Video: New Starbucks commercial goofs on … townhall protesters

posted at 10:13 pm on September 29, 2009 by Allahpundit

Mediaite does its best to stoke some outrageous outrage but I’m not feeling it. What’s “risky” about this? If they had the guy carrying an AR-15 or an “Obama = Hitler” sign, that would be one thing, but only in Nancy Pelosi’s tender mind does shouting indicate McVeigh-ish radicalism. If the man’s so excited about Starbucks instant blend that he needs to sing out, then damn it, sing out. Frankly, the fact that townhall protests are now so thoroughly embedded in the national consciousness that a major company feels safe to parody them in paid ads is a testament to their effectiveness.

On the other hand, this is Starbucks we’re talking about. Hmmmmm.


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Stock has no dividend and a P/E of 62.5. Not exactly a strong position to start pi$$ing off 48% of the country.

Brian Mallard on September 29, 2009 at 10:33 PM

Is that one of them there profit to earning ratios Obama was talking about?

TexasDan on September 29, 2009 at 10:45 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on September 29, 2009 at 10:37 PM

Stumptown Coffee…you’ll thank me.

Christien on September 29, 2009 at 10:45 PM

Libs can only drink so much coffee to keep the co. afloat

Community Coffee’s 100% Columbian in the brown bag beat Starbucks in a taste test. I tried it…. It’s true! and at 1/3 to 1/2 the price!

CynicalOptimist on September 29, 2009 at 10:46 PM

WaWa’s da bomb! – Pilgrim

I don’t even drink coffee but I go in there all the time and the coffee flows like Niagra Falls! The Mrs LOVES their coffee … and makes ME go get it for her! Damn you WaWa!

Tony737 on September 29, 2009 at 10:46 PM

Where you at, Tony? I’m in the burbs outside Philly.

Pilgrimsarbour on September 29, 2009 at 10:47 PM

Anyone remember what Starbucks did on 9/11 to the firemen and police?

lavell12 on September 29, 2009 at 10:43 PM

Please tell me. One more reason to hate lefty a$$bags and their crappy coffee.

HornetSting on September 29, 2009 at 10:47 PM

Man, we’re already on page two and we’re only talkin’ about COFFEE!

We need a Pepsi vs Coke thread! HotAir will break all records!

Tony737 on September 29, 2009 at 10:48 PM

Me wife is the coffee drinker too. I love the smell of the stuff but I can’t drink it. Walking down the Genuardi’s coffee aisle is aroma heaven.

Pilgrimsarbour on September 29, 2009 at 10:48 PM

I don’t even have an AR-15.

fourdeucer on September 29, 2009 at 10:44 PM

Sure, the internet’s anonymous but dude…people will get the wrong idea about you if you go telling them that.

TexasDan on September 29, 2009 at 10:48 PM

Pilgrim, I now live in Dover, DE, but I grew up in Turnersville, NJ, just over the Walk Whitman, my whole family is from Philly, Newtown Square, Collingdale, etc.

Tony737 on September 29, 2009 at 10:50 PM

TexasDan on September 29, 2009 at 10:48 PM

Not to worry.

fourdeucer on September 29, 2009 at 10:50 PM

Tony737 on September 29, 2009 at 10:42 PM

The vast prairie land of North Dakota. Even sadder, we have two Starbucks (was three until recently so that’s a plus).

thevastlane on September 29, 2009 at 10:50 PM

Starbucks,…color me gone

hoi polloi on September 29, 2009 at 10:50 PM

I was in Florida for a while, ya know what I miss? No, not the heat, I miss PUBLIX!

Tony737 on September 29, 2009 at 10:51 PM

Community Coffee’s 100% Columbian in the brown bag beat Starbucks in a taste test. I tried it…. It’s true! and at 1/3 to 1/2 the price!

CynicalOptimist on September 29, 2009 at 10:46 PM

It’s good, dat Community coffee.

Johan Klaus on September 29, 2009 at 10:51 PM

I’m not a coffee drinker…and from all reports, even if I did start frequenting my local Starbucks, I still wouldn’t be a coffee drinker.

