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JLo slammed for Fiat ad AGAIN as anti-Iran group urges her to end endorsement – By Daily Mail Reporter Last updated at 3:30 AM on 23rd January 2012

In Ethics, Uncategorized on January 24, 2012 at 8:59 am

Jennifer Lopez is under fire once again for her endorsement of auto manufacturer Fiat.

The singer’s infamous ‘My World’ commercial is subject of a new video parody, highlighting the Italian company’s dealings in Iran.

The fake ad, produced by foreign policy advocacy group United Against Nuclear Iran, features the American Idol judge intercut with gruesome imagery of protests in Iran, urging her to cut ties with the Italian auto maker

Controversial: Jennifer Lopez steps out of a Fiat in her November ad for the Italian auto maker, which has come under fire for its dealings in Iran

A voiceover imitating Lopez narrates as the star drives through the set: ‘Fiat sells cars, truck and other equipment on the streets of Iran, where the brutal Iranian regime represses its own people, hangs homosexuals, support terrorists including al-Qaeda and builds a nuclear weapon.

‘I would never want that on my block, but Fiat does pay me millions.

‘Fiat and the brutal Iranian regime…or the people of Iran. I hope concerned citizens don’t make me choose.’

In a statement on UANI’s website, the company accused Lopez of ‘serving as a spokesperson for a company that freely does business with a regime that is developing an illegal nuclear weapons program, financing and sponsoring terrorist groups including al-Qaeda, has killed American and NATO soldiers and is recognised as one of the world’s leading human right’s violators.’

Parody: Foreign policy advocacy group United Against Nuclear Iran released a video on Friday intercutting Lopez’ clips with imagery of protests in Iran

Call for action: A narrator says: ‘Fiat sells cars, trucks and other equipment on the streets of Iran, where the brutal Iranian regime represses its own people’

The letter goes on to state that Iveco, a Fiat subsidiary, ‘produces vehicles that are reportedly used by the Iranian regime as platforms to stage gruesome public executions.’

A description below the video, posted on YouTube, reads: ‘Tell Jennifer Lopez to end her endorsement of Fiat.’

According to a New York Times report on 74 companies which profited from business in Iran from 2000 to 2009. Fiat Fiat Group Autos S.p.A. ‘began production of its Siena four-door sedan in Iran in 2004, under a licensing agreement with Pars Industrial Development Foundation.’

Company spokesman Richard Gadeselli said an estimated 2000 vehicles had been produced by June, 2010.

Under fire once more: Instead of travelling to her old neighbourhood the Bronx to shoot the driving scenes, JLo used a body double for her Fiat advert

Lawsuit: The artists behind this eye-catching image, the TATS Cru, also claim it was used without their permission and is subject to copyright laws

Fiat, which began managing Chrysler in 2009, began running the 60-second commercial titled ‘My World’, in November on network and cable TV outlets.

The advert, in which the star professes her love for her home-town of the Bronx, has already come under heavy criticism after it emerged that she did not even set foot in the the New York borough for filming.

After it emerged Lopez never left the West Coast and instead used a body double and shot most of the scenes in LA, she was criticised for shamelessly promoting the company by driving a Fiat 500 on stage as part of her American Music Awards performance.

A group of established Bronx graffiti artists called TATS Cru also settled with Fiat after the car company used one of their murals in the advert without their permission.

Lopez drives by the artwork, which reads ‘I Heart The Bronx’ twice in the clip.

Here’s what other readers have said. Why not add your thoughts, or debate this issue live on our message boards.

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The Americans have Saudi in there back pockets that’s why they turn a blind eye, Iran is not and Americans are scaredddddd.

– momo, preston, 23/1/2012 14:20
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WCH, In a world of my own What are you a good little communist who relies on the government for your existence because you are too lazy to take care of yourself

– Lancelot Link, Chimp Spy, 23/1/2012 12:54
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For the love of Money – is what Americans do best.

– WCH, In a world of my own, 23/1/2012 12:15
Rating 17

Mossad ?

– Svevus, London, 23/1/2012 12:10
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thats the STUPIDEST youtube video i ever saw…………. you know to all the americans that support United Against Nuclear Iran…. they breath air in Iran too, should we stop doing that aswell?

– shane , dublin, 23/1/2012 11:22
Rating 51

An excuse to have a pop at Iran. The car’s fine, but that advert almost puts me off buying one. Far too cheesy, and I wouldn’t rush out to get a Fiat 500 to be like JLo.

– Giddy Aunt, UK, 23/1/2012 11:00
Rating 61

erm she’s getting well paid for an easy job that most of us would love. And for the record, i’m fairly certain that JLo isn’t to blame for the problems in iran….. (sarcasm for anyone who isn’t quite sure) Bit of a non-story DM. Get more pics of drunk celebs and stick to what you know!

– Sammy, Staffs, 23/1/2012 10:50
Rating 46

It is ok for American firms to supply equipment to the saudis though ,they are just as brutal ,a few months ago a woman was beheaded for “witchcraft” still we need their oil ,so just turn a blind eye …………………………… – cornholio, hertfordshire, 23/1/2012 10:16 ++++ HA well said. Nobody points the finger to them. They have a chip on their shoulder, bigger than anything else. Money, money, money, they’re all about money. The beginning and end of all.

– JB, Bath, 23/1/2012 10:26
Rating 104

It is ok for American firms to supply equipment to the saudis though ,they are just as brutal ,a few months ago a woman was beheaded for “witchcraft” still we need their oil ,so just turn a blind eye ……………………………

– cornholio, hertfordshire, 23/1/2012 10:16
Rating 145

How much is truth and how much is propaganda, always a hard one to call. Personally I don’t like being fed misinformation especially if it crawls out of the cesspit of modern politics and right wing groups with only one mission, that is to both cause and deliver war! So they are trying to bring about a war with Iran and just what does that achieve, more women and children lying dead, more instability and yet more brutality than is already happening? Funny way of a means to an end! Once again the greed for oil becomes the mechanism for hate!

– James, Morpeth Northumberland, 23/1/2012 10:15
Rating 62

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‘Fiat and the brutal Iranian regime…or the people of Iran. I hope concerned citizens don’t make me choose.’

Try this then – throw the entire issue at them instead. Do the ads for the airtime alone. Then send all the money Fiat gives you to Iran’s poorest. A backhand message to Fiat, JLo’s fans remain happy, and everyone loves JLo more. World diplomacy from JLo. But you do have enough moolah already dont you J’Lo? How about giving at least this stack of ‘blood money’ (blood diamonds) to the poorest Iranians.

Body double?!? Hey no cheating!

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