We haven’t checked the RPA inbox in a while, but when we did we found this gem of an email from the producer of an ad we featured a while back by the Louisiana Democratic Party on Bobby Jindal’s religion. Here’s the ad:
Now here’s what “Dada Films” has to say about the ad (you can see their other ads against Jindal here):
Your website features an ad called ‘Jindal on Religion’ and calls it racist ‘against Indian-American and Asian Americans.’ Please take a look at this ad and I think you’ll agree that this is not a racist ad. There is no mention, implication or subtext of ethnicity or race. The ad is about Jindal’s published comments regarding Protestant religions, which he called ‘scandalous, depraved, utterly selfish and heretical.’
Oh dear, Dada Films. Let’s break this ad down for everyone. You featured an Indian-American face talking about how much he hates Protestants. And yes, he did indeed write those remarks mentioned in the ad. But you failed to mention that Bobby Jindal is Roman Catholic. He wrote those remarks to (in his own deranged way) say that Protestants aren’t hardcore enough as Christians. You didn’t mention race or ethnicity, but you sure did imply that this brown face hates Christians without explaining that he’s also a Christian.
Your sin of omission left people to draw their own opinions about what religion that brown-faced man believes in. It’s some tricky stuff. But that’s why we’re here to break it down for everyone else.