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Taking a time out from yesterday’s sports holy day, I had to point out that our friends at NARAL dutifully used their tweet to let us know which Super Bowl commercials were acceptable to enjoy (along with tips on how to enjoy them). They obviously long for a regime where they’d perform this function in an official, government-sanctioned capacity backed by force of law but, until then, they can practice. Here’s the commercial that earned their ire:

NARAL’s response:

These are miserable people who are wasting their lives, awash in a sea of joylessness. They should not be considered a credible source on any topic.

Hope everyone enjoyed the fourth quarter!

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  1. RightAngles Member

    Oh good grief.

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    • February 7, 2016, at 7:02 PM PST
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  2. Jules PA Member

    I saw that ad last week, and I thought it was hilarious.

    One of my sibs had labor and delivery of their child within an hour, and we joked about what kind of doritos her husband was throwing around in their bathroom, while they delivered their baby at home.

    I think the ad only builds on the fact that most people see a baby in their ultrasound as just that: Their baby, not A baby. THEIR baby.

    When you discount that acts that created that baby as valuable, it would only make sense that those people would devalue the product.

    That just is not most people.

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    • February 7, 2016, at 7:06 PM PST
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  3. RightAngles Member

    Jules PA:I saw that ad last week, and I thought it was hilarious.

    One of my sibs had labor and delivery of their child within an hour, and we joked about what kind of doritos her husband was throwing around in their bathroom, while they delivered their baby at home.

    I think the ad only builds on the fact that most people see a baby in their ultrasound as just that: Their baby, not A baby. THEIR baby.

    When you discount that acts that created that baby as valuable, it would only make sense that those people would devalue the product.

    That just is not most people.

    It’s because you can plainly see it’s a BABY and not a clump of cells. That’s why they hate it.

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    • February 7, 2016, at 7:12 PM PST
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  4. Eric Hines Inactive

    Well, I do confess that I prefer the earlier Budweiser ads featuring the Clydesdales and the frogs to the crop of ads from the last several Super Bowls.

    Eric Hines

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    • February 7, 2016, at 7:31 PM PST
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  5. Jules PA Member

    Eric Hines:Well, I do confess that I prefer the earlier Budweiser ads featuring the Clydesdales and the frogs to the crop of ads from the last several Super Bowls.

    Eric Hines

    Yeah, but who knew Doritos was pro-life?

    When do you think the boycotts will start?

    <sarc/off>

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    • February 7, 2016, at 7:36 PM PST
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  6. Jules PA Member

    I actually wonder that the image in the ad was an actual ultra sound. Seemed more like an adapted rendering of an UltraSound.

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    • February 7, 2016, at 7:37 PM PST
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  7. Hammer, The Member

    hahaha – “humanizing fetuses.” If that’s an “anti choice” tactic, I’d say it’s a pretty successful one.

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    • February 7, 2016, at 7:46 PM PST
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  8. iWe Reagan
    iWeJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I loved the ad.

    I showed it to Mrs. iWe. She was not so amused. Apparently, I am that guy even during labor. Which to me, of course, makes it even funnier.

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    • February 7, 2016, at 8:07 PM PST
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  9. Kay of MT Member

    iWe:I loved the ad.

    I showed it to Mrs. iWe. She was not so amused. Apparently, I am that guy even during labor. Which to me, of course, makes it even funnier.

    I think it’s pretty funny as well. I had one that came about that fast.

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    • February 7, 2016, at 8:17 PM PST
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  10. Bruce Caward Thatcher
    Bruce CawardJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I am bewildered by so many Super Bowl commercials these days; they require so much inside information, and the bit-surfing on the layered jokes upon jokes would have Dennis Miller confused.

    Note to advertisers: One Joke per spot. One good clean joke, preferably the surprise that comes right after the expected joke.

    I saw spot after spot tonight containing a bunch of fast dialog, quick cuts, total in-jokes, and shots of celebrities (I think) whom I did not recognize. I’m sure there are lots of people who got whatever the intended joke was, but note to advertisers: dude, you’re not doing your client any good by supposing that the average person who watches the Super Bowl is someone who is as slavishly locked in to the cutting edge of whoever is au courant in your small world. It’s a big world out here, and many -most? – of us don’t know what you’re talking about.

    The ONLY commercial I saw all night that was a basic, funny, ONE JOKE play was the Doritos one. And it was funny. A little unsettling in the set-up, but that’s how good jokes work.