“A cup of your best hot water with brown grit in it — unless, of course, by some miracle, your coffee shop has started selling coffee.” – Edmund Blackadder

Left Coast Right Mind on September 29, 2009 at 10:51 PM

Ah, very good, Tony. I’m in the Montgomery County area.

Pilgrimsarbour on September 29, 2009 at 10:52 PM

Vast Lane, how the heck did you end up in N. Dakota??? What’d ya do, join the Navy? haha

Tony737 on September 29, 2009 at 10:52 PM

What? BOYCOTT? What?

pjean on September 29, 2009 at 10:53 PM

Ah, very good, Tony. I’m in the Montgomery County area.

Pilgrimsarbour on September 29, 2009 at 10:52 PM

Lavaca county here, with my 30-06, 270 and 30-30.

Johan Klaus on September 29, 2009 at 10:55 PM

When I lived in St.Louis I got hooked on Quik Trips.
QT is like 711 on steroids.
Chicago has none.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 29, 2009 at 10:55 PM

Saw this a couple of days ago. Since it’s apparently part of a series of “shout out” commercials, it’s more based on topicality than any attempt to attack the Town Hall protesters more than to sell the coffee.

jon1979 on September 29, 2009 at 10:59 PM

Tony737 on September 29, 2009 at 10:52 PM

The husband and I are from here originally. He was in the military so we were in Germany and then APG Maryland. He got out and we moved back. It’s not for everyone, but it’s a good place to raise kids and the cold weather keeps a lot of the riff raff out, or so we like to believe.

thevastlane on September 29, 2009 at 10:59 PM

People still spend $4-5 on burnt coffee?Hell,ill sell ya a cup for 3.25!!

theTarCzar on September 29, 2009 at 11:00 PM

Please tell me. One more reason to hate lefty a$$bags and their crappy coffee.

HornetSting on September 29, 2009 at 10:47 PM

Starbucks charged firefighters and the police in NYC the full cost for water and other things on 9/11 while the fighters and police were trying to rescue the victims.

lavell12 on September 29, 2009 at 11:01 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on September 29, 2009 at 10:55 PM

Here you go.

Christien on September 29, 2009 at 11:02 PM

He was in the military so we were in Germany – Vast

Germany was awesome, I was there in the Air Force, but I made that crack about the Navy ’cause I knew a guy who moved here from England, because a citizen, joined the Navy to see the world … and got stuck in a missile silo in N.D.! Haha poor bloke.

Tony737 on September 29, 2009 at 11:04 PM

New Starbucks commercial goofs on … townhall protesters

I will take a Shiner Commemorator or Hefeweisen over a Starbucks any time.

Johan Klaus on September 29, 2009 at 11:05 PM

Starbucks charged firefighters and the police in NYC the full cost for water and other things on 9/11 while the fighters and police were trying to rescue the victims. – Lavell

That’s disgusting.

Tony737 on September 29, 2009 at 11:05 PM

KeyWest, it’s great, thanks! Tomorrow I go to the Pentagon for an insider’s tour because I met some Pentagon employees on my plane a few weeks ago. I can’t wait!

Tony737 on September 29, 2009 at 10:41 PM

So happy for you!!! You deserve it :o) Enjoy!

Key West Reader on September 29, 2009 at 11:06 PM

Me wife is the coffee drinker too. I love the smell of the stuff but I can’t drink it. Walking down the Genuardi’s coffee aisle is aroma heaven.

Pilgrimsarbour on September 29, 2009 at 10:48 PM

A walk down the tire isle at Sam’s is also one of my faves….

