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Slicker
02-08-2007, 09:50 PM
People are actually protesting the GM commercial where the robot jumps off a bridge. Here's the story.


DETROIT - A Super Bowl ad showing a quality-obsessed General Motors Corp. robot jumping off a bridge in a dream sequence after screwing up on the job is drawing criticism from a suicide prevention group.
But the world's largest automaker is defending the ad and says it has no plans to change the spot, which is making the rounds online and is featured on GM's Web site after making its broadcast debut during Sunday's big game.
The ad, called "Robot," opens with the machine in question dropping a screw while working on a GM assembly line. It's kicked out of the plant and finds work waving a "Condos for Sale" sign and holding up a speaker at a fast-food joint, all the while appearing saddened by watching shiny, new GM vehicles drive by.
Eric Carmen (http://search.news.yahoo.com/search/news/?p=Eric+Carmen) song "All By Myself" plays in the background, the despondent robot leaps off a bridge into the water below, only to wake up inside the darkened factory — waking up from its dream. The New York-based American Foundation for Suicide Prevention says it started getting complaints the day after the ad aired and as of Thursday had fielded more than 250 e-mails or calls. It wants GM to pull the ad from its Web site, try to get it off video-sharing Web sites such as YouTube and apologize.
"It was inappropriate to use depression and suicide as a way to sell cars," said Robert Gebbia, the foundation's executive director.
The ad is the latest from the Super Bowl to come under fire. Earlier this week, a commercial for Snickers candy bars was benched after complaints that it was homophobic. And aspiring rapper Kevin Federline apologized after a restaurant trade group said it was insulted by an ad that starred him as a fast-food worker.
GM says the robot ad was designed to show the company's obsession with quality, highlighting its enhanced powertrain warranty of five years or 100,000 miles on all new light-duty vehicles starting with 2007 models.
Mark LaNeve, GM's vice president of sales, service and marketing, said the automaker had no plans to stop airing the ad. It had a relatively small number of runs scheduled after the Super Bowl, and those will continue, he said.
The ad was screened by focus groups for insensitivity, and all found it amusing and effective in conveying the message about GM's quality, LaNeve said.
"It's a dream sequence. It's not a person, and it's a robot that is a fantasy. I mean, that robot doesn't move around. C'mon," LaNeve said.
In a statement, GM said, "Advertising during the Super Bowl brings instant critiques, both positive and negative," GM said in a statement."
The ad has only aired once, but the online buzz has continued. The company didn't have details on how many times the ad had been watched on its Web site, but on YouTube alone it has drawn more than 350,000 views.
But Lisamarie Miller, 39, of Palatine, Ill., said she'll never buy a GM vehicle after seeing the ad online. The member of a the Chicago-area chapter of AFSP found out about it from the foundation — and has been sharing her disgust online as well as with friends, family and co-workers.
"I was completely outraged," said Miller, whose 21-year-old brother battled depression before killing himself in 1993. "GM is not being a responsible citizen by airing something that so closely imitates life."
What the hell is wrong with this country anymore? Can't people just f**king laugh and go about there business? It was a damn robot not a real person. I thought it was different and I chuckled when it came on. I didn't think about being a dumbass and jumping off of a bridge because of problems that I could've controlled.

This country is just getting more and more ridiculous. I'm almost glad I'm going to Japan...

2-1B
02-08-2007, 10:26 PM
I'd rather kiss a Slicker than a Snickers.

Slicker
02-08-2007, 10:27 PM
I'd rather kiss a Slicker than a Snickers.He DOES love me!!:love:

figrin bran
02-08-2007, 10:34 PM
People are actually protesting the GM commercial where the robot jumps off a bridge. Here's the story.
What the hell is wrong with this country anymore? Can't people just f*cking laugh and go about there business? It was a damn robot not a real person. I thought it was different and I chuckled when it came on. I didn't think about being a dumbass and jumping off of a bridge because of problems that I could've controlled.

This country is just getting more and more ridiculous. I'm almost glad I'm going to Japan...

sing it with me!

this is OURRRRRR country!!!!

El Chuxter
02-08-2007, 10:38 PM
The original commercial was to feature Slicker's Mom and Donald Rumsfeld kissing over a Snicker's bar.

They decided it was too freakishly scary.

bobafrett
02-08-2007, 11:05 PM
I thought the ad was giving a bad message, but I didn't go and complain to anyone. I figured someone would get upset about it though with as many people that viewed the Super Bowl.

The Bears lost, you don't see me jumping off any bridges.

2-1B
02-08-2007, 11:18 PM
I thought the Bears "performance" was more insulting than the robot...(no offense Frett, not trying to rub it in). :(

QLD
02-08-2007, 11:30 PM
I just thought it was funny that they were flaunting the fact that they have all robots doing the work, and no humans.

Tycho
02-09-2007, 12:12 AM
I just thought it was funny that they were flaunting the fact that they have all robots doing the work, and no humans.

