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    First the Snickers Kiss and now this...

    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 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...
    Up, up, and OKAAAAY!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caesar View Post
    I'd rather kiss a Slicker than a Snickers.
    He DOES love me!!
    Up, up, and OKAAAAY!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slicker View Post
    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!!!!

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    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.
    Tommy, close your eyes.

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    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.
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    I thought the Bears "performance" was more insulting than the robot...(no offense Frett, not trying to rub it in).

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    I just thought it was funny that they were flaunting the fact that they have all robots doing the work, and no humans.
    "Roger Nasty Butler!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by QLD View Post
    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.
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    sooo frickinfrackin sick of the PC brigade softedging everything. damn hippies!

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