So when you write a blog post and format a Daily Cup on WordPress it looks one way, with pictures and videos and whatever media one feels compelled to add.
Next you hit the “publish” button and an e-mail goes out to subscribers. If as a subscriber you read the e-mail rather than clicking the link to the WordPress website you are reading the text but missing the media.
Yesterday, at the top of my post was a very important video. It was a Car Rental commercial that has made me sick to my stomach for quite some time now. In the commercial a smug man in a suit says he thinks of himself not as a control freak but as a control “enthusiast.” He says this as he pours cream into a coffee cup. If you watch the commercial closely it’s grotesque. The smug man in a suit is tall, dark haired, blue-eyed and white. He has just stolen that cup of coffee, swiping it from the hands of an African American barista who is handing the coffee to the woman who bought and paid for it. Next he steals the creamer container, walking off with it, using it and then rudely depositing it on top of the luggage of an elderly African American who is seated on the back of an airport cart for those with mobility challenges. Towards the end of the 30 second commercial the smug man says: “I can bypass the counter and go straight to my car. And I don’t have to talk to any humans, unless I want to. And I don’t.” So he’s a god. And his control (manipulation, theft, abuse) is “sexy.” The commercial is frightening and sad.
My advice? Don’t rent a car from National Car Rental, ever.
So there it is. I’ll admit that even with the video the post was a little cryptic but my hope was that yesterday’s post was a dark contrast to the Teresa of Avila quote I posted last week, which also required “no comment.”
Rest assured I am OK.