Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Kid Gloves

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. 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.


Steven D Skelton said...

Well said Chez!

Just because someone is offended doesn't mean they have any good reason to be.
I call them the professionally aggrieved, and I think they should all be forced to watch Blazing Saddles in full Malcolm McDowell Clockwork Orange style until they get past it.

Stephen said...

"I think they should all be forced to watch Blazing Saddles in full Malcolm McDowell Clockwork Orange style until they get past it."

Like. Add the full seasons of All in the Family and every Dean Martin Celebrity Roast.

It seems the only genre allowed to get away with this hilarity anymore is animation. At this point I wonder how long it will be until they dig their claws deep enough into that before it's watered down.

e said...

When this aired, we were all watching it, kind of didn't care about the commercial one way or another, them BAM smushed baby face... No one was offended, but it was a little too creepy. All I could think was "what a misstep", but apparently for others that translates into "insensitive!" "ban it", re-fucking-lax people.

Riles said...

If the Founding Fathers said it, IT IS WRITTEN, THEREFORE IT IS LAW.

Seriously, every time a Repub gets offended about something, that quote should be trotted out. It's like their Kryptonite...they are powerless against the FF's.

Anonymous said...

Way to throw the baby out with the bathw-- Wait a minute!

Jadine said...

This is kind of like the Canadian Broadcast Standard Council banning the Dire Straits song, Money for Nothing from Canadian radio after one, yes one, person complained about the use of the word faggot in the song. Not to mention that it has been playing on the radio for 25 years and just now somebody notices this. Fucking ridiculous.

Tuba Terry said...

In a public forum like a TV ad, there's a responsibility to exercise due diligence in trying not to unreasonably offend, it's a matter of polite (ha!) society. The giant "TEST BABY ->" label was more than sufficient.

There's also a responsibility on the part of the audience to determine whether or not offense was intentional and if that fact made up for the egregiousness of the offense. Once that's figured out, then break out the outrage wiener-mobile.

HomeAway fulfilled their part of the bargain, these people need to chill the hell out.

(Word Verification: mishype)

kanye said...

I guess that answers the question: How many Duggars are too many?

Deacon Blue said...

Chez, you show complete insensitivity to the stark reality of doll abuse in this country.

Woody and Buzz Lightyear will be in touch through their lawyers. Your days are numbered.

Ref said...

Anyone offended by that is too stupid to be listened to.