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Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 8:29 am

Even I think that this is a bit over the top!
in case you missed it:



Snickers ad pulled after complaints from gay groups

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. -- A commercial for Snickers candy bars launched in the Super Bowl broadcast was benched after its maker got complaints that it was homophobic.

The ad showed two auto mechanics accidentally kissing while eating the same candy bar and then ripping out some chest hair to do something "manly." One of the alternate endings on the Snickers Web site showed the men attacking each other.

The Human Rights Campaign and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation complained to the maker of Snickers, Hackettstown-based Masterfoods USA, a division of Mars Inc., which also makes M&M's and other candies.

The Web site also featured video of players from the Super Bowl teams reacting to the kiss.

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/a.../20070206/NEWS07/70206064/1081/COL

[Edited 2007-02-07 00:29:29]

[Edited 2007-02-07 00:31:46]
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 8:38 am

The White Trash Defemation League will be contacting the Mars Corporation in the morning to notify them of the offense they have taken at the Snickers commercials portrayal of white trash.

In other news, The Human Rights Campaign and GLAAD really need to get a life.
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 8:40 am

I figured the first ad to be pulled was the GM ad where the robot "commits suicide"...
 
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 8:41 am

Oh for crying out loud.

I'm amazed at the ridiculous PC society we live in. It's a commercial. It's funny. If anything, it pokes fun at homophobes. Really, don't these 'gay groups' that complained have anything better to do than complain about a humurous TV commercial?

Snickers shouldn't have pulled it on principle. It seems these days that whenever a so-called 'minority' group gets even slightly and disproportionately offended, the culprit at the end of their complaint always bows to the complaint. I wish someone would just say 'no' for a change.
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 8:43 am

I am gay and thought they were hilarious, but I can aslo laugh at myself. F*** 'em if they can't take a joke.
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 8:43 am

I knew that advert would cause controversy, but I'm surprised it's groups like GLAAD that are complaining. I initially thought it's the FCC that's pulling the plug on it when I saw the thread title.
 
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 8:43 am

Quoting Dtwclipper (Thread starter):
One of the alternate endings on the Snickers Web site showed the men attacking each other.

According to the interview on CNN with a representative with GLAAD, the two men were attacking each other with wrenches, which *could* be reinforcing hate crimes, a much different set of circumstances than pulling out some of one's own chest hair.

Too bad the Detroit paper didn't report the entire story.
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 8:44 am

Quoting Dtwclipper (Thread starter):
A commercial for Snickers candy bars launched in the Super Bowl broadcast was benched after its maker got complaints that it was homophobic.

M&M Mars happens to be one of the most right wing companies in the country and has been known to put hidden messages in its commercials before. There was actually a lot of talk in the political community about an ad done during the Gore-Bush campaign that had subtle political messages in it.
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 8:46 am

I saw that the other day, and just went, 'huh'? Wasn't really funny, but wasn't in any way offensive to my 'gay' sensibilities either.

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 3):
Snickers shouldn't have pulled it on principle. It seems these days that whenever a so-called 'minority' group gets even slightly and disproportionately offended, the culprit at the end of their complaint always bows to the complaint. I wish someone would just say 'no' for a change.

Agree with you there - it would've been better just to ignore it.
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 8:51 am

Gee, I saw the version that aired on the Super Bowl (the chest hair version) and as a gay man I was not offended.

Frankly, I think straight auto mechanics should be offended. They are the ones portrayed as:

1. unable to control themselves and eat a candy bar that your coworker is already eating,
2. so horrified by the prospect of their lips touching another man's lips they resort to self mutilation to compensate

I thought it was quite funny and have no problem continuing to buy Snickers bars. I have not seen the wrench beating version so I can't comment on that ad.

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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 8:54 am

From the GLAAD, Matthew Shepard Foundation press release:

http://www.glaad.org/media/release_detail.php?id=3970

Mars’ campaign Web site (www.snickerssatisfies.com) shows alternate endings for the ad – among them, a version called “Wrench” where, instead of ripping out their own chest hair, one man grabs a wrench and uses it to bash the other, who responds by slamming the hood of the car down on his head.  Mars is asking visitors to vote on this and three other endings – including the one aired on the Super Bowl telecast – to determine which version will air during the Fox broadcast of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 18.

[...]

“I am outraged that Mars, the NFL and these players would promote such an anti-gay message. This campaign encourages the same type of hate that led to the death of my son Matthew. It essentially gives ‘permission’ to our society to verbally or physically harass individuals who are gay, lesbian or bisexual,” said Judy Shepard, Executive Director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation. “In particular, I am dismayed that these players, who are role models to our young people, would participate in perpetuating such discrimination and prejudice.”


