Best & Worst Commercial of Steelers – Green Bay Super Bowl 2011. Eminem reps Detroit & Groupon fcuks Tibet.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Feb 6, 2011
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I got chills watching this, as did others sitting around me. We also, admittedly, agreed that Eminem’s delivery was a tad over-serious/cheesy. But we’re feelin’ it:

“What does a town that’s been to hell and back know about the finer things in life?

Wonder if the car is actually made in Michigan, though? Update: yes. “The Chrysler 200 Convertible and 200 Sedan are built at the Sterling Heights, Mich. (U.S.A.) Assembly Plant.”

The worst? The Tibetan people have gone through genocide and exile…”the people of Tibet are in trouble, their culture in jeopardy…” …but hey!—we can get a half-price deal at their restaurant! I’d love to see similar “humor” inspired by other genocides. Oh, wait, no, I wouldn’t.

Offensive, and given my line of duty I’m no longer frequently jarred by tactless media or consumerism:


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


6 Responses to “Best & Worst Commercial of Steelers – Green Bay Super Bowl 2011. Eminem reps Detroit & Groupon fcuks Tibet.”

  1. elephantjournal says:

    Well, this context helps…too bad the kabillions of folks who watched the Game won't have this context:

    "Groupon explained its decision to jump in the Super Bowl ad ring on its blog:

    Since we grew out of a collective action and philanthropy site ( and ended up selling coupons, we loved the idea of poking fun at ourselves by talking about discounts as a noble cause. So we bought the spots, hired mockumentary expert Christopher Guest to direct them, enlisted some celebrity faux-philanthropists, and plopped down three Groupon ads before, during, and after the biggest American football game in the world.

    You can view the already aired commercials, as well as new ones as we release them, at . And if you’ve saved enough money for yourself and feel like saving something else, you can donate to mission-driven organizations that are doing great work for the causes featured in our PSA parodies. If you guys pony up, Groupon will contribute matching donations of up to $100,000 for three featured charities – Rainforest Action Network, buildOn, and the Tibet Fund — and Groupon credit of up to $100,000 for contributions made to Greenpeace.

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  3. elephantjournal says:

    Via NY Times, appears Boulder's CPB is behind the worst ad of Super Bowl 2011

    GROUPON The purveyor of digital coupons went for shock-value humor with a spot that featured Mr. Hutton, below, bemoaning the plight of “the people of Tibet,” then veering off to praise a group discount at a Tibetan restaurant in Chicago. The commercial made Kenneth Cole’s comment about Egypt on Twitter last week — “Millions are in uproar in #Cairo. Rumor is they heard our new spring collection is now available” — seem sensitive. Agency: Crispin Porter & Bogusky, part of MDC Partners.

  4. […] not news that Groupon sucks, but every morning when the deals roll into my inbox, I feel the need to check ‘em out. I […]

  5. […] First, Eminem is from somewhere. He has roots, and he owns them. Did you see his Super Bowl commercial for Chrysler? In it, he is able to reveal the dignity, power, and promise of a city best known for its terrible […]

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