It's funny that you brought up this category...
About 2 weeks ago, I e-mailed the following two marketing departments with the following messages:
The commercial with the bird flying overhead and relieving itself on a person who then sprouts wings and is about to do the same is IN VERY POOR TASTE (esp. with closeup of unddoing of trousers). I'm 40 and not a prude, but also the father of 4 teenage daugters, and I think the spot crosses the line big time. I will not buy your product and will not allow my daughters to buy your product when they're with me. Clean up your act. P.S. I love Howard Stern, so again, I'm not a Prude. I hope the FCC fines you for broadcast considering light of recent events dating back to Super Bowl XXXVIII.
Red Bull's Reply:
We are truly sorry to hear you were offended by our ad on television. It is unfortunate that we have lost you as a customer, but we respect your decision.
In addition we do appreciate your feedback, which has been forwarded to the appropriate parties.
With thanks and regards,
Red Bull North America
I questioned their advertising departments perception of a family dinner being a bucket of chicken tossed on a bare table void of plates, flatware, napkins, and cups with the announcment of the mom: "It's called dinner!" So the family (who didn't even know why they were coming to the table so they didn't wash up either) attack the bucket like animals tearing up a carcass or pigs at a trough. Nice concept KFC!
BTW: I sent this to FOX News (out of Providence):
Regarding 10 PM FOX Newscast -- 23FEB05: Enough with the shameless Marketing and Promotions by shoving "American Idol" "News" stories down the throats of viewers. No matter how you spin the story, it's advertising, not news. Especially, when your broadcaster says on air, "I can't wait until Monday." Gee, you wouldn't want the viewers to forget when it's on, would you? For viewers interested, they'll watch the show, or Extra or Hollywood Access shows. Where did the newscasters and producers get their broadcaster journalism degrees -- www.mybroadcastdegree.com?
It certainly wasn't Columbia, Newhouse, or Northeastern.
How about providing REAL news for a change? You’re not fooling anyone out there. My wife and I watch your newscast, to get the weather (and sometimes real top stories) before we go to bed, but you have succeeded in even pulling teasers for the weather waiting until the bottom of the hour keeping folks hostage before slumber. It's too bad you're the only choice at 10 PM. People around the office periodically mention silly news stories you report. If the FOX staff feels that the reports are serious, then we as a Providence area culture have larger problems. Please try to raise your bar.
Maybe I'm just beginning to become an old cranky man (however 40 isn't old of course), but what has television resorted to?
Thank You for being there Beethoven.com (Class above the rest amongst the planet's airwaves!)