Bush & Cheney Are a Joke--LiterallyThe Manhattan Mini-Storage Company likes to push the envelope with their ad campaigns. Last August they mounted a campaign that poked fun at both Queer Eye For the Straight Guy and Brokeback Mountain. There was some discussion about it on Joe.My.God at the time. Not everyone was thrilled with the depiction of the "queer guy" (a pink polo and over-waxed eyebrows) but mostly it was in good fun.
Their most recent campaign popping up on the sides of phone booths and in subway cars pokes fun at the current presidential administration. The ads are funny but also shocking in a way (which I guess is the point). To mount this kind of campaign Manhattan Mini-Storage has to make a lot of assumptions. They have to assume that it is so safe to joke about the administration's incompetence and extreme conservative positions that people will actually reward them for it with their business. Considering their target market (Manhattanites) they are probably right. But I thought it was a sad sign of the times that our administration is so far out of touch with the American people that it's become a joke. But I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
Click on the images to enlarge. You will notice the file in the Bush ad reads "War Decisions" and the button the lapel in the Cheney ad reads "I 'heart' Haliburton."