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Tuesday, May 24, 2005I Love Paris In The Spring Time
I love Paris in the spring time. I love Paris in the fall.
All of this controversy over the new Carl's Jr. commercial cracks me up. Really, what's the big deal?
The Parents Television Council has denounced the commercial as "soft core porn," which is completely ridiculous. The President of the Council (L. Brent Bozell) contends that "This blatant, sexually-charged ad has no place on the public airwaves, and especially when children are in the audience." Is he kidding? Since when does sexuall-charged advertising NOT draw attention and NOT draw viewers? Of course it's on the public airwaves and of course people are going to watch it! That's the point of advertising!
I think I'm more outraged over the fact that over-zealous people (such as the PTC) tend to think that the responsibility of their viewing habits (or their children's) is the sole responsibility of the media. WE HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE THE CHANNEL, PEOPLE. As a parent, you should of course be aware of what your children are watching - and if you find the content to be inappropriate, as the adult, YOU should take action. I don't see how the rest of us should be penalized because of something YOU find offensive.
SEX SELLS - get used to it. For being a republic, who stands for freedom of speech, we are one of the most conservative countries in the world. Certainly in Europe their ad campaigns are MUCH more racey than ours - and let's not forget about those nude beaches. Why do people get so bent out of shape about stuff like this? Do they really believe that advertising, such as this, is going to corrupt their children? That their children are going to take to the streets to take off their clothes, too? Please. Get a clue.
Just because the PTC happens to be a more conservative group does not give them the power to impose their beliefs on the rest of us. What's not to stop them from saying that half of what is currently on t.v. is "sexually-charged," and should be banned? I mean, is a tampon commercial too suggestive? Or how about a kitty litter commercial - is that offensive? Where do we draw the line and who has the final say? These type of controversies drive me up a wall...
While I'm not a fan of Paris or anything that she's ever done, I am a fan of burgers, cars, and sex. Moreover, I'm a fan of free speech, the media, and the right to change my television station.