Tuesday, 01 July 2008
by Mama Fox
I've always disliked certain commercials because of content, like the "Smiling Bob" male enhancement ad and certain Red Bull commercials. There's been a couple of times where my boys have seen them but it was during a show that wasn't exactly geared to children, like Power Block on Spike (fixing cars). So okay, my kids are little and don't understand them. One day they will and I feel that day isn't far off when Fox1 will start asking questions. So I've been more careful about what my children are exposed to.
Recently, we were sitting as a family watching Goonies on TNT. The boys love pirates so I thought they would really enjoy it even though it is a bit old for them. It's still a family film. Then what should come on? A Red Bull commercial. The one where a grieving widow is sitting with her children and going over her husband's will. The lawyer surprised her by saying that everything was left to "Ms. Blonde Chick" (whatever the name was) and showed a very much younger and fashionable woman sitting there. Widow pulls a Red Bull out of her purse and proceeds to chase after her "angel" husband who was sitting on a cloud day dreaming about Ms. Chick.
HORRIBLE AWFUL COMMERCIAL! And my children were sitting there watching it! That is so not cool with me. I may not be able to protect them from all the things I find inappropriate in the world but I also don't like it shoved in their face DURING A FAMILY FILM! I am SO beyond pissed off. Being the out spoken and slightly insane mother that I am, I shot an email off to TNT.
Today my family was watching Goonies on TNT and a Red Bull commercial came on that showed an adulterer that had died and left everything to his girlfriend instead of his wife and kids. I am really appalled that it was shown during a family film in the middle of the day. I do not want my kids subjected to that and feel commercials with that type of content should be reserved for late night showings or at least during films that isn't geared towards children. It's made me rethink tuning into TNT in the future if I can't trust that the commercials will be family friendly during family films.
So, what do you think? Should they do a better job screening commercials during daytime family films?