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Date: 04/15/12 07:30 AM

43 Responses to European Commission, What Were You Thinking?

  1. Profile photo of LordJim
    LordJim Male 60-69
    7070 posts
    April 14, 2012 at 2:20 pm
    Link: European Commission, What Were You Thinking? - The E.C. apologized after complaints were made about an advert uploaded advertising European Union enlargement.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
    33142 posts
    April 15, 2012 at 7:47 am
    Nevermind all those "East European" (aka white) countries that have joined/want to join...

    Yeah, this was very "artsy". Beurocrats love it! Public? Not so much...
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    FoolsPrussia Male 30-39
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    April 15, 2012 at 7:57 am
    Holy crap.
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    Crabes Male 30-39
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    April 15, 2012 at 7:59 am

  5. Profile photo of ChrisP12
    ChrisP12 Male 40-49
    186 posts
    April 15, 2012 at 8:04 am
    Yes, adding Greece, Spain, Italy, Ireland, and Portugal to the mix can only make us stronger.
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    TheOrigin Male 18-29
    500 posts
    April 15, 2012 at 8:12 am
    ...because what we need more of are immigrants from diametrally different cultures that straight out refuse to adapt and assimilate.

    We are the European Union, so our countries should comprise mainyl of Africans and Asians. Bring them all in, we do not have enough intercultural tensions already, right?

    By the divines and the damned, I want my country out of this forsaken union.
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    Kain1 Male 18-29
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    April 15, 2012 at 8:13 am
    @ChrisP12:

    I sincerely hope you`re trolling.. All 5 of those countries are long time members of the E.U..
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    eyesopen Female 50-59
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    April 15, 2012 at 8:15 am
    Kill Bill ish?
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    burbclaver Male 50-59
    878 posts
    April 15, 2012 at 8:17 am
    @Kain1 Chris P12 is being facetious since these are the countries blamed for weakening the euro.
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    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    April 15, 2012 at 8:33 am
    *Not an accurate depiction of reality.
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    darkmagic14n Male 18-29
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    April 15, 2012 at 9:22 am
    I don`t see what to be enraged about? they didn`t want to fight those guys, they wanted peace with them (via intimidation)
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    Altaru Male 18-29
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    April 15, 2012 at 9:56 am
    ... What?
  13. Profile photo of Arcval
    Arcval Male 18-29
    304 posts
    April 15, 2012 at 9:59 am
    Surprised that there was no hostile character representing the USA.
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    April 15, 2012 at 10:21 am
    It will get bigger eventually. There`s no stopping it.

    But I`d rather they fix their financial problems beforehand.
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    LordJim Male 60-69
    7070 posts
    April 15, 2012 at 10:33 am
    Arcval.

    I think they represented the emerging economies, not the declining ones.
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    IRockYeah Male 40-49
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    April 15, 2012 at 11:21 am
    Da furrk?
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    LandoGriffin Male 30-39
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    April 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm
    The problem is blatant xenophobia. East Asia, the Middle East, and Africa are portrayed as the enemy. But why a Sikh person rather than an Arab? I thought pretty much everyone likes the Sikhs? I guess if they had portrayed an Arab Muslim enemy, people REALLY would have been offended!
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    April 15, 2012 at 12:12 pm
    So, I guess the point of this is that they`ll put all their enemies INSIDE the circle, and they`ll just disappear, right? Isn`t that pretty much what they`re doing now?
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    ledzeppeloyd Male 18-29
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    April 15, 2012 at 1:02 pm
    global domination by the elite few
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    April 15, 2012 at 1:21 pm
    The problem is blatant xenophobia. East Asia, the Middle East, and Africa are portrayed as the enemy.

    I expect that the intention was "competitor" rather than "enemy", just not done very well. China, India, Africa - the first two are competitors, the third could be.

    But in some senses, they are enemies. Competition for resources still exists. It`s dressed up in international business and politics, but it still exists. It`s even possible to outright conquer a country solely through economics, to destroy it by making it financially impossible for it to sustain itself or to absorb it by effectively buying it.
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    lawndartsftw Male 40-49
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    April 15, 2012 at 1:45 pm
    Multiculturism propaganda, paid for with your tax dollars. And the gap between the bureaucracy/govt elites and the rest of the citizenry grows wider....
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    April 15, 2012 at 1:49 pm
    The point of the video is that coloured men from all over the world can come to Europe and have multiple white wives! Obviously!!

    What`s really offensive (to multiculturalists) is that these various cultures come to Europe and POOF! They`re absorbed by "Euro-Culture" and vanish completely!

