Thread: PSAs that sickened you

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    • 13 years 4 days ago
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    Are there any Public Service Announcements that sickened you so much you couldn't even bear to watch them?

    I have been sickened by 3 road safety PSAs from more recent years:

    The first one I shall mention is a "Don't drink and drive" PSA in which some late-teen boys are in a Tavern drinking
    One says "I've already had one I am driving" , then a few seconds later he sips the 2nd beer he was given
    Then you hear car screeching sounds and then stains of blood appear on everyone as if they were in a crashing car
    "it might take less than you think to become a drink-driver. Think: Don't drink and drive"

    Number 2 is a video taken using a 3G cellphone in which teenagers are spending time together. Near the end of the video a teenager crosses the road and gets run over by a car. The others are horrified.
    "Many teenagers wish they paid more attention to the road"

    Number 3 shows a child getting hit by a car with blood coming out of his or her ear (in "backwards-slow-motion" ) . That PSA tells us why the speed limits are 30 miles per hour.

    Now it is your turn: What PSAs from the past or present sickened you the most?
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    • 13 years 4 days ago
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    The one where this gaggle of kids come storming into this house and start stuffing themselves with these gross "gopher cakes" and even make some putrid shake with them. I mean-who eats like that! And the end message is something about exercising. The commercial is on this site:

    [url]http://www.retrojunk.com/details_commercial/2156/[/url]
    "Ease on down, Ease on down the road
    come on, Ease on down, Ease on down the road
    don't you carry nothing that might be a load come on, Ease on down Ease on down, down the road"


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    • 13 years 4 days ago
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    Quote by rirotostichi

    Number 2 is a video taken using a 3G cellphone in which teenagers are spending time together. Near the end of the video a teenager crosses the road and gets run over by a car. The others are horrified.
    "Many teenagers wish they paid more attention to the road"

    Wasn't that a PIF? From England?
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    • 13 years 3 days ago
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    Yes
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    Quote by rirotostichi
    Yes

    Yeah, I saw that on TVARK a while back.
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    • 12 years 11 months ago
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    Mine was about being yourself. It had a huge group of kids and actors, and they sang a song about it. I don't remember the first set of lyrics but it went something like.."
    "????? ???"
    "you can say 'no', and you won't be alone...
    ???? ???? when you do things on your own
    cos you're setting up your own life
    doing things your own way
    setting up your own style.. BEING YOURSELF (guitar strum)
    BEING YOURSELF (guitar strum)
    (everybody cheers)
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    • 12 years 11 months ago
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    I wouldn't say it annoyed me as much as it made me cry, but it was one about trash and littering. There's a car that passes this Indian along the road and dumps some trash by his feet. The camera raises up to the Indian's face and you see him shed a tear. They did a parody of this on the Woody Harrelson / Randy Quaid comedy "Kingpin".
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    • 12 years 11 months ago
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    wasn't that "crying indian" stuff also parodied on The Simpsons?
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    • 12 years 11 months ago
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    Quote by Pudgietheparrot
    The one where this gaggle of kids come storming into this house and start stuffing themselves with these gross "gopher cakes" and even make some putrid shake with them. I mean-who eats like that! And the end message is something about exercising. The commercial is on this site:

    [url]http://www.retrojunk.com/details_commercial/2156/[/url]


    I remember that commercial. It was pretty gross, seeing everyone shoving those nasty looking things in their mouths and all. The song they played in the background was annoying on top of it ("Eat those Gopher Cakes 'til you explode" was one of the lines I believe)
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    • 12 years 11 months ago
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    The two I thought were gross were the ones about over eating and smoking. The first one showed a fat guy eating in a resturaunt, he kept eating and eating, then he exploded and green slime went everywhere.

    The second one was about smoking, it showed a bunch of diseased lungs and people then there was some like 100 year old lady smoking then she pulled the cigarette out of her mouth and her lip came off (attatched to the cigarette.) Then it had a guy with black clothes on and he vomited on the camera, the vomit was green or orange because it was shot with black light.
    • 12 years 11 months ago
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    Quote by rirotostichi
    wasn't that "crying indian" stuff also parodied on The Simpsons?