CynicalOptimist on September 29, 2009 at 11:06 PM

The only thing Starbuck’s gets me is “ALL WEE WEE’D UP”

justonevictory on September 29, 2009 at 11:07 PM

Caribou Coffee is an Alaskan-themed ‘Bucks wanabee.
They have a great kids area-my son loved it when he was younger. They also have a trivia question of the day-if you answer correctly you save a dime
The coffee-and Iced tea…mediocre at best.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 29, 2009 at 11:07 PM

I don’t care what anyone says there is nothing like the sweet aroma of a fresh bottle of hoppes#9 and I don’t even have an AR-15.

fourdeucer on September 29, 2009 at 10:44 PM

If y’all use Hoppe’s #9 as a cologne, or a sexual lubricant, well, then you might be a redneck. ;-)

Yoop on September 29, 2009 at 11:09 PM

Tony737 on September 29, 2009 at 11:04 PM

Well, at the very least he wasn’t in the Chair Air Force. :-)

Well, as long as I can still get my Non-fat Soy Caramel Machiatto, Starbucks can do whatever the heck they want.

Rightwingguy on September 29, 2009 at 11:09 PM

Community Coffee’s 100% Columbian in the brown bag beat Starbucks in a taste test. I tried it…. It’s true! and at 1/3 to 1/2 the price!

I’ve never heard of this coffee before but for what it’s worth I have never seen a single poll where Starbucks won a taste contest..McDonald’s beats them..Dunkin’ Donuts DESTROYS them!!

galtg on September 29, 2009 at 11:10 PM

I was in Florida for a while, ya know what I miss? No, not the heat, I miss PUBLIX!

Tony737 on September 29, 2009 at 10:51 PM

Of course! Where shopping is a Pleasure. They even have clerks who assist our elderly through the aisles.

Let’s see Star…uhwhat’sits name Help our elderly shop, take their bags to the car, load them up (no tipping allowed) and then call their house to let the folks at home know that their loved one is on the way home from the grocery.

THAT is Publix. And, that’s America.

Key West Reader on September 29, 2009 at 11:11 PM

Yoop on September 29, 2009 at 11:09 PM

If you use Hoppe’s like that, then you probably don’t have a girlfriend.

Rightwingguy on September 29, 2009 at 11:11 PM

A walk down the tire isle at Sam’s is also one of my faves….

CynicalOptimist on September 29, 2009 at 11:06 PM

So, you too have been subjected to the smell of a Star…whatwasitsname? Awesome!

Key West Reader on September 29, 2009 at 11:12 PM

galtg on September 29, 2009 at 11:10 PM

But does your bargain coffee make an Orange Mocha Frappacino? Didn’t think so! Nyah, nyah!

Rightwingguy on September 29, 2009 at 11:12 PM

Well, at the very least he wasn’t in the Chair Air Force. – Rwguy

Haha, when people ask me if I ever served, I like to answer “Well, I was never in the (use fingers to demonstrate the qoutes) “MILITARY” … But I WAS in the AIR FORCE.” :-)

Hey, pick on us all ya want, but we all know that when the poop hits the fan, the Zommies are the Grunt’s best friend!

Tony737 on September 29, 2009 at 11:13 PM

It’s OK AP. We won’t push you to boycott your precious Starbucks.

Which one is it?

Sapwolf on September 29, 2009 at 11:13 PM

To all those recommending Stumpftown
The Race Expo looks to be around 3 blocks away from the downtown shop.
I think I can handle a 3 block walk.
LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on September 29, 2009 at 11:14 PM

Zommies? hahaha ZOOMIES! duh!

Tony737 on September 29, 2009 at 11:15 PM

Tony737 on September 29, 2009 at 11:13 PM

Haha! Well thank you for your service, sir.

-From a grateful squid.

Rightwingguy on September 29, 2009 at 11:15 PM

This doesn’t bother me.

A pound of Starbucks brand whole coffee bean Italian Roast going from $7.99 to $9.99 at Safeway this week? That bothers me.

I had to go Eight O’Clock French Roast for $6.49.

DrW on September 29, 2009 at 11:16 PM

Starbucks sucks anyway. Overpriced dogsh*t, friggin McDonalds coffee is better.

echosyst on September 29, 2009 at 11:16 PM

I tried one, Spit it out on sidewalk………Went back in & asked if this is supposed to taste like $hit?????

I miss Dunkin Donuts…………….

