Re: Well of course. That's like saying...

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Posted by sean at on May 03, 2002 at 12:35:14:

In Reply to: Well of course. That's like saying... posted by Isis on May 03, 2002 at 12:18:39:

: "America sucks" -- it's not worse than any other nation, and might actually be more conscientious than others. I'm just ranting, not seriously saying they're more evil than any other major corporation. I just hate how the youth are suckered into paying for their own oppression & destruction.

They're not paying for their own oppression...

Nah, that's a bad argument to start down. But 'destruction'? That I don't get, unless you mean it more spiritually.

: : Because in the real world, people need money to survive, and when you make incredibly quirky films, as the Coens do, and don't want to have to make conventional Hollywood stuff in order to make ends meet [sure, "O Brother" was their most popular movie yet ... but "Wasn't There" was their least, at least since "Hudsucker"], you're going to do a commercial every once in a while.

: Come on...the Coens are having trouble getting funding?

Actually, they almost lost funding on "Wasn't There" and were forced to shoot it in color for financial reasons.

: I'm not opposed to being paid. I'm just saying that I miss the days when people had more integrity than to attach their name and fame to some profit-making, socially worthless, exploitative product.

First off, the ads aren't mentioning the Coens, or any other directors, by name or even hinting at them. The only people who know about it are people who are paying close attention.

Hell, they did a commerical for H&R Block for the Superbowl. Now, they may not be employing under-priveledged children 'round the world in order to make their clothes, but they are certainly (1) profit-making, (2) socially worthless, and (3) exploiting people.

: Jim Morrison was broke as a mofo, and he still threatened to blow up a Buick onstage if they used a Doors song. I respect that.

Right, but they weren't asking him to write a new jingle, they were asking him to take a song he had already done. (I would say, for the record, that Hopper allowing the use of 'Easy Rider', if, indeed, that was his call -- I sincerely doubt he had any authority over the decision -- would be selling out.)

: : : They're suckering some of these celebrities into supporting them by offering to donate money to the charity of their choice, granted.

: : Did they say that? Even better then.

: In lieu of being paid for the commercial, as I understand it. That's why Alanis did it.

I can't imagine actually trusting Gap enough to let them do that. Better, in my opinion, to be paid and donate all the money yourself. But there are probably tax reasons against that too.

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