    "Do me a favor, and don't look behind you."
    (pan behind him to see a huge pile of trash)
    "YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!"
    • 12 years 11 months ago
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    Quote by Deccardcayne
    The two I thought were gross were the ones about over eating and smoking. The first one showed a fat guy eating in a resturaunt, he kept eating and eating, then he exploded and green slime went everywhere.



    So now the makers of PSAs (probably the AD council) are ripping off old Monty Python bits?
    • 12 years 11 months ago
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    Quote by emax4
    I wouldn't say it annoyed me as much as it made me cry, but it was one about trash and littering. There's a car that passes this Indian along the road and dumps some trash by his feet. The camera raises up to the Indian's face and you see him shed a tear. They did a parody of this on the Woody Harrelson / Randy Quaid comedy "Kingpin".


    I knew a guy who knew the Indian in that commercial. He said he was a real jerk.
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    Quote by DoTheJigsawJig
    Quote by emax4
    I wouldn't say it annoyed me as much as it made me cry, but it was one about trash and littering. There's a car that passes this Indian along the road and dumps some trash by his feet. The camera raises up to the Indian's face and you see him shed a tear. They did a parody of this on the Woody Harrelson / Randy Quaid comedy "Kingpin".


    I knew a guy who knew the Indian in that commercial. He said he was a real jerk.


    The original "Indian" was an Irishman.
    • 12 years 11 months ago
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    He was? Ha ha...that makes it even funnier!
    • 12 years 11 months ago
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    Quote by DoTheJigsawJig
    He was? Ha ha...that makes it even funnier!


    Yeah I remember hearing it awhile back. Only in the 70's.
    • 12 years 11 months ago
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    Quote by Reaper
    Quote by DoTheJigsawJig
    Quote by emax4
    I wouldn't say it annoyed me as much as it made me cry, but it was one about trash and littering. There's a car that passes this Indian along the road and dumps some trash by his feet. The camera raises up to the Indian's face and you see him shed a tear. They did a parody of this on the Woody Harrelson / Randy Quaid comedy "Kingpin".


    I knew a guy who knew the Indian in that commercial. He said he was a real jerk.


    The original "Indian" was an Irishman.

    Nah, he was italian, though people claim he did have at least some Native American blood in him.
    • 12 years 11 months ago
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    Well, needless to say, that infamous "This is your brain on drugs" campaign is already played out by now. I was already a teenager when these spots ran on TV. Back then, I never had a drug abuse problem. But when that first and most famous of all the PSAs was running all over TV then, I still couldn't see how they would've thought the "fried egg" metaphor they used would scare kids off drugs. It was a pretty lame attempt. Might've been just one of the many reasons this country lost the War on Drugs.
    Another thing (and this is strictly imho): those neo-hippy brats who run truth.com might just be this [] close right now to finding themselves inadvertently running afoul of the "Patriot Act" if they keep pulling their "Not quite 'Jackass', but it gets the job done" approach they've been using lately to get their anti-smoking mantra across to the masses. But don't get me wrong, though. I do admire their bravado and ingenuity for delivering messages that get their point across. I'm just concerned that, in this treacherously dangerous world we now live in, they may end up doing something regrettable that could irreversibly alter their lives for the worse. I'm sure that's a concern that even those of us who DON'T have kids of their own can...(Oh, great! Now I'M being as preachy as one of those sickening PSAs. Might as well stop while I'm ahead...)
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    • 12 years 11 months ago
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    Ok this wasn't technically a PSA but it really did traumatize me and just about everyone else in my class when we were made to watch it. It was a video about school bus safety, where all the kiddies were making cards for some holiday and then when they got off on their street one little girl's card flew away from her in front of the bus. She was of course "not following safety rules" and goes barrelling out in front of the bus to get it where the driver could not see her, and she got ran over.

    The most disturbing part of this video was that they showed her lying in the street, mums and das crowded around, with blood and guts spilling out onto the pavement. When we saw this I think everyone was about 8...needless to say there were many calls up to the school the next day and they never showed that flick again. I still remember it to this day though...bloody diabolical. Was anyone else made to watch this?
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