1luckydogg on September 29, 2009 at 11:17 PM

I love the picture of how Starbucks was started. A guy drawing a cup of coffee on a diner napkin, writing “35 cents” and then writing “35 cents $2.99″

Marcus on September 29, 2009 at 11:17 PM

Right back atcha RwGuy! Anybody who served in ANY branch gets free drinks on MY plane! :-) If you ever fly on Southwest, make sure ya wear a Navy t-shirt, we ALL give out free drinks to the Troops!

Tony737 on September 29, 2009 at 11:18 PM

Dunkin’ Donuts DESTROYS them!!

galtg on September 29, 2009 at 11:10 PM

DD is undrinkable.

DrW on September 29, 2009 at 11:18 PM

I can tell the difference. As a frequent visitor I was given some samples. It will do in a pinch but still, not that great. All they did was pulverize the bean so it will dissolve.

kahall on September 29, 2009 at 11:19 PM

Another reason why I drive an extra 1/2 mile to Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

The Ugly American on September 29, 2009 at 11:19 PM

Tony737 on September 29, 2009 at 11:18 PM

Thank you very much, sir.

Stay safe and God Bless.

Rightwingguy on September 29, 2009 at 11:21 PM

Dammit, I gotta get to bed but I know I won’t be able to sleep ’cause I’m takin’ a tour of the Pentagon and Arlington tomorrow!

Tony737 on September 29, 2009 at 11:22 PM

DrW on September 29, 2009 at 11:18 PM

Yes, but their fried dough is de-lish. Hmmm. Fat pills….

Rightwingguy on September 29, 2009 at 11:22 PM

Boycott? Why? Who goes to Starbucks anymore?

bloggless on September 29, 2009 at 11:22 PM

Tony737 on September 29, 2009 at 11:22 PM

Goodnight! Say “hi” to Bobby Gates for me!

Rightwingguy on September 29, 2009 at 11:23 PM

Used to love Starbucks. Until they decided to drop afternoon specialty blends… Only some Pike’s Peak crap. Making light of over 1/2 of the country is not funny or wise. Their humor is like their stores, dead and dying. Goodbye

stevo on September 29, 2009 at 11:23 PM

Hey, you too RwSquiddy! What do ya do in the Navy? I was an Ammo guy, or what you would call an Ordy (Ordie?) Red Shirt.

Tony737 on September 29, 2009 at 11:23 PM

I’M MAD AS HELL AND I’M NOT GOING TO DRINK IT ANYMORE!!!!

Actually, I’m just broke as hell and I can’t afford to drink it anymore. $3 for a damn cup of coffee?????

Kasper Hauser on September 29, 2009 at 11:23 PM

McDonalds, Chic Filet, Eight O’Clock, plus your local coffee house destroys them. they reach out to their lib friends with this, but the dopes don’t know that there lib friends left the building a long time ago. Fools.

bloggless on September 29, 2009 at 11:24 PM

Unwise choices have consequences.

Contrary to ‘popular wisdom’ that truth hasn’t gone away.

CPT. Charles on September 29, 2009 at 11:24 PM

You know what is scary? There’s a Starbucks on NAS Pensacola, tempting all of the airdales and flyboys with their expensive coffee. I guess it goes well with their aviator sunglasses.

Starbucks is in bed with the military! Run!

(/sarc)

Rightwingguy on September 29, 2009 at 11:24 PM

If you use Hoppe’s like that, then you probably don’t have a girlfriend.

Rightwingguy on September 29, 2009 at 11:11 PM
I have been married for 40 years and the good wife shares my affinity for hoppes#9.

fourdeucer on September 29, 2009 at 11:25 PM

Starbucks sucks anyway. Overpriced dogsh*t, friggin McDonalds coffee is better.

echosyst on September 29, 2009 at 11:16 PM

Actually, friggin McDonalds coffee is pretty good now days.

applebutter on September 29, 2009 at 11:25 PM

Starbucks coffee sucks. Stumptown coffee ahhhhhhh! Now that’s coffee.

