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    Volkswagen 'Get Happy' Super Bowl commercial: Jamaican accent sparks controversy

    Ummm... Is anyone offended by this????



    German car maker Volkswagen has unveiled an ad slated to air during the Super Bowl.

    The commercial is offensive to some people.

    In it, the central character, "Dave", is a white man from Minnesota - who speaks in a fake Jamaican accent to his perplexed coworkers.

    The gist of the spot seems to be that riding in Volkswagen's new car transports you to your "happy place," in "Dave's" case, that seems to be Jamaica.

    But some people feel that a white man using that accent has racist overtones. CNN correspondent and New York Times columnist Charles Blow said, “I don’t like it all. It’s like blackface with voices. I don’t like that.”

    Volkswagen plans on airing the ad during the Super Bowl on February 3 when the San Francisco 49ers take on the Baltimore Ravens for Super Bowl 47 in New Orleans.


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    I am deeply offended VW didnít use ah Trini accent. WE sound better

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragon View Post
    I am deeply offended VW didnít use ah Trini accent. WE sound better
    Yuh lookin fuh trouble!

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    How is this like blackface? I'm sure even the dumbest viewers in this day and age know all Jamaicans are not black. Caribbean nations have always sold tourism with the whole fun, carefree, happy angle..
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    Quote Originally Posted by dollbabi View Post
    Yuh lookin fuh trouble!
    Watch it be a non Jamaican that come cuss him tho lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by BacchanalDiva View Post
    How is this like blackface? I'm sure even the dumbest viewers in this day and age know all Jamaicans are not black. Caribbean nations have always sold tourism with the whole fun, carefree, happy angle..
    Right...people are so extra. But apparently, some people likely still don't know that Jamaicans can be of other backgrounds if they find this offensive. LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BacchanalDiva View Post
    Watch it be a non Jamaican that come cuss him tho lol
    Most likely, Jamaicans are used to being imitated, going on for decades. I think it's the usual issues African-Americans have with white ppl.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BRIAN View Post
    Most likely, Jamaicans are used to being imitated, going on for decades. I think it's the usual issues African-Americans have with white ppl.
    My thoughts exactly...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BacchanalDiva View Post
    How is this like blackface? I'm sure even the dumbest viewers in this day and age know all Jamaicans are not black. Caribbean nations have always sold tourism with the whole fun, carefree, happy angle..
    You'd be surprised.

    Nevertheless I find this ad pretty amusing, nothing wrong with it at all!

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    VW Makes the funniest ads out there.

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    Yeah that's insulting and demeaning. It goes back to that old stereotype of the West Indian as a clown with a happy go lucky attitude.

    But that's my take. If Jamaicans cool with it (shrugs)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steupz View Post
    Yeah that's insulting and demeaning. It goes back to that old stereotype of the West Indian as a clown with a happy go lucky attitude.

    But that's my take. If Jamaicans cool with it (shrugs)
    your prefer them as angry and bad attitude

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhalistix View Post
    your prefer them as angry and bad attitude
    I prefer them as they are, really. Do you need information as to how they are?

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    can't view the clip, but here's my take.
    really? we can't find something else to complain about? I need me a VW then if it's going to take me somewhere with a beach. lol "right near de beach, bwoy."

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