Monday, June 18, 2007

Fox and CBS hate Tom Leher

Both Fox and CBS have rejected a commercial for Trojan condoms because they believe that the cell-phone toting swine and the sexy blondes in the ad are more concerned with preventing pregnancy rather than disease. The two networks believe that the suggestion of pregnancy prevention and wanton sex would offend anyone who believes that sex should only be in the missionary position between married people - and that means a man and his woman, so don't be getting any ideas.

Clearly, they've never listened to Tom Leher:

Be prepared, and be careful not to do
Your good deeds when there's no one watching you
If you're looking for adventure of a new and different kind
And you come across a Girl Scout who is similarly inclined
Don't be nervous, don't be flustered, don't be scared,
Be prepared!

Now, both Fox and CBS have no problem showing ads for Viagra, or Cialis, which are all about promoting sex between old folks - who knows if they're married, either, I don't recall seeing a wedding band, do you? But an ad for a simple Trojan condom, which can prevent AIDS, and other sexually transmitted diseases, that's not kosher.

'splain, Lucy, because I don't get it.

(cross posted at The Fat Lady Sings)


Mariamariacuchita said...

ah, hypocrisy, thy name is name-brand networks...

Tree said...

don't forget all those beer commercials!

mirth said...

I gave up watching the networks.
I wish more people would, and let them know why you are turning them off.
There's plenty other places to get a hypocrisy fix.

Peacechick Mary said...

I think they are politically motivated. They think the Pig looks too much like Cheney the Dick.

Donnie McDaniel said...

Oh yea! FOX, the gift that keeps giving.

Ohio Neocon said...

I think this was a valid position to take. Condoms do promote wanton non-marital intercourse and in doing so also promote the risk of spreading disease and bastard children (which is of course an affront to our Judeo-Christian heritage). Instead of spreading condoms, disease, and bastards, schools and network stations should be promoting abstinence among non-married couples. Abstinence outside of marriage is the only safe sex. Cialis and Viagra on the other hand are geared toward elderly married folks (remember, Bob Dole, a married man, once did some ads for Viagra). Promoting these male enhancement drugs promotes love within the bonds of marriage. I think that is a good thing.

Coffee Messiah said...

Oh my, how to follow that one? ; (

Traveling Man said...

Promoting abstinence is like promoting Esperanto; nice idea but you're not going to get too far.

ohio neocon, I have no idea how you mananged to cram so many erroneous statements into one post.

America does not have a Judeo-Christian heritage. This country was founded by a group of Deists and a member of the Hellfire Club.
(May I suggest you Google "Treaty of Tripoli.)

There is no such thing as a bastard child, the parents however....

May I also suggest you sit back with a pitcher of mojitos and a vibrating vulcanized object in a warm place set on stun?

Oh yeah, while you're at it try using Google on Mark Morford.

(I ususally don't have this much vitriol, but I've HAD IT with folks who think like this.)

Traveling Man

Bitter party of one? Bitter party of one?

sumo said...

So true.

Tina said...

I think that Rick Santorum is secretly behind this ban of the commercial. I think he is v-e-r-y afraid of that pig putting some smooth bacon moves on those blondes. Because ya know, when it comes to any whiff of man on animal action, Ricky is THE man to go to.

moe berg said...

Now, let's not be too hard on the Rickster. Who else had the cojones to stand up for the millions of cute little bunnies, puppies, kittens, piglets, calves, and lambs who are in daily danger of being violated by the sick perverts whose unnatural lusts were aroused and encouraged by our society's tolerance of gay unions? The man is a true hero who should receive a Presidential Medal of Freedom!

mirth said...

What traveling man said.

DivaJood said...

Maria, ya think? I'm so over network television.

Tree, right, and doesn't drinking beer lead to condom use? I'm just saying...

Mirth, it's why I watch so little network television.

Peacechick, that gives swines a bad name.

Donnie, are you equating Fox with syphillis?

Ohio, oh, my god - do you know what the priest said to the nun? Absinence makes my heart grow fonder.

Coffee, try. Please try.

Traveling Man, equating abstinence with Esperanto is just... well, I have tea spewed on my computer screen.

Sumo, what can I say? It's just bizarre.

Tina, you might be right about Rick - jealous bastard that he is.

Moe, oh, my god, you've really got it right - Rick Sanctimonious, defender of small mammals... eeek.

Mirth and Traveling Man: Ohio Neocon and Cheney08 are in the same category as Jesus's General, click on the link to him, and you'll get an idea.

Pursey Tuttweiler said...

What idiots. So, since when did they worry about offending people?

CinderWit said...

Or maybe they have listened to him and they object to something else he once wrote. From "National Brotherhood Week:"

...Oh, the Protestants hate the Catholics
And the Catholics hate the Protestants
And the Hindus hate the Moslems
And everybody hates the Jews...

Mr. Lehrer was ever so politically incorrect. One thinks it would not behoove the guardians of our national whatever to allow the author of such trash to have any influence on the American culture.

DivaJood said...

Pursey, um, NEVER?

Cinderwit, when Mr. Leher sang "The Boy Scout's Marching Song", suggesting that they should always be prepared, I think he was doing a GOOD thing.

CinderWit said...

Oh, I do as well. Perhaps my last comment was, um, inadequately formulated.

DivaJood said...

cinderwit - I get it - and you're right - the powers that be would never sanction anyone as radical as Tom Leher - a piano playing math professor.

CinderWit said...

Funny thing: I probably have not heard the song "National Brotherhood Week" since it was played for my fourth grade class (!) many decades ago. Yet I remember the quoted lines to this day. Too bad that at least some of my math teachers in the intervening period did not also play the piano. Mayhaps I would have remembered more.