Get your tinfoil hat on, it's time for a conspiracy theory. Take a listen to the GEICO Paul Revere commercial above and pay close attention. Around the 0:16 mark, Revere turns around to return to his game of charades after warning that the British are coming. His friends (or family, we're not sure) make their guesses as Revere dances an awkward jig.
If you heard "Blacks, Monkey, Baboon", you're not alone. Add in the context of Revere dancing, and you've got people questioning what the dialogue in the ad is all about. The YouTube comments for the commercial are loaded with people discussing what's really being said.
The closed captioning for the commercial states the dialogue as follows, "OK...four words...black monkey?" That's not what we hear. We hear a definitive "blacks" and then "monkey" spoken by two different voices with a noticeable pause between the words. Also, if you're playing charades, why would you say black monkey? Wouldn't you just guess monkey? It's not as if he's acting out a specific color.
Are we positive that they are saying "blacks"? No, but that's what it sounds like and there really aren't any other words that fit. Quacks? Snacks? Nothing else seems to fit. In fact, none of their guesses match the Hot Stew Saturday answer, but they all are potentially racist (baboon, monkey) if the first word is in fact "blacks". It's also worth noting that the voice that says the mystery word doesn't seem to fit or match the characters in the scene that are shouting out their guesses.
What do you hear? Tell us in the comments below.
UPDATE: GEICO has removed the ad from YouTube and changed the ad that's running on television. Thankfully, once something is on the Internet, it's there to stay. You'll still find the unedited version above. GEICO is now running one that says "scarecrow" instead of "blacks", which you can see below. Looks like there's a pretty obvious controversy here that GEICO is now trying to correct / cover up.
Female voice saying black as Revere is lifting his leg at the start. Can clearly tell this was edited in. Not sure by whom, but it is not from the commercial soundtrack.
Here's the transcript directly from GEICO... "hey. they're coming. yeah. british. later. sorry. ok...four words... scarecrow in the wind... a baboon... monkey? hot stew saturday!?"
O geez with the tinfoil hat...I like a good conspiracy as well as anyone but this is just not one of them.. Paul Revere is playing charades with three other people, two women and one man...they are all guessing at the same time. Someone is guessing baboon and monkey (makes sense looking at Paul's dance); someone else is guessing "black pot stew Saturday". The commercial is funny because the guess black pot stew Saturday makes little sense as a guess based on the dance clues, BUT black pot stew was a common way of referring to anything cooked in a cast iron pot back in Paul Reveres day. It is not a racist comment in any way. Apparently most Americans just don't know enough about America's history to see the humor.
“@awful_ads: GEICO took down their Paul Revere commercial on YouTube, AND changed their TV commercial. http://t.co/DF8OgqVNrb” @lmsoenke
Im sorry Im white and that commercial is clearly racist and after searching the net it appears most of their commercials are....
The male voice is saying "blacksmith." Paul Revere appears to be dancing like a monkey. I don't think this is racism.
@CharlesAustinMiller That's the updated version. The original, which you can see above, does not have scarecrow anywhere in it. They changed the ad after users on YouTube continued to ask the company about the original dialogue.