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Monday, July 17, 2006

Outrageous advertisement

You can't even blow your nose without offending somebody these days. It looks like people are just waiting for somebody to say something remotely related to them so they can get all upset.

So when I saw this great UNICEF advertisement I was thinking, while it is an innocuous advertisement, somebody will find something to complain about it. I tried to imagine how many groups/races/religions can think of something objectionable in this ad. Here is my list. Feel free to add your own.

  • The kid is black and the family is white. It has the implication that black kids should seek white family. It's offensive to African Americans
  • It depicts a man and a woman as family. It's offensive to gays and lesbians
  • What the woman is wearing looks remotely like fur. PETA will have something to say about that.
  • The way the kid is looking at the man symbolizes "looking up to father". Feminists will be offended because it's belittling woman's role in the family.
  • There is only one woman. Offensive to Mormans
  • The man and woman are not wearing wedding rings, indicating that they are a "family" out of wedlock. Offensive to the conservative Catholics.
  • There is no Asian representation. Offensive to Asians.
  • The woman is not wearing a burka. Offensive to half the muslim nations.
  • The woman is showing some skin. Offensive to the other half.
  • The woman is barefoot. Good. But she is neither in the kitchen nor pregnant. Very offensive to Republicans.
  • It's offensive to some Indians. I mean, we are a billion people and it's got to be offensive to some minority.


  • hahah!
    This is hilarious!!!
    Just goes to say how frivolous we have become!!:-)
    Loved it..especially the second pt!
    Am blogrolling u!

    By Blogger Ekta, at Wed Jul 19, 01:17:00 AM 2006  

  • haha!
    This post rocks..loved the last pt..sarcastic and yet true!

    By Blogger Anand, at Wed Jul 19, 02:16:00 AM 2006  

  • :) . You need to test your theory by blowing your nose first and then sending out a questionnaire to every one asking what offended them.

    By Blogger Shreemoyee, at Wed Jul 19, 09:58:00 AM 2006  

  • Howlarious. I enjoyed reading this post a lot :-)

    By Blogger Sphinx, at Wed Jul 19, 10:44:00 PM 2006  

  • very thoughtfull analysis.All the offences you mentioned about I didn't even think.A great blog.

    By Blogger SM, at Thu Jul 20, 10:30:00 AM 2006  

  • I couldnt think of even one before looking into your list. Perhaps, I am the most broad-minded around!:)

    By Blogger Casement, at Thu Jul 20, 12:43:00 PM 2006  

  • This post should be read aloud on Jon Stewart's program.

    By Blogger gnightgirl, at Thu Jul 20, 12:43:00 PM 2006  

  • Offensive to people who aren't tall and skinny. Puts unrealistic expectations on women to be model-thin, especially post-partum, when they're already depressed. Leading to a whole host of problems like anorexia, suicide, marital discord, and the subsequent collapse of the entire world economy.

    By Blogger Raindrop, at Fri Jul 21, 04:36:00 PM 2006  

  • Do you monitor the comments? Coz, I dont see a comment that I left a minute back.

    By Anonymous Prasad, at Fri Jul 21, 05:36:00 PM 2006  

  • That is a great post, I too observe how PC the whole world is becoming and how people are learning such thin skin for everything these days. At work, I go, get my job done and walk out. Kinda depressing, at times.

    By Anonymous Prasad, at Fri Jul 21, 05:37:00 PM 2006  

  • anand and ekta: Thanks for blogrolling me

    shreemoyee: That's a great idea. I will start with you ;)

    raindrop: I didn't think of that. You are right, the world does idealize skinny people

    casement: broad-minded or insensitive?

    gnightgirl: Thanks for the wonderful compliment.

    prasad: No I don't moderate. For some reason your comments showed up out of order?

    By Blogger Twisted DNA, at Fri Jul 21, 05:47:00 PM 2006  

  • I'm offended because wait for it, I'll figure SOMETHING out eventually!

    (Great post!)

    By Blogger Tai, at Fri Jul 21, 07:58:00 PM 2006  

  • the parents are bare-foot....does this offend someone.

    By Blogger harshavardhan reddy, at Sat Jul 22, 03:54:00 AM 2006  

  • You make an excellent point here! Great writing on this blog! Wow!

    By Blogger Scarlett, at Sat Jul 22, 02:39:00 PM 2006  

  • i LOVE your sense of sarcasm! u think a little can rub off if i praise u enuf?? It works with the sycophants who work on politicians.. ..?

    By Blogger How do we know, at Sun Jul 23, 10:33:00 PM 2006  

  • this is a total SCREAM!!! :) i loved it!!:)

    By Blogger Neers, at Tue Jul 25, 02:05:00 AM 2006  

  • hilarious..good post :-)

    By Blogger Deepa, at Tue Jul 25, 06:34:00 AM 2006  

  • tai: haha. exactly :)

    harshavardhan reddy: shoe manufacturers?

    how do we know: thanks. are you sure you are not being sarcastic when you said that? :)

    neers, deepa: thanks guys, glad you liked it.

    By Blogger Twisted DNA, at Tue Jul 25, 08:02:00 AM 2006  

  • LMFAO.....
    /*It's offensive to some Indians. I mean, we are a billion people and it's got to be offensive to some minority.*/

    Exactly... its gonna be offensive jus for the heck of it... n i have no doubt... they ll find some reason fr the same...

    By Blogger Apy, at Thu Jul 27, 02:09:00 AM 2006  

  • Jeez.. I knew passing through random blogs will eventually hit pay dirt.
    This was HILARIOUS..

    By Blogger Sakshi, at Sat Jul 29, 02:59:00 PM 2006  

  • Indians hmmm....
    I can think of one...offensive to the ones that want a 'gora ladka'

    By Blogger La vida Loca, at Sat Jul 29, 03:03:00 PM 2006  

  • I'm at work and chanced upon your blog, and here I am wasting my time away!

    you missed the wheelchair - the parents look perfectly fit and on two feet...not to mention bal thackeray and the shiv sena, nobody's wearing orange, nor is anyone called shivaji :-|

    Every *child* needs a family? How about animals? Don't they deserve a home too? Why are we so insensitive?!


    By Anonymous gauri, at Tue Sep 05, 04:47:00 PM 2006  

  • apy:
    Yep, you and are thinking exactly the same :)

    Hey, thank you very much for dropping by and for the wonderful comment!

    la vida loca:
    LOL! Ya, the gora ladka,ladki thing is quite big in India, isn't it!

    Haha! You have very valid points! I didn't think of them.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I am glad you enjoyed it!

    By Blogger Twisted DNA, at Wed Sep 06, 08:48:00 AM 2006  

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