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US insurance outfit Geico has incurred the wrath of campaigning group One Million Moms for punting a "disgusting bestiality" agenda at wide-eyed kiddies. In an advert for the Geico's mobile phone roadside assistance app, the company's porcine mascot Maxwell "and a young female are in a parked car on a lover's lane", as One …
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"fed up with the filth many segments of our society, especially the entertainment media, are throwing at our children".
- Is that Fox News they're referring to, or the Hollywood studios that put out the likes of Saw?
I'd personally rather see a girl flirting with a pig than someone being tortured to death, but clearly my values are in the wrong place.
Weird morality? Read The Bible , Eadon, read The Bible. Loads of blood and thunder ! Ah yes, there's also some sodomy and other entertainment but for some reason and in contrast to the murder and killing, never displayed in a favourable manner. Might that be the source of their weird morality ?
Last time I looked Saw and it's ilk had an 18 rating, so hardly being thrown at children?
How easily children might have access to adult entertainment is another question.
Bronze-age, goat herders, genocide-guide = Moral and good
Girl on pig advertisement = Devil's work!
@Eadon - the koran , you mean there is more sex in it? I'll have a read then...
"They're not offended by violence, only sex and nudity. Weird morality!"
Not even sex. Plenty of sex in films.
But now show me a gay sex scene (or even a kiss) in a Hollywood film. Heaven forbid!
"Last time I looked Saw and it's ilk had an 18 rating, so hardly being thrown at children?
How easily children might have access to adult entertainment is another question."
Ok: So watching people get tortured for two hours is socially acceptable entertainment, so long as you're not a child.
So long as that torture doesn't happen in a videogame, yes.
It's a front group for the America Family Association who are proactive in taking offence at everything which does not conform with their far right Christian outlook. In other countries they could be ignored, or laughed at (as they are here). For some reason in the US, these people hold views which are taken seriously.
@Evil Auditor: I'm told there is also plenty of naughtiness in the Song of Solomon.
Yes but the bible is pretty hot on not fscking pigs. In fact not eating pigs, kissing pigs, feeding pigs or generally pigs in general.
Shouldn't somebody prosecute these people for their disgusting discriminatory attitude to
"Salt" includes, in addition to the usual assault rifle based mass slayings, a lot of nasty detailed torture scenes - it's a 12, "The kings speech" has some anglo-saxon words - it's an 18
There are separate groups that complains about violence. Although they have their own problems.
OK So the bible is supposed to be the root of Americas warped morality...
The only problem with that is this is a classic case of pointing fingers. The other 3 are pointed back at yourself.
I know of no one that views Saw as "socially acceptable entertainment" and I know some really sick f*cks.
The fact that it exists only means that it's legal to produce. Based on that, there's nothing you can really imply regarding it's level of social acceptance.
Well don't forget when Mohammed invented the Muslim religion, a la Rob Hubbard, he also had a 9 year old wife!
A million moms may only be 1-2% of the moms in USA, but they are organised and that is what makes them reasonably influential. The remaning 98% who are not offended say nothing so their voice is not heard.
One of these people told me what he and his organisation does. Every month, his wife buys Penthouse, Playboy etc magazines. She then cuts out the nude girls and passes the rest of the magazine to him. He then compiles a list of all the advertisers in the magazines and sends out an email to his group of a few hundred comrades. They all then post letters to the advertisers saying that they will not buy from them because they advertise in offensive magazines.
You know, I've always wondered how many of these "moms" are actually members of Anonymous that joined just for the trolling and "The LULZ".
As overheard in GameStop...
Employee: "I'm sorry, but we can't sell you this game without a parent's permission. It's rated M for 'mature'."
Prepubescent kid: "I've got my cousin here!"
Employee: "I'm sorry, but the answer is still no."
Kid: "But my parents let me watch Saw!"
I think those one million moms should be more concerned with the other hundred million in the country than what a commercial suggests might otherwise happen with a talking pig that drives a car.
"But now show me a gay sex scene (or even a kiss) in a Hollywood film. Heaven forbid!"
Maybe not in a film per se. But try watching Game of Thrones some time. Or Spartacus.
Just imagine if it was a black pig...
