This is one of the most popular posts in AOB’s young life, so for you more recent readers who haven’t ventured back to this blog’s humble beginnings, here’s a shocking expose from last year – JT
J Lo shook the world to it’s already uncertain foundation this week by way of a shocking revelation that has set the public reeling, causing us to question truths we once held dear. What’s the paradigm shifting news? Are you sitting down?
In a recent Fiat commercial, Ms. Lopez is seen driving a 2012 Fiat 500 through her old neighborhood in the Bronx, but the Guardians of Truth, Huffpost Celebrity (and many others), have revealed this:
According to The Smoking Gun, Lopez’s pictured Fiat jaunt through the streets of her old Bronx neighborhood is a sham.
A sham? A farce? In a commercial? Be still my heart! It’s true! The LA Times tells us:
Lopez surveys her “surroundings,” while declaring, “They may be just streets to you, but to me, they’re a playground.”
The quotes around the word “surroundings” are, in this case, the journalistic equivalent of snarky “finger quotes”. You see, it appears that J Lo’s closeups were shot in LA, while a body double was used for the wider shots that were really shot in the Bronx. She didn’t go to the Bronx to film the commercial.
As a responsible blogger, I care about my readers, so I did some digging and I’ve discovered that this kind of duplicity is RAMPANT in Hollywood. Most notably, the entire Star Wars double trilogy was NOT shot a long time ago, and the galaxy, rather than being far, far away, was RIGHT HERE ON EARTH. What next? Barney isn’t really a dinosaur? Ellen Pompeo isn’t really a doctor? Sham Wow isn’t really chamois? Wow!
OK, I’ll stop, but I’ll have to say that the brief fury created by the use of special effects in a commercial is indicative of something. You choose:
1. The sad state of journalism in America
2. The sad state of public discourse
3. The sad state of New York. (It was just wishing J Lo would drop by for a visit)
Maybe its just the sad state of what we let shock us, and what we don’t. For instance, in a related story, the fact that J Lo performed on stage with a Fiat at the American Music Awards prompted John Legend to tweet, “That had to be the most shameless thing I’ve ever seen in a performance. I was genuinely shocked.” If a woman performing on stage with a car is genuinely shocking, the most shameless thing he has ever seen in a performance, this must have been his first American Music Awards.
One thing is certain: being indignant is easy. Being discerning is hard. The Really Religious Folks got their robes in a twist because Jesus healed on the Sabbath. Peter indignantly drew a sword to defend Jesus because he hadn’t been discerning enough to understand that his Savior was giving His life, not having it stolen from Him. Sometimes Christians worry more about your cigarette use than they do about whether you love your neighbor.
Oh, and sometimes I say I’m upset because my circumstances are unjust, when really, I’m upset because I’m not getting what I want. It’s hard not to be indignant, but most of the time, it’s a good thing not to be.
And for clarity, I am not the least bit indignant about Jennifer Lopez’s Fiat commerical. I’m just happy for Fiat……I didn’t realize they were still making cars.