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15th Nov '17 2:58:08 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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Ironically, liquor companies have never benefited from any similar trope, since anti-''drinking'' commercials are nowhere near as common and rarely call for the abuser to cease indulging his habit altogether. In fact, they've been more than willing to make commercials of their own calling for their customers to drink "responsibly" (i.e. in moderation) and have a designated driver to get them home safely if they've had too much.

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Ironically, liquor companies have never benefited from any similar trope, since anti-''drinking'' commercials are nowhere near as common and rarely call for the abuser to cease indulging his habit altogether. In fact, they've been more than willing to make commercials of their own calling for their customers to drink "responsibly" (i.e. in moderation) and have a designated driver to get them home safely if they've had too much.
much. That advertising alcohol itself isn't illegal ([[UsefulNotes/BeerCommercials other than depicting consumption of it on-screen]]) explains it.
20th Sep '17 12:00:27 AM rjd1922
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* ''WesternAnimation/CartoonAllStarsToTheRescue''. Just [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzKx92QD8Hk watch it]] and you'll see. That is, if you can make any sense out of it.
19th Sep '17 11:43:23 PM rjd1922
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*** It isn't that deep. The man is Harley Mortenstein from the EpicMealTime webseries, and the entire point of the latest wave of Truth ads seems to be appealing to the internet generation. [[SincerityMode It's bloody painful]].

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*** It isn't that deep. The man is Harley Mortenstein from the EpicMealTime ''WebVideo/EpicMealTime'' webseries, and the entire point of the latest wave of Truth ads seems to be [[WereStillRelevantDammit appealing to the internet generation.generation]]. [[SincerityMode It's bloody painful]].
20th Aug '17 12:56:45 AM Jormungar
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* During the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, several Eastern European [[LaResistance resistance groups]] had a workaround during the 1960s to avoid government censorship. Instead of releasing the propaganda directly, they distributed newspapers with detailed articles about all the treasonous publications [[DirtyCommunists their fine leaders]] had recently put down, refuted, or nipped in the bud. Of course, ''everything'' in those sordid imperialist publications had to be "examined" in ''excruciatingly'' lurid detail while they were decrying them.

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* During the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, several Eastern European [[LaResistance resistance groups]] had a workaround during the 1960s to avoid government censorship. Instead of releasing the propaganda directly, they distributed newspapers with detailed articles about all the treasonous publications [[DirtyCommunists their fine leaders]] had recently put down, refuted, or nipped in the bud. Of course, ''everything'' this took the form of, "Let us examine, ''very closely and in exquisite detail,'' all those lies that those sordid imperialist publications had to be "examined" in ''excruciatingly'' lurid detail while they were decrying them.are writing. To better refute them, of course."
19th Jul '17 10:33:20 AM CorahsUncle
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Since the early 1970s, the law has prohibited tobacco products from being advertised on television in the United States. The tobacco companies didn't fight this, since they knew if they went to Congress, there was a good chance they'd lose their [[http://www.badvertising.org/ print ads]] as well.

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Since the early 1970s, the law has prohibited tobacco products from being advertised on television in the United States. The tobacco companies didn't fight this, since they knew if they went to Congress, there was a good chance they'd lose their [[http://www.badvertising.org/ [[http://members.tripod.com/medicolegal/cigadsillegal.htm print ads]] as well.
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It also makes an excellent example of {{Unishment}}: prior to being ordered to make anti-smoking commercials, they were prevented from advising on TV entirely.

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It also makes an excellent example of {{Unishment}}: prior to Before being ordered to make anti-smoking commercials, they were prevented from advising advertising on TV entirely.






* There's one in the Netherlands, Canada and the United Kingdom which shows an attractive woman smoking, and then says "Lose The Smoke Keep The Fire". The problem is she still looks sexy smoking, and kind of dorky afterwards. This is a rather indirect version, however, since it's coming from Nicotinell Gum, which doesn't make any money if smokers keep on smoking, but does make money from maintaining a steady consumer base of smokers in need of its product to help them quit. [[http://www.nicotinell.nl/index.jsp Here it is]].

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* There's one in the Netherlands, Canada and the United Kingdom which shows an attractive woman smoking, and then says "Lose The Smoke the Smoke, Keep The the Fire". The problem is she still looks sexy smoking, and kind of dorky afterwards. This is a rather indirect version, however, since it's coming from Nicotinell Gum, which doesn't make any money if smokers keep on smoking, but does make money from maintaining a steady consumer base of smokers in need of its product to help them quit. [[http://www.nicotinell.nl/index.jsp Here it is]].



