Sunday, January 20, 2008

Check out these public service spots from Canada...unless you're squeamish. And don't say I didn't warn you! This kind of thing would never fly in the States. J., have you seen these on TV?


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Blogger Funky Smith said...

Oh, god. Uck.

1/20/2008 11:37 PM  
Blogger Meadow said...

I started to watch but then I got scared. I'm squeamish. :(

1/21/2008 12:43 AM  
Blogger i i eee said...

Is it bad that I totally laughed out loud at the first one where the girl catches on fire?

Accident? There are no accidents!

1/21/2008 12:57 AM  
Blogger nomadshan said...

That construction harness thing just happened here in San Antonio on the new Marriott. I've never seen these, but New Zealand has some really rugged commercials about DUI.

1/21/2008 4:30 PM  
Blogger j said...

I've never seen these commercials, but there are some here sponsored by our provincial auto insurer that are pretty much as graphic, and what makes them disturbing is that you're watching a scene from inside the car of people driving somewhere and then suddenly a horrible accident happens and you're seeing it from the vantage point of someone in the car, or you're listening to someone on the street as he walks and talks and then suddenly they're hit by a car.

It is true that more is probably allowed here. We don't see too many U.S. commercials because often shows are simultaneously on a Canadian station as well, like with CSI, for instance, and the cable company superimposes the Canadian feed over it. Nobody cares much except at superbowl time when we miss the good commercials and get lame ones instead.

When I do watch the occasional show in the evening on an American station I'm amazed at the number of vague pharmaceutical company ads--ask your doctor if *product x with a long name* is for you--often you have no clue what the hell product x is actually supposed to be used for, but old people are walking their dog while some announcer reads a litany of possible adverse side effects.

I don't think we allow prescription drug ads here--the idea is that if patients are hassling their doctor for drugs they don't need, it will cost the taxpayer-funded system too much.

1/22/2008 8:26 PM  
Blogger Jenny G said...

J, we have those VW ads where people are just driving along and then get sideswiped, but they don't show any blood or gore. Don't get me started on prescription drug ads. Grrr...

1/22/2008 9:01 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

I made it through the first one, then I was done. How much of a baby am I? haha!!

1/28/2008 9:49 PM  

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