Ad: China's going to take us over (Updated)
By Emi Kolawole and Felicia Sonmez
Update 10/23 5:25 p.m.: Asked about the Citizens Against Government Waste ad -- as well as the recent spate of other China-themed campaign ads -- Wang Baodong, a spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, said that it's "unreasonable" to blame America's economic woes on China and "despicable" to incite anti-China sentiment.
"The elections are an internal matter of the U.S, and China never wants to be dragged in," Wang said. "But the undeniable fact is that growing China-U.S. trade relations bring about enormous benefit for both Chinese and American people, and it's unreasonable to blame China for America's own economic problems, and it's even despicable to fan up anti-China sensations, which runs counter to common inspirations of our two peoples."
Meanwhile, Citizens Against Government Waste has asked YouTube to take down the Campus Progress video, citing copyright laws. Campus Progress has re-posted its parody on Vimeo:
Update 10/22 6:39 a.m.: Campus Progress has pushed out video of the Citizens Against Government Waste ad, but with different subtitles. A cheap and effective way of pivoting the ad to favor the left:
A new ad from the conservative group Citizens Against Government Waste takes a not-so-subtle approach to America's growing debt obligation to China.
The ad called "Chinese Professor," is set in "Beijing, China 2030 AD." It shows a lecture hall with a professor speaking in Chinese. The students carry futuristic tablets that make the iPad look clunky. The ad contains subtitles and starts with the professor asking, in Chinese, "Why do great nations fail? The Ancient Greeks...the Roman Empire...the British Empire...and the United States of America." Students gaze up at a holographic screen that shows images of the four superpowers. "They all make the same mistakes, turning their back on the principles that made them great," continues the professor. He goes on to say that America tried to "tax and spend" its way out of a recession, including a health-care overhaul -- all of which led to massive debt. "Of course, we owned most of their debt," he says with a laugh, "so now they work for us." Cue audience laughter.
The ad is likely to become quite a talker in circles on the left and the right.
(h/t Ben Smith)
| October 23, 2010; 5:25 PM ET
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