Chinaphobia Enters the Political Lexicon
First, there was homophobia. When news got out that grown men were not only engaging in unsanctioned bouts of Tummy-sticks but they also wanted to get married, every Republican south of the Mason/Dixon Line went running for their prayer groups.
Then, there was xenophobia. The democratic nominee for president was half Kenyan and half…Hawaiian!? Was he a Muslim? A socialist? A surfer? A Zulu spearchucker? Whatever he was, he was unfamiliar and there was much to fear.
And now, brace yourself for the latest fad in fear-pandering-for-votes strategery. Break out the chopsticks and cadmium-based toys because Chinaphobia has arrived. And guess what kids, it ain’t the GOP that’s peddling it.
In the hotly contested electoral battleground of Ohio, Democratic House congressional incumbent Zack Space launched an ad attacking his Republican opponent Bob Gibbs. Watch this video very closely; analysis to follow.
Okay, where to start. So for a campaign ad to succeed, it must, in a span of thirty seconds, instill hate, fear or anger in the viewer to be directed at the desired target; in this case the target being Bob Gibbs.
Now, what are Americans most angry about these days? Lost jobs. What are Americans most afraid of? Losing their jobs.
Did you catch the dragon in that ad? The image flickered across the screen so fast that your fear may have only subliminally registered at a subconscious level. So if you missed it, here is the image freeze-framed.
Chinese Republican Dragon Incinerates 91,000 American Jobs
I don’t know about you but I thought I hated the Chinese when they were merely manipulating global trade by refusing to allow their renminbi to appreciate in value. But now their dragons are steeling our jobs? Fuck! If you’re not outraged and petrified, then try screaming it. THEIR DRAGONS ARE STEALING OUR JOBS!
Sorry, I get a little reactionary from time to time. But as it turns out, I completely misinterpreted the mythological imagery utilized in this ad. And after a comprehensive Googling of the word 'dragon,' I learned that they are fictional cratures and do not even exist outside of Hogwarts and Middle Earth. So dragons are not stealing Americans’ jobs. In fact, as the ad so eloquently points out, Bob Gibbs is “killing” them.Continued on the next page