TORONTO -- Talk about a streetcar named desire.
AshleyMadison.com, a website that actively encourages adultery, says it has inked an advertising deal with the Toronto Transit Commission to wrap a streetcar in promotional material starting Jan. 2.
But TTC officials said it's not a done deal yet and staff are recommending the commission doesn't get into bed with the controversial site.
What are your feelings on racy advertising?
All a person needs in life is intelligence, common sense, and a good moral compass. Though I most definitely understand why someone lacking one of the three would need direction from the 'good book'. It's answers are, after all, very self evident. Maybe they weren’t two thousand years ago back when people thought the earth was flat, and that witches needed to be burned on the stake, back raiding parties would come to your village and burn everything on their way out, but if you need 10 commandments to know that adultery is a bad thing then maybe adultery