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Tough Crowd/Nanny State

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I’m of mixed minds on the complaints about the Frank Thomas commercial broo-hah-hah:

I think it’s pretty harmless, but domestic abuse is a hidden plague and I can understand people not wanting it to be normalized in the media even if it’s wrapped in light-hearted fun (although it’s a little odd that the only change made for the approved, “cleaned up” version is the camera angle is from behind the kid as he goes flying past). No big deal, but neither is it much to ask that the Jays stick to smacking inanimate objects.

But it gets silly from there- the Burnett ad was also rejected until the word “dramatization” was added. Why? Are impressionable kids are going to flock to the streets to hurl trash at unsuspecting garbagemen? I guess it’s possible they don’t have anything else to do ever since tag was banned.

(Oh, if only A.J. had this kind of control…)

And the last, and most ridiculous, complaint is regarding Vernon’s from last year:

According to Jeff Blair,

The ad irked several humourless viewers, who became upset that Wells did not appear to look both ways as he ran across the street, apparently sending the wrong message to impressionable youth.

A formal complaint was lodged to Advertising Standards Canada, the national industry body that handles such matters. The complaint was not upheld.

It’s even at a stoplight, with cars clearly stopped at the red and someone crossing coming the other way. If you can go around the dial once without finding a worse message for your kid, you don’t have cable. In fact, I suspect that square thing you’ve been eating dinners in front of all these years is actually a Norman Rockwell painting.


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April 4, 2007 at 10:40 pm

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  1. You’ve got to be kidding me?!!
    That Vernon Wells commercial was pure GOLD.


    April 5, 2007 at 3:10 pm

  2. Totally, that Vernon ad was the best of the bunch including this years.

    The only fault I have with those ads is simply how terrible they are. Whoever came up with them needs to work on their “creativity muscle” which is clearly broken – what the heck is Burnett throwing? A diaper bag?

    At least some other organizations have some ideas – not all better: – WTF is viva la mojo? – a DHL, but couldn’t resist.

    wtf? these two feature a Barry Bonds manaquin:

    One from 81:

    AND THE GREATEST AD EVER – Pete Rose for Aqua Velva:


    April 5, 2007 at 4:46 pm

  3. Dammit – another one of my comments gets munched by wordpress. It only had 28 links in it!


    April 5, 2007 at 6:00 pm

  4. That one didn’t even ask me if it was spam- I had to go digging through the penile enlargement ads to find it…


    April 5, 2007 at 6:59 pm

  5. So, the game today was postponed, due to cold weather:

    Really? It’s cold in Detroit in early April? I had no idea.

    Memo to MLB: If you’re going to schedule a non-domed game for anywhere north of the Mason-Dixon line in April, then don’t be wusses and call the game because it’s cold.

    Get ready for more of this in Minnesota, if they ever get their new stadium built.


    April 5, 2007 at 10:21 pm

  6. It wasn’t even that cold…I think it was more the wind and them being afraid of Magglio making a mess of right field again.


    April 6, 2007 at 6:19 pm

  7. Dammit! If the Jays had JaysTV I’d order it.


    April 7, 2007 at 12:03 am

  8. Anyone know where there’s a TV schedule? Third game of the season not televised…how brutal is that?

    (A: Just as brutal as MLB TV not showing any Jays games whatsoever and slightly less brutal than a 20 buck “convenience charge” on !#$@#$@# internet season’s passes…)


    April 7, 2007 at 12:55 am

  9. Wow…we cancelled our game and Cleveland played Minnesota (speak of the devil) in the middle of a freaking snowstorm. Ok, so they ended it 1 strike from a complete game with the other pitcher throwing a no-hitter, but that still puts us northerners to shame.


    April 7, 2007 at 3:37 am

  10. Poor Paul Byrd – and his 1 out away from no-hit glory.


    April 10, 2007 at 4:32 pm

  11. You know Hargrove’s conversation with the ump went something like this:

    Hargrove: “My batter can’t see the ball. He could get seriously injured. That would be on your head. How do you feel about that?”

    Ump: “It’s been snowing all game. It’s tough out there, but that’s baseball.”

    Hargrove: “Ok, Paul Byrd is one pitch from throwing an no-hitter. That would be on your head. How do you feel about that?”

    Ump: “Hit the showers.”


    April 10, 2007 at 5:19 pm

  12. Haha- that’s awesome. The Jays are clearly not too concerned about this. Now Sept. 2 is Frank Thomas “Pillow Day”…


    April 13, 2007 at 5:21 pm

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