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30 April 2009 @ 11:29 am
Whats all the fuss about...  
I saw this earlier today... I cant help but think that common sense and the great British sense of humour have all gone down the pan...

Most complained about adverts on TV

Whats the problem with the bus advert? I shall hazard a guess at the london bombings?

The polo advert - seriously people... they're hardly gonna hurt the ikkle doggie are they....

I despair.

Some people need more to do in their life...

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Logan: cricket ballloganberrybunny on April 30th, 2009 10:37 am (UTC)
Apparently the bus one was thought to be insensitive to people who'd been on double-deckers which had gone under low bridges and had had their tops ripped off. I think Walkers withdrew it of their own accord in the end.
The Stainless Steel Rat: Common Sensestainsteelrat on April 30th, 2009 10:38 am (UTC)
My guess at the problem is that there's always a percentage of barmy politically correct people in the population that generally get ignored by the remainder who have common sense. With these avenues for complaint they get listened to, and it takes a relatively small number of (barmy) people to get something changed.

Realistically they need far more people to complain before taking notice. Or make people complete some sort of common sense exam first before they listen to them.
slw2004: drollslw2004 on April 30th, 2009 12:56 pm (UTC)
Some people need more to do in their life...

How amusing. You posted to complain about people complaining about possible abuse and the use of traumatic images that may remind people of a time when other people died or were injured. And then said that they needed to get a life. Why exactly did you feel the need to comment at all except to show yourself to be a heartless, unsympathetic person?
DCradiantsoul on April 30th, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC)
Oh the irony.
fenjer: angry gromitfenjer on April 30th, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
I'm not heartless or unsympathetic...and I'm not complaining.

Bet lets be fair here, if you were to ban anything that someone found upsetting or traumatic then you'd never see, do or go anywhere.

Life is out there, shit happens, deal with it and stop bloody complaining.
slw2004slw2004 on April 30th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
Well you sound like you are complaining. And you sound unsympathetic. Saying that other people's life experiences and personal traumas are something they should just "deal with" while not taking into account the psychological effects that being reminded by those traumas (something that in itself can be traumatic) by a bloody advert is just... selfish and, yes, unsympathetic. Just because it does not affect you in that way does not mean that the fact that it does affect someone that way invalid. As a decent human being you should care about other people suffering. And adverts are not important enough (is anything) that people should be expected to just sit through the pain and the trauma and say nothing.

Furthermore, adverts are part of our culture, are part of the cultural environment through which we learn how to react to other people, what is acceptable, what is not acceptable. So having adverts that, say, reduce other people's pain to something amusing or turn women into objects to be lusted after while denying that they are people to ARE BAD. So, yes, they should be fucking complained about because they do have a fucking impact.
fenjer: angry gromitfenjer on April 30th, 2009 02:42 pm (UTC)
There are dozens of adverts out there that affect me in a way that I'd rather not sit through, but if those adverts make someone pick up a phone and report child abuse, or domestic abuse, or rape then I'm damn sure I'll sit through that uncomfortable 60 seconds give or take. I've been there so dont preach to me about unsympathetic.
slw2004slw2004 on April 30th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
But the one that you are complaining about is a WALKERS advert. It's trying to sell crisps. It doesn't aim to get anyone to phone up to report anything. So saying that people shouldn't complain about an advert that is trying to sell something which happens to traumatise them is being unsympathetic to their pain. If it was the Barnados ad and it had a specific aim which would benefit people and raise awareness about a deeply troubling problem then the use of traumatic images is appropriate to the message. But it's fucking Walkers crisps. And you are comparing it to the London bombings.
fenjer: bitchfenjer on April 30th, 2009 04:35 pm (UTC)
Walkers?!?! Really - wow I didnt get that!
Alexander / ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ -defender of mankind-elkippy on April 30th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
haha this just got hella meta
Blow An Artery; Eat Plastic Surgery.throwingpunches on April 30th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
wtf, the specsavers advert? REALLY?