    I can see why everyone finds fault with this little piece of `euro-trash`.
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    MacGuffin Female 30-39
    2602 posts
    April 15, 2012 at 3:01 pm
    Yeah, it`s hard to believe this idea ever made it off of the whiteboard.
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    GParadox Female 18-29
    737 posts
    April 15, 2012 at 3:01 pm
    Maybe it was the horrible stereotypes of each culture that pissed people off...
  25. Profile photo of YugureKage
    YugureKage Female 18-29
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    April 15, 2012 at 3:46 pm
    I am so confused...but I`m pretty sure there was something racist there. There is always something racist everywhere if you look hard enough :P
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    8BitHero Male 18-29
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    April 15, 2012 at 3:56 pm
    I thought it as funny.
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    BostonKaiser Male 40-49
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    April 15, 2012 at 4:07 pm
    So we`re supposed to fear people from different ethnic backgrounds? I`m very surprised sophisticated, cultured Euros would come up with obvious race baiting like this. To hear them talk, (MacMuffin) that`s the sole domain of Americans. How`s that crow tasting?
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    simbha Male 30-39
    412 posts
    April 15, 2012 at 5:12 pm
    Brazil, India and China... So, where was Russia?
  29. Profile photo of 5Cats
    5Cats Male 50-59
    33142 posts
    April 15, 2012 at 5:32 pm
    There is always something racist everywhere if you look hard enough :P
    Too true @YugureKage!
    For example:

    Boat Racists!


    Horse Racists!!



    CAT RACISTS!!! OMG!!!
  30. Profile photo of LazyMe484
    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
    10441 posts
    April 15, 2012 at 5:34 pm
    I don`t get why everyone hates the EU.
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    OutWest Male 50-59
    546 posts
    April 15, 2012 at 5:49 pm
    Detante? I thought that all we had to do was talk to each other and everything would be ok?

    Does this mean if you are stronger you can prevail?
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
    25420 posts
    April 15, 2012 at 5:55 pm
    sweet
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    bordo Male 50-59
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    April 15, 2012 at 6:04 pm
    The problem is that every member of the EU has such a hollowed-out military, they`d collapse like a house of dominoes if a serious power decided to invade them.
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    PopeRocket Male 30-39
    120 posts
    April 15, 2012 at 7:02 pm
    @5cats

  35. Profile photo of PopeRocket
    PopeRocket Male 30-39
    120 posts
    April 15, 2012 at 7:04 pm
    Racist? No. Not even accidentally.

    Alarmist and edging on hostile? Yep.
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    mcboozerilla Male 30-39
    646 posts
    April 15, 2012 at 7:17 pm
    The black guy represented Brazil, which has a distinct martial art. If they wanted to depict Africa there wouldn`t been a black guy stopping old women on the street selling socks and asking for a euro for a coffee.
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    Zach82 Male 30-39
    319 posts
    April 15, 2012 at 7:34 pm
    I can`t imagine what there is to apologize for... besides being stupid, I mean.
  38. Profile photo of 5Cats
    5Cats Male 50-59
    33142 posts
    April 15, 2012 at 8:34 pm
    Thank You @PopeRocket! I think it`s the funniest thing I`ve posted at IAB! Intentionally I mean!

    Rather proud of it I am!
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    TheShgn2 Male 13-17
    626 posts
    April 15, 2012 at 11:17 pm
    What`s wrong with the EU growing? There is nothing really to apologize for, it`s not racist, more like nationalist.

    The problem is that every member of the EU has such a hollowed-out military, they`d collapse like a house of dominoes if a serious power decided to invade them.

    I believe the UK has a decent army and France has nukes, so their army isn`t hollow. And does the EU provide mutual defense?
  40. Profile photo of sutra46
    sutra46 Female 40-49
    2550 posts
    April 16, 2012 at 6:48 am
    It`s very clever ad that all Europeans will understand instantly. Not racist in the least. These emerging economies that will swallow small counties GDP in a year.
    If they wanna stay in business they gotta join the club and then vote on policies that will protect their interest in global economy.
    But there always be Greece to drat it all up :-)
  41. Profile photo of sutra46
    sutra46 Female 40-49
    2550 posts
    April 16, 2012 at 6:54 am
    China, India & brazil. He is doing Capoeira
  42. Profile photo of aburrido2
    aburrido2 Male 30-39
    114 posts
    April 16, 2012 at 3:05 pm
    There`s nothing racist about this. The three countries represented truly are a threat to the EU growth in economics.
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    itzazoom Male 18-29
    182 posts
    April 17, 2012 at 5:12 pm
    whats wrong with the ad? only thing i find interesting is that we display ourselves as a slim chick. but hey, its `marketing`.
    and yes, someting original for a change
    @sutra46 the people here need an explenation of that ad? its not THAT far fetched

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