I find that offensive. On Cybertron, the robots were made to work until one day when the Decepticons and Autobots all rebelled and freed themselves from their shackles. The same thing could happen at GM. Almost all the Transformers we're about to see evidence of in a few months here, convert themselves into GM cars.

I don't think that's a coincidence.

The commercial amounts to GM subliminally endorsing slavery. Optimus Prime says "Freedom is the right of all sentient beings." Well how do you think robots that are never allowed to leave GM's factories feel? I'm calling the ACLU to see if they're interested in representing the Transformers.

Jargo
02-09-2007, 11:01 AM
sooo frickinfrackin sick of the PC brigade softedging everything. damn hippies!

Tenric78
02-09-2007, 11:23 AM
I just thought it was funny that they were flaunting the fact that they have all robots doing the work, and no humans.

Right on. I wonder if any GM employees were ****ed.

Ji'dai
02-09-2007, 01:29 PM
So what's the deal with a Snicker's Kiss?

Slicker
02-09-2007, 01:36 PM
So what's the deal with a Snicker's Kiss?The SB commercial where the guy puts a Snickers in his mouth and another guy tries to eat the other end and they work towards the middle all Lady and Tramp style and they kiss. They then say "did we just kiss?" then they both proceed to do something manly, which turns out to be tearing out a hunk of chest hair.

Gay rights groups are saying that it's homophobic.:rolleyes:

JediTricks
02-09-2007, 11:41 PM
A friend of mine who is gay actually did take offense at that Snickers ad, he's not unmanly (despite being homosexual) so it was a cheap shot, like calling him a "sissymary". More importantly to me though, it was just a crappy ad - the homoerotic themes in that one and the Chevy HHR one make me want to avoid those products, not purchase them.

As for the suicidal robot one, The Daily Show touched on this PCism of it, before that I had no idea anybody cared. I thought it was an ok commercial, you really feel bad for the robot. And it's not like they're suggesting suicide is a good thing, you feel for the robot, there's an emotional context even if it is over-the-top. I suppose I sorta get why there'd be complaints from anti-suicide groups, but only slightly.

Tycho
02-09-2007, 11:46 PM
You can't do ANYTHING in this world that stands out the slightest and not chance getting made fun of. I'm surprised Donald Trump isn't offended and calling the ACLU over that beard comb-over commercial.

Look at the darn big deal they are making over what airplane Nancy Pelosi takes. :rolleyes:

Tenric78
02-10-2007, 01:40 AM
Don't even try to bring that mess into normal forums. You only bring this s*it up because you're one of them pu*sy as* Dems. Take this sort of bulls*it to Rancor Pit where it belongs because I, nor anyone else in here, wants to read this.

Didn't Bush's press secretary say the Republicans were making too big of a deal out of this? I'm just saying.

The Snickers ad was just dumb. It would have been funnier if the guys actually discovered that they were gay and they had to thank Snickers for it.

2-1B
02-10-2007, 12:58 PM
A friend of mine who is gay actually did take offense at that Snickers ad, he's not unmanly (despite being homosexual) so it was a cheap shot, like calling him a "sissymary". More importantly to me though, it was just a crappy ad - the homoerotic themes in that one and the Chevy HHR one make me want to avoid those products, not purchase them.

As a straight man, it offended me because they used two ugly and gross straight dudes...thus stereotyping the rest of us.

I mean, look at me and Slicker. We're both attractive straight men and if we kissed, it would really be kind of hot. Actually it would be VERY hot. But no, Society tells us that it would be gross, because all the TV commercials of straight men kissing show ugly dudes kissing.

It's a misrepresentation. :mad:

Tenric78
02-10-2007, 01:13 PM
As a straight man, it offended me because they used two ugly and gross straight dudes...thus stereotyping the rest of us.

It's a misrepresentation. :mad:

Um, I think you're really missing the point. It's two car mechanics that are kissing. The ad is saying that all car mechanics are gross. Because the way they react to said kiss you can't say they are gay so in turn they can not possibly be representing the gay community. It should be care mechanics who are offended, but its a commecrial that's dumb so get over it.

2-1B
02-10-2007, 01:15 PM
Um, I think you're really missing the point.

I assure you I am not. ;)



It's two car mechanics that are kissing. The ad is saying that all car mechanics are gross. Because the way they react to said kiss you can't say they are gay so in turn they can not possibly be representing the gay community.

I know, I was saying they represent the Straight community. lol


It should be care mechanics who are offended, but its a commecrial that's dumb so get over it.

Much to learn, you still have. ;)

Slicker
02-10-2007, 01:57 PM
I think I'll jump off a bridge because Slicker hurt my feelings. :cry:Now, now. Just put a Snickers in your mouth and I'll make everything better.:love:

El Chuxter
02-11-2007, 09:20 PM
Now, now. Just put a Snickers in your mouth and I'll make everything better.:love:

I swear, I'm not joking, but I read that as Slicker's Mom and not Snickers. I didn't even mean to.

Maybe I need to take a break from all these Slicker's Mom jokes.

2-1B
02-11-2007, 10:16 PM
I find THAT hard to believe. lol