671: Stephen and Me

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Stephen and Me
Hey, let go! We were all thinking it! Someone had to speak truth to power!
Title text: Hey, let go! We were all thinking it! Someone had to speak truth to power!


This is a reference to the 1989 documentary Roger & Me, in which director Michael Moore attempted to confront General Motors CEO Roger E. Smith over the company's closure of factories in his home town of Flint, Michigan. Moore uses the documentary to demonstrate his belief that the factory closures had a crippling effect on the local economy, and his objective is to ask the CEO pointedly about GM's disregard for the lives affected by their business decisions.

In this strip, Beret Guy mirrors Moore's determination to speak with the CEO of the auto company Volvo Cars, only to reveal that his burning question is actually trivial and juvenile in nature. "Stephen" is probably Steve Odell, the CEO of Volvo Cars in 2009, a subsidiary of Ford by that time, and later taken over by the Chinese company Zhejiang Geely Holding Group. The current CEO of Volvo Cars is Olof Persson


[Beret Guy is speaking into a mic in front of a sign that says Volvo Cars. Ponytail is filming him, and Megan is walking by with a briefcase.]
Beret Guy: I'm documenting my quest to meet with the CEO of Volvo.
Megan: Get lost.
[Security guards are attempting to restrain Beret Guy and Ponytail.]
Beret Guy: Wait! I've come so far! Just let me see him!
[They've reached the CEO's desk, which has the Volvo logo on it.]
CEO: All right, you've reached me. What is it you want to talk about?
Beret Guy: Do you realize how much your company's name sounds like "vulva"?
CEO: Security?

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The etymologies are related. 21:53, 31 July 2013 (UTC)

How ironic, then, that Volvo's trademark is the same as the astrological symbol for Mars, the alchemical symbol for iron, and the Linnean symbol for male. Orazor (talk) 13:09, 9 June 2014 (UTC)
And attractive? -- Weatherlawyer (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)