Meat Ads that Use Anthropomorphized Animals / “Turkey Day”

I absolutely despise it when commercials that are advertising meat use talking animals to promote their product. It is bad enough that the poor animals being murdered so that people can not only eat to survive, but rather to enjoy a treat. It is bad enough that the commercials glorify killing and eating animals (I can’t stand the ones that show sizzling chunks of dead animal flesh, trying to make it look appealing), but to actually use them in the commercials is just wrong. It is immoral and indecent and often encroaches on cannibalism.

The steak-sauce commercial that has a cow singing to lure you into eating it is sick. The commercial showing cows and chickens trying to convince humans to eat the other is disgusting. And the rest…

In a similar vein, I really hate it when people call Thanksgiving “Turkey Day”. First of all, it masks and dismisses the whole point of Thanksgiving which is to recognize the good in your life and that others are not so lucky, and to be grateful for what you have and to help others. Second, it is even more disrespectful to the turkeys who die on the day. It is bad enough they are dying, but to give the day a “cutesy” name like that makes light of and demeans their deaths.

There Can Be Only One

Here’s a little blurb in a newsletter from the most hated company on Earth, yours and mine, Rogers:

Thousands of movies. Hundreds of shows. Tons of free programming. And instant access to it all — On Demand only from Rogers.

Well, I’m sure that somewhere in the world there is probably at least one other company that provides those things. If you’re going to bandy around an absolute term like “only”, then you should be damn sure that you really are the only one. Then again, they’ll probably just take what they already have and throw in something exclusively unique to themselves like a brand name and say “only” again. In fact that’s probably what they (deceptively) meant, that the products known as “On Demand” is only from Rogers—even though it may very well not be; I doubt that they bothered to check.

…blah blah blah, Rogers On Demand—only from Rogers.

Well, duh!