Morgan Freeman soundalike ad [VIDEO]

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Morgan Freeman is not campaigning against Shelly Moore.
Morgan Freeman has used his voice to play the President of the United States, Nelson Mandela and God.

But the man whose iconic tones once narrated marching penguins did not narrate a new political ad running in Wisconsin, though one might think so on first listen.

Wisconsin Democrats are asking that Minnesota television stations stop running ads attacking Shelly Moore, the Democratic candidate for Wisconsin's 10th district, in part because the ads use a phony Morgan Freeman-like voice for added gravitas.

For those of you wondering why Wisconsin political ads were running in Minnesota in July of an odd-numbered year... well, there's still no good answer for that. But you can stop wondering about whether or not that's Morgan Freeman you're hearing.

In an e-mail to the Pioneer Press, Freeman's agent Stan Rosenfeld said the ad's narrator is clearly trying to sound like screen legend, but it's not him.

"They are close," Rosenfeld wrote, "but no cigar."

Wisconsin Democratic Party chair Mike Tate's letter -- which was sent to WCCO, KSTP, KARE 11 and FOX 9 -- said Citizens for a Strong America's use of a faux-Freeman is "a dangerous deception, meant to confer legitimacy to false, dishonest attacks."

The ad gives you a good chance to test people on their familiarity with Freeman's body of work, so much of which is identified with that famous voice. If they've only seen "Shawshank Redemption," they might be fooled. If they've seen a handful of Freeman films, they'll probably be doubtful.

And anyone who's heard that voice in more than 10 movies will know this is probably a regular middle aged man pinching his nose and talking into a trumpet after a pack of Marlboro Reds.




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Baa Baa
Baa Baa

Do they honestly believe that John Q Public is going to vote for one candidate over another because of an ad voiced by someone sounding like Morgan Freeman? By responding in such a way (Wisconsin Democratic Party chair Mike Tate calls it "a dangerous deception, meant to confer legitimacy to false, dishonest attacks") they are basically saying that people will vote against this candidate because Morgan Freeman told them to. They are basically calling their constituents sheep. Interesting.

E K
E K

"For those of you wondering why Wisconsin political ads were running in Minnesota in July of an odd-numbered year... well, there's still no good answer for that."

You've got to be kidding me?  You don't know why these ads are running?  The election is in early August.  The Wisconsin 10th Senate District includes Hudson.

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Guest 123
Guest 123

You don't get it. There is a reason to use someone whose voice is similar to Morgan Freeman's voice. Even though I live in Minnesota and have no vested interest in the outcome the ad has caused alot of hoopla even in Minnesota. It is sad but there are many people who would view Morgan Freeman voicing an advertisement as an endorsement and that him endorsing her adds legitmacy to her campaign. Unfortunately as we have seen in many elections voters do think and vote like sheep. I am an independent voter and I have seen too many elections in my 55 years vote like sheep for both parties. The lastest group to do so--the Tea Party supporters--a mindless herd of sheep. 

minblottermod
minblottermod

What part of Minnesota is Wisconsin's 10th Senate District?

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

You didn't expect Citypages' article writers and editors to understand market based advertising did you? That might require an education in advertising, and perhaps a wee bit of intelligence...

green23
green23

It's the same media market. The technology doesn't exist for a Twin Cities TV station to alter the signal because it crosses a State line. Since the local (MSP) stations reach Hudson (and points beyond), and because people across the border watch our TV stations, it makes sense to advertise on Twin Cities networks.

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