Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Can you find the babies in this story?
Here's a hint: They don't include the one being smashed against a window.
From the Huffington Post:
"A vacation rental company says it will remove an image of a baby doll smashing against a window from a Super Bowl ad after complaints that the ad was insensitive toward child abuse and injuries.
Homeaway.com Chief Executive Brian Sharples said Tuesday the Austin-based company would remove from its website versions of the ad that depict the doll getting 'smushed, smashed, or dropped.' Sharples said the Super Bowl ad wouldn't air again.
The ad Sunday night from the company that markets rental homes showed people trying to fit into a crowded hotel room in a testing lab, resulting in a 'test baby' being flung against a window.
Sharples apologized, saying the company 'failed to understand the reality' of families dealing with serious injuries to children."
At what point are we going to learn that there's always going to be someone offended? Aggrieved outrage and indignation is the new national pastime, and no matter how hard you try to make sure no one's delicate feelings are hurt and everybody's nice and comfortable, there are always going to be one or two people who just happen to have recently tossed their baby through a window, or had a relative eaten by a shark, or watched a documentary on Tibet -- and those people are going to freak the hell out.
Allow me to jump on the bandwagon and invoke the ubiquitous Founding Fathers by throwing out a quote from Ben Franklin:
"If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed."
Jesus, people -- it's a commercial.