In the words of Drew Carey, "LIGHTEN UP PEOPLE!"
What's the big deal? Maybe cause I'm from a younger, no kids, no need-to-ward-off-negative-impressions demographic, but I don't get it.
So he uses a gun. Why does this PROMOTE violence? Why can't it be someone just simply USING violence to vent his dissatisfaction at, what I can only assume to be HIS OWN, iMac?
Remember when people were upset about violence in cartoons? I don't really see how this commercial is any different. If your kids can't distinguish between reality and cartoons, then you've got bigger problems than violence in cartoons. Of course, I suppose a kid could confuse the iMac's appearance with his school mate Jim, BUT ...
I'm a minority. I grew up in a major city. I had violence all around me and, more often than not, chasing me very, very closely. I swear you can believe me when I say that I don't go around shooting people or even contemplating violent thoughts about that guy who cut in front of me at the supermarket check out line. Yeah, you know who you are, Mr.-I-have-over-10-Items-but-I-don't-care. :|
Violence is an everyday reality. It's been that way since Cain and Abel or Neanderthal vs. Cro-Magnon (whichever you personally believe). Deal with it. What if the kids from the neighboring Edens saw Cain killing Abel and were convinced in their "impressionable minds" that, "Hey, it's okay to kill your brother over the last bowl of cereal." Or if kids from the other caves who were upright enough to see over the rocks saw the Cro-Magnon dude wiping the ground with the Neanderthal and thought, "Hey, slouched-over kids deserve to get the snot beat out of them." Don't you think the population problem today would be somewhat moot?
It's not the "weird" kids or the "exposed to violence" kids that go beserk and start killing people all the time. Sometimes it is and sometimes it isn't. Sometimes, those nice, clean cut kids across the street just go nuts after 4-H and start wreaking havoc. All I'm saying is, you never really know. So don't blame inanimate objects for the failings of the human brain or the failings of society or the failings of the family unit. Or even the failings of simple logic.
It's a gun. He shoots an iMac. He doesn't even have testosterone, muscled friends cheering him on. It's as sterile as you can get. Why is there such negativity associated with an ad that shows the man venting his own rage, with his own gun, on his own computer, filmed on his own equipment, on his own time? Isn't that the very definition of "freedom to voice one's opinion"?
If not sticks, or stones, or knives, or swords, or javelins, or lances, or maces, or slings, or guns, it's gonna be something. How about fists? You don't see people going on and on about boxing promoting violent fist fights in schoolyards and how they should ban the entire sport. At least not to the same the degree as guns.
I just came from living in an asian country where people voice displeasure and actual exercise enough public opinion and threat of boycott for television stations to PROHIBIT anyone with bleached hair from appearing in front of the camera. They'll go as far as to reduce the picture to black & white to avoid controversy. Come on. This is ridiculous. Is this what people want here? A country so sheltered from the "bad" things that common sense & perspective is lost? A country where a man or woman can't voice their opinions in the manner of their choosing because of the unknown number of "impressionable" minds out there?
How do you people manage to walk past military toys in the toy store in order to get to the aisle that sells "non-threatening" toys? Why not boycott the store until all "violent" toys are no longer sold there? How can you stand the thought of your children watching violent cereal commercials on Saturday morning?
Although I've rambled on for what seems like hours (I really should get a website for my rambling), and I appreciate those of you who have actually had the patience to get this far in my ramblings, how does preventing commercials depicting the use of potentially violent inanimate objects prevent your kids from beating on each other as they grow up?
Life, especially in this country, is all about choices, not censorship. Try making CHOICES for a change.
By the way, I'm actually really interested in seeing his review for Beanie Babies. Anyone else?
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