This black and white Burger King print ad features the face of an African American man with braids. His expression could be considered tough or aggressive, as he is stares down the camera. The blurb on the bottom of the ad speaks to the man’s philosophy, in which he talks about his “customized ride” and, working from Burger King's slogan, how he will not have his burger any other way than his own way.
In this 2007 advertisement for the 2008 Cadillac GTS, actress Kate Walsh is driving the car through a modern city landscape. In a voice-over, she describes the various luxury features of the GTS, but says that the most important feature is, "When you turn your car on, does it return the favor?" and then speeds off into the night. Walsh is most known for her roles on the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy and its spin-off, Private Practice, which centers on her character, Dr. Addison Montgomery, a world-class neonatal surgeon.
This is a clip from the 1947 musical comedy film Copacabana. The clip is of a musical number by the film's star Carmen Miranda, a Brazilian singer, dancer and actress who was a celebrity in the 1930s-1950s. In addition to her talent as a performer, she was also known as a sex symbol, marketed as "exotic” and a stereotypical "Brazilian bombshell." Miranda's signature costume was a revealing dress and colorful "tutti-frutti" turban, a glamorized version of the traditional costume of poor Brazilian women of primarily African descent. Miranda first became a star in Brazil, and then in the United States, even performing at the White House. Her career was encouraged by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's "Good Neighbor Policy," which sought to improve foreign relations between the United States and Latin America though cultural exchange rather than military intervention. However, as she became more popular in the United States, Miranda became less popular in Brazil. Some Brazilians felt that she was succumbing to American commercialism. Others, particularly the upper class, believed that she was representing Brazil negatively because her image appropriated from the most economically and racially marginalized groups within Brazilian society. In addition, Miranda often played characters from many Latin America countries, and some felt that this lead United States audiences to believe that all Latin American cultures were the same. In this clip, Miranda performs a high-energy version of the Brazilian song "Tico-Tico no Fubá" while other characters-- including her character's husband, played by comedian Groucho Marx-- look on and comment about her performance.
"Halftime in America" is an advertisement commissioned by Chrysler that aired during the Super Bowl in 2012. Over a gently swelling orchestral soundtrack, Clint Eastwood performs a monologue comparing the economic recession to a football game. Many audience members would recognize the voice of Clint Eastwood in this ad -- the famous actor is known for portraying tough, masculine characters. The text of the speech, and Eastwood's performance, reflects the kind of "pump up" speech that a football coach or a captain might give in the locker room to inspire a losing team before returning to the field to play the second half of a game. The ad describes the Chrysler corporation, the auto industry in general, Detroit (the "Motor City"), and the United States as a fighter that has been knocked down and must rally to get back up. As Eastwood puts it near the conclusion, "This country can't be knocked out by one punch." Visually, the ad is made up a montage of industrial laborers intercut with people of various ages and races driving, working, and spending time with families.
This clip comes from an episode of Chapelle’s Show in which Wayne Brady has taken over as host. Chappelle returns, demands his show back, and refuses to co-host with Brady due to the fact that the two “do different things.” To illustrate, Chapelle flashes back to a clip of the two hanging out a few months back. The remainder of the clip depicts Chappelle and Brady driving around and getting into all sorts of trouble, comedically instigated by Brady. Over the course of the evening, Brady pulls up outside a club and shoots several people, drives up to a group of his “hoes” to collect money, forces Chapelle to smoke PCP, breaks the neck of a police officer, and shoots Chappelle in the leg. The clip reverses the persona typically embodied by the family-friendly Brady, and is a response to the characterNegrodamus’previous quote, “White people love Wayne Brady because he makes Bryant Gumbel look like Malcolm X.”