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Creepy Qatar Airways Commercial  
User currently offlineeaa3 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 991 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7134 times:

Qatar Airways has this commercial being aired right now that is supposed to demonstrate how good the cabin crew is. It shows them outside of work helping random people. I think they´re good except for one scene:

http://youtu.be/ejGonnE02Qw

In this commercial a young man (Qatar Airways flight attendant) is in Times Square where a mother is about to pick up her son so that he would be able to see over a crowd that had gathered around some street performer. This is all very well intentioned and the young man is obviously very helpful and well meaning.

However I think it´s a bit creepy for some random man to pick up a kid that he does not know even though the mother is right there. I don´t think anyone should ever do this. If he were a friend of the mother or something then this is fine.

What do you guy´s think.

Apart from this specific scene Qatar Airways has some great and beautiful ads. Including this one, just not this scene.

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User currently offlineju068 From Serbia, joined Aug 2009, 2579 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7093 times:

I do not like the commerical, there is too much going on in such a short time...

User currently offlineVARIG MD-11 From France, joined Jul 2000, 1583 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7095 times:

Quoting eaa3 (Thread starter):
However I think it´s a bit creepy for some random man to pick up a kid that he does not know even though the mother is right there. I don´t think anyone should ever do this. If he were a friend of the mother or something then this is fine.

What do you guy´s think.

That's creepy in North America where contacts between people are seen as inappropriate or rude or sex-driven or all in one.
In most other places that's fine....as long as the parents agree on the help you provide.



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User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5167 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6992 times:

Quoting VARIG MD-11 (Reply 2):
In most other places that's fine....as long as the parents agree on the help you provide.

I'm inclined to agree with VARIG MD-11

In this ad it's not as though the man simply grabbed the child and hoisted him onto his shoulders, he clearly does communicate with the mother.


On the other hand, I think these kind of commercials come with a certain "suspension of disbelief" in that the scenes they depict would obviously never happen in real life. In that regard it certainly reminds me of this one from BA in 2007: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjhWCfs20IY



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User currently offlineThomasCook From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 793 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6783 times:

I thought exactly the same when I saw this advert last night. Very bizarre! I understood the intention upon the ad concluding but until that point I thought it was quite strange and had no idea what was being portrayed.

ThomasCook



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User currently offlineeaa3 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 991 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6687 times:

Quoting VARIG MD-11 (Reply 2):

That's creepy in North America where contacts between people are seen as inappropriate or rude or sex-driven or all in one.
In most other places that's fine....as long as the parents agree on the help you provide.

I don´t think it´s a North American thing. Contact is fine. If he were a friend of the family then this would be fine. But I don´t think one should ever offer to pick up a kid like this that you just met. It might be different if the mother had asked for help. Ultimately although this guy seemed like nice guy you aren´t really supposed to interact like this with kids that you don´t know.


User currently offlineVARIG MD-11 From France, joined Jul 2000, 1583 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6609 times:

Quoting eaa3 (Reply 5):
I don´t think it´s a North American thing. Contact is fine. If he were a friend of the family then this would be fine. But I don´t think one should ever offer to pick up a kid like this that you just met.

I am saying in other parts of the world that would be okay.
I know to you that's completely out of the blue but in Africa or the Mediterranean, that's nothing extraordinary.
Then you have your ways of thinking and that's fine, but some people have others, the ones creating this ad should have taken that in consideration maybe.



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User currently offlineshufflemoomin From Denmark, joined Jun 2010, 470 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6558 times:

Good God. Is there anything Americans aren't worried about these days? In 20 years, most of the USA will live in a bunker in the backyard and never go anywhere or do anything for fear or what might happen. At least Bill Burr is standing out from the terrified crowds:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zc--FjGgAig


User currently offlinelucce From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 116 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6545 times:

Yet I still find that less creepy than this SQ commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNEJrd6GkSY
This SQ girl touches pretty much everyone who comes across, including an minor with no parents present. Paired with the slogan "Singapore Girl, you're a great way to fly" I find it a bit more disturbing than the QR ad. This is not to say that the QR one was any good.


User currently offlinesandyb123 From UK - Scotland, joined Oct 2007, 1067 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6508 times:
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Quoting VARIG MD-11 (Reply 2):
In most other places that's fine....as long as the parents agree on the help you provide.
Quoting shufflemoomin (Reply 7):
Good God. Is there anything Americans aren't worried about these days?

I'm inclined to say that the sentiment is inappropriate. Personal emotions aside, I'm not sure I would portray my business in that way.

I do get the sentiment, but it's too far fetched.