The membership is around 40,000. You didn't think a group like this could count, did you?
Are they really Mom's? Indeed, are they all capable of being moms?
"Plenty of naughtiness in the Song of Solomon"? Yes, but very discreet, and until recent years, usually sung in Latin!
"The bible is strong on ..........not feeding pigs." Something that has puzzled me for most of my life: What were the Gadarene swine doing in Israel, when Christ cast out the devil known as Legion?
" a talking pig that drives a car." Now that describes a lot of people!
you've never heard of Brokeback Mountain then?
a gay, black pig with a disability?
But now show me a gay sex scene (or even a kiss) in a Hollywood film. Heaven forbid!:
A Single Man
I Love You Philip Morris
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Many more etc etc
"I know of no one that views Saw as "socially acceptable entertainment" and I know some really sick f*cks.
The fact that it exists only means that it's legal to produce. Based on that, there's nothing you can really imply regarding it's level of social acceptance."
I think the fact that there was enough money to be made by a major studio to produce SEVEN films in the franchise implies an awful lot about its level of social acceptance. These aren't straight-to-DVD releases. The earlier films made a big impact at the box office. Personally I'd rather do pretty much anything else other than watch such crap, but clearly a large section of society enjoys watching people being tortured and is willing to pay for it.
As regards the sick-fuck-o-meter, Saw sadly barely registers on the scale next to the likes of A Serbian Film.
We look back with disgust at the idea of Romans crowding in to watch people stab each other with swords, but I don't think we're far from it with the likes of such films.
I love that show! It's so refreshing to watch something that treats it's audience like adults.
"Brokeback Mountain, A Single Man, I Love You Philip Morris"
All of which are homosexually themed, and that's kinda the point. I've yet to really see it occur in a 'straight' film 'out of the blue' and in an unexpected way, as it were. I remember watching Alexander a few years ago and being shocked at the total absence of anything more than the most subtle of hints that one of history's leading players liked a bit of man-loving. Brokeback did cause quite a stir though, which displays the issue that America still has with homosexual acts in mainstream media. Basically, gay people are ok to the audience when they are being cute and camp and cliched, but as soon as they show any signs of physical affection, the flak starts flying.
"The Rocky Horror Picture Show"
I don't think that even counted as a sex scene. It was merely implied.
HBO TV shows tend to be heavy on the pr0n, but that's kind of the point, I think. I've not seen GoT though, so I can't comment on the man-lovin' (or lack thereof).
"Maybe not in a film per se. But try watching Game of Thrones some time. Or Spartacus."
Game of Thrones is actually very tame compared to the books. I suspect the ages of the Stark kids were increased for the TV series so as not to offend American sensibilities.
"but clearly a large section of society enjoys watching people being tortured and is willing to pay for it."
This is hardly revelatory. Just look at the box office figures for The Passion Of The Christ.
Ditto: the number of times I have the conversation with my 11 year old son as to why he can't play Call Of Duty even though lots of his friends do... :-\
Are they really MUms? Indeed, are they all capable of being mUms ??
There you go, fixed that for you
Rob Hubbard, the Commodore music composer? I think not.
"For some reason in the US, these people hold views which are taken seriously."
These people would certainly like you to believe that they are taken seriously, but they are probably responsible for the under-performance of the Republicans in recent years. I'm sure Barack Obama reckons Sarah Palin was a gift from God. Like terrorists, there are probably fewer of them than they'd like you to believe.
OK, so I'll make an ungenerous assumption about why *she* cuts out all the nude girls, but that still leaves me wondering why *he* compiles the list of advertisers. (IT angle: given that he can't start compiling the list until the magazine has been made safe, the process is strictly serialised, so they can't even claim it is more efficient this way.)
Would it have been ok if it was a sheep?
As in "your mind is as closed as ours, right?"
As in "no lefty communists!"
Actually, I meant "liberals". Never mind.
So the Australian MP was correct... after gay marriage, bestiality promotion is next on the liberal agenda?
After all, the opposite of bestiality is worstiality.
You should not AC yourself:- had I thought of that line, I'd want to flaunt it.
Shame I can only send one virtual beer...
Wurstiality nearly the same thing, except the pig has been processed.