Monday, April 15, 2024

Robert Kennedy’s Family Immediately Repudiates His Nostalgia Tinged Ad Exploiting JFK, Kennedys of Yore


Robert Kennedy Jr’s family hit the roof when they saw his Super Bowl commercial tonight. It was made to mimic a JFK ad from 1960, exploiting the family’s name and reputation.

Bobby Shriver immediately Tweeted:

“My cousin’s Super Bowl ad used our uncle’s faces- and my Mother’s. She would be appalled by his deadly health care views. Respect for science, vaccines, & health care equity were in her DNA. She strongly supported my health care work at @ONECampaign & @RED which he opposes.”

What Kennedy did was a disgraceful grab to ignite nostalgia for his father and uncle. It was tacky. Shriver — defending his mother. Eunice — did the right thing. The whole thing backfired.

Kennedy, a conspiracy theorist, is embarrassing his family and his assassinated uncle and father. It’s like he’s killing them all over again. He is, in a word, a tool.

PS If Bobby Shriver was mad, imagine his sister, Maria, and his cousin, Caroline. The latter must be livid. She publicly denounced RFK Jr. Almost his entire family has disowned him politically. He’s achieving nothing at all.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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