Capitalism: Conspicuous Consumption and Absurd Greed…

8 Feb

Timothy Hutton: Whore of the Year

Thank you to my friend Zoe Nicholson for sharing this story. I’m very happy to say that I was enjoying the company of good and caring people at a Chinese New Year party during the Money Bowl, oops, I mean Super Bowl. In this time of extraordinary unemployment and an exponentially increasing homeless population, how nice to see the promotion of capitalism and absurd conspicuous consumption.  In this 30 second advertisement we see the exploitation of the Tibetan people to get bargain basement discounts–does this resonate of an Absolutely Fabulous parody?  The difference of course is that AbFab is exposing and making fun of consumerism, whereas this Super Bowl ad is promoting the exploitation of  Tibet for coupons–YUCK! Shame on Timothy Hutton–you total whore.

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6 Responses to “Capitalism: Conspicuous Consumption and Absurd Greed…”

  1. jenny68 February 8, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    That was a fun night- I hate football.
    It’s wheezing it’s last dirty money gasp. My sons, as well as their friends weren’t the slightest bit interested.

  2. Jennifer February 8, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    You know, I saw the word on these ads light up the twitter-sphere and went to look them up. From the way that people were talking, I thought that I would witness them sacrificing live puppies or something. I didn’t actually think they were *that* bad. I largely thought that they were a poor execution of a stab at black humor.
    Just my opinion though… I also have a bad sense of humor.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt February 8, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

      And I would agree if there a larger context existed for this black humor, e.g. AbFab. I’m not sure that 30 seconds is not enough to establish black humor and felt this specific spot was in poor taste.

  3. webwordwarrior February 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

    Conspicuous capitalists consume cancerously, causing crippling chasms.

  4. jenny68 February 8, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

    Old lady has crush in Lex- you’ve got mad skills dude

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