Apparently, Bush and Gore really are the same . . .
October 22, 2000 8:15 AM   Subscribe

Apparently, Bush and Gore really are the same . . . While it looks like a brillant AdBusters culture jamming experiment, this was apparently just a simple 'proofreading' mistake.
posted by aladfar (11 comments total)
 
C'mon. The 18" Stonehenge prop in Spinal Tap was a "proofreading" error.

What part of "Al Gore 2000" and "big picture of Al Gore" couldn't the sign maker understand?

At this point, I'd like to say a few words about the Illuminati, but I've just put my life in danger. Gotta go.
posted by ethmar at 10:42 AM on October 22, 2000


The people responsible for proofreading this billboard have been sacked.
posted by raku at 11:22 AM on October 22, 2000


Just coming back from Wisconsin, there were more than a hanful of those black billboards reading something like "I'm watching -God" and such. They're from some anonymous group/billionaire trying to win brownie points with the almighty. I think they started in florida.

Being agnostic I find them excesively silly, but this bush/gore one might just be real...
posted by skallas at 2:06 PM on October 22, 2000


In Wisconsin too? There are none around Chicago, but I saw a bunch on the way to Detroit.

I like Mike's theory that they're an incipient Nader ad ...

(Who cares about spell check ... I just love having a working preview!)
posted by dhartung at 7:39 PM on October 22, 2000


I live in North Florida near Jacksonville, and I have seen a few of the religious billboards you're talking about, Skallas. One of them sets me off every time I drive by it on Highway 1 between Saint Augustine and Jacksonville. It reads:

"I don't question your existence." - God

How could anyone believe that this message is persuasive?
posted by rcade at 9:27 PM on October 22, 2000


I noticed on the Adbusters site that 11/24/2000 was Buy Nothing Day. I've already put together an entire shopping list of things I'm not going to buy.
posted by leo at 9:27 PM on October 22, 2000


Yeah, 'cause if I'm an omniscient, all loving being, I'm gonna be REAL impressed by some jackass throwing up billboards and signing my name to them.

Not like you could do something useful with the money. Feed the poor, or something lame like that.
posted by Optamystic at 9:35 PM on October 22, 2000


I think that tends to be a lot of the typical reactions at first, Optamystic, but the high-profile ads mixed with mysterious donor status is probably giving this guy a hard-on. And why feed the poor, are they the Christian poor? A lot of those charities cater to heathens, let em suffer. From the tone of those ads I have to assume this is fundamentalist doing so why spend $80 million feeding the starving and helping build an infrastructure in some third world nation when you can scare some gullible church avoiders.

I'm really surprised a more respectable religious front didn't put up something like "We don't put words into God's mouth." -the church of blah blah One billboard would draw lots of local press and make this ad campaign look foolish to even the truest believer.
posted by skallas at 10:31 PM on October 22, 2000


Actually it wasn't a proof reading error, David St. Hubbins wrote " instead of ' when drawing the stonegenge design on a napkin.
posted by chaz at 11:29 PM on October 22, 2000


argh. note to self: don't view metafilter in more than one window, or you'll confuse yourself and lose a post...

i was going to say, instead of spewing vitriol once again re: the God Speaks billboards, I will link to the last time I did that here; the thread provides some answers to the God Speaks 'mystery'.

and, rcade: hey, shoutouts from north jax beach. there's a pair of us -- don't tell!
posted by Sapphireblue at 8:39 PM on October 23, 2000


There's nothing like a big, grinning image of GWB to drive voters to Gore.
posted by holgate at 9:45 PM on October 23, 2000


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