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You Need Uncle… Sam? Nah, You Need Unca Donald…

Ok, people of a certain age will remember a deodorant called “Uncle Sam”.

For those of you who are younger… And those of you who are older but forget things that are trivial and of no consequence:

The deodorant was a clever play on the famous ad:

The ad basically suggested…

Actually, it explicitly said: “You need Uncle Sam, You need Uncle Sam…”

And, rather ironically, in an age when young people were protesting about Australia being the running lapdogs of the capitalists trying to expand their market into Vietnam, Uncle Sam – the deodorant achieved a certain popularity.

Its failure, in the end, was because it was basically no good. As a friend told me at the time, “It has no smell and it doesn’t stop you sweating… It’s fuckin’ useless!”

Ok, I understand that marketing can often triumph over quality, but there is a limit to that.

“Unca Donald, why does Unca Scrooge swim in his money bin?”

“Because he can, Huey, because he can!”

For those of you who’ve never read the Gospel According To Walt (Disney, not Whitman), that’s a reference to Donald Duck cartoons. Donald Duck cartoons do a wonderful job of the explaining the best of American life. One moment, Donald doesn’t have enough money to buy a camera, but when the nephews come home with a camera, he can suddenly afford tickets to some overseas country where he intends to take photos. Mm, this is the way it works over there apparently. Everything you need falls into your lap; then you can go wherever you like…

Almost everything about America… No, it’s not America. America is the continent. Two continents, actually. The country is “The United States Of America”.

Gee, Alanis Morrissette, that’s ACTUALLY ironic.

And speaking of irony…

Did you find it ironic that while Donald Trump was attracting flack for de-classifying documents, our current Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet only attracts page five in the Mandrake Media for “accidentally” release classified material?

Oh, just me then?

 


7 comments

  1. kristapet

    No, not just you, Rossleigh ….good points, by the way……We don’t need Uncle Sam, or The United States of America” or Donald, and all his buddies…..and destructiveness Inc, unravelling of safeguards, laws etc;…… or, what is, doing here, in “mini-me’ land …

  2. Roswell

    Rossleigh, I’m reminded of an awful joke I heard in the 70s:

    Q: What do you get when you cross Uncle Sam with Auntie Jack?

    A: An underarm deodorant that rips your bloody arms off.

    I told you it was awful.

    So awful, in fact, that I don’t know why I repeated it.

    Where’s my mind? 😳

  3. Wun Farlung

    Golden mate
    I’m going to look some arm rippers up on youtube

  4. wam

    there is a poster that has uncle sam pointing and saying ‘we need you’ the advert was a play on that poster but who cares ‘needs’ ‘wants’ today’s english finds it too hard to differentiate.

    You’re big, bold and tough, Rossleigh
    But you’re not so rough???

  5. Phil

    That filing cabinet event was pure slapstick. Turnbull’s not only a piss-poor politician, he’s an even pisser poorer actor. Seems like he’s got coating of Teflon because nobody is holding him to account.

  6. corvus boreus

    Sometimes there are surprising elements of truth and wisdom to be found within both advertising and militaristic propaganda.
    I think this vintage gem communicates a message that can often retain a certain situational pertinence.

  7. bobrafto

    One ad I definitely don’t remember ever seeing maybe it was pulled before it got to QLD.

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