Tuesday, October 07, 2008

The Most Intolerable 150 Seconds I've Recently Experienced

The day before yesterday, I went to a movie with a friend of mine. About 10 minutes before the previews started, a commercial/music video was shown. I don't hate many things in life, but this video really gets my dandruff up. Five seconds into it, I audibly groaned before smiling as I showed my compatriot a pair of earplugs I'd brought along. He said, "You suck". We critiqued the video a bit as it played, my friend saying, "God, he sucks". Two weeks ago, when the video came on, I immediately left the screening room. Course I did have to go to the bathroom, but still. Well, I've kept you all in suspense long enough. Here is said video in all its glory (watch it loud to get the full effect):


Rocketstar said...

Never was a hige Kid Rock fan but he has certainly found a great way to line his pockets with this "blind patriotism"

Sarah said...

omg! i saw two movies in the last 10 days and immediately have this god-awful song in my head without even having to click on the video link. urgh. it really is unbearable, isn't it?

Thomas said...

Rocket, ain’t it the truth. They really should change the name of the National Guard now that most members wind up going overseas. People used to join as a way to make some extra money (weekend warrior). Now it’s synonymous with going to Iraq.

Sarah, yes it is. Two movies in 10 days? Nice! Seeing Kid’s video…not so nice. On Sunday, as the clip ended, I lifted my arm and waved at Earnhardt Jr.

Sarah said...

definitely not my normal frequency. my b-day involved a movie and then the new simon pegg flick opened last weekend. i simply could not wait.

i should have.

Thomas said...

Ah, yes: “How to Lose Friends”. I liked Pegg’s work in “Shaun” and “Hot Fuzz” and am looking forward to seeing “Fatboy”, but noticed that the reviews for “Friends” haven’t been too kind (35% on the Tomatometer). Sorry to hear you were let down. I'll speak to management.

disestablishingpuritanism said...

Personally, I'm not a Kid Rock fan but didn't see or hear anything offensive during this ad for The National Guard. Yes, our National Guard should be defending our homeland. That's the biggest problem I have with this ad. We also have approximately 18% serving who are convicted felons. If I'm not mistaken, Kid left Pamela Anderson after her unsuspecting role in "Borat." There's just one of I'm sure many insecurities this guy has.

I think our imagery of war has been blurred by this administration's ill-will: doctoring up intelligence for a pre-emptive strike and use hostile aggression, privatizing military contractors to give them a license to kill and avoiding any Geneva Convention laws, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians who were killed, suffered life-altering injuries, and are displaced, using this as a vengeance campaign against Sadaam to upstage W's father, and a misguided approach for controlling the oil fields. I do support our military men and women who aren't allowed to deliver their political views while at war. They perform under the most adverse conditions and should be commended. The high ranking officers are given cart blanche for political expressions.

I couldn't get that link opened that you sent me earlier for that article on Obama in the AJC. There are a few things I found interesting you might want to check out: Jeremy Scahill's reporting while in Iraq and John Cusack's interviews for War Inc., a film I still need to see.

Sarah said...

fatboy = only ok. Don't get too excited so that you're not let down.

it's really the pegg/frost combo that works. everything else is only meh. that's what i've decided, anyway.

Thomas said...

PJ, I would agree there's nothing patently offensive about the video. It simply rubbed me the wrong way, starting just a few seconds into it when Kid began the song by screaming. I'm not a fan of hard rock, either, which could be a factor. Of course, this wasn't made for thirty-somethings. It was designed to appeal to kids just out of high school.

You're right about Kid, Pamela and Borat. I had a good chuckle about that one when it was first reported.

The world's view of the U.S. military has been on a downward trend for several years now due to the reasons you listed. Hopefully, that will change beginning next year.

Sorry about that AJC link. It was quite lengthy. Here's a shorter version of it:


Thanks for the suggestions on Scahill and Cusack.

Sarah, thanks for the cautionary note on "Fatboy".

Mags said...

I'm going to take your word on this, my friend.

(Insert gag)

Thomas said...

Oh, come on, Mags. It’s like spoiled milk. You’ve gotta at least have a sniff. :)