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For condom manufacturers, it’s been a long time coming and a hard row to hoe. They met with stiff resistance in their quest to advertise on primetime network television, but were tickled pink when they got their chance. They were at the head of a movement to get people to bone up on the facts about STD’s, and… ah, nevermind…let’s get on with it…
Last night Trojan ads aired in prime time television for the first time, and, by “Trojan”, I assume this story isn’t referring to gladiators from Troy. The ads ran on NBC and the WB Network, the latter of which aired in, get this, “Smallville”. No, really.
We can be certain that there will be complaints, but protesting the offensiveness of commercials that are airing on network television is a hilarious exercise in tunnel vision on the part of the viewer.
Nine out of ten times, we’re sitting there watching a show, perhaps about drug lords, investigations in to violent deaths, or a bunch of Desperate Housewives talking about which garden vegetable is the best replacement for a man. Then, a suggestive ad will run, and that’s what ticks us off?
That’s what cracked me up about the Janet Jackson incident during halftime of the Super Bowl. We caught a glimpse of an over-inflated silicone sack lined with a ninja’s throwing star during halftime of a football game, and that was the controversy of the decade. I must agree. I hate it when my sense of decency is compromised while I’m trying to watch one of the world’s most violent sports.
Will condom ads move to daytime network television? Sure they will, and people will continue to complain that their filth is being interrupted by immoral advertisements.