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SNL spoofs Eastwood's Chrysler Super Bowl spot

Posted on: February 12, 2012 2:25 pm
Hader parodies Eastwood in SNL's version of 'It's halftime, America.' (YouTube/Hulu)

By Ryan Wilson

Chrysler's Super Bowl commercial featuring Clint Eastwood's "It's halftime, America" pep talk was inadvertently pulled from YouTube last Sunday night not because of objectionable content or copyright infringement but because of a mix-up.

The day after the Super Bowl, the Wall Street Journal's Suzanne Vranica wrote that Chrysler "was one of the few big-game advertisers that didn’t release its Super Bowl commercial prior to the game. That meant it missed out on the millions of dollars in free publicity that other advertisers got from online airings of their ads beforehand. Post-game online availability would have helped make up for that."

The spot was generally well received (save the Karl Rove crowd) and given all the subsequent attention (as of this writing, it's been viewed almost 6.5 million times on YouTube), there is little concern that the ad hasn't been widely seen. Especially since Saturday Night Live's Bill Hader parodied the commercial over the weekend.

"I don't care if Obama runs the ball, or Romney throws a touchdown, or Ron Paul kicks a field goal with his tiny little chicken legs," Hader-as-Eastwood warns. "I tell you right now, though, I ain't puttin' Santorum in the game. He can stand on the sideline doin' cheers in his little sweater vest."

(Trent Lott takes offense to the cheerleader crack.)

The original Chrysler-Eastwood spot is below:

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Since: Aug 17, 2011
Posted on: February 12, 2012 6:39 pm

SNL spoofs Eastwood's Chrysler Super Bowl spot

SNL is still on the air?

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 12, 2012 5:47 pm

Oops: yet another typo/ommission

I meant "sound bites," but the idea is still the same.  The current system is set up so that nothing will ever get done.  The party platforms are perfectly divided so that each party has glaring faults, but will fight for them to their dying breaths. 

Here's an example.  If you want to keep illegal immigants out of the country, that makes you "conservative."  But if you want to use public funds to make sure that nobody in the US goes hungry, you are "liberal."  This raises a rather obvious question.  What if you feel that we should keep illegals out of our country, but that we should also feed everyone in the US who has no food? 

Does that make you a conservative or a liberal?  A moderate?  A radical?  A libertarian?  Labels are convenient, but all they do is keep us from ever working together to make the US a better place.  

Hopefully, someday, we will put the "us" back in the US.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 12, 2012 5:40 pm

SNL spoofs Eastwood's Chrysler Super Bowl spot

This was excellent.  

As for those writing about republicans or democrats, you are sorta missing the point here.  I don't usually write about politics in sports fields because I come here to get away from politics.  But since the thread has already been hijacked, here's some food for thought.  

The parties need to work together.  People need to work together.  People need to think for themselves instead of mindlessly parroting the ideologies and sound bits of their favorite parties.

When he says, "get 'er done," Larry the bleeping Cable Guy is smarter than every politician in Washington.  Think about how pathetic that sounds.  Worse yet, it's true, and it's true about most of the people who vote these idiots in year after year after year.  That should be a wake up call for most, but apparently the public would rather stay asleep.  

After all, it's a lot easier to blame it on "the other party" than it is to look in the bleeping mirror.  


Since: Jun 20, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2012 5:21 pm

SNL spoofs Eastwood's Chrysler Super Bowl spot

If the Republicans don't want to be made fun of, they should find some candidates who aren' complete jokes.

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2012 5:21 pm

SNL spoofs Eastwood's Chrysler Super Bowl spot

The Republican party has so may high ranking or respected individual that are running their party that are complete idiots that they might do better to dissolve for about 15yrs and cut the dead weight. Rove, Newt, Palin, Perry, Santorum? What a complete embaraasment. Romney is the only one not a complete moron and the base doesn't want to touch him with a 20 foot pole. Makes you wonder about the people that support these morons.

Since: Nov 12, 2009
Posted on: February 12, 2012 5:02 pm

SNL spoofs Eastwood's Chrysler Super Bowl spot

This proves that NBC and especially Saturday Night Live once again is trying to shape the election for the Democratric Party.  They were afraid of Sarah Palin last time, and jumped on her in some capacity in almost every show. They did the same thing against Obama WHILE Hillary Clinton was in the running against him for the Dem nod.  Once Obama was the Democrat's rep...not one negative thing about him. It was always making fun of McCain and/or Palin.  Can't we watch a comedy show WITHOUT having to become sheep being directed in an election.  Even if you didn't feel that the Superbowl ad was referring to a political statement...the SNL parody just led you to it.  Don't you just hate being manipulated like that ?  I know that I do.

Since: Jan 28, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2012 3:55 pm

SNL spoofs Eastwood's Chrysler Super Bowl spot

I'm a Republican, and I think Ron Paul is a creepy little guy...

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