Cuban Connection

Even Communist dictators need a distraction from their everyday responsibilities.
Take Fidel Castro. It’s likely the Cuban caudillo takes time out now and then to watch-or at least record-a TV program. A new tongue-in-cheek ad for KOMO-TV, the ABC affiliate in Seattle, supposes just that. It features a dubbed and subtitled harangue from Castro blasting decadent Americans for pausing each weekday afternoon to watch The Rosie O’Donnell Show.
“Why don’t they just tape it, like I do?” demands a virulent Castro, to the cheers of his audience.
A second ad portrays an astronaut headed into space who asks his countrymen to keep the crew in its thoughts. And, he adds, “If it’s not too much trouble, to please videotape The Rosie O’Donnell Show for us while we’re gone.”
The ads were designed to promote the talk show’s move from rival station KING, said Jim Copacino, whose Seattle creative boutique Copacino Creative produced the ads.
-Angela Dawson