Pro Capitalism Videos Tweak Pop Culture for Under-30 Set
The group FreeCapitalismNow.com is set to release a controversial ad campaign this week to counter the left’s attacks on America’s capitalist system.
Their target? The under 30 crowd, who have been taught by their liberal college professors - and President Barack Obama - to believe capitalism is “evil.”
FreeCapitalismNow.com isn’t interested in doing the usual political ads. A new spot, titled, “Me and My Capitalism,” – a recreation of Brooke Shields’ famous campaign for Calvin Klein jeans - reveals a pretty young woman reclining on a velvet couch softly singing, “merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.”
The woman looks up at the camera and coquettishly delivers the sucker punch: “You know what comes between me and my capitalism? Nothing.”
A second ad pays tribute to the Dos Equis beer brand with an ad titled, “The Most Capitalist Man in the World.” Another kicker: "Stay capitalist, my friends."
William J. Kelly, founder of the group, spoke exclusively with Breitbart News today about the campaign’s approach.
“Since the 1960s, detractors in the entertainment industry, the universities and the media have been very effective in tarnishing capitalism’s image. Now this battle of ideas is coming to a head this election season - ideas that will have a profound impact on the future,” Kelly says. “We know that capitalism isn’t the problem but that’s what many too many are still being taught to believe. A new marketing campaign for capitalism is long overdue.”
Today’s entertainment and media landscape is littered with anti-capitalist sentiment that permeates popular culture. Hollywood condemned the Tea Party movement but celebs turned out to embrace Occupy Wall Street, among them filmmaker Michael Moore, producer Russell Simmons and actors Alec Baldwin and Roseanne Barr.
In response to the financial crisis, Barr once actually proposed that guilty bankers making more than $100 million be "beheaded.”
"I am in favor of the return of the guillotine," said Barr in an October 2011 interview. American universities, too, have long been a breeding ground for popularizing socialist ideology. President Obama admitted in his best-selling memoir, “Dreams from My Father,” that his political leanings were nurtured by his Marxist professors at Occidental College. And right now Obama is considered by many to be capitalism's biggest enemy.
“The Obama Administration has attempted socialist tinkering with the economy and failed," Kelly says. "Now in order to win re-election, he must run a class warfare campaign against wealth and achievement. He inadvertently signaled the anti-capitalism charge when he said, ‘You didn’t build that.’”
Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate has raised the stakes this political season, making the election a referendum on capitalism’s future.
Fox News contributor Dick Morris recently commented on the campaign's effort.
“This site [FreeCapitalismNow.com] is being launched by some friends of mine in Chicago who are really posing the central question, which is, will our future be socialism or capitalism?” said Morris. “That really is the question that is dominating the political season and American thinking.”
Kelly agrees that the country is now at an “economic turning point.”
“We have to rebuild a respect for success in this country and worldwide. We cannot punish people who aspire to wealth and achieve it. That is what America has always stood for,” Kelly says.
FreeCapitalismNow.com's ads will begin airing on cable news and entertainment networks like FOX, MSNBC, CNN, MTV, and Comedy Central to reach a diverse audience.
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