Generally speaking, we're not in favor of censorship. But we have to admit that sometimes a little moderation is called for. The question is, when? That's a judgement call, of course, and is a matter of serious debate. And this time, that debate has spilt into the automotive industry over a television commercial banned in Holland.

Now, the Dutch are known for their open-mindedness, so you'd have to figure anything they'd censor off their airwaves would have to be pretty bad. Right? Well, sorta. It's a little morbid, the spot that revolves around the Angel of Death and the benefits of not having a street-side passenger door. Never mind the fact that actually promoting the lack of a certain feature on a car – in this case, on the Hyundai Veloster – as a safety measure is a rather dubious claim in the first place.

So we put it to you: is this ad too morbid to air, or have the Dutch authorities just had a bit of a bad trip? Follow the jump to watch the clip, and cast your vote in the poll below.





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      Master Austin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its funny, but the idea is pretty stupid. So one king door on the driver's side, and 2 regular doors on the right side? Reminds me of the King Door on the Windstar when Chrsyler came out with their full 4 doors, back in the 90s. If anything, this idea looks one step behind...
      Jonathan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought it was kinda stupid...?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jonathan
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      ack154
      • 3 Years Ago
      OK, the first hit was possibly a bit much, but it is still just a commercial after all. The 2nd hit was awesome and I think balanced out the first one pretty well.
      jonnybimmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      So inconvenience for the sake of preventing stupid people from dying? I'll take the convenience of 4 doors and let Darwinism do it's thing.
      flammablewater
      • 3 Years Ago
      Her actually getting run over is a bit much, death getting hit is hilarious.
      MotionDesigner
      • 3 Years Ago
      My main criticism of this ad has nothing to do with the grim reaper and death, but more to do with making the Ford Focus look really good.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      newcolonysix
      • 3 Years Ago
      Geez. Get serious. Ever watch kids video games? I think it was an effective way to get someone to notice and actually put a good idea to use. There wasn't any blood, bones broken or screaming.
      balancecombat
      • 3 Years Ago
      First thing: what the "beep" is he doing leting ger off on a lonesome road in the middle of no where? Second: who get out in the middle of the road without looking? Thirdly: How often had this happen in the matter displayed? Fourthly: Does this mean that all four door cars are intrinsically more dangerous? Stupid idea. Stupid-not morbid-commercial. Just pull off the freaking road orat least get out of the other side.
      Jay
      • 3 Years Ago
      Reminds me of the "banned" smart fortwo ad which shows cliche movie clips of people getting strangled from maniacs in the back seat. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oph4fcJmPBk
      Rampant
      • 3 Years Ago
      i laughed when the reaper got owned.
      JamesJ
      • 3 Years Ago
      This reminds me of my first car! You only could get out of one side from the back seat because the door on the other side does not work.
        bobmarley
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JamesJ
        ...ah the classic one side works situation more common with windows that dont roll down which was always the second best seat sought after shotgun.
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