An eagle-eyed ArnoldWatch
tipster discovered some subliminal messaging in the Gov's latest TV ad
blitz. Well, he didn't need 20-20 vision to catch this one.
The ad features Arnold in a lunchroom talking to a table-full of
attentive Californians. Pepsi-Cola, Arrowhead Water and Dr. Pepper are
given prominent placement next to the Gov. -- for 1/3 of the 30-second
ad. If you've ever eaten a snack chip, you'll likely recognize Ruffles,
Sun Chips and Cheetos in the background. And a SoBe Beverage makes a
Pepsi-Cola (which just happens to own SoBe, Sun Chips, Ruffles and
Cheetos) has given the Gov's campaign committees $30,000. Joe Weller,
Chairman & CEO of Arrowhead's parent company, Nestle USA, gave the
maximum $21,200 to Arnold's re-election committee.
We've all read reports of the advance teams that precede Arnold
everywhere he goes, and make sure everything from the Boeing jet to the
American flag-waving baby are in the correct position. Would
California's king of celluloid let an inch of screen or a second of a
shot be wasted? If there's product placement in an Arnold ad, it's
ArnoldWatch has already taken the Gov to task for guest appearances he seems to make at the behest of donors (Click here and here
to see past weblogs) Even if Arnold thinks its okay to "sell"
California, he shouldn't sell Californians out by using his office to
hawk junk food or even bottled water. Campaign donors are not supposed
to get anything in return, right? Well, Arrowhead's waterboy should
come clean about these product placements and stop the marketing
madness. A Governor who says he wants to get junk foods out of the
schools should be willing to take them out of his political ads.