Remember when you'd watch a movie or a TV show and EVERYBODY BE SMOKIN'? Yeah, those were the Golden Days for the tobacco industry. So many glamorous actors and TV personalities, sparking it up while giving you the news, fallin' in love, or telling a story. It was magical. But then everyone realized smoking gave you lung cancer and killed you, and then smoking was banned from just about everywhere, even on the streets in New York, and now, if someone sees you light one up, you're going to get more dirty looks than "Hey buddy, can I bum a smoke?" (Or maybe you'll get both a dirty look and a freeloader. I don't smoke -- obviously. I'm just a judgey, dirty look giver.)
Well, Herman Cain's people released this new campaign ad, which folks were calling "bizarre" and "jarring," because it features close up shots of Cain's chief of staff Mark Block talkin' and smoking.
While this is CRAZY ODD, the only, truly weird thing about it is that chick singing "I Am America" while Block goes on break and takes a nice, non-glamorous drag on a burning cancer stick. Maybe I have high standards for weird YouTube campaign ads, but this is no "Demon Sheep." Perhaps Cain n' Co. are going after the persecuted smoker voting block. If so, my grandmother would like Cain to release a platform on how he's going to lower the price of a pack of Newports. Smoking the "cheaper," but nasty, Winston-Salems isn't working for her.