The Arby’s fast food chain is turning Jon Stewart’s negative portrayal of its food into a positive with a tribute ad featuring several jibes the Daily Show host has lobbed its way over the years, Time magazine reported.
The ad, titled “Thank You For Being A Friend,” is a 30-second supercut of insults from the comedian, set to a cover of the Andrew Gold song of the same name, which is most famous for being used as the theme for the sitcom The Golden Girls. The commercial is one of two Arby’s ads that will reportedly air during Wednesday night’s episode.
Stewart has made the restaurant chain the butt of several jokes on the show, usually in the form of mock slogans like, “Technically, it’s food.” Last year, he invoked its name to mock Fox News host Sean Hannity, calling him “the Arby’s of news.”
Arby’s spokesperson Rob Lynch told the Wall Street Journal that, rather than lash out against Stewart’s barbs, the company opted to take them in stride, saying that as recently as 2013, “everyone knew what Arby’s was but nobody really talked about Arby’s.”
The company went as far as to offer Stewart a job when he announced his retirement from the show earlier this year, an offer he declined, saying, “This motherf*cking thing ain’t over.”
Arby’s did not say how much it paid to air the commercials during Wednesday’s episode, but the Journal reported that advertisers were paying $230,000 for a 30-second spot during Stewart’s final show on Thursday, with the stipulation that they would also purchase ad time on Comedy Central’s sister networks.
Watch the ad, as posted online on Wednesday, below.
Neal Katyal predicts law schools will teach a ‘Worst Mistakes in Court’ class on Trump’s ‘pathetic’ 20-day fiasco
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But he also has spent more than two decades as a law professor at Georgetown.
He drew upon all of that experience for a Monday evening appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.
"Someday a law school class is going to be called 'The Worst Mistakes in Court' -- and it will be just about these 20 days," Katyal predicted. "Because this legal strategy is so pathetic it makes Trump's coronavirus strategy look competent by contrast."
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"For the past four years, we, especially in the media, have heard Republicans in private are XYZ — disgusted, disturbed, troubled — but publicly, very silent, except in these moments where it really doesn't count, where everyone is doing it," said Cupp. "I think, in fact, if I write another book, I will call it 'In private: the great cowardice of Trump's GOP.'"
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"Other countries understand it, they don't use electronic voting because they know it undermines confidence in democracy," said Carlson. "We ought to revert immediately to the traditional system of voting, the one that served our democracy for hundreds of years ... but at the same time, we shouldn't let our focus on voting machines distract us from all that happened earlier this month. The 2020 presidential election was not fair. No honest person would claim that it was fair."