Pennsylvania Democrat John Fetterman recreated the classic 1979 Coca-Cola ad featuring football legend “Mean” Joe Greene in a bizarre video during his failed U.S. Senate campaign in 2016.
The original Coca-Cola commercial began with Greene, a Pittsburgh Steelers legend, hobbling through the tunnel after a game when a child approaches him to offer him a Coke. Greene accepts it and throws his jersey at that kid saying “thanks, kid”.
In an attempt to use the classic ad and the popularity of the Steelers to woo voters in western Pennsylvania, the Democrat recreated the ad in 2016 in a shoddy video titled “‘Mean John’ Fetterman.”
Fetterman stumbles down a hallway, clinging to the wall for support as a boy wearing a Steelers jersey asks if he needs help.
“I’m running for US Senate, kid. I need all the help I can get,” Fetterman replies.
Perplexed, the child asks: “Where is your costume, your flag and your hair?”
The child then offers Fetterman a soda in a glass bottle, which the contestant accepts and swallows while the “Have a Coke and Smile” jingle from the Greene ad plays.
“Hey, kid, grab it,” the Democrat says and tosses the kid a t-shirt that reads “Trump is a Jagoff.”
“What is a jagoff?” The boy asks.
“I will tell you when you are older,” replies the candidate.
The original ad can be seen below:
Fetterman’s newly discovered video made the rounds on Twitter on Friday morning, where many users mocked her.
“You have to be either a Steelers fan (or a Browns fan who knows that schtick) to get it,” radio host Hugh Hewitt wrote. “But I know all about Mean Joe Greene. I watched Mean Joe Greene. John Fetterman is not bad Joe Greene.
You have to be either a Steelers fan (or a Browns fan who knows this schtick) to get it. But I know all about Mean Joe Greene. I watched Mean Joe Greene. John Fetterman is not bad Joe Greene.
— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) November 4, 2022
WHAT ON EARTH is this Fetterman ad… pic.twitter.com/xNdMP8gm0P
— Kyle Martinsen (@KyleMartinsen_) November 4, 2022
“This Fetterman commercial sounds like a fever dream,” Ashley St. Clair tweeted.
This Fetterman ad looks like a fever dream pic.twitter.com/uxU9gt6J0m
— Ashley St. Clair (@stclairashley) November 4, 2022
“Honestly, I thought it was a parody, but no, it’s actually a John Fetterman commercial,” said journalist Jack Posobiec.
Honestly, I thought it was a parody, but no, it’s actually a John Fetterman commercial pic.twitter.com/kg78vytS4T
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 4, 2022