Subway promotes a salmon sandwich in Oregon by advertising, “Another reason you’re lucky not to live in Kansas.” Hallmark releases a birthday card using a “CSI: Topeka” gag suggesting a corpse has been “bored to death.” And humorists everywhere exploit (and misreport) the State Board of Education’s evolution vote. It makes you wonder whether anything — including the state’s $4.5 million “As big as you think” branding campaign â€” can take the joke out of Kansas these days. In any event, state officials need to get creative about fighting back.
Not that this is the best means, but it was notable that Oklahoma just rounded up some of its celebrities (Johnny Bench, Barry Switzer, Bobby Murcer, Jimmy Webb) and put them on an “Oklahoma Rising” float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, featuring Kristen Chenoweth of NBC’s “The West Wing” singing the title song from “Oklahoma!” “People are starting to fall in love with Oklahoma,” Bench reportedly said. OK then.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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