyone and decided they needed to do some work this morning to downplay the disgustingness of the ads.

I mean, what woman would ever buy a Dodge vehicle after last night? If I were a Dodge bigwig and I saw my ad in context, with all those other ads that make men look like giant babies and women look like giant harpy bitches, I’d be pissed. Not only because my ad might have seemed clever viewed on its own (giving them the benefit of the doubt), but seemed very similar to every other ad.

Really? At this point, companies are still paying good money to have an ad that makes them indistinguishable from the worst impulses of a beer ad?

That’s a good use of company funds?

And no doubt the people who are the bosses of the people who decide which ad companies to hire and which campaigns to go with are wondering the same thing. I mean, they all saw what we saw.

So, to me, the Yahoo story seemed a little like the ad folks trying to get out ahead of the controversy.

But maybe I’m reading too much into it.