Obscene? You tell me.

>> Sunday, September 2, 2007

Listen to this magnificent performance of the final movement of Beethoven's 9th Symphony, celebrating the brotherhood of mankind, considered one of the greatest masterpieces ever composed, and then think of it being used to sell Sloppy Joe sauce, (Hunt's Manwich to be exact), and tell me that marketing and commercialism, not to mention American kitsch, isn't obscene.

6 comments:

Kay Dennison September 3, 2007 at 1:39 PM  

I haven't seen the commercial but I'm no longer amazed at what the advertising attempts to foist upon us!

Kathy Handyside September 4, 2007 at 3:58 PM  

That's Leonard Bernstein conducting, too, isn't it?

I'm so tired of how tacky this country is.

Lynette September 5, 2007 at 6:19 AM  

Yes, the one and only Leonard Bernstein. This is an old video, but it's a classic performance.

Kathy Handyside September 5, 2007 at 9:02 AM  

When I was a freshman in Symphonic Band in high school, I had the biggest crush on Leonard Bernstein! I thought he was so handsome. I was always glued to the tv during the Young People's Concert programs. I still have my old paperback copy of his book, "The Joy of Music". It's one of my favorite music books. I'm trying to save up the couple hundred bucks to get the entire set of DVDs of the Young People's Concert series.

Kathy Handyside September 5, 2007 at 9:55 AM  

Correction: the price on the DVD set of Young People's Concerts has been lowered to $119! Last time I'd checked, the price was a couple of hundred dollars.

Kathy Handyside September 5, 2007 at 11:41 AM  

I remember an ad for Quaker Puffed Wheat and Puffed Rice cereals that used the 1812 Overture - the jingle was "This is the cereal that's shot from guns". Then there was an ad I especially loved, using the "Il Pagliacci" aria and the words "No more Rice Krispies. We ran out of Rice Krispies. My tears will not stop - until I hear that snap, crackle and pop." Somehow, though, these ads weren't as offensive as the Manwich ad.

Geez, my brain is over-stuffed with useless crap, isn't it?

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