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Mercedes Apologizes for Using Che Guevara to Sell Cars
| January 15, 2012
| Daniel J. Mitchell
Posted on 01/15/2012 7:46:37 AM PST by Kaslin
Editor's note: This story contains language from liberals that some readers my find more offensive than the normal America-bashing, God-hating, left-wing spew that's become a staple of their discourse. Be warned.
Along with many others, I complained a couple of days ago that Mercedes-Benz was morally bankrupt for using the image of a notorious racist, communist, and murderer as part of a marketing gimmick.
Here's the original story:
Im Surprised the Amoral Jerks at Mercedes-Benz Dont Use Hitlers Image to Promote Cars
January 12, 2012 by Dan Mitchell
I hope my car doesnt break down anytime soon. Ive already sworn I will never buy a car from General Motors or Chrysler, and now I have to add Mercedes-Benz to my personal boycott list.
Mercedes Spokesman Glorifies Totalitarian Murderer
Maybe Im being naively dogmatic, but I refuse to patronize a company that uses a mass murdering communist and racist like Che Guevera as a marketing ploy.
Its not like I would ever spend a lot of money for a car anyhow, but even if somebody deposits $10 million in my bank account, you can rest assured that I wont be cruising around town in the MB Guevera C230, the MB Hitler E350, or the MB Mao GL450.
Michael Gonzalez of the Heritage Foundation says it much better than I can.
Theres something about Che Guevara that convinces older European men that they will become cooler through association with his brand. We saw that again yesterday when Mercedes-Benz Chairman Dieter Zetsche launched a new car under a banner picture of Guevara.
Che Guevara, not to put too fine a point on it, was a psychopath whose sadistic lust for blood was not easily quenched. He killed for pleasure. He had, moreover, little time for youthful rebellion and none at all for individualism. Lastly, Che Guevara was a racist who specifically held blacks in contempt. I think about this often when I see deluded young African-Americans wearing a t-shirt with his likeness. But a German born a handful of years after 1945 really ought to have known better. Much has been written about how Guevara executed men and boys in prison in the early revolutionary years in Cuba, disposing of such bourgeois niceties as trials.
Speaking of blacks he said: The ***** is indolent and lazy, and spends his money on frivolities, whereas the European is forward-looking, organized and intelligent. Yes, quite a model that Che Guevara. Youd buy a car from him, wouldnt you? What will Mercedes-Benz come up with next? The Baader-Mienhof super coupe?
Almost exactly one year ago, the Baltimore Symphony used the Hammer and Sickle emblem of the Soviet Union to promote an event. That was disgusting, but at least the event involved the work of a Soviet-era composer.
Mercedes-Benz, by contrast, is using the image Che Guevera because the amoral executives of the company think this will help sell cars to an amoral public.
Please dont buy anything from a company with that cavalier attitude about human decency.
Well, the company has backed down. We won. Its only symbolic, but lets enjoy a small victory.
Here are some excerpts from a Foxnews.com story.
Daimler AG, the German company that manufactures Mercedes-Benz luxury cars, called its promotional use of an image of Marxist revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara a thoughtless and stupid decision that was not intended to offend people.
In a statement sent to FoxNews.com, Daimler said it was not condoning the life or actions of this historical figure or the political philosophy he espoused.
Thats probably not the most heartfelt and sincere apology ever issued, but it will have a positive impact. Somewhere at Daimler AG, theres a marketing executive that is going to lose a bonus (and maybe even a job). Other people in the fields of advertising and public relations will have seen the backlash and be much less likely to make similar mistakes.
And perhaps a few people who were ignorant will actually learn a bit about history and begin to understand the evil nature of communism.
I doubt this will have any impact on the empty-headed kids who wear Che t-shirts, but you cant have everything.
From a personal perspective, the best thing about this episode is that Ive been attacked by a water-carrying apologist for totalitarianism.
In my line of work, one way to measure whether youre doing a good job is the degree to which you get criticized by bad people.
Being called a dickhead by this tool may be even better than the time a left-wing British columnist called me a high priest of light tax, small state libertarianism.
TOPICS: Business/Economy; Cuba; Editorial; Foreign Affairs
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posted on 01/15/2012 7:46:40 AM PST
You have to have some sympathy for them. It's not Germany has any homegrown totalitarian thugs of its own or anything.
To: Lonesome in Massachussets
posted on 01/15/2012 7:53:56 AM PST
(I want to believe.)
Che Guevera advertising the new Marx-edes Benz.
posted on 01/15/2012 7:57:01 AM PST
(Herman Cain: possibly the escapee most dangerous to the Democrats since Frederick Douglass.)
It’s not like I could afford one of their cars anyway.
posted on 01/15/2012 7:59:46 AM PST
by I Hate Obama
("Sorry I had a fight in the middle of your Black Panther Party." -Forest Gump)
To: Lonesome in Massachussets
posted on 01/15/2012 8:00:23 AM PST
by Fresh Wind
('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
With 2 home-town boys (Adolph Hitler and Karl Marx) it is surprising that Mercedes had to go out of town to find a role model.
posted on 01/15/2012 8:01:14 AM PST
(When the only Problem is overspending, all the Solutions look like TAX INCREASES to liberals...)
Wouldn’t modern day marketing involve making a google search “Che + controversy”?
posted on 01/15/2012 8:01:41 AM PST
Welcome to my list, I will never drink Absolute Vodka again.
Anchor and Managing Editor of CBS Evening News, 1962-1981
Swayed outcome of the Vietnam War in 1968 by declaring it unwinnable
Made Watergate a nightly theme on his newscast, the relentless repetition of which was used by the left to topple Republican President Richard Nixon
After retiring, he advocated many liberal-left causes, including a single world government and the end of U.S. veto power in the United Nations
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posted on 01/15/2012 8:07:29 AM PST
Wasn’t there Che images associated with some ACORN office?
And doesn’t America tolerate people selling shirts with this murdering scumbag’s picture?
And when was the last time someone was cited or punished for wearing a Che shirt?
But I know there have been students punished for wearing an AMERICAN flag shirt!
posted on 01/15/2012 8:10:44 AM PST
(Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
Wouldnt modern day marketing involve making a google search Che + controversy?
Worst marketing/focus group disaster since Ferry Porsche selected Joachim Peiper to be their U.S. representative. (True story.)
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posted on 01/15/2012 8:13:34 AM PST
And perhaps a few people who were ignorant will actually learn a bit about history and begin to understand the evil nature of communism.
It is not ignorance, it is the creeping of marxism, beginning to show green shoots as they feel more acceptance.
posted on 01/15/2012 8:15:05 AM PST
(They are Marxists, don't call them democrats)
Recently I saw some commercial business van with that famous image of Che on the side panels. Good way to lose a lot of potential customers. Hiring rabid leftists to perform a job is subterranean on the priorities list.
posted on 01/15/2012 8:21:26 AM PST
(Restore the Republic)
posted on 01/15/2012 8:22:58 AM PST
(Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
Che ...Alinsky ...ACORN ...Obama
posted on 01/15/2012 8:27:06 AM PST
(The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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posted on 01/15/2012 8:28:00 AM PST
I’m not sure, but judging from the number of Che posters you see hanging in college dorms - they might reward you a few points on your gpa for displaying his image.
posted on 01/15/2012 8:30:33 AM PST
(Paratroopers! Good to the last drop!)
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