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Old 02-16-2007, 01:30 AM   #1
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Volkswagen Withdraws Commercial That Involved Suicide

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/16/bu...ia/16addes.htm

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For the second time in a week, an automaker has agreed to stop running a television commercial that several mental health organizations criticized as making light of suicide.

Volkswagen of America said yesterday that it would withdraw a commercial that four organizations, including the American Psychiatric Association, had labeled as irresponsible.

The spot, by Crispin, Porter & Bogusky in Miami, part of MDC Partners, was titled “Jumper” and showed a man contemplating suicide until he learned about new lower prices on Volkswagens.

Last week, General Motors agreed to stop running a commercial, first shown during Super Bowl XLI, that presented a factory robot driven to suicide after losing its job for making a mistake. G.M. said it would edit the spot to remove the suicide scene. The robot commercial was created by the Marina del Rey, Calif., office of Deutsch, part of the Interpublic Group of Companies.

The other organizations that complained about the Volkswagen spot were the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which had also complained about the G.M. commercial; Mental Health America; and the National Alliance on Mental Illness
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Old 02-16-2007, 07:21 AM   #2
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Which commercial is it?
where to find it?
I'm curious
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Old 02-16-2007, 08:09 AM   #3
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I guess the ad killed itself. If this is the ad where the guy's wearing the sign that says "The End is Near", then someone in a VW drives by and shouts "3 models for under $17000" or something, than it's ridiculous. I never associated that with suicide. If that ain't the commercial, than I don't know which one they're talking about.
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Old 02-16-2007, 08:29 AM   #4
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I thought it was funny. Even my non-car loving roommates thought it was funny.
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Old 02-16-2007, 08:45 AM   #5
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I guess the ad killed itself. If this is the ad where the guy's wearing the sign that says "The End is Near", then someone in a VW drives by and shouts "3 models for under $17000" or something, than it's ridiculous. I never associated that with suicide. If that ain't the commercial, than I don't know which one they're talking about.
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Old 02-16-2007, 09:24 AM   #6
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Surely it isn't any worse than this:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=ad4fagTyaM4
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Old 02-16-2007, 10:01 AM   #7
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Surely it isn't any worse than this:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=ad4fagTyaM4
Best Commercial Ever.

On another note, the anit-suicide people need to lighen up and realize that 99.999% of america find the commercial hilariously funny, while the twenty or so people in the US who look for suicide in ads because they fear that the mentally insane will follow the ad... Goddamn america has become a pu**y nation.
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Old 02-16-2007, 10:09 AM   #8
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i'm gonna commit suicide now since the car i want is more than $17000
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Old 02-16-2007, 10:38 AM   #9
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Pretty soon you will only be able to show a video of the car parked (can't show it driving around generating all those greenhouse gases) with a tag line that says, "Please buy this car".
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Old 02-16-2007, 01:21 PM   #10
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only in america
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Old 02-16-2007, 01:37 PM   #11
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People who would kill themselves after watching commericals aren't needed by the society anyway.
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Pretty soon you will only be able to show a video of the car parked (can't show it driving around generating all those greenhouse gases) with a tag line that says, "Please buy this car".
"Please consider taking a low interest loan out on this car."

We wouldn't want people to feel pushed into anything.
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Old 02-16-2007, 02:53 PM   #13
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you should change car to vehicle as you wouldn't want SUV activists to be offended
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Old 02-16-2007, 03:00 PM   #14
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People who would kill themselves after watching commericals aren't needed by the society anyway.
You know I'm finally fed up with all these babies whining and crying wha wha wha, god give it a rest.

I agree, if you would kill yourself because of a commercial then were better off without you. We can't be baby sitting everyone and holding their hand, the rest of us are trying to enjoy tv!
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heres the video, pretty funny but that polo one was better.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=NpUGukfZnzw
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