Instead of making Tsunami a 4 letter word...

Discussion in 'Protest' started by recentlysmackedpinat, Jan 10, 2005.

  1. It all started with the date the other night. We decided on Meet The Fockers,
    and Chinese food. General Tao you make good chicken, but that's not
    the point here..

    Back to the Multiplex, we were among the final stragglers filing into the
    darkened theatre while the previews ran. They weren't even at the trailers
    yet, but at the TV commercials. Isn't that so annoying? You get another 3
    minutes tacked on to the 7 minute preview-fest with car commercials,
    gum commercials, we scanned the isles for a seat in front of the Fanta
    soda commercial. Twenty-foot tall Fanta-girls... Fantettes or whatever
    they're called, jiggled away in a tropical paradise surrounded by sand and
    palm trees. Then came the cheery pitch:
    "FANTA...A TIDAL WAVE OF FLAVOR..."

    "Booooooooooooo!" roared the first voice, "Yeah Right", bellowed another, "That's sick" "Oh that's just great"... "awwwww man.."...and within seconds the popcorn was flying and people were on their feet in a gallow's chorus of
    booing and hissing.
    My date and I found a pair of seats and ducked in quietly.
    We looked at each other, our brows raised in unison, and we shrugged it off.

    Out in the lobby after the movie, a crowd circled the manager who was trying
    to put out the verbal flames left, right and center while she doled movie vouchers out to greedy hands.
    I ducked in to ask what the fuss was about, only to have two ticket vouchers
    shoved in my face with a quick apology from the flustered manager.
    "We're pulling the ad immediately" she said over her shoulder to a nearby
    couple, "please accept our sincerest apologies...."

    I backed off and joined my date and together we took a moment to take in
    the scene. "It wasn't THAT offensive" she shrugged. I begged to differ.
    Yes and No.
    It wasn't offensive to begin with. The phrase "A Tidal Wave of Flavor" didn't
    have any negative connotations before boxing day when a tsunami happened
    to decimate a large population of Southeast Asia.
    But now, with the sting of tragedy still in the eyes and ears of the world,
    timing was the salt in the wound.
    Yes, I suppose that Fanta's marketing monkeys should have gasped and pulled
    the ad out of respect. But no, it was not intentended to offend.
    The commercial was probably produced 6 months ago.
    It was just bad timing, and the fault was to be found in the failure to react
    by shelving the ad.

    And people were getting free movie vouchers because of this, because they
    were offended. And all that it took to make it all better was some free
    product to shut them up, double-standards notwithstanding.

    I took one long hard look at my free movie vouchers, then walked up to
    the manager.
    "Look," I said, "I know you're very sorry and that it's not your fault," she
    looked at me, flustered and near tears, "So," I continued, "I'd like to hand
    these in.. and take the cash value, drop the money in the box over there
    for the Red Cross Releif efforts."
    Her eyes narrowed, "No, I'm sorry sir, these have no cash value", back to
    consoling the lineup for free-tickets. My date came to my side and suggested
    that I take my voucher over to the lineup for the late-show and sell it to
    someone waiting in line.
    "Five bucks," she shouted, "who wants to get in for Five bucks instead
    of 8.50?"

    Hands went up. I took a crisp ten from the couple at the first wicket and
    marched over to the drop-box.
    Inside out went the wallet... found a five, my date coughed up a five, and we
    matched it, dropped it, and turned back to look at the mob.
    The greedy squabbling had dulled into a puzzled murmur.

    "Five bucks!" someone else shouted.
    "Here!", came a reply from the line.
    The manager tucked the rest of the vouchers into her vest pocket and walked
    briskly behind the ticket counter, and into a locked office while the crowd met
    up with the lineup for the late show.
    Those walking away from the line matched five or ten dollars of their own and
    made a donation.
    I figured it was time to leave, but my date wanted to stay and watch.
    We'd done enough though, well in my opinion we'd done nothing but make good of a ridiculous situation.

    I mean, by the same token, how come sports teams with names like
    The Hurricanes aren't getting booed out after the slew of tropical storms in
    the Southern states this year?
    Why not make a real difference instead of pissing and moaning about our
    hypersensitivities?
    So what if that stick of Axe Deodorante you bought a month ago has a
    scent called Tsunami?
    Get over it already.

    By keeping those free movie tickets, I would have ducked the real issue
    while nursing my own greed.
    How about this instead:
    Instead of giving a dollar to soothe the ruffled feathers of someone who's
    offended by the mention of the tragedy, why not just send that same dollar
    to another person, like the one who just lost his home, his family and his
    business in the tragedy itself?

    With some coaxing and my promise of making some hot-peaches on ice cream
    for dessert, my date and I left the Silver City and tried to hide our smiles while I fumbled for my keys in the parking lot.
     
  2. homebudz

    homebudz Hip Forums Supporter HipForums Supporter

    For the "for what it's worth dept.",I think you did good.
     
  3. Co0kiezGurl

    Co0kiezGurl Banned

    Good on you buddy :). That showed some real character...too hard to find these days.
     
  4. TrippinBTM

    TrippinBTM Ramblin' Man

    That's fuckin cool. You're right, if everyone is so offended by the ad, yet take free tickets for it, it's just personal greed. You did the best thing you could have done in that situation. Nice job. :D


    (did it score points with your lady friend?)
     
  5. Lol.. yeah. mega points.
    And she scored some points with me.

    I figured she earned my culinary skills and a homemade dessert.
    which....earned me more points....
     

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