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Do public service ads go too far?

Has anyone heard the controversy over new public service ads "going too far"? The most recent uproar was over a domestic violence PSA done by Keira Knightly. Towards the end of the clip, there are also 2 other PSAs that are considered too "in your face". (They deal with workplace accidents and -I think- smoking) IMO I think that these ads may make viewers uncomfortable, but that they are no more shocking than when the actual events depicted happen. I think this is a valuable service and we can not always "sugar coat" these issues and still expect them to get noticed and encourage people to take action.,2933,512219,00.html (article and link to veiw the ad/s)

What do you think ladies?


Asked by ozarkgirl3 at 2:45 PM on Apr. 3, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Its a bit graphic, but its reality.. I think its good to get it out there and start shining the light on domestic abuse and doing something to fix it.. I hope this commercial doesnt air on any shows my littles ones will happen to be watching.

    Answer by BEXi at 2:53 PM on Apr. 3, 2009

  • I agree with you, some of the "regular" commercials are just as bad.

    We were watching Andy Griffith the other day and a commercial came on about sleeping with lots of people, it was for a reality show. It ticked me off.

    so why not have commercials that teach. If its the truth.

    Answer by mom2twobabes at 2:48 PM on Apr. 3, 2009

  • They may be a little graphic and/or blunt but so is the reality of what they are trying to show. I really wish they did more awareness of the "less extreme." Your spouse does not have to beat you half to death for it to be abuse. I wish they would make more people aware that it shouldn't be tolerated even if it's verbal abuse or less aggressive physical violence. No level of abuse should be tolerated and I think it would be much more beneficial to make a bigger deal out of the things most people see as small or don't want to see at all (verbal abuse). But as far as those specific ads, I think they are great. I don't want my small child to see them but for adults, they are great.

    Answer by DDry at 2:49 PM on Apr. 3, 2009

  • I was watching the Today show ,they were talking about the smoking commercial. How they are traumatizing the young boy to get their message to the people. I don't see anything wrong with the commercial..


    Answer by Anonymous at 2:53 PM on Apr. 3, 2009

  • Wow, that was amazing!

    i love Kiera, and I love the message that was being sent in this ad.

    Graphic? Maybe. But sometimes that's what we need to get the point across.

    Answer by jennijune_21 at 2:56 PM on Apr. 3, 2009

  • no I do think they should be aired after 9 pm and should come with a discretion warning .
    But we need to deal with the reality of theese issues

    Answer by CSRodriguez at 3:16 PM on Apr. 3, 2009

  • How they are traumatizing the young boy to get their message to the people. I don't see anything wrong with the commercial..

    The issue there wasn't the commercial - it was that they had the little boy's mother abandon him in a crowded train station for real, without warning, to get a "real" reaction out of him. You aren't watching a little boy act, you are watching a little boy freak out because he's lost and can't find his mother in real time.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 3:28 PM on Apr. 3, 2009

  • I like the smoking ones. I think shocking and in your face is good when it comes to that issue. I haven't seen any of the other ones.

    Answer by momofsaee at 3:47 PM on Apr. 3, 2009

  • Not Panicking
    Why in the hell are you attacking me? Show me the link what will show me that I was not watching a little boy act. I believe the lady who made the commercial not what you think.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:17 PM on Apr. 3, 2009

  • OP Here- I watched the Keira ad from a clip of ABC News and Diane Sawyer specifically reported that little boy WAS a child actor....not a real crying boy dropped off somewhere.

    So lets take that off the table and focus on the issues of the ads as a whole.

    Answer by ozarkgirl3 at 4:28 PM on Apr. 3, 2009