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30 November 2007 @ 12:53 pm
"Special area," my ass.  
I'm sitting at my desk, listening to XM 150, which is the uncensored comedy channel. Unfortunately, XM subsidizes this channel with advertisements. Sadly, few of them are amusing. One however is just irritating, and not because of the content matter.

There is a series of ads playing lately for "natural male enhancement" that purports to increase "that special male area."

Okay, look. I have no problem with this kind of ad. Don't care. However, here's the sticking point, if you'll pardon the pun:

Why not say "penis?"

You're on XM. The FCC isn't going to come get you. More, you're on the uncensored comedy channel. The comedian just before the break was talking about his penis. When he referred to it? He said the word, "penis." Hell, XM 150 plays Andrew Dice Clay. Do you have any idea how many different terms that man can use for the penis in the space of one piece of shtick?

For pity's sake, people. If you're trying to avoid saying, "We'll increase your penis size," so you won't get sued, then you DESERVE to be sued for preying upon insecure idiots. If you really believe in your product and it honestly DOES puff up the penis, then SAY SO.

Current Mood: tired
Current Music: Chris Rock - Prisons
Blind Zen Archerbzarcher on November 30th, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC)
At a guess, it's not just because they're cowards, but that they're running the same ads on fm radio where they can get away with it. But more importantly, wasn't the reason we pay $15 a month for radio without ads, period? I want a price cut.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on November 30th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
I'm less than impressed with ads on XM, myself, but I'm willing to accept it on a few channels if it means I can hear uncensored comedy.

You're probably right about the ads. Thing is, I'd be more interested in a company that takes advantage of buying time on XM or Sirius on a specifically uncensored, adult-content channel and crafts the ad campaign accordingly.
nata5 on November 30th, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
Think cheap here Trav, 1 Ad fits all and the time air time for that. Or 1 Ad for FM and 1 for XM with air time for both with the added risk your market drone doesn't accidentally send the penis one to FM. Also some of the enhancement Ads are direct or slightly chopped up sound tracks of their TV spots.

I also bet they use it as a fall back to never say penis. If it doesn't work they refund your money but if you sued for false advertisement then they could say they never said it would enlarge the penis but that special male area which could be thought of as anything.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on November 30th, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC)
I figured out the hedging possibility. Like I said, if that's why they're not coming out and saying, "penis," then they deserve to be sued.
Ace Lightning: radio tower animationacelightning on November 30th, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC)
oh, dear Goddess... radio spam...

Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on December 1st, 2007 04:45 am (UTC)
Yeah, tell me about it. I'm starting to think of all advertising as spam, frankly.
Ace Lightning: radio pictureacelightning on December 1st, 2007 06:06 am (UTC)
they should do what i've heard of various European TV networks doing: put on programming with no, or very little, advertising, and then devote an entire hour (or more) to nothing but ads. this is why European commercials are so much better than most of ours; they have to make people actually want to watch them. but apparently the advertising hour is quite popular.

Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on December 1st, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
I'd support the older BBC models, with commercials either airing between unbroken shows or have one ad break in the middle of the show. Three breaks is a pain in the ass.
Ace Lightning: radio pictureacelightning on December 2nd, 2007 07:59 am (UTC)
that would work, too. either way, it should promote the development of commercials that are at least as much fun to watch as the programs. European commercials in general are just so much more creative than ours - here's a random sampling from YouTube:


Wolf: A-ha!teddywolf on December 1st, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)
It's simple: they weren't talking about penii, they were talking about beer-bellies. What people choose to believe doesn't make it what it is :P

If they only used appropriate background music on a spot like that...
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on December 1st, 2007 04:44 am (UTC)
First of all, I have yet to meet a guy who needs any outside help building onto a beer belly. Second, I've met enough women with beer bellies to no longer think of it as being especially "male."
Wolf: Arrr!teddywolf on December 1st, 2007 05:01 am (UTC)
Nu, there's enough guys with tits in the world but I never see breast enhancement commercials aimed at usthem.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on December 1st, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised there isn't breast reduction surgery aimed at us alongside liposuction for the bellies. Call it the Macho Metro package.