The good folks over at No On 82 are creating some very nice little ads featuring teachers, principals, and parents stating how Prop 82 would create a massive bureacracy, a “parent tax”, and generally be disastrous for the state b/c uh, rich people would be a little less rich…and uh… well, you get the jist.
The problem is: they are all fake. Yup, all actors. Those “teachers” that you’ll see, uh, maybe they taught a summer stock class. From Matier and Ross:
Take, for example, the new ad opposing actor and director Rob Reiner’s universal preschool initiative, Proposition 82. It warns of a costly new bureaucracy and even the possibility of a “parent tax,” and features a school principal, teachers and kids.
They’re all actors. According to the call that went out from Ava Shevitt Casting in Santa Monica, these were the requirements:
Teacher: “Female/Asian, Caucasian, 40-45 … professional manner, warm & engaging, authoritative but gentle.”
Student: “Female, multi-ethnic, 13-15 … dark hair, appealing, warm & engaging, bright, adorable, thoughtful, insightful, poised, inspirational.”
California Teachers Association officials, who support the preschool initiative, aren’t amused by the fake school crew. “Using actors to portray teachers is misleading and deceptive,” sniped Sandra Jackson, spokeswoman for the union. (SF Chron 5/21/06)
The fact that the No on 82 folks are stooping to using fake teacher is more than a little funny/ironic. Can’t they find one teacher who doesn’t like 82? Well perhaps not…
As an aside, check out that article for a funny Jerry Brown story.
Moving to Dem on Dem ads and back to a subject I touched on earlier: SD-8’s bizarre ads. Mike Nevin wants to appear again on these pages. This time he tries to tie Yee to Schwarzenegger. Well, ok, but then he takes a page out of “Girly-Man” Schwarzenegger’s book. He puts a picture of Yee’s head onto a Hans and Franz picture with Ahnold. I think it’s funny that we get in a huff when Arnold uses this stuff, but then we do it to each other. Meanwhile Lou Papan is running clean ads on TV and in mailers.
Here it is, click on the ads to make them bigger.