The ad's emphasis on jobs is hopeful though naive, considering the rapid pace of automation in America's warehouses and factories. But as for Rowe's part in narrating the spot, well it's been lambasted by certain segments of the press, including Gawker Media, who called Rowe a "shill for the oppressors."Rowe's response has been to more or less take it all in stride. In a Facebook post he wrote:
Three days of press, five hours of sleep, four bottles of wine, a speech, a job offer, 5,000 form letters, and a couple of good-natured death threats. All because of a commercial that I narrated about American manufacturing paid for by Walmart. Press tours are fun! 'Shill for the oppressors!' Is that not fantastic?
Gawker's entry into the debate over Rowe's status as handmaiden to oppression is, so to speak, rich. As detailed by PandoDaily's Paul Carr, the media giant is currently embroiled in a lawsuit initiated by angry former interns who are demanding back pay for services rendered.Via Business Insider and PandoDaily.