This 360-Degree Video Company Is Trying To Sell Its New Product By Making Fun Of Mexicans

Credit: 360 Fly / YouTube

Are they for real?

This commercial for 360-degree camera maker 360Fly has stirred a lot of controversy online and it’s easy to see why. In the ad, we see a not-very-good Trump impersonator (though he does have the orange hue down pat) holding a celebratory press conference in front of his newly built wall. There’s only one problem though: In the ad, Trump’s fence doesn’t actually work and undocumented immigrants Bugs Bunny their way into the land of opportunity. And we all know that the best way to get into the U.S. is by burrowing while dressed in your work clothes. A mariachi? A maid? Yawn. This commercial makes me want to go out and try to fly with a pair of leaf blowers more than it makes me want to purchase a 360Fly. Note: Please don’t try to fly with a leaf blower.

Credit: 360 Fly / YouTube

Unsurprisingly, pretty much every TV network has refused to air the ad because it portrays awful stereotypes about Mexican immigrants. I totally get that, but if the networks were really concerned about associating with a product that negatively portrays immigrants, then shouldn’t they also ban any footage of Donald Trump? He did, after all, say, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems… they’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” I don’t want to harp on that old racist blooper, but c’mon. I get that two wrongs don’t make a right, but this commercial is hardly worse than anything Trump tweets on a daily basis.

“We received 90 percent approval rate from Latinos…”

Credit: @jenndefer/Twitter

Amazingly, when 360Fly was called out for their unfunny racism, they chose to make themselves the victim instead. Jenn Duong, director of virtual reality for a company called 1215Creative, wrote a very thoughtful and highly critical Medium post on the tastelessness of the ad. Various 360Fly execs privately emailed Duong, expressing their discomfort for being rightfully called out. Duong, of course, tweeted screenshots of the ridiculous emails (posted above).

What’s even more baffling is that a company looking to sell a new and innovative tech gadget is doing it by pissing off the people who are most likely to purchase it. 360Fly could have really made a push to sell their admittedly cool camera to Latinos, who are a marketer’s wet dream. But instead, 360Fly chose to be racist. Let’s see how that works out for them.

We’ve reached out to 180LA, the agency behind the ad, for comment but have yet to hear back.

READ: This FOX Sports Reporter Talked S**t About Mexicans On A Live Stream

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Federal Investigators Executed A Search Warrant On Rudy Giuliani’s N.Y.C. Home And This Is Just The Beginning

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Federal Investigators Executed A Search Warrant On Rudy Giuliani’s N.Y.C. Home And This Is Just The Beginning

Months of investigations on Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani officially came to a head Wednesday morning.

The former New York City mayor’s dealings with Ukraine officials in 2019 have been under scrutiny for months by authorities who have been investigating allegations Giuliani lobbied for powerful Ukrainian interests. The investigations have also looked into claims that Giuliani also solicited the Ukrainian government for damaging information on President Joe Biden when he was running against Trump in the 2020 election.

There is also the matter of allegations that Giuliani attempted to find information on Biden’s son Hunter, who was part of the board of an energy company in Ukraine.

Federal investigators executed a search warrant on Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan home on Wednesday morning.

The search was part of a criminal investigation into Giuliani‘s activities with Ukraine. According to The New York Times, “Prosecutors obtained the search warrants as part of an investigation into whether Mr. Giuliani broke lobbying laws as President Trump’s personal lawyer.”

Federal agents seized cellphones and other electronic devices as part of the investigation. The search warrant took place around 6 a.m. at Mr. Giuliani’s apartment on Madison Avenue and his Park Avenue office in Manhattan.

The execution of a search warrant against the former president’s lawyer is particularly shocking.

The warrant comes as a major development in the investigation that has been ongoing for some time and examines the former- mayor’s conduct during Mr. Trump’s first impeachment trial.

“It was also a remarkable moment in Mr. Giuliani’s long arc as a public figure,” noted New York Times. “As mayor, Mr. Giuliani won national recognition for steering New York through the dark days after the Sept. 11 attacks, and earlier in his career, he led the same U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan that is investigating him now, earning a reputation as a hard-charging prosecutor who took on organized crime and corrupt politicians.”

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Iowa Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Hate Crime Charges After Running Over Latino and Black Children With Her Car

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Iowa Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Hate Crime Charges After Running Over Latino and Black Children With Her Car

Photo: Polk County Jail via Associated Press

On Wednesday, an Iowa woman pled guilty to federal hate crime charges. The woman, 43-year-old Nicole Poole Franklin, intentionally hit a 12-year-old Black boy and a 14-year-old Latina with her car in 2019. The charges include two counts of violating the U.S Hate Crime Act, as Poole Franklin intended to kill the victims because of their ethnicity.

Nicole Poole Franklin admitted to authorities that she targeted the girl because she thought she looked “Mexican”. She thought the boy was an Islamic terrorist.

As part of her defense, Poole Franklin is claiming that she suffers from schizophrenia and PTSD. Since her arrest, she admitted to police officers that she smoked meth before going on her hate-filled rampage.

The incident, which happened in December of 2019, struck fear into the hearts of communities of color in Des Moines, Iowa, where the hate crimes took place. “Anytime things happen to any minority, people are concerned about what happened,” said Joe Gonzalez, the executive director of Latino Resources Inc. in Iowa. “It was a horrific thing and people were concerned — especially people of color.”

When Nicole Poole Franklin ran over the children, she injured the boy’s leg. The girl, Natalia Miranda, was knocked unconscious and hospitalized for two days.

Natalia Miranda was walking to junior high school on December 9, 2019, when Poole Franklin ran her down on the side walk. Miranda was unconscious for 40 minutes before she woke up and walked to school, where she alerted the authorities.

Natalia Miranda says she remembers the car speeding towards her, but she doesn’t remember being hit. “I was in the hospital and I tried moving, and I couldn’t get out of my bed,” the 14-year-old told KCCI. “Sitting up was the worst pain I’ve ever felt.”

As of now, prosecutors are recommending that Nicole Poole Franklin serve 27 years behind bars.

Poole Franklin is also looking at two charges of attempted murder–both of which could carry up to 25 years each. Prosecutors are recommending that she serves all of the jailtime–state and federal–at the same time.

Here’s to hoping that the justice system does what is right and puts Nicole Poole Franklin behind bars for a long time–if only to save the lives of innocent children of color whose only crime is walking down the street.

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