Apparently Mars overreacted and pulled the entire campaign, instead of just what most would find offensive. I thought the commercial that did air was just fine.
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 8:54 am

from the article...

""This type of jeering from professional sports figures at the sight of two men kissing fuels the kind of anti-gay bullying that haunts countless gay and lesbian school children on playgrounds all across the country," Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese said in a statement."

HUH??? Did he just really say that?

Really? Gay and Lesbian school children on the playgrounds? Are you serious? When I was "playground" age, all I could care about was how fast I could get on the swings or sliding board.. and I still remember to this day the time all the girls tackled me and kissed me.. it was the worst day of my life (AT THE TIME).... when I was playground age I hated girls, like every other boy on the playground... today for me, well, that's a much different story.
Are you trying to tell me that at playground age boys and girls already know they are gay or lesbian?

What a freakin joke. You know, Human Rights people would have more clout if they didn't speak from their rear-end so much...
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 9:01 am

Quoting GuitrThree (Reply 11):
Human Rights people would have more clout if they didn't speak from their rear-end so much...

So much? Care to provide some backup to that? HRC has been and continues to be one of the most effective political voices for Gays & Lesbians. Like any politically active group, they're going to occasionally take stands that are a little 'out there', like this one, but on the whole they are very good at remaining on message.
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 9:09 am

Quoting GuitrThree (Reply 11):
""This type of jeering from professional sports figures at the sight of two men kissing fuels the kind of anti-gay bullying that haunts countless gay and lesbian school children on playgrounds all across the country," Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese said in a statement."

HUH??? Did he just really say that?

Are you for real?

The kind of bullying and hatred that gay kids experience at school is very real, leads to incredibly high rates of suicide (gay teens have the highest suicide rates in the country) and can't be compared to some girls joshing you.

Quoting GuitrThree (Reply 11):
Are you trying to tell me that at playground age boys and girls already know they are gay or lesbian?

Uhhh, yes. Welcome to the real world, Ms. Hilton.

Many of us didn't know the word "gay" or "lesbian," but we sure as hell knew what we felt, and that we were different. And oddly enough, so did the other kids. You're trying to tell me that by the time you were 12, you never noticed that some kid in class was more effeminate/didn't like sports/was quiet?
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 9:12 am

It's a poke at homophobia and GLAAD is just looking for another fight... like any other group of people pitching a fit when they don't get their way all the time.
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 9:13 am

Quoting EWRCabincrew (Reply 4):
I am gay and thought they were hilarious, but I can aslo laugh at myself. F*** 'em if they can't take a joke.

I have to agree.
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 9:16 am

Quoting N1120A (Reply 7):
M&M Mars happens to be one of the most right wing companies in the country and has been known to put hidden messages in its commercials before. There was actually a lot of talk in the political community about an ad done during the Gore-Bush campaign that had subtle political messages in it.

You might have something here, just the other day I had a whole bag and the M's were all W's! Scarey! W, i.e. George W Bush, OMG!

 Yeah sure  Yeah sure  Yeah sure  Yeah sure  Yeah sure  Yeah sure  Yeah sure  Yeah sure

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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 9:21 am

Okay, let me ask everyone a question. If Mars had put up alternate ads where two Jews turned into Christians by eating a Snickers bar, then one hit the other with a wrench and then got his head slammed with a car hood, that would be equally acceptable? Or perhaps set lions out after each other? Or maybe eating a Snickers bar turned them black and they went after each other physically? That would be okay with you guys?

Again, it's not the commercial that aired that was the problem. Mars overreacted and pulled the entire campaign when the alternate ending for visitors to their website could vote on was disputed.

::shaking head::
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 9:22 am

Quoting Jaysit (Reply 13):
Uhhh, yes. Welcome to the real world, Ms. Hilton.

Ouch.. that name calling really hurts... you should apologize...

Quoting Jaysit (Reply 13):
Are you for real?



Quoting Jaysit (Reply 13):
Many of us didn't know the word "gay" or "lesbian," but we sure as hell knew what we felt, and that we were different.