* The Truth started airing ads for "Shards of Glass Freeze Pops" and "Shards of Glass Mini-Chewables". Presumably, the implication is that cigarettes are as dangerous as these imaginary products, which would never be let on to the market, but the ads are just way too confusing to get the point across.

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* The Truth started airing ads for "Shards of Glass Freeze Pops" and "Shards of Glass Mini-Chewables". Presumably, the implication is that cigarettes are as dangerous as these imaginary products, which would never be let on to onto the market, but the ads are just way too confusing to get the point across.



* During the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, several Eastern European [[LaResistance resistance groups]] had a workaround during the 60's to avoid government censorship. Instead of releasing the propaganda directly, they distributed newspapers with detailed articles about all the treasonous publications [[DirtyCommunists their fine leaders]] had recently put down, refuted, or nipped in the bud. Of course, ''everything'' in those sordid imperialist publications had to be "examined" in ''excruciatingly'' lurid detail while they were decrying them.
* Prohibition. During the 1920's, when alcohol was outlawed in the US, some wineries would sell grape juice in wine bottles, and if you peeled off the label it had instructions on the back that basically said [[CouldSayItBut "don't follow these instructions or this grape juice will turn into wine"]].

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* During the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, several Eastern European [[LaResistance resistance groups]] had a workaround during the 60's 1960s to avoid government censorship. Instead of releasing the propaganda directly, they distributed newspapers with detailed articles about all the treasonous publications [[DirtyCommunists their fine leaders]] had recently put down, refuted, or nipped in the bud. Of course, ''everything'' in those sordid imperialist publications had to be "examined" in ''excruciatingly'' lurid detail while they were decrying them.
* Prohibition. During the 1920's, when alcohol was outlawed in the US, United States, some wineries would sell grape juice in wine bottles, and if you peeled off the label it had instructions on the back that basically said [[CouldSayItBut "don't follow these instructions or this grape juice will turn into wine"]].



* CartoonAllStarsToTheRescue. Just [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzKx92QD8Hk watch it]] and you'll see. That is, if you can make any sense out of it.
* During the 1980's, "Seventeen" magazine had a full page ad sponsored by a tobacco company explaining that smoking was a grown-up decision, and not one to be made until you were old enough and mature enough to understand what you were doing. In the meantime, enjoy just being a kid!

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* CartoonAllStarsToTheRescue.''WesternAnimation/CartoonAllStarsToTheRescue''. Just [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzKx92QD8Hk watch it]] and you'll see. That is, if you can make any sense out of it.
* During the 1980's, "Seventeen" 1980s, ''Seventeen'' magazine had a full page full-page ad sponsored by a tobacco company explaining that smoking was a grown-up decision, and not one to be made until you were old enough and mature enough to understand what you were doing. In the meantime, enjoy just being a kid!



* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnqZoKZuHCg This]] commercial. Scene: an attractive young blonde woman is shown going about her daily activities, including hanging out with friends and driving a cool Jeep. Her voiceover: "I, Amanda Green, at the point in my life when I'm not a kid anymore. Now that I finally have freedom to define who I am. I hereby agree to be bound to you. To let you decide how I spend my money. To let you set my boundaries. And to come running the instant you snap your fingers. With this contract, I relinquish part of my freedom to you." Then the contract rolls up and forms a cigarette. Is this an anti-smoking PSA or Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey?
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5G1Ma02K6Ys Cigarettes Are Bullies]] is a commercial that shows a little man representing a cigarette calling all the shots. The little guy is depicted as a PintsizedPowerhouse DrillSergeantNasty. The subliminal message is "cigarettes are badass", which is what the intended message has been since at least the 1920's.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnqZoKZuHCg This]] commercial. Scene: an attractive young blonde woman is shown going about her daily activities, including hanging out with friends and driving a cool Jeep. Her voiceover: "I, Amanda Green, at the point in my life when I'm not a kid anymore. Now that I finally have freedom to define who I am. I hereby agree to be bound to you. To let you decide how I spend my money. To let you set my boundaries. And to come running the instant you snap your fingers. With this contract, I relinquish part of my freedom to you." Then the contract rolls up and forms a cigarette. Is this an anti-smoking PSA or Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey?
''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey''?
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5G1Ma02K6Ys Cigarettes Are Bullies]] is a commercial that shows a little man representing a cigarette calling all the shots. The little guy is depicted as a PintsizedPowerhouse DrillSergeantNasty. The subliminal message is "cigarettes are badass", which is what the intended message has been since at least since the 1920's.1920s.



