I could just cry to see Wisconsin protests used by a corporation even for these few seconds in a Chrysler super bowl ad. The seconds of footage include scrubbed signs so you can’t make out what we were trying to say.
The videographer who sold the footage feels otherwise:
“Matthew Wisniewski @mwisniewski
Hi everyone. Too many mentions to reply to. @chrysler legally licensed my footage. I thought the message was great.”
I’m caught off guard by feeling this strongly about the ad because I’ve been thinking I almost don’t have the heart to revisit the square – -as I am supposed to want to – - at the 1 year anniversary of Walker’s unveiling of Wisconsin Act 10 and our protests.
There’s so much work left to do to just regain political power for regular people. This ad tells me that clearly Wisconsin also has the task of telling its own protest messages before the Chryslers of the world scrub them for profit.
All right. It sounds like I have talked myself into attending the 1 year anniversary events after all to reenact Wisconsin protest history. I hope a CNN reporter is there this year and every subsequent year. I’ll need to deliver my annual chewing out for their shoddy journalism.
The Wisconsin scene is at the 49 second mark. Wisconsin protesters rapidly recognized the ad’s footage as a match for Matthew Wisniewski‘s and began to make comparisons of stills from the superbowl ad to stills from Matthew’s original video. Look lower in this post for those images as well as another photo of the heart sign.
Image below is courtesy of SSWIDTMS
The image is from Rochelle, just rochelle of flickr.