Re: Pity Chrysler (was, The Dukes of Hazzard)
> On Mon, 25 Jul 2005 23:39:38 -0400, "Michael Johnson, PE"
> <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>>They refuse to allow their cars to be used in the "Dukes of Hazzard"
>>>movie because of the Confederate flag and that movie will probably do
>>>massive box office. But, they give the producers of "The Island"
>>>an typical, politically-correct Hollywood movie a huge number of their
>>>cars and it's horribly bombing.
>>>Is this some kind of divine message to toadying international
>>>corporations that maybe they should attempt to control everything that
>>>people can do or think?
>>Why should they let someone take their products and slap a symbol on it
>>that offends a rather large slice of the public? I'm white, live in
>>Virginia, politically conservative (many liberals think that makes me
>>racist) and even I can see why many people are offended by the
>>Confederate flag - just like Jewish people are offended by the Swastika.
>> It is a symbol that is strongly connected to the legitimization of
>>slavery. I fail to see how it can be spun into anything else. Many say
>>it is a symbol of southern pride but I just don't get it. Maybe someone
>>here can explain it for me.
>>IMO, DC is smart to not allow their products to be used in a way that is
>>offense to many people. It's good business and, IMO, the right thing to do.
> While from a basic tenant point of view I agree with you, some people
> also just need to get over themselves. There isn't a person alive
> today that had anything to do with or was impacted buy the institution
> of slavery or the civil war. This is quite unlike the remaining
> survivors of the holocaust who are still alive and do remember the
> horror that was the Nazis.
I think many in the South need to get over a few things too. They lost
the Civil War. I just don't understand the drive of some to display the
Confederate flag. What exactly does it mean to them? I do think they
should have the right to display it.
> Personally I think it was a bonehead move on Chryslers part as the
> segment of the population that they were worried about offending
> probably wouldn't even go see that movie to begin with. Although they
> have probably generated more press & conversation about their decision
> then if they hadn't made it.
From a purely business standpoint I think it makes good sense. Blacks
make up 11%-12% of the population alone. Many whites and other
minorities may also be included. The number of people that may be
offended up way more than 25% of the entire population. That is a huge
number. I don't think many care at all that they chose to stay away
from the picture. Plus, I don't see this picture doing all that well
anyway. It is another poor remake of a marginal TV show.
But this is just my opinion. :)