    The whole energy of the joke depended on the baby having agency (I guess this is the word?), being an active participant – indeed the hero – of the piece. If that causes you to think again about your dismissal of this person as a Person, well maybe that’s not a bad thing. But there is ZERO way the advertiser was trying to make you feel bad about your reflexive and open-ended support of abortion. They’re just trying to be funny.

    My objection, as was no surprise to the others around me (because they know I am so reactionary) was a mild rebuke that the father was so reflexively portrayed as some kind of clueless slacker, instead of a normal productive-looking husband who happens to like Doritos. It was an odd choice for them to portray their ultimate good guy and representative product-fan as such a loser. It would have been 10x funnier if he had been a sexy concerned hunk, or an aristocratic Doritos lover.

    I did not get any political message about abortion or fetuses, just an advertiser using yet another interesting setting to stage a joke. It was funny. If you are troubled by it, that’s on you. And I’m not surprised.

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    • February 7, 2016, at 9:50 PM PST
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  11. Guruforhire Member

    Jules PA:I saw that ad last week, and I thought it was hilarious.

    One of my sibs had labor and delivery of their child within an hour, and we joked about what kind of doritos her husband was throwing around in their bathroom, while they delivered their baby at home.

    I think the ad only builds on the fact that most people see a baby in their ultrasound as just that: Their baby, not A baby. THEIR baby.

    When you discount that acts that created that baby as valuable, it would only make sense that those people would devalue the product.

    That just is not most people.

    I don’t have 2 ultrasounds taped to the monitors in my office because my wife had an interesting growth.

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    • February 8, 2016, at 3:35 AM PST
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  12. Franz Drumlin Member

    It is forbidden to anthropomorphize humanity.

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    • February 8, 2016, at 7:10 AM PST
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  13. Wolverine Inactive

    The only ad I saw that I liked was the Audi/astronaut commercial. The rest I did not find all that funny and in fact quite depressing what you think that this is the best they can do.

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    • February 8, 2016, at 7:13 AM PST
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  14. Valiuth Member
    ValiuthJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Humanizing fetuses! How dare they! What’s next? Actually claiming they are human!

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    • February 8, 2016, at 7:17 AM PST
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  15. Front Seat Cat Member

    Eric Hines:Well, I do confess that I prefer the earlier Budweiser ads featuring the Clydesdales and the frogs to the crop of ads from the last several Super Bowls.

    Eric Hines

    Most of the ads are so stupid – cartoon characters to sell cars, more for kids than adults – I’m with you – ads in general lack creativity or make you actually want to buy the product – in fact not even worth remembering at all – my latest favorite ad is the dog with the bucket list – so funny! Love the Clydesdales! The NARAL comment sounds Nazi-ish – wow!

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    • February 8, 2016, at 7:20 AM PST
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  16. Front Seat Cat Member

    Bruce Caward:I am bewildered by so many Super Bowl commercials these days; they require so much inside information, and the bit-surfing on the layered jokes upon jokes would have Dennis Miller confused.

    Note to advertisers: One Joke per spot. One good clean joke, preferably the surprise that comes right after the expected joke.

    Agree! We didn’t get any of the commercials either – in fact, most of the commercials nowadays are very confusing – this one did not make me want to buy Doritos and makes men look like buffoons.

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    • February 8, 2016, at 7:26 AM PST
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  17. Vance Richards Member
    Vance RichardsJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Humanizing a human fetus is anti-choice?

    Babies may not crave Doritos, but they are human. I wouldn’t think admitting that fact is anti anything. Makes you wonder what lies they are telling these poor young women.

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    • February 8, 2016, at 7:35 AM PST
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  18. Douglas Inactive

    “Humanizing fetuses” may be the most stupid phrase ever tweeted.

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    • February 8, 2016, at 7:35 AM PST
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  19. DJ EJ Member

    NARAL begs the question when their ideology trumps scientific fact – if a fetus is not a human, then what is it?

    I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that that unborn “clump of cells/product of conception/insert another obfuscating euphemism here” has human (edit: homo sapien) DNA.

    He or she is a human Doritos fan at the fetal stage of development.

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    • February 8, 2016, at 7:38 AM PST
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  20. Casey Inactive

    I wonder how they feel about humanizing African slaves?

    Hope they’ve at least caught up with us on that one.

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    • February 8, 2016, at 7:38 AM PST
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  21. Phil Turmel Coolidge

    Jules PA:

    Eric Hines:Well, I do confess that I prefer the earlier Budweiser ads featuring the Clydesdales and the frogs to the crop of ads from the last several Super Bowls.

