- Feb 16, 2007
GM can't take the heat, but VW can: Suicide group takes aim at "Jumper" spot
Thanks for the tip, Jay!
[Source: USA Today]
Again, there isn't anything funny about suicide, but there's this thing called dark humor. Some of our favorite comedians have material that makes these spots look like nursery rhymes. When all the life is scrubbed from media by advocacy groups, we'll all want to jump. Wouldn't the efforts of these groups be better spent actually doing something useful for their cause? We understand the need to get their message out, but attempting strong-arm tactics against fairly innocuous material isn't the way to win friends and influence people. Of course, VW and GM may have seen a bounce from all the controversy, anyway. Rest assured that neither company intended to offend or ridicule anyone, but with all the controversy, there's lots of folks seeking out these commercials to see what all the fuss is about. As a matter of fact, "Jumper" has already been pulled off of YouTube for unknown reasons. That means people out there are voluntarily trying to watch a commercial, those things we skip over and program our TiVos to nuke. Maybe they're on to something after all.