Sandyb123



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User currently offlineeaa3 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 991 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6487 times:

Quoting shufflemoomin (Reply 7):
Good God. Is there anything Americans aren't worried about these days? In 20 years, most of the USA will live in a bunker in the backyard and never go anywhere or do anything for fear or what might happen. At least Bill Burr is standing out from the terrified crowds:

No worries. But you don´t offer to pick up a random kid in Times square. Especially in the way that the ad portrayed it. The mother didn´t seem to be looking for help. The guy just ran up to them and offered to hold him. It´s just common sense. If the mother had asked for help then that might be different.

Quoting lucce (Reply 8):
This SQ girl touches pretty much everyone who comes across, including an minor with no parents present. Paired with the slogan "Singapore Girl, you're a great way to fly" I find it a bit more disturbing than the QR ad. This is not to say that the QR one was any good.

In India I don´t think this would be considered strange. Holding hands is very different in India. A lot of men hold hands while walking around and that has nothing to do with sexuality.

[Edited 2012-02-27 04:52:22]

User currently offlinecedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8028 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6322 times:

I think the ad is inappropriate. I don't like the fear culture of the USA but in this case it's spot on. If I was out with my young niece and nephew and a stranger, esp a man, offered to carry one on their shoulders, I would call a cop. It just isn't normal. What were Qatar thinking?

Btw couldn't pick up anything wrong with the SQ ad, thought it was nicely done. She sure wasn't interfering with kids!



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User currently offlinecipango From Ireland, joined Jul 2009, 569 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6236 times:

Quoting cedarjet (Reply 11):
Btw couldn't pick up anything wrong with the SQ ad

She seemed to just touch the kids going by. Saw the commercial a few months ago and the first time I saw it I thought it was weird, and still do to this day.

However, all the other interactions with the SQ girl seem to be in keeping with what SQ wanted from the commercial.



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User currently offlinebtblue From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 578 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 6162 times:

People touch people every day - it's human nature. In some countries it is frowned upon. I wouldn't say that was backward thinking but I would say it is a way of trying to condition humans and their nature.

I'm from the countryside and I have no problem with this commercial. It's not creepy, odd or anything like that... BUT, I can see, if you live in a city were a whole manner of scary things can happen you can think it's a bit creepy. I would say get over it, get the sentiment at the end of the video and let good nature get the better of you rather than some other sinister thoughts...



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User currently offlineAirport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5922 times:

It is slightly weird, but I honestly don't see what the big deal is. It's not like it suddenly makes me want to avoid flying Qatar. If anything, even though such an encounter would be weird, I at least appreciate the spirit of the ad and what they were trying to go for.

User currently offlineFly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5800 times:

Quoting eaa3 (Thread starter):
What do you guy´s think.
Quoting VARIG MD-11 (Reply 2):

That's creepy in North America where contacts between people are seen as inappropriate or rude or sex-driven or all in one.

        

Quoting eaa3 (Reply 5):

I don´t think it´s a North American thing. Contact is fine.

The heck it is. If you're a guy and so much as look at a young girl you're pretty much automatically considered a pedophile. I was checking out at the supermarket once and this about 6 year old girl was looking at me (i guess she found me interesting since I was in my pilot uniform) she smiled at me, and I smiled back in a completely non-perverted and innocent way. Her dad noticed and gave me this "im going to chop your balls off" look and held her real close. I damn near confronted him, but figured that wouldn't end well. And I'm anything but shady looking.

So while I think you are grossly overreacting, I see where you are coming from, this is a common theme in this country, and I'm not just talking about personal experience. There's so much paranaoia and the political correctness movement is going too far.

Quoting eaa3 (Reply 10):

No worries. But you don´t offer to pick up a random kid in Times square

It's just a commercial, for pete's sake!!!         


User currently offlinelucce From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 116 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5590 times:

Quoting eaa3 (Reply 10):
In India I don´t think this would be considered strange. Holding hands is very different in India. A lot of men hold hands while walking around and that has nothing to do with sexuality.

Sorry, but I can't see what you said has to do with what I said.
I didn't see any men holding hands in that part.

I was referring to the SQ girl touching an random boy that she came across. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against for example a flight attendant putting his/her hand on a passengers shoulder as a sympathetic gesture or friends hugging as a form of greeting but I am a bit wary of strangers touching children on the street for no reason. Especially with the song saying "Singapore girl, you're a great way to fly" (vs I'm Maggie, fly me). Additionally, I don't see why would she hand the lady's coat to her if she wasn't going to assist her to put it on. The whole ad seems very contrived.

At least the QR flight attendants have purpose in their actions (helping the child see and picking up a rose that dropped).


User currently offlinemikey72 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2009, 1780 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5579 times:

I was in the gym watching sky news and one of their commercials came on the TV.

It was the one where they start with something like ...'while the smog lingers over London...' etc

Was at the time of the riots.....there was a smog alright.....half the city was on fire.

