Distinguished gentleman reader Mark was good enough to send this in; there’s nothing like an Italian TV commercial for baseball’s world cup that compares an outdated national pastime to one of the greatest military gaffes of the 20th century.
But the invading Americans taught the locals baseball! So, Italian ad agency Link came up with this, uh, “men-in-uniform” parody of the day’s deadly doings. via.
Complaining about the media bestowing praises of “courage” and being a “warrior” while our country is at war has been overplayed. That said, this spot picked a topic too serious to turn on its ear for anyone to appreciate it. Surely, there are prudish PC types in Italian ad agencies that would have shot this idea down, yes? Too bad Kevin Youkilis wasn’t in this commercial. Or in that war, really. We could have used another guy to run 60 feet and then get totally owned.