Sunday, October 23, 2016
And if you want to sell out, sell out
Other than the use of a classic Steven Georgiou/Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam song to sell cars, there's nothing especially offensive about this commercial. It's message seems to be "be who you are, and show the world who you are by driving this particular vehicle and defacing it with a gaudy bumper sticker," which again is not especially offensive except for it's overbearing sickly tweeness. If you want to advertise that you think America is SuperAwesomeAmazing or that you're voting for Trump hey, go for it. Whatever.
But I still can't forgive the use of the song to sell Jeeps. I'd like to think that the song has fallen into Fair Use and Mr. Islam has no responsibility for this travesty, except that's obviously his voice....so, unless you've run into some hard times and need the money, shame on you, sir. This isn't the Cat Stevens I remember at all. Sad.