Immigration, Assimilation, Ethnicity and All That Jazz

Boston Pizza Commercial Uses French Opera About Spain

Posted by chinesecanuck on April 25, 2008

If you’re from Canada, or at least the Toronto area, you might have heard the Boston Pizza commercial on the radio which uses the music of the Habanera (“L’amour est un oiseau rebelle”) to English words about a deal you can get at the restaurant.  My question is WHY?  The opera was written in French by a French composer, Georges Bizet and is set in Spain.  What does that have to do with North American style Italian food?  Do they really think that the general public is that stupid?  That we’d be fooled into believing that Opera=Italian?  I’m sorry, but that really bothers me.

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2 Responses to “Boston Pizza Commercial Uses French Opera About Spain”

  1. Alston said

    To answer your question, yes they do think this.

  2. I’m so glad to see someone else picks up on these things! I hear the music from Carmen (also French) EVERYWHERE it doesn’t belong. Some of my favorite Opera music is from Carmen, so it bugs my shit. Also, the Anvil Chorus from Il Trovatore is often used in really stupid, slapstick comedies like Daddy Day Care. WHY?

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