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Old 03-23-2006, 02:14 PM   #11
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I don't see what the slogan has to do with an obsticle course. It doesn't make sense to me. I will write a complaint too. Glad we don't have tv!
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Old 03-23-2006, 03:12 PM   #12
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I don't even know why they would adopt such a slogan in the first place. It's not like their little game machine is touch-screen or something,
The Nintendo DS *is* a touch screen, fwiw.
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Old 03-23-2006, 03:30 PM   #13
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OK that makes the slogan take on a whole new meaning. I still think they should have thought a little harder to come up with a better slogan, but at least it makes sense now.
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Old 03-23-2006, 07:06 PM   #14
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Raven, I have had experience going against companies for such things and have had good results. Lets go after this one. It makes me SICK. I will do anything to destroy this commercial. I dont have kids but that has no bearing on my feelings. This is a crime IMO. Intentional or not..... the underlying meaning is horrible. Contact me via PM if you want to put our minds together and do something about this.
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Old 03-23-2006, 08:28 PM   #15
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If we went after everybody for what we interpret on our own, we'd be too busy for our own lives.

Your interpretation may be completely different than the next person's. No matter what we all may think, we do *not* have a right to not being offended, and anything said or done could be interpreted as offensive to anyone else. Everybody interprets things differently. That's variety, and it's supposed to be the spice of life.

While I may find the commercial distasteful when interpreted in its strictest, most easily offended sense, I think getting shrill and "going against" them isn't going to accomplish much of anything. By the time anything is organized the ad will be long gone and an afterthought and all the protesters will sound like is a bunch of complainers.

Email them and let them know what you think. Tell your friends not to buy their products. But to "destroy" a commercial that is a fleeting moment and won't be around long enough to register on radar is putting a whole lot of effort into something that could be better spent on things that really affect daily life.

Just my $.02 worth. I'm ready to be burned at the stake for it if necessary.
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Old 03-23-2006, 08:29 PM   #16
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I don't see what the slogan has to do with an obsticle course. It doesn't make sense to me. I will write a complaint too. Glad we don't have tv!
This doesn't make sense to me. You're basing your opinion and decision to complain on something you have no direct experience with. I don't protest anything until I have at least seen it for myself. Basing things on hearsay and others' statements is what led to the Salem Witch Trials.
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Old 03-23-2006, 10:46 PM   #17
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Your interpretation may be completely different than the next person's. No matter what we all may think, we do *not* have a right to not being offended, and anything said or done could be interpreted as offensive to anyone else. Everybody interprets things differently. That's variety, and it's supposed to be the spice of life.
See that's what I thought too, I thought maybe I was just being oversensitive to the slogan, that's why I tossed it out here and on another message board that have a lot of parents of small children and the reaction was the same in both places.

Understand it's not the commercial, that's fine, it's the slogan at the end that I find objectionable and when you combine it with the fact that it's only flashed on the screen for a second or so it's almost subliminal.

I would see nothing wrong with them simply changing the slogan at the end and keeping the commercials but IMO that slogan has far to grave a connotation.


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Old 03-23-2006, 11:34 PM   #18
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This doesn't make sense to me. You're basing your opinion and decision to complain on something you have no direct experience with. I don't protest anything until I have at least seen it for myself. Basing things on hearsay and others' statements is what led to the Salem Witch Trials.
FYI, I did watch the commercial on the link provided in Raven's first post. I wasn't clear in my post, saying I'd complain but didn't have a tv. Sorry for the confusion. I'm just glad my kids won't be watching commercials like this.
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Whether it is plain to see OR something that can be interpreted...... I dont like it. Anything with children that even MIGHT be negative must be dealt with. I understand what the commercial is REALLY saying. But it walks the line. And for that, it should not be on the air. It implies. And can be taken in a negative spin. Would YOU put your stamp of approval on it?
Bottom line, it is in very poor judgement that this advert is played. They should pull it.
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Old 03-24-2006, 08:19 AM   #20
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I wouldn't put my stamp of approval on it, but somebody did. One persons "line" that is "walked" can be completely invisible to the next, or not even be in the same ballpark. Who is the arbiter of what is the "line" and what isn't? What you see as implied may be far from the actual statement. That's the whole issue with implication. It's up to interpretation.

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Your child *might* grow up to be an axe murderer. Should we lock them up based on "might?" "Might be negative" is a *really* broad brush to be painting with. Be very careful when you start judging based on "might be," because that, again, is what also led to the Salem Witch Trials and many other travesties.

Anything can be "taken in a negative spin." Then again, anything can be taken in a positive spin too. Witness this Shining spoof trailer. Could make you actually want to see the movie if you didn't know it was a horror flick, right?

When it comes to children, you cannot protect them from the greater world all the time, and advertising is a pervasive medium that cannot be avoided. The more you try to the more stunned they will be when they enter the real world. I see it in my nieces every day and it's sad. All you can do is teach them what you know and what is right and wrong and hope it takes root.

You have a right to your opinion, and I too think the commercial is in poor taste and should probably not have been aired, but getting shrill over a fleeting commercial isn't a great approach to the greater problems in the world. Constructive commentary and criticism often works better than "going after" companies. It's that whole "flies to honey and vinegar" thing.
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