MCGIRV on September 29, 2009 at 11:27 PM

Doesn’t bother me.

1.)I don’t think starbucks coffee is that great, especially given the price they charge.

2.)Starbucks tend to be loaded with liberals/all out communists.

They are advertising to their customer base.

clement on September 29, 2009 at 11:27 PM

Tony737 on September 29, 2009 at 11:23 PM

Don’t do too much just yet. I’m going to school right now. (Not an airdale, though). Trying to gear up to do this.

Rightwingguy on September 29, 2009 at 11:28 PM

Anyone who drinks starbucks coffee, go out and buy the espresso or another dark blend at the super market.

Open the bag and smell. If that doesn’t get you, hold the grounds between two fingers and grind them together. Notice the texture.

Yep, it’s coffee bean charcoal. It’s disgusting.

jhffmn on September 29, 2009 at 11:29 PM

fourdeucer on September 29, 2009 at 11:25 PM

Then God bless your wife, sir.

Rightwingguy on September 29, 2009 at 11:29 PM

I get my coffee at a 7-11. There I serve my OWN coffee.

TwilightStruggler on September 29, 2009 at 11:29 PM

The specialized knowledge and expertise you gain as an Information Warfare Officer, coupled with your security clearance, may prepare you for future employment with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or National Security Agency (NSA) should you decide to return to the civilian sector when your obligated service is finished.

Outstanding!

Tony737 on September 29, 2009 at 11:31 PM

Then God bless your wife, sir.

Rightwingguy on September 29, 2009 at 11:29 PM
Thanks, God did bless me with her.

fourdeucer on September 29, 2009 at 11:31 PM

jhffmn on September 29, 2009 at 11:29 PM

Hmmm. Coffee Bean charcoal….yum!

Rightwingguy on September 29, 2009 at 11:35 PM

Germany was awesome, I was there in the Air Force, but I made that crack about the Navy ’cause I knew a guy who moved here from England, because a citizen, joined the Navy to see the world … and got stuck in a missile silo in N.D.! Haha poor bloke.

Tony737 on September 29, 2009 at 11:04 PM

Agree on Germany 100% (we were in Friedberg, which is now closed). Unfortunately for the hubby, he spent most of the time in Iraq, but we still have many fond memories. I worked for the Army while we were there and a guy I worked with from NY ended up stationed at Minot AFB for a while. I don’t think he was impressed.

thevastlane on September 29, 2009 at 11:36 PM

I hate Starbucks coffee – both the taste and the politics of the company, but I saw the commercial live on TV and thought it was pretty funny and good natured. I liked the commercial, though I still can’t stand Starbucks coffee.

progressoverpeace on September 29, 2009 at 11:37 PM

Actually, friggin McDonalds coffee is pretty good now days.

applebutter on September 29, 2009 at 11:25 PM

McDonalds coffee was always good, and cheap. I haven’t had it lately, since they went ‘upscale’ but it was always a good, fresh cup of coffee.

progressoverpeace on September 29, 2009 at 11:40 PM

As for coffee, I never had a bad cup of Big Boy coffee.

fourdeucer on September 29, 2009 at 11:42 PM

Micky D’s is also on the lib list. I’m at St. Arbucks several times a week.

Yah, I know.

Mojave Mark on September 29, 2009 at 11:44 PM

Mojave Mark on September 29, 2009 at 11:44 PM

Clearly, you are a bad, bad man.

(/sarc)

Rightwingguy on September 29, 2009 at 11:59 PM

Verdict – funny.

That VIA is not too bad. I am a coffee addict, I will probably take that with me the next time I go on a road or camping trip.

Also, when I have had too much coffee … sometimes.. I START TALKING REALLY LOUD.

bitsy on September 30, 2009 at 12:00 AM

I don’t care about Starbucks’ friggin’ politics. I love my venti caramel macchiatos. I attain karmic balance by shoping at Walmart for non-organic dogfood for large dogs that fart lots of greenhouse gasses.

bitsy on September 30, 2009 at 12:04 AM

I will take a Shiner Commemorator or Hefeweisen over a Starbucks any time.

