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Nope, I have not voluntarily watched TV outside of watching shows off Netflix and other streaming services. When visiting parents or others and TV is on I find commercials horribly annoying and can no longer stand them.

Commercials now take up over a third of the schedule of a T.V. show.  I can't stand to watch anything in real time.  I record then watch later when I can fast forward past all of the commercials.

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I found it rather strange...the guys are arguing about which one of them is the real father...yeah, it is a reference to SW, but it was just a weird twist given it is supposed to be about accepting a two father family.

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The market system will determine whether we continue to see gay marriage in ads. The main agenda of a company is to make money. If showing ads that promote gay marriage increases the bottom line, the ads will stay. If not, they will fade.

 

So you are saying that free-market capitalists.

 

Fortunately I am a firm supporter of feudalism so this argument means nothing to me.

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The market system will determine whether we continue to see gay marriage in ads. The main agenda of a company is to make money. If showing ads that promote gay marriage increases the bottom line, the ads will stay. If not, they will fade.

 

As Michael Medved demonstrated well in Hollywood vs. America, the entertainment complex makes all kinds of ideologically driven choices that don't help their bottom line. I wonder if I should expect this kind of advertising to be any different.

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A family is a family. The desensitizing accusation is ridiculous. Christianity or other monotheistic religions are not the center of attention. This ad is nothing special. People just need to get over themselves.

 

You don't need to see his identification. These aren't the droids you're looking for. He can go about his business. Move along.

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There is a new and really weird Campbell's Soup commercial where a gay male couple are seen sitting at a table and spoon feeding their son some "Campbell's Star Wars Soup," when one of the men, spoonful of soup in hand, imitates the voice of Darth Vader and says to the little boy, "Cooper, I am your father!" Then with another spoonful of soup in hand, the second man also imitates Darth Vader and says, "No Cooper, I am your father." Now I guess this is supposed to be funny but I'm surprised the writers and producers of this add didn't realize they were depicting a perfect example of how gay parents can mess with an innocent child's mind. It's not bad enough the little boy has no mother (like most of his peers surely do) but to 'keep things fair and equitable' the kid's not even allowed to know who his real father is. The makers of this commercial may think it's cute, but I believe the Lord views it as an outright abomination.

Children are just becoming props as much i real-life as in the media, and that to serve the selfish needs and interests of the demographic(s) consuming them. "Them" referring to products, media and kids all together!

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Children are just becoming props as much i real-life as in the media, and that to serve the selfish needs and interests of the demographic(s) consuming them. "Them" referring to products, media and kids all together!

 

The problem with this point is that our church has used children in its media since, well, forever. E.g., see https://www.lds.org/media-library/images/category/gospel-living?lang=eng 

 

It's tough to call children "props" for these commercials, but not do the same for mormon messages. 

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The problem with this point is that our church has used children in its media since, well, forever. E.g., see https://www.lds.org/media-library/images/category/gospel-living?lang=eng

 

It's tough to call children "props" for these commercials, but not do the same for mormon messages. 

It's easy to call them "props" when that is what is being done for selfish and similar material purposes.

 

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700180194/The-end-of-innocence-The-cost-of-sexualizing-kids.html?pg=all

 

http://www.apa.org/pi/women/programs/girls/report.aspx

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It's easy to call them "props" when that is what is being done for selfish and similar material purposes.

 

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700180194/The-end-of-innocence-The-cost-of-sexualizing-kids.html?pg=all

 

http://www.apa.org/pi/women/programs/girls/report.aspx

 

I'm not sure what you're getting at. Your links go to APA pages addressing the sexualization of girls. That's not the complaint against these ads. No one is claiming these ads sexualize children; the complaint is that the ads normalize gay parenthood. 

 

Back to my point. What I was saying is that many organizations, foremost our own church, use images of children and youth in their public messaging. People can disagree about the merits of the underlying messages  - e.g., encouraging viewers to buy soup or detergent vs. encouraging viewers to be honest or get to know their mormon neighbors. That's fine. But you can't dispute that the church uses images of children for its purposes just like Madison Avenue.

 

For the record, I don't have a big problem with either use. I do find these specific ads from Campbells (and especially the the Tide) to be a little over the top with the gay issues. These ads seems to push that element of the story too much and come across a pandering rather than informing. I prefer the more subtle culture-based ads such as this interracial ad from Cheerios that show the controversial behavior but do not make it the center of the ad.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qkJHgkUzDA

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If minority families were all shown in proportion to their ratio in the population the commercial is designed for, we'd all be a better society.  Not so much when one minority, or the majority is overrepresented.

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I'm not sure what you're getting at.

Not sure what happened to the Deseret News link… here it is again:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700180194/The-end-of-innocence-The-cost-of-sexualizing-kids.html?pg=all

 

But there are others, yes having to do with the sexualization of children in the media:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700180370/Sexualizing-kids-No-child-left-behind-2-and-fighting-back.html?pg=all

 

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865567072/Toddlers-and-Tears-The-sexualization-of-young-girls.html?pg=all

 

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865576115/Victoria7s-Secret-marketing-sexualizes-tween-girls-writers-say.html?pg=all

 

Of course any of this is typically said to only reflect society’s values and ideals, just as normalizing gay parenthood in the media. And it is also said that adults and kids adopt the mores they absorb from the media. One hand washes the other, and kids suffer because of the selfishness of the adults running the show.

 

Whether pandering or informing, there is a merging of market, political and social issues at play at the children’s’ expense, whether it be a joke about two fathers or shaping a sexualized view for children to have of themselves.

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