Yes.. I AM for real.. I'm not saying that a "gay" or "lesbian" doesn't feel different. What I'm saying is that a playground age child DOESN'T KNOW what SEXUALITY IS. Thus, not just me, but every little boy who naturally hates girls isn't sexually mature to know anything. THUS, by saying a playground age child can be offended by a "gay-bashing" commercial is just utter nonsense. A gay or lesbian child at the same age as a straight child have no difference in their sexual maturity, thus, for this "human rights" activist to use it as a defense to back his stance against an anti-gay ad is just BS. If you believe it, well fine. I for one, don't.
I for one simply look at a child as a maturing human. Children are born with the inability to speak. They learn this from 1-2 years, with limited vocabulary, then continue to learn all their life. This example of this "expert" is like trying to tell me that a 6 month year old heard a commercial with bad words in it and it was going to scar it for life. Sorry, a 6 month old cannot comprehend words.
And in this case, a "playground" aged child can not comprehend the difference between gay and straight sex.
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 9:57 am

One of the few Super Bowl ads I did see and, as a gay man, I did not (NOT) see it as a slam against gays. It was two guys in an akward place. The Super Bowl is overtly heterosexual. The commercial was funny to me just because of the dynamic. Some people have too much time on their hands!

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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 10:16 am

Quoting Seb146 (Reply 19):
Some people have too much time on their hands!

Okay, did you think the alternate ad on the Mars website showing the guys going after each other with a wrench and car hood, which again, was what was disputed, was equally funny?
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 10:16 am

Quoting GuitrThree (Reply 11):
Are you trying to tell me that at playground age boys and girls already know they are gay or lesbian?

Yes!

Quoting GuitrThree (Reply 18):
Yes.. I AM for real.. I'm not saying that a "gay" or "lesbian" doesn't feel different. What I'm saying is that a playground age child DOESN'T KNOW what SEXUALITY IS.

WRONG

Quoting GuitrThree (Reply 18):
THUS, by saying a playground age child can be offended by a "gay-bashing" commercial is just utter nonsense.

WRONG.

As a kid in a Catholic Grade School, I can't even begin to count the number of times I was hurt by someone's saying "fag" or "gay" or when we were taught that being gay was wrong. If I was a grade schooler, and saw an anti-gay anything, I'd be completely hurt and offended by it. I knew what I was back then.
 
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 10:25 am

As a straight male, *I'm* the one who should be offended. I mean it re-inforces the sterotype that straight men are boobs and are so afraid of being "gay" that they'll overcompensate in some stupid way.
But you know, I don't give a shit.
If people are offended, then don't buy the friggin' candy bars.
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 10:28 am

Quoting Dtwclipper (Thread starter):
Even I think that this is a bit over the top!
in case you missed it:

I have no problem with the ad they ran and this from a Gay man.

Quoting Dtwclipper (Thread starter):
One of the alternate endings on the Snickers Web site showed the men attacking each other.

Now that is pure and simple a hate crime ending.
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 10:32 am

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 17):
Again, it's not the commercial that aired that was the problem. Mars overreacted and pulled the entire campaign when the alternate ending for visitors to their website could vote on was disputed.

::shaking head::

OK people READ before you post. Again the alternative ending is bad, commercial ran is good, alternative bad, ran good, alternative bad, ran good.
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 10:39 am

Quoting N1120A (Reply 7):
M&M Mars happens to be one of the most right wing companies in the country and has been known to put hidden messages in its commercials before.

Great evidence to show that they are "right wing". Yeah sure

John and Jacqueline Mars contribute quite a bit to the Republican party. I suppose that makes her "right wing"? Apparently you would just throw all Republicans under a moniker that incites images of nut jobs.

They do campaign for estate tax changes for the wealthy, which is why the give so much to the Republicans. Its well known that they spent exhorbitant amounts of money lobbying on the hill. Other then that they are very apolitical and you would be hard pressed to find any other "right wing" tendencies. But then again what self respecting billionair in the Forbes top US 25 doesn't want more money?  Wink

And yes, the Mars family is still in direct control of the company.

Quoting N1120A (Reply 7):
There was actually a lot of talk in the political community about an ad done during the Gore-Bush campaign that had subtle political messages in it.

So this talk of a perception of a candy commercial paints a whole coporation as "right wing"? Ridiculous. All they want is more money so they lean towards Republicans just as a majority of companies do. Companies do the same with Democrats as well. Its politics.

It also is crazy to think that Mars would intentionally make a moral social statement on a topic such as homosexuality in one of their commercials. They want both straights and gays to buy their product. After all its well known who the best fudge packers are.  Wow!

Lastly, do you actually think that Mars came up with the idea? They used a marketing and advertising agency. Mars may have approved it because they thought it was funny, but it certainly wasn't created from scratch by Mars to piss off their own customers by spreading their "right wing" agenda.

You should consider why a company would do something to anger customers. If you were able to set aside your own political opinions it would have been easy to see.
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 10:40 am

Has anyone here actually seen the alternate ending?
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 10:45 am

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 3):
whenever a so-called 'minority' group

Let me guess: you are white, you are male, you are protestant, and you feel oppressed.