Johan Klaus on September 29, 2009 at 11:05 PM

Amen, brutha!

Down in my redneck of the woods we refer to Abita Jockamo IPA as a “breakfast beer”.

CatchAll on September 30, 2009 at 12:05 AM

bitsy on September 30, 2009 at 12:04 AM

That….that was almost poetic.

Rightwingguy on September 30, 2009 at 12:06 AM

CatchAll on September 30, 2009 at 12:05 AM

Well, I prefer an oatmeal stout to start my day. :-)

Rightwingguy on September 30, 2009 at 12:07 AM

Rightwingguy on September 30, 2009 at 12:06 AM

:)

bitsy on September 30, 2009 at 12:17 AM

Thank you to all the HA posters here who served our great country. It’s an honor to be among you.

I can’t believe some of you are so close to me! I grew up in Laurel Springs, NJ and went to high school in Blackwood, right down the BH Pike from Turnersville. Safe travels to you Tony737 on your trip to the Pentagon.

And I had never heard the story about Starbucks charging our heroes full price after 9/11. Disgusting.

margategop517 on September 30, 2009 at 12:21 AM

To all those recommending Stumptown:
when i visit on Friday I’ll make sure to point out that they were recommended to me by commenters on a conservative blog.
That’s sure to make a few heads explode.
Heh.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 30, 2009 at 12:22 AM

Someone with imagination would have shown clips of people screaming at a townhall meeting then ended the commercial with “Starbuck’s coffee is also available in decaf”

agmartin on September 30, 2009 at 12:23 AM

Btw: Starbuck’s Caramel Macchaito skim/decaf add whip.
That’s their best drink.
Since I don’t drink or smoke-this is my vice.
LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on September 30, 2009 at 12:27 AM

What’s the first place to get its windows smashed when lefties protest? And yet they sneer at us.

Jim Treacher on September 30, 2009 at 12:37 AM

skim/decaf

annoyinglittletwerp on September 30, 2009 at 12:27 AM

What the heck is wrong with you? Whipped cream, and an extra shot of espresso is the only way to go. It’s the breakfast of champions.

bitsy on September 30, 2009 at 12:43 AM

What’s the first place to get its windows smashed when lefties protest? And yet they sneer at us.

Jim Treacher on September 30, 2009 at 12:37 AM

Maybe they are hoping whipped cream and caramel macchiatos will come streaming out? Kind of like a caffeine pinata?

bitsy on September 30, 2009 at 12:45 AM

rather lame and wished that I had not watched.

hawkman on September 30, 2009 at 12:46 AM

Bitsy
I have ADHD.
Caffine in me is NOT a pretty sight.
LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on September 30, 2009 at 12:52 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on September 30, 2009 at 12:52 AM

Me too. Can you tell? And Caffeine only enhances my superpowers.

On the otherhand, the process to decaffinate coffee beans involves soaking them in large tanks of high pressure CO2. It is pretty awesome to contemplate the carbon footprint of a decaff venti latte.

bitsy on September 30, 2009 at 12:56 AM

It’s not like Starbucks could have made a commercial about Van Jones signing a 9/11 Truther petition. I’m sure it would have been too expensive for Starbucks to make a commerical about ACORN. Goofing on the NEA might have upset the ‘artistic’ element!

TN Mom on September 30, 2009 at 12:57 AM

Also, when I have had too much coffee … sometimes.. I START TALKING REALLY LOUD.

bitsy on September 30, 2009 at 12:00 AM

My friends say that when I lose my voice-temporarily one hopes-they’re going to get that day declared a national holiday.
They don’t call me annoyinglittletwerp for nuthin’.
*smirk*

annoyinglittletwerp on September 30, 2009 at 1:07 AM

Only have frequented the place out of the politeness of the people I have been with who seem to be enamored by the joint. It only strikes me as phony cups of flavored coffee. I can not stand any of it, no matter how many sips I am offered. Black and strong for me, nothing else matters.

betsyz on September 30, 2009 at 1:08 AM

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