VisitFlorida teaming up with Pitbull to promote Florida is brilliant … dahling

Posted on September 3, 2015


PitbullHWOFMay2013VisitFlorida teaming up with Pitbull to promote Florida is brilliant … dahling

Not sure who put this one together but whoever did is brilliant. I mean, who is there better in Florida to represent the energy, fun, diversity and excitement of our sunny state? Mr. Worldwide translates into worldwide exposure to our party cities like Miami, our recreational culture and I just can’t contain my excitement thinking about the day when I hear the first Pitbull song bringing Florida the attention we deserve.

There are good reasons he has repped Budweiser, Dr. Pepper, Miami Subs Pizza and Grill—even WalMart. He has international appeal and the guy is just plain fun.

He is the artist that brought you 20 number-one hits, you know them even if you don’t know them, with such lyrical greats from Calle Ocho as “Mami got an ass like a donkey, with a monkey, look like King Kong, welcome to the crib, 305 that’s what it is'” and “with a woman down ya shit don’t play games, they up the chain, and they let her do everythang and anythang, hit tha thang and they love it gettin’ it in, gettin’ on, all night long,” I can promise you this relationship will be soooooo good.

I’m not kidding. I’m serious.

Our state has recently become synonymous with weird, stupid dysfunctional and just plain awful. Florida bashing has brandished hashtags as #FloridaMan with stories including face-eating zombies and redneck psychopaths. Our state has a  long history of stories that confuse our nation (and employ Carl Hiassan) from hanging chads to Casey Anthony to George Zimmerman.

This Pitbull thing might be the best branding we’ve ever had. And I especially like it because we can finally embrace our wild side with a type of flair that we can all be proud of. I’ve been to see Pitbull live and this guy is so full of energy, so entertaining and his music is so contagious, you will remember it until you die. Expect the masses to come here shaking there ass to whatever slogans Pitbull serves up. I’m excited only to imagine what he will come up with.

If I only I could be a little fly on the wall in the studio of the execs determining what the slogans might be for Florida. I have a few favorites I think would be magical to hear Mr. 305 sing out for our state and here they are in no official order. If you have any better please hashtag #PitbullFloridaSongs

  1. It’s Florida—dahling
  2. Florida—you know you want it
  3. Face down, bootie up—that’s the way Florida likes to UHH
  4. Florida—We gon’ boogie oogie oogie, jiggle, wiggle and dance—light your nights on fire
  5. Florida— give me everything tonight
  6. Florida—Don’t stop the party
  7. Bon Bon Bon Bon— Florida is so Bon Bon
  8. Florida—We freaky
  9. Florida—Don’t stop the party
  10. Shimmy shimmy ya shimmy yay—Florida is a dog all day

Lastly, since we have Pibull, could we bring in J-Lo or Ke$sha for a commercial or two?

—Eric Raddatz is occasionally surprised as to all of the cool events that are happening in #SWFL and likes to share them with you. Follow him at for more updates!


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