Manhattan officially in the porn business!!!!!
Posted: 21 October 2013 03:17 PM   [ Ignore ]
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The linked video is what was recently produced by our Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau… and presented by them at a state conference.  The background music is a rap song “Fitzpleasure”, by a group called Alt-J.  The lyrics are crude and lewd.

Dozens of Manhattanites appear in this video.  I would doubt those who are featured had any idea such a lewd song would be used in the production of the finished product.  I certainly won’t post the lyrics.  If anyone wants to read that filth, they can simply Google the song title.

The video is available for your “enjoyment” at   https://vimeo.com/77404227

Isn’t it great that the City Commission is getting ready to hand CVB another $1 million tax dollars so they can produce videos that are a total embarrassment to our Community??????  But, politics trumps common sense.

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Posted: 21 October 2013 10:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Hahaha awesome.

I don’t personally have a problem with any art that uses sexual imagery; art is art, it does what it wants to do, and I won’t call the song “filth” because that’s just the kind of comment made about art that I don’t dig on.

But I would really, really appreciate it if the MCV didn’t advertise my town by using a song that repeatedly refers to female genitalia as a “snatch.” It’s difficult to hear, but the first line is “in your snatch fits pleasure / broom-shaped pleasure / deep, greedy and Googling every corner” (or “gurgling” every corner, as I’ve heard some say online). Let’s just all meditate for a moment on what the message of this video is. This is ridiculous.

ETA: And please, mods, if you can leave this post up despite the language, I would appreciate it, given that the lyrics of the song, while adult, are the main issue here.

Second Edit: Turns out “Fitzpleasure” has been used for multiple commercials by the BBC and Microsoft Lumia. For anyone who hasn’t seen the commercials (they’re on YouTube, if you’re interested) it should be noted that the more questionable parts were edited out, focusing on the catchy instrumental riff and the word “pleasure.” Very ad-friendly that way. It’s possible someone involved thought the song was just fine for the MVC because it had been used on other commercials, then failed to listen to the song or look up the lyrics, which is astounding.

And I have to ask: Did MVC pay royalties for this? Are they paying the same rates BBC and Microsoft did to use the same song?

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Posted: 22 October 2013 05:08 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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As twitchy as the holier-than-thous get about gays and such, there should soon be a minor earthquake tickling the Richter in Manhappy.

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Posted: 22 October 2013 05:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Another “great” aspect of the video is where it depicts a group of “hotties” jumping on a hotel bed.  (Sorry, shouldn’t use that term since it’s sexist.  Wouldn’t want anything off-color to be used when referring to a CVB video, now would we…)  Do we promote seeing if the world record for number of females jumping on a hotel bed before it breaks be set in Manhattan?  Let’s have that segment of the video playing as those rooms fill with folks attending Faux Patty’s Day or Country Stampede.  Bet we could really tear up some beds.  Yep!  Chamber/CVB does it.  Why can’t we??  Who cares if we destry private property.  Taxpayers paid for those beds in the Convention Center hotel.  The manager of that facility may still sit on the CVB board.  Hummmm…. It must be okay.

I believe the Chamber/CVB is due to speak to the City Commission in November asking for their annual hand-out of tax dollars.  I wonder if this video will be played… with the same background music and promotion of destruction of private property… for the commissioners?  How much did the taxpayers shell out for the production of this video?  Was the production company paid to promote Manhattan or to embarrass Manhattan????

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Posted: 22 October 2013 08:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Yeah, I’m thinkin’ that objecting to a promotional video that uses a song which (accidentally) creates the metaphor that Manhattan is a “deep, greedy sn****” isn’t so much “holier-than-thou” as it is “hates sexism; loves professionalism.”

The song in and of itself is fine; I kind of like it even though I find Alt-J to be overprocessed faux indie rock. It’s the combination of the song with the message of the video that is just completely hilarious and wrong and bizarre and clearly the product of Not Enough Thinking.

And I really do want to know if they even got permission to use the song.

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Posted: 22 October 2013 09:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Yep!  Wouldn’t that be something if the “artist” sued CVB for copyright infringement.  Oh, it’s only tax money so what the hey…...

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Posted: 22 October 2013 10:53 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Stacia,
I have no objection to “art” occasionally, or frequently using sexual images, or some questionably appropriate language. I do wonder if some of it is really “art”, or just an excuse to be outlandish.
That said, however, I have no idea what possessed the MVB…or whatever they are referred to… to use this on a promotional video for the city of Manhattan. I am totally perplexed. My only guess is that they only heard the edited version, which also leads me to believe that they probably did not have permission to use it…and I find the snatch word as offensive as you do…art, notwithstanding. It is trashy, nasty and offensive.
Again, I wonder which pea brain came up with this idea.

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