Monthly Archives: October 2015

Radio 59, side B, track 7: “Oldsmobile/Manuel Noriega bit”

OldsOh, Oldsmobile, so this particular bit was crazy racist, no?  Even more racist than that speech I gave when I was a kid.  It might explain in part why I was so casual with my Central American jokes if stuff like this was being bandied about on the airwaves as comedy.  This bit actually sums up pretty much my entire perception of the Panamanian conflict when I was a kid.  A bunch of people shooting at each other and speaking in bad Speedy Gonzales accents.  Listening to this again, I realize that I do occasionally have “Kill Noriega!  Kill Noriega!” running through my head directly from this little bit of “comedy”.  There’ve been a few clips from my radio recordings where I was a little “that was probably a little offensive” when re-listening to it as an adult, but this was the first one where I was like “Oh, wow, yeah, that’s not good.”  I was going to do this whole post about how I’m car-blind, like how other people are color blind, I’m that way with car ads, I have zero interest in zero interest rates or highway safety features or mpg or sleek designs.  As soon as an auto ad comes on, my brain shuts down, especially if it’s a local car ad.  Shots of car lots or trucks driving through places they will never actually drive in real life leave me absolutely, completely uninterested.  I will admit I enjoyed the hamsters for. . .was it Kia?  But both Lincoln and Matthew McConaughey can go straight to hell for their ridiculous ridiculousness.  Come to think of it, I’m not sure if I’m more offended by this racist radio clip or for Matthew McConaughey and Lincoln creating one of the most pretentious, asinine ad campaigns of all time.  I think it might be a tie.  Until I see one of those goddamn ads again.  Blech.

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