US television networks refuse to broadcast United Nations ad

A very drastic and dark advertisement by the United Nations on landmines that hit home with a very true fact.
United Nations advertisment tagline:

“If there were landmines here, would you stand for them anywhere? Help the U.N. eradicate landmines everywhere.”

Take it as you will.
Via BoingBoing

  • Jeez, dude!
    People complain about shock news. That commercial achieved nothing but the low standing of, say Fox’s TV shows in simply scaring, grossing out, or making puke people.
    It’s a good cause, but there are better ways to advertise it.

  • Jeez, dude!
    People complain about shock news. That commercial achieved nothing but the low standing of, say Fox’s TV shows in simply scaring, grossing out, or making puke people.
    It’s a good cause, but there are better ways to advertise it.

  • darkmoon

    Perhaps. But if they already show that type of stuff on TV, what’s the problem of showing this advertisement? And devil’s advocate wise, if there are better ways to advertise this, then there are definitely better ways to do the same with regularly shown television programs.

  • darkmoon

    Perhaps. But if they already show that type of stuff on TV, what’s the problem of showing this advertisement? And devil’s advocate wise, if there are better ways to advertise this, then there are definitely better ways to do the same with regularly shown television programs.

  • Of course. The difference, though, is the shows gain notoriety, and people with half a brain learn to refuse to watch Fear Factor, Joe Millionaire, Slut Island, or any of the myriad other Fox-style trash-shows. The commercial, however, gives little warning, and would be ubiquitous across the channels, making avoidance difficult.
    Also, it’s only, what, 30-60 seconds long? So, assuming someone recognized it, they don’t have a huge window in which to change the channel.
    To be fair, I’m all for those ridiculous Fox shows going the way of the Dodo. Evidently, people still watch them though, so capitalism is, of course, prevailing, and it is no one’s duty but the consumer to stop it.

  • Of course. The difference, though, is the shows gain notoriety, and people with half a brain learn to refuse to watch Fear Factor, Joe Millionaire, Slut Island, or any of the myriad other Fox-style trash-shows. The commercial, however, gives little warning, and would be ubiquitous across the channels, making avoidance difficult.
    Also, it’s only, what, 30-60 seconds long? So, assuming someone recognized it, they don’t have a huge window in which to change the channel.
    To be fair, I’m all for those ridiculous Fox shows going the way of the Dodo. Evidently, people still watch them though, so capitalism is, of course, prevailing, and it is no one’s duty but the consumer to stop it.

  • darkmoon

    I think you can go both ways on it. You might be forced to watch it the first time since you’ve never seen it, but then again, there are plenty of commercials that I skip after the first time.
    In all fairness, I think that if you can have slutty shows, stupid shows, and commercials of Viagra, Cialis, then there shouldn’t be a problem with this one either. I’ve seen enough death on the 6PM news because it’s obvious that it’s okay to show dead people as long as it’s not.. wait a second… perhaps I’ve hit on a key point here.
    It seems that if there is a death to an American, then it isn’t shown on television. Interesting. Sort of a hypocrisy since the death of any human being should be respected whomever it is but heck.
    Well, whatever. It’s not like what I think will make any difference. *laugh*

  • darkmoon

    I think you can go both ways on it. You might be forced to watch it the first time since you’ve never seen it, but then again, there are plenty of commercials that I skip after the first time.
    In all fairness, I think that if you can have slutty shows, stupid shows, and commercials of Viagra, Cialis, then there shouldn’t be a problem with this one either. I’ve seen enough death on the 6PM news because it’s obvious that it’s okay to show dead people as long as it’s not.. wait a second… perhaps I’ve hit on a key point here.
    It seems that if there is a death to an American, then it isn’t shown on television. Interesting. Sort of a hypocrisy since the death of any human being should be respected whomever it is but heck.
    Well, whatever. It’s not like what I think will make any difference. *laugh*