Ads You WON’T See During The Superbowl

January 30, 2009 at 9:12 pm 3 comments

The first has already gotten a lot of attention, because that’s what it was designed to do.  PETA, in their phenomenally retarded ongoing efforts to prove than any publicity is good publicity, shot this dumb, pandering spot to prove- what?

They delight in being deliberately provocative, whether it’s videos of animals being mutilated or wrapping their interns in cellophane and making them lie in the sun.  They feel like their job is done as long as they get people talking.  That’s what annoys me.  When NBC refused to run the ad during the Superbowl, PETA instantly gets tons of free publicity for having their spot “banned”, when they never planned on it being aired at all.  They KNEW it would be banned, because it would get more attention that way.  So they get our attention- and do what with it? Tell us vegetarians ‘have better sex’?  Not the most scientifically sound hypothesis being posited, here.  Instead of using the opportunity to present solutions for safer meat production or alleged health benefits of going vegetarian, they waste a full 30 seconds catering to the Maxim-reading, Axe-wearing demographic, thereby alienating people who might actually, you know, care about animals and shit (like girls!).

Worse, however, is this anti-choice ad put out by

The first crime is insinuating that the sonogram is actually of Barack Obama, which is ridiculous.  What really bothers me, though, is that no one (who isn’t a sociopath) thinks abortion is a good thing.  No one is going to look at a baby and say it would be better if it had never been born. assumes that pro-choice is the same as pro-abortion, which is why this ad misses its mark by so much.  For most, pro-choice means simply that you couldn’t possibly make judgments about one of the most important decisions someone else is making, and therefore, that person should be left to make the decision for themselves.  These guys would rather no one had the option before them at all.  The ad is exploitative and insulting- particularly because their subject has made a big deal about protecting women’s rights, and will continue to do so, it comes across as some kind of weird, retroactive threat (“ooh, Obama, if you had been aborted, you wouldn’t be able to support pro-choice legislation!”) which is pretty dark.

The worst part for me, though, is that they were offering NBC $1.5 million to $1.8 million to air this spot.  If you have the ability to raise that kind of money, why waste it on advertising? Give it to kids- particularly these kids with single parents, or who are living in underfunded orphanages, or all of these disadvantaged babies to whom we ALL want to give a bright future.  Stop turning it into a political issue, and spend your money where it can really help.

But then, isn’t spending vast amounts of money on useless things what America is all about?


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Joe  |  January 30, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Despite the hardships, he will endure
    This child will become…

  • 2. alisaurus  |  February 2, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    I agree.

    That PETA ad is retarded. “Vegetarians have better sex”? Better than who? Overweight dudes who eat nothing but chili and hot dogs? I mean, yeah, that’s probably true.

    And the CathVote one is also idiotic and reallly wrong. If you’re going to make the argument that, “Hey, the fetus you’re considering aborting might turn out to be president,” couldn’t you also argue, “Hey, it could end up as Hitler,” or anyone else for that matter. It’s a pretty stupid point with no basis in reality or bearing on the issue of abortion.

  • 3. Pedro  |  February 3, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Not Hitler! Chad.


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