Friday, August 27, 2004

now this new '05 corvette commercial is just plain cool. apparently this aired during the olympics... some people complained since it depicts (wreckless) underage driving... hence it was pulled. i think it's just all sorts of awesome. directed by guy ritchie.

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now that i think about it more... most of the groups who were against this commercial cited that they were afraid kids would see this and get the idea to go and take their parents' car out for a joyride. the commercial makes it abundantly clear it's a fantasy. and secondly, what about all the bad things adults do on television? i'd say kids look up to teens and adults more than they do other kids... they're the ones setting an example, and for a large part on television, it's a bad one. people don't think about the big picture anymore, just kneejerk responses... which is why there's so many unconstitutional laws and government organizations like the fcc... but that's another debate.

"This ad is certainly among the most dangerous, anti-safety messages to be aired on national television in recent years," the groups wrote in a letter to GM. "It is doubtful," they wrote, "that General Motors would condone the beer industry showing a 'dream sequence' of 10-year-old children having an after- school 'kegger.' " The groups that signed the letter included Consumers Union, Public Citizen and the Consumer Federation of America.

wow, where to begin. so, driving a corvette around is as dangerous as having an after-school kegger, right? what about the thousands of kids everyday who have great fun driving around four-wheelers, or bicycles, or motorcycles? hell in some european countries kids have alchohol all the time, i've never heard about any serious issues. how about all the commercials advertising delicious alchoholic beverages to 'adults' whom kids aspire to be, and more kids have seen that than this corvette commercial? i'd say that's a lot more dangerous than a commercial showing a kid as being a skilled stunt driver. ever heard of motocross? i suppose if there was a commercial showing a bunch of kids going nuts at one of those courses, these same groups would have that pulled because it's depicting dangerous activities. or how about skateboarding? one skateboarder in particular, ryan sheckler, happens to be 14, and is one of the best skateboarders in the u.s.... winning a gold at the 2003 x games. i suppose that should be taken off the air as well, since i'm sure skateboarding is much more dangerous than driving a car around, wreckless or not. who am i to be saying all this? hi, my name is mark... and i actually think about things.


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