Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Grim resignation for a sound financial future!

Oh yes, it's this shit again, here, check it out:
'Wells Fargo: crushing your dreams since 1852...'
I majored in theatre and I didn't need
some bank telling me I was wasting
my time. I let the job market do that.
Yes, it's an ad for Wells Fargo Teen Financial Education Day, which I guess is some kind of campaign to explain to teens how to better plan for their financial future by getting a real job and not wasting time on the arts. The ad has obviously upset artists who are pissed at the implication that a career in the arts is a dead-end while science and engineering are the only paths worth choosing and that's bullshit. Like, I'm not saying that anybody is really going to be taking career advice from a pamphlet they read waiting in line at the bank, but seriously, it's kind of a dick thing to say.

"Goddamn right we should."
-Some banker
Especially when you consider that artists have caused exactly zero global financial catastrophes whereas the banking industry is responsible for and I'm rounding here, all of them. Look, I'm realize I'm talking about things that I don't fully understand, but the National Endowment for the Arts gets $146 million from Congress every year to support the arts in America. Million with an M. As part of the bank bailout in 2008, Wells Fargo got $25 billion. With a B. Should they really be trashing the arts as a risky investment?

If this sounds familiar, you might recall that time AT&T tweeted an ad about how their customers could pass the interminable hours spent at the theatre by simply whipping out their phones and catching up on the sports games. Classy.
"What are you, queer? Sports! Spooooorts!"
-One of AT&T's
less successful slogan

So obviously a heartfelt Twitter-based apology is in order. Here's what they came up with:

"Face it kid, you're never going to be a
violinist. Try for software engineer or CPA."

-Wells Fargo
"Wells Fargo is deeply committed to the arts, and we offer our sincere apology for the initial ads promoting out Sept. 17 Teen Financial Education Day. They were intended to celebrate all the aspirations of young people and fell short..."

Ok, how were they were celebrating the aspirations of the young by suggesting that they abandon their dreams in favor of careers with a higher likelihood of financial security? That's not aspiration, that's more like resignation.

Also, since Wells Fargo is a bank and not like, a career counselor, shouldn't they lay off the life advice and concentrate more on bank things, like helping people invest their money and not plunging us all into another recession?
I sense another Twitter apology coming.

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