Volkswagen Super Bowl ad of Minnesotan with Jamaican accent stirs controversy online

  • Article by: MAE ANDERSON , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 29, 2013 - 5:15 PM

The first pregame Super Bowl ad controversy of the year has arrived, with a white office worker from Minnesota showing his happiness via a Jamaican accent stirring up debate online.

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jojoobooJan. 29, 13 4:04 PM

Now we are upset that a depiction of Jamaicans as happy-go-lucky is offensive? Give me a break...lighten up and laugh a little people. Just because something is stereotypical doesn't mean it is offensive.

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hobie2Jan. 29, 13 4:24 PM

Think on this - 30 years ago, it was maybe possibly a little offensive... Today, with a President of African American heritage, where many people have become much more equally offensive to other people, it's time to get some thicker skin and stop milking every perceived slight for attention - or stop with the Irish accents and Norwegian accents and British accents and Swedish accents and Italian accents and...

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stolaf80Jan. 29, 13 5:13 PM

Since it's a counter-culture Volkswagen, the politically correct crowd will cut them some slack. If it was for a luxury car like Cadillac you know it would be soundly ridiculed.

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mjcmspJan. 29, 13 5:32 PM

"Since it's a counter-culture Volkswagen" --- Since when is VW counter-culture?

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sjhuotJan. 29, 13 5:39 PM

There are so many more important things to worry about! I agree with jojooboo!

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suzukisvJan. 29, 13 5:44 PM

Native Jamaicans of all ethnic descents sound like that too. We just think that all Jamaicans are black.

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littlebootsJan. 29, 13 5:54 PM

Now if Volkswagen could just make a car where the tail and head lights don't go out, all would be well in da world mon!

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AngusmeatsJan. 29, 13 6:24 PM

I was born in Minnesota, but grew up in eastern Iowa, which is one of the few areas in the United States that does not have a regional dialect. So now I am back in MPLS and I don't "talk Minnesotan". This commercial could easily be explained as someone who was born in Minnesota but grew up in Jamaica. Perhaps it is just a case of people over analyzing it.

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keaton12Jan. 29, 13 6:34 PM

People go to Jamaica to relax. I don't see them cutting back on travel ads.

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Nordbird63Jan. 29, 13 6:54 PM

Being a Norwegian born and raised in Minnesota who respects all cultures... That was a riot... Smile man and have a nice daaay....

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