** Also in the movie were print ads that said "Everything your parents told you about smoking is right." The ad's maker pointed out that, in addition to being extremely softball, the last words of the ad are "smoking is right."
*** Moreover, as surely must have occurred to the advertisers, who knows what the parents may have told their kids? Sure, it might have been "These things are killing me, kid. Don't make the same mistakes I did," but on the other hand it may have been "Why should I give up smoking? Your great-grandfather smoked three packs of unfiltered Lucky Strikes a day all his life and he lived to be 98 years old."

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** Also in the movie were print ads that said said, "Everything your parents told you about smoking is right." The ad's maker pointed out that, in addition to being extremely softball, the last words of the ad are "smoking is right."
*** Moreover, as surely must have occurred to the advertisers, who knows what the parents may have told their kids? Sure, it might have been been, "These things are killing me, kid. Don't make the same mistakes I did," but on the other hand it may have been been, "Why should I give up smoking? Your great-grandfather smoked three packs of unfiltered Lucky Strikes a day all his life and he lived to be 98 years old."



** In a meta-example, the movie never actually shows anyone smoking. In a deleted scene, [[spoiler: Nick Nailer asks for a smoke after he's kidnapped by the anti-smoking radicals, and immediately blacks out from the nicotine.]] Another deleted scene [[spoiler: shows Nick's son reaching for a cigarette during a press conference - and the photographers get some great shots of Nick slapping it out of his hand.]]

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** In a meta-example, the movie never actually shows anyone smoking. In a deleted scene, [[spoiler: Nick [[spoiler:Nick Nailer asks for a smoke after he's kidnapped by the anti-smoking radicals, and immediately blacks out from the nicotine.]] nicotine]]. Another deleted scene [[spoiler: shows [[spoiler:shows Nick's son reaching for a cigarette during a press conference - and the photographers get some great shots of Nick slapping it out of his hand.]]
hand]].
19th Jul '17 10:18:59 AM rdococ
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A ''deliberate'' BrokenAesop that may play on OurProductSucks and is probably one of the most extreme versions of TheManIsStickingItToTheMan. (He's been ''ordered by the court'' to stick it to himself.)

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A ''deliberate'' BrokenAesop that may play on OurProductSucks and is probably one of the most extreme versions of TheManIsStickingItToTheMan. (He's been ''ordered by the court'' to stick it to himself.)
) Could also be considered a case of LoopholeAbuse.
6th Feb '17 1:33:03 AM DeepRed
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* Parodied in a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gfwAgd25v4&ab_channel=ckamarkothokeen Billy T. James skit from the 1980s]], when Billy and his colleague, in the style of a PlaySchool arts-and-crafts segment, go through the steps in making a roll-your-own cigarette... only for Billy to put the finished product on top of his head and call it a hat.

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* Parodied in a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gfwAgd25v4&ab_channel=ckamarkothokeen Billy T. James skit from the 1980s]], when Billy and his colleague, in the style of a PlaySchool Series/PlaySchool arts-and-crafts segment, go through the steps in making a roll-your-own cigarette... only for Billy to put the finished product on top of his head and call it a hat.
6th Feb '17 1:32:27 AM DeepRed
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* Parodied in a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gfwAgd25v4&ab_channel=ckamarkothokeen Billy T. James skit from the 1980s]], when Billy and his colleague, in the style of a PlaySchool arts-and-crafts segment, go through the steps in making a roll-your-own cigarette... only for Billy to put the finished product on top of his head and call it a hat.
15th Jan '17 2:37:41 PM DustSnitch
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5G1Ma02K6Ys Cigarettes Are Bullies]] is a commercial that shows a little man representing a cigarette calling all the shots. The little guy is depicted as a PintsizedPowerhouse DrillSergeantNasty. The subliminal message is "cigarettes are BadAss", which is what the intended message has been since at least the 1920's.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5G1Ma02K6Ys Cigarettes Are Bullies]] is a commercial that shows a little man representing a cigarette calling all the shots. The little guy is depicted as a PintsizedPowerhouse DrillSergeantNasty. The subliminal message is "cigarettes are BadAss", badass", which is what the intended message has been since at least the 1920's.
25th Nov '16 6:07:04 AM KayEss
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** In Germany, the motto was "Cool kids can wait". In English language, not in German, because English is cooler. Same subtext as above, plus "you'll start smoking anyway when you're grown up".


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** Of course, when you call, you confirm that you are a gambling addict. On the other hand, not calling and continuing gambling means that you still haven't lost your sanity and are still in control. Just as you want to perceive yourself..
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