Yeah, its' that time of year when FOX and the right wing pundits take aim at advertisers for not saying Merry Christmas because Christmas is the exclusive territory of Christians and any attempt to expand the Christmas Spirit to everyone is blasphemous. We've covered it extensively in the past, so it's no surprise that the "war on Christmas" is back, this time with Everyman's favorite spiritual intellectual, Sarah Palin.
Sarah Palin, you see, has a new book on the subject of Christmas, Good Tidings and Great Joy, Protecting the Heart of Christmas.
But more on that later.
Let's hear from the godless, secular, blasphemous, tastelessly commercial, and demoralizing side of the war. Watch Kmart's controversial new Joe Boxer commercial and see what you think:
Yeah, as if you haven't already watched it ten times in the last 10 hours. It's all over the net: men jangle their junk to "Jingle Bells." It's bigger than "Ship my pants," the commercial that raised eyebrows for Kmart last year. And Kmart has definitely gotten some negative comments on Facebook (via HuffPost):
"The commercial has resulted in a flurry of criticism on Kmart's Facebook page, where words like 'disgusting' and 'distasteful' are peppered throughout many of the user comments.
'You can forget me stepping into any of your stores. Pull that ad off the air,"one Facebook user wrote. Another suggested the company find "someone to do better commercial writing.'
The problem for groups
like One Million Moms* is that more people like the ad than dislike it: current
polls show that people don't consider the ad over-the-top tasteless and many
thought it may be the funniest Christmas ad this season. And in an advertising
world where women are used as sex objects, the turnabout seems more than fair
play. And the models used are very, very sexy men. That's the point.
Some have even called the ad "genius."
Of course, it took a lot of balls for Kmart to air the ad, but those balls are paying off.
Nah, Don't look inside - there' not much there! by Google Images w/caption by Rev Dan
On the other hand, the balls Sarah Palin has shown in her latest literary endeavor are made of glass and people are smashing them with glee left and right: while the book rates 2 1/2 stars on Amazon (after it has been marked down to half the listed price - already!), a close look at the "5 star" reviews reveals that some are hilarious tongue-in-cheek send-ups:
"Finally! At long last someone has
said what has needed to be said. One brave soul has trumpeted it from the
rooftops. Forget about the Iraq War with their hundreds of thousands of
innocents dead. Remove your mind from worrisome drone strikes hitting children
and families in Afghanistan. Our returning soldiers--battered, maimed, wounded
in every human way possible, and now, most likely jobless, could not have
returned from a more glorious conflict than the War on Christmas. This annual
melee, swift on the heels of the Satanic orgy of demon-worship and candy corn
that is Halloween, should be front and center on the radar of every God-loving,
"This masterful literary piece of intellectual superiority, along with the neighbors decking out the trailer park with elaborate Christmas decorations the day after Halloween, will assure that the true believers will be victorious in the ongoing bloody war against the United States' most sacred holiday."
"Palintology, the study of a fossilized brain in the head of a deluded opportunist, driven to deliver Christmas anger not joy."
"Sarah Palin, truly the voice of our grandparent's generation, bravely sets out to right this wrong. Christmas isn't about sharing the holiday quietly with your family. It's about shoving it down the throats of people who don't believe (or don't believe hard enough), and creating animosity and fear so we get rid of those people stopping us from spreading a holiday about peace and good will to all men."
The "good" 5-star reviews are treacly and defensive without much solid support (one called it "well supported" but didn't offer any examples).
Royalties from one signing = more than an employee. by Google Images w/caption by Rev Dan
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