Tactful I thought.



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User currently offlineORDJOE From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 688 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4921 times:

Quoting VARIG MD-11 (Reply 2):
That's creepy in North America where contacts between people are seen as inappropriate or rude or sex-driven or all in one.

Yeah I think people are reading into this too much. First of all was this ad even meant for the US market or other. It is possible something like this would be normal in other countries (I stress possible, I only know so much about the ins and outs of other cultures accepted behavior) If anything else it just touches to the theme of the commericial, they are there to serve and help out, which is what that guy was doing for the boy (also consider the mom might not be physically able to do that, that kid could be 80-100lbs or 35-45kg not to sound sexist but there a lot of women that can not lift that much weight over their head and let it rest of their shoulders). Just having contact with a kid by no means automatically implies sexual conduct.

And I agree with our international friends on this post, America is too dam scared about everything that anything relating to a child and a stranger automatically becomes some sort of pedophile action.

To our international friends, you have not seen half of it how much the US gets worked up over these sorts of things.

I will say I wish we got more airline commercials in Chicago, I know New York and LA get them and a lot of EU and Asia


User currently offlinewindshear From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 2325 posts, RR: 11
Reply 19, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4739 times:

I don't see the problem?!
At first I thought that you found the overblown super ego driven branding scheme creepy, but now I see that it's paedophobia on your behalf.

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User currently offlineWY101 From Oman, joined Feb 2012, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4698 times:

Actually I think QR copied SQ Ad, Its mostly the same idea.

User currently offlineT8KE0FF From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 410 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4647 times:

This is certainly one very creepy ad! I know plenty of flight attendants who are lovely in the air, but complete b****** on the ground. So I'm not sure how accurate this really is. :P


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User currently offlinemd80fanatic From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2659 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4533 times:

This should be normal in the US too but, due to the influx of paranoia in every nook and cranny of our society, it's not. It's all about one's individual perception, and experiences, which colors our viewpoint. For example, you witness a man inserting a clothes hanger into a car window ... obviously trying to get the car door lock to open. One observer concludes it is the car's owner who has locked the keys inside the car, while the next person assumes it's a car thief trying to make off with someone else's vehicle.

When I saw the airline's commercial, I saw a nice and thoughtful man providing a boost to a kid who couldn't have seen the show otherwise. It made both their days and it ended with two big smiles.


User currently offlinekiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8523 posts, RR: 14
Reply 23, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4485 times:
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   inane? yes, unrealistic? yes, cheesy? yes, but creepy? Well, I guess that's your choice, if you really want to see it as creepy, then no doubt you will choose to find it creepy. I can't see it myself.


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User currently offlineeaa3 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 991 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4300 times:

Quoting windshear (Reply 19):
I don't see the problem?!
At first I thought that you found the overblown super ego driven branding scheme creepy, but now I see that it's paedophobia on your behalf.

Well people seem to have mixed opinions on this.

Paedophobia means fear of children. I don´t know why that has anything to do with this.

I´m just saying that you generally don´t pick up someone else's child unless you're asked to or there is some good reason to do it. It's got little to do with paranoia. It's just not good manners. A lot of parents wouldn't approve of it. Obviously the mother approved but it's still not something you should do.


25 odwyerpw : In 2000 I was on a Whale Watching Boat in the Bay of Fundy that left out of Bar Harbour Maine. Cold, Choppy Water, Horrible Fog. Saw almost nothing fo
26 1stfl94 : I don't see what's creepy. The point is about QR cabin crew going the extra mile and bringing their hospitality to the rest of the world. The guy asks
27 YOWza : This is only creepy if you want it to be... personally I saw nothing wrong with this. YOWza
28 WY101 : BA new ad campaign is much more classier and chic to QR.
29 YYZYYT : No, it's more than that - we do have a culture of fear, driven by highly publicized cases which do - unforntately - exist. One of today's top news st
30 Post contains images VARIG MD-11 : Hahaha not surprised at all I was raised as a latino and we touch each other all the time which can be seen as weird or obscene if you're not from ou
31 Giancavia : Pretty much spot on. I do..
32 klwright69 : This thread is a surprise. Living in the middle east, I see commercials for QR all the time. This one does not seem like the others. I think gross gen
33 ikramerica : It's OT, but I always call BS on that claim. You see hand holding among men in societies where there are much stricter rules about male-female contac
34 Post contains images ACDC8 : Creepy? Seriously? I wouldn't even have noticed had someone not mentioned anything. Its almost as bad as some religious sect picking out some random m
35 AirPacific747 : I agree. Relax, people. I think it is a good commercial. It illustrates very well that the employees at Qatar Airways are service minded beyond doing
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