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#1 Bkrsdzn+1

Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:18 AM

I think we, ie prolife and prochoice people, might be able to agree on this one.
Is this not one of the most weird and creepy ads you've ever seen?   How on earth the people who made it could think it would further their cause, I have no idea!!
At risk of offence to my American friends, I have to say 'only in america'.

#2 Bkrsdzn+1

Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:38 AM

QUOTE (stopwhiningatme @ 24/01/2013, 09:27 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It's odd they used a male.  Beyond that, I think it's very clever.

Really? Clever? I thought that even prochoice people agree that abortion is a serious thing that should be rare. This ad treats abortion as a wink-wink, lighthearted thing. It is not.
And, not to mention that smooth talking, seductive men are responsible for a good portion of unplanned pregnancies, and pro-choice feminists are always talking about how the men aren't the ones to carry the pregnancy, they get off easy, etc. right? So i don't see how anyone could see it as clever.

#3 it'stime

Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:42 AM

Agree shell. It is extremely poor taste.

#4 Riotproof

Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:45 AM

I think it's really weird. I think it's interesting they chose a male and that particular take on it. I guess making it a human rights issue isn't very marketable when the humans affected are female.sigh.

#5 Bkrsdzn+1

Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:53 AM

QUOTE (Madame Protart @ 24/01/2013, 09:49 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Do you have another link?  I can't get that one to work.

Search YouTube for 'happy anniversary baby abortion'.

Edited by Shell14, 24 January 2013 - 08:53 AM.

#6 Just Another Cat

Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:53 AM


#7 Lokum

Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:54 AM

I think it's weird. Even if they went with the 'happy anniversary' thing, surely a woman protagonist would  have been more appropriate?

I DO think treating the decision as something precious that you value and appreciate is good. And saying we'll fight to keep it safe is a strong message.

But a smooth talking, winking man? With all those, "mmm, mmm, mmm"s at the end? Seems an antithetical choice.

Edited for stupid ipad typos

Edited by Lokum, 24 January 2013 - 08:55 AM.

#8 Eeyolet

Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:55 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2QXzzBFlCc the first link was the mobile one.

#9 I'm Batman

Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:55 AM

I cant watch the ad, do you have a link for browser users?

Here is an interesting link to someone who works in an abortion clinic in the USA,what I found most surprising was that she stated the are a high number of deeply religous women getting abortions.

If the ad is bad, I would say anti abortion people are spreading it, they would do anything to show pro choicers as having bad judgement. Pro life* dont care about the baby once it is born, just that it is born, to quote george carlin "Conservatives want live babies so they can raise them to be dead soldiers."

crap. I really screwed up I meant pro life*

Edited by I'm Batman, 24 January 2013 - 09:38 AM.

#10 Riotproof

Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:57 AM

QUOTE (Madame Protart @ 24/01/2013, 09:49 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Do you have another link?  I can't get that one to work.

Search for happy anniversary baby roe vs wade

#11 Mitis angelam

Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:02 AM

QUOTE (I'm Batman @ 24/01/2013, 09:55 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Pro choicers dont care about the baby once it is born, just that it is born, to quote george carlin "Conservatives want live babies so they can raise them to be dead soldiers."

That's not fair.  Some of us care about the protecting unborn life, and reducing poverty and improving social conditions, and want an end to war.  Don't tar us all with the most out-there weird American brush.

#12 EsmeLennox

Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:03 AM

That's just plain weird. Promoting abortion with sensuality and sex appeal? Not my cup of tea. It kind of sends a 'to hell with the conseuqences' message, not really what you want to achieve and I am very prochoice.

#13 EsmeLennox

Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:06 AM

I'm Batman, I'm confused prochoice people don't care about the baby after it's born? Did you mean prolife?

#14 Bwok~Bwok

Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:08 AM


Edited by Bwok~Bwok, 24 January 2013 - 09:08 AM.

#15 peach*face

Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:11 AM

The ad is strange.

But that has nothing to do with it being in poor taste, more to do with the creepiness of that guy at the end.

With that said, I am pro-choice and have had terminations myself. So I agree with the message, I just think the ad itself is just bizarre. If I didn't know that it was from a reproductive rights group I would think it was from a anti-choice group.

Edited by peach*face, 24 January 2013 - 09:12 AM.

#16 Tesseract

Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:13 AM

The responses in this thread indicate that they didn't hit the right note.

But personally I don't mind it so much. I guess it's a nod to all the people who have fought for reproductive rights despite huge opposition, and 40 years is something to celebrate.

#17 MrsLexiK

Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:24 AM

QUOTE (Shell14 @ 24/01/2013, 09:38 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Really? Clever? I thought that even prochoice people agree that abortion is a serious thing that should be rare. This ad treats abortion as a wink-wink, lighthearted thing. It is not.

I can't view the link at work (as I have no sound) but really putting stipulations on what someone who is pro-choice thinks isn't really allowing them to be pro-choice.  Being pro-choice but only for certain circumstances isn't really being pro-choice IMO.  I am pro-choice and if someone wants to use it concreception or take it light hearted then fine, not what I would do but it is their right to choose, which is what I support.

#18 twinboys

Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:26 AM

I agree that all women have the right to choose........But ewww that add does not sit well with me.

#19 PurplePaperFrog

Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:29 AM

I didn't know what he was on about.

Ridiculous ad and very creepy dude.

I don't think it furthers the cause for prochoicers. In fact it does the opposite.

#20 CupOfCoffee

Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:31 AM

QUOTE (PurplePaperFrog @ 24/01/2013, 09:29 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I don't think it furthers the cause for prochoicers. In fact it does the opposite.

That was my thought when I watched it.

It was just creepy.

#21 CourtesanNewton

Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:38 AM

A woman's right to her own body is precious, sacred, meaningful, untouchable....whatever else the skit was trying to portray. That isn't trivial. Marking the anniversary serves as a reminder not to take things for granted.

That exactly. Would have worked much better if they'd had a woman talking directly to camera, reminding us of the rights that we've fought so hard for and how we should be vigilant to retain those rights. That guy was just sleazy though.
I'm pro-choice FWIW. I would only have a termination myself if a pregnancy was incompatible with life (or a life of any quality) or if there was a danger to me to continue a pregnancy, but I fully support any woman's right to a termination of pregnancy for the reasons that feel right to her. I may not agree with the reasons, but I still support those rights, because the alternative is much, much worse.

#22 I'm Batman

Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:42 AM

watched it, was creepy and in bad taste.

also. yes I screwed up prochoice/pro life.

I meant pro lifer

I stand by those comments, raising children is hard, the person who would be forced into raising that baby is the best person to decide if they can handle it. There are many times when I think, I could drive us all off a cliff or something for some peace and quiet. Its cruel to a mother and a child to put them in such a precarious position if that is not something they want.

#23 Bobbypoppa

Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:44 AM

I see it more of a human rights add. I'm not offended by it at all. What I do find disgusting is the related comments on Utube mad.gif

#24 EsmeLennox

Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:47 AM

I'm not offended by it so much as just confused as to why they thought an ad like that would further the cause. Using sex to sell abortion just seems ir to me. I agree with the sentiment of the ad, I just don't like the way it's presented.

I completely agree with you I'm Batman, I was just confused for a minute or two there!

#25 bakesgirls

Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:48 AM

That was just plain creepy. All the 'mmm mmm mmm' at the end just made me cringe. I get the point of the ad, but having that guy do it, did the ad no justice and I think made the point of the ad redundant.


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