Clint Eastwood Super Bowl Ad Causes Stir – Car Pro News

Clint Eastwood’s appearance in Chrysler’s Super Bowl commercial was not intended as a political statement or endorsement of President Barack Obama, the actor’s production company said.
“The ad is not intended to have a political message, but rather one of American pride and job growth,” a representative from Malpaso Productions of Burbank, Calif., told the Free Press today..
Earlier, Chrysler and Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne also said that the company’s two-minute Super Bowl ad is not a political message.
“It has zero political content,” Marchionne said in an interview. “The message is sufficiently universal and neutral that it should be appealing to everybody in this country and I sincerely hope that it doesn’t get utilized as political fodder in a debate.”
In the commercial, the longtime actor talks about the challenges still facing America as both the country and Chrysler work to fully recover from the recession of 2008 and 2009.
But debate about the political undertones of the commercial has raged on political news sites, Twitter and elsewhere. “I was, frankly, offended by it,” Karl Rove said on Fox News. “I’m a huge fan of Clint Eastwood, I thought it was an extremely well-done ad, but it is a sign of what happens when you have Chicago-style politics.”
“It’s halftime in America, too. People are out of work and they’re hurting. And they’re all wondering what they’re going to do to make a comeback,” Eastwood says in his gritty, Dirty Harry voice in the commercial. “The people of Detroit know a little something about this. They almost lost everything. But we all pulled together. Now, Motor City is fighting again.”
Eastwood served one term as mayor of the Carmel, Calif., as a Republican and was even considered as a potential vice presidential candidate by George H.W. Bush, according to a story last fall by ABC News.
Marchionne, during his radio interview today, also said that Eastwood is donating the money he would have made for appearing in the commercial to charity.
“So this was not done for financial reasons,” Marchionne said today in the radio interview. “There was not a single doubt in my mind that when he spoke on the commercial he was expressing his views.”
Meanwhile, Chrysler seems to have just barely dodged a copyright infringement issue over the same commercial.
Sometime Sunday night the video was removed from YouTube. Instead, a message said: “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by NFL Properties LLC.
A spokeswoman for Chrysler said today that the company did not remove the commercial, titled “Halftime in America,” and is unsure why it was removed. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said that he isn’t sure why the Chrysler ad was removed from different websites.


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