    Eric Hines

    Yeah, but who knew Doritos was pro-life?

    When do you think the boycotts will start?

    I’m thinking my buycott is starting today. I love Doritos. I mean, I LOVE Doritos. I love them too much, and they are evil carbs, so I don’t buy them very often. But Frito-Lay must be rewarded for such a life-loving, absolutely hilarious commercial.

    Especially since they had to know the pro-aborts would freak out.

    { I know, I know, I’m just rationalizing Doritos purchases . . . }

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    • February 8, 2016, at 7:39 AM PST
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  22. Casey Inactive

    SCIENCE!

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    • February 8, 2016, at 7:41 AM PST
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  23. Sash Member

    If you are spending the money that Super bowl ads cost… my guess is most people like it. They probably test the heck out of everyword and picture.

    Plus, it makes NARAl mad–touch down!

    Babies are so cute! How can anyone be against babies?

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    • February 8, 2016, at 7:54 AM PST
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  24. Casey Inactive

    What they have unwittingly admitted here is if a fetus is human, then to kill the fetus is wrong. Otherwise, what’s the problem with its humanity?

    Their whole argument has now been pinned on the idea that the responsive, brain active, heart beating creature is not a human creature. That’s a hard sell. And good news.

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    • February 8, 2016, at 8:05 AM PST
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  25. Robert McReynolds Inactive

    Humanizing the fetus? Can we just start the armed conflict with the Left so we can get rid of these people? Jeez what a bunch of reprobates.

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    • February 8, 2016, at 8:06 AM PST
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  26. Robert McReynolds Inactive

    Sash:If you are spending the money that Super bowl ads cost… my guess is most people like it. They probably test the heck out of everyword and picture.

    Plus, it makes NARAl mad–touch down!

    Babies are so cute! How can anyone be against babies?

    Because these Feminazis at NARAL are a bunch of monsters that’s how. They scour the earth looking for the unborn that they can sacrifice to their god: themselves. These people make me sick and I really wish them some bad things.

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    • February 8, 2016, at 8:08 AM PST
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  27. Profile Photo Member

    Hold on. NARAL is complaining about commercials because clueless dads are an example of sexism!?!

    They must really be upset if they are looking for form a coalition with people who object to men being portrayed as idiots in popular culture. Doubt that will get much help on that front.

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    • February 8, 2016, at 8:29 AM PST
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  28. BastiatJunior Member

    My favorite commercial ran before the game started. It was the Hyundai Car Finder commercial.

    Kevin Hart is a good father.

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    • February 8, 2016, at 8:40 AM PST
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  29. Hammer, The Member

    Now, time to complain about a different super-bowl commercial. Guy brushing his teeth with the water on; cut to starving (eastern country?) child drinking from his sink… guilt-trip about how the amount of water you waste while brushing your teeth could save lives somewhere else in the world.

    … because it’s a zero-sum game. And because once water goes down your drain it disappears for all of eternity. And because if you didn’t waste water, there would be more water in the desert or in other parts of the world.

    Seemed like a completely random guilt-trip that was wholly unsupported by anything at all. I wonder why they didn’t make a commercial that simply said “hey, enjoying the super bowl? Stop. There is war and famine in the world, and you don’t deserve anything that you have.”

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    • February 8, 2016, at 9:15 AM PST
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  30. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy WeivodaJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Ryan M:Now, time to complain about a different super-bowl commercial. Guy brushing his teeth with the water on; cut to starving (eastern country?) child drinking from his sink… guilt-trip about how the amount of water you waste while brushing your teeth could save lives somewhere else in the world.

    … because it’s a zero-sum game. And because once water goes down your drain it disappears for all of eternity. And because if you didn’t waste water, there would be more water in the desert or in other parts of the world.

    Seemed like a completely random guilt-trip that was wholly unsupported by anything at all. I wonder why they didn’t make a commercial that simply said “hey, enjoying the super bowl? Stop. There is war and famine in the world, and you don’t deserve anything that you have.”

    I remember several years ago hearing someone complain about all the water that cattle drink, and how if we were all vegetarians there wouldn’t be so many thirsty people. As if every gallon that a cow drinks gets teleported to an alternate universe never to be seen again. And I’m pretty sure the cattle rancher in Montana or Oklahoma isn’t having his water trucked in from Somalia or Bangladesh where people are too poor to drink water.

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    • February 8, 2016, at 9:29 AM PST
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