How'd I do?

Anyway, what we're apparently forgetting here is that ads serve one purpose: to sell something. If you offend your customers, they probably won't buy your stuff. So, add it up: pull the ad.
 
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 11:08 am

Quoting D L X (Reply 27):
you are white

Correct!

Quoting D L X (Reply 27):
you are male

Correct!

Quoting D L X (Reply 27):
you are protestant

Uh oh. Wrong!

Quoting D L X (Reply 27):
you feel oppressed

Uh oh. Wrong again!

Not quite sure what your point was, but you scored 50%.
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 11:13 am

I saw this ad during the game. To me it had a 'yuck' factor, just stupid, silly and just one I would give a  thumbsdown  to. I didn't think of homosexual overtones of it until it was brought up later. To me, no one wouldn't bite on the other end of someone's candy bar when they have it in their mouth.
I wish the networks, advertising companies and some corporationswould have a panel of a broad range of people (age, sexual orientation, religion, social beliefs and so on) to review all ads and programs to catch the potential boo-boos' like this ad had.
I also agree that the GM-fired robot ad was bad too and I hope it never is shown again. To me, in the context of the layoffs of humans at GM, Ford and Chrysler over the years and the toll on those ex-workers it was insulting.
 
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 11:19 am

I was offended by all of the "yay a black coach won the Super Bowl" talk and commercials. I believe that all people of all races should be encouraged to win the Super Bowl. I think I'll have my lawyers call the NFL.



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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 11:23 am

They are still running the ad in Canada, except the last part of it (the hair part) isn't in it. It ends with them kissing and the logo comes onto the screen if I remember correctly.

I thought it was funny.
 
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 11:24 am

Quoting Pgh234 (Reply 30):
I was offended by all of the "yay a black coach won the Super Bowl" talk and commercials.

It happens.

Just like all of the movies about blacks being better than whites in sports, lately..
(case in point: the new swimming movie, where in the trailer, they specifically bring up the race card)
 
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 1:57 pm

Quoting N1120A (Reply 7):
M&M Mars happens to be one of the most right wing companies in the country and has been known to put hidden messages in its commercials before

And ya know that P&G symbol is a sign from da DEBIL! faint 

Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 16):
Alex I'll take foil hat wearers for 500 please.

 checkmark 

Quoting Searpqx (Reply 12):
HRC has been and continues to be one of the most effective political voices for Gays & Lesbians.

Perhaps that explains why she is still married to Bill. She has to give him some leeway to get his fun somewhere.  wink 

Quoting Jaysit (Reply 13):
you never noticed that some kid in class was more effeminate/didn't like sports/was quiet?

So what you are saying is that I can identify homosexuals by their effeminate nature and lack of interest in sports? Damn Johnny Depp and Billy Jean King to name just a few! wink 

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 20):
Okay, did you think the alternate ad on the Mars website showing the guys going after each other with a wrench and car hood, which again, was what was disputed, was equally funny?

Just as funny, but not as eye candy friendly, as two chicks beating the living daylights out of each other in a miller lite commercial.
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 2:15 pm

Quoting RJdxer (Reply 33):
Just as funny

Perhaps next year, just for your enjoyment, they'll feature an ending you can vote on over the web with two black dudes tossing burning crosses on each other's lawns.  Yeah sure
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 2:33 pm

Quoting RJdxer (Reply 33):
Perhaps that explains why she is still married to Bill. She has to give him some leeway to get his fun somewhere. wink

Oh that is so wrong on so many levels, and down right funny!  rotfl 
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 2:43 pm

The commercial sucked but not in a PC freak kind of way. More in the "I was drunk and it still wasn't that funny" way. Some people need to get a life.
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 2:43 pm

Quoting RJdxer (Reply 33):
Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 16):
Alex I'll take foil hat wearers for 500 please.

checkmark

Actually, I learned about the subliminal messages in M&M ads, back in an economics class.. The one I most remember was a magazine ad for M&M's, where the background was all M&Ms, and if you looked real close, it spelt out "sexy".
 
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 2:48 pm

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 29):
To me, no one wouldn't bite on the other end of someone's candy bar when they have it in their mouth.

Yeah, (insert name of male or female that most sets your hormones raging here) biting on the end of a candy bar winks and motions for you to take other end, you wouldn't would you.

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 29):
I wish the networks, advertising companies and some corporationswould have a panel of a broad range of people (age, sexual orientation, religion, social beliefs and so on) to review all ads and programs to catch the potential boo-boos' like this ad had

Then all ads will be white backgrounds with black text or reverse and nothing else.

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 34):
.

You really need to get some help. That is worth a suggest deletion.
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 2:51 pm

Quoting RJdxer (Reply 38):
You really need to get some help. That is worth a suggest deletion.

Why? You said that an example of a hate crime was funny. So I gave you an example of another one. Now suddenly you're offended.
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 2:56 pm

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 39):
You said that an example of a hate crime was funny

Really? Then I guess the three stooges was just nothing but hate crime after hate crime. As I guess any other slap stick comedy would be then.
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 3:01 pm

Quoting RJdxer (Reply 40):
As I guess any other slap stick comedy would be then.

The alternate ending, available on the web, that was the subject of the dispute, showed the two men kissing, then one going after the other with a wrench and a slam of a car hood on the head. That's not slapstick comedy. Once brought to the attention of Mars, instead of just pulling that one ending, they pulled the entire commercial no matter what the ending.

The one that aired, as I said before, was funny. It was self-depricating humor. I think Mars erred in pulling it.
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 3:09 pm

Wow... I must admit, when I read the title of this thread, I totally thought the opposite reason of why it was pulled!

I thought some ultra-conservative group was offended by 2 guys accidentally kissing and demanding such "offensive" images be taken off the air...

Quoting Dtwclipper (Thread starter):
Even I think that this is a bit over the top!

I disagree... 2 guys kissing is not the worst thing you can possibly see on TV these days.

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 3):
I'm amazed at the ridiculous PC society we live in. It's a commercial. It's funny. If anything, it pokes fun at homophobes. Really, don't these 'gay groups' that complained have anything better to do than complain about a humurous TV commercial?

Really! I'm very pro-gay rights and I hate people who make anti-gay comments or names, etc, but even I think that it's just a harmless commercial. Who cares? Honestly, if it wasn't a Super Bowl commercial, no one would give the slightest crap, because that's the only time most people are willing to watch commercials...
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 3:20 pm

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 41):
That's not slapstick comedy

I saw that and if it wasn't slapstick then I don't know how you tell the difference between that and any three stooges film. It was pulled because one pc group started complaining and I'm sure that got the immediate attention of legal. It certainly did not smack of any "hate crime".

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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 3:31 pm

Quoting RJdxer (Reply 43):
I saw that and if it wasn't slapstick

Times have certainly changed. There are a lot of schticks from the early part of the past century that wouldn't be acceptable today. If you thought that going after another person physically for being gay is okay, as what the web commercial portrayed, at least you're honest about it.
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 3:39 pm

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 44):
If you thought that going after another person physically for being gay is okay, as what the web commercial portrayed, at least you're honest about it.

I did not see someone going after someone else because they were gay, that is an assumption you are making. I saw two guys trying to show who could take the most pain. But the company covered you i their statement:
"We know that humor is highly subjective and understand that some people may have found the ad offensive"
In other words, just like you, some people just don't get the joke.
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 3:39 pm

Quoting RJdxer (Reply 40):
Then I guess the three stooges was just nothing but hate crime after hate crime

Uhhhh...not quite. For starters, you're talking about 50 years ago. Sexual orientation was not even on anyone's radar. Stonewall was still 20 years away. Furthermore, the Three Stooges were straight/asexual. The three of them kicking the crap out of each other, while so retarded I never did understand why people liked them so much, was not a hate crime. While I don't know if I'd go as far as calling the Snickers ad a "hate crime", it does highlight the insecurity that many straight men feel. Kinda sad really that in order to prove our masculinity we have to kick the crap out of each other. Just another great reminder of how advanced we are as a civilization.

Now that said, the one that aired on TV was so stupid it was pretty funny and kind of refreshing that they'd show two men in that situation during the Super Bowl, one of the most watched programs on TV each year.

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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 4:17 pm

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 3):
don't these 'gay groups' that complained have anything better to do than complain about a humurous TV commercial?

Nope.
 
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 5:06 pm

That's a funny ad.....too bad it was pulled.
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RE: Gay Snickers Ad Pulled

Wed Feb 07, 2007 10:59 pm

I have basically the same opinion as AeroWesty on this. There was nothing wrong with the ad shown at the top of this thread (although it was stupid), but with the wrench one there was.

Quoting Aeroflot777 (Reply 47):
Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 3):
don't these 'gay groups' that complained have anything better to do than complain about a humurous TV commercial?

Nope.

Read the whole thread. It has been said over and over again since IFEMaster posted that the gay rights groups complained about the wrench ad, NOT the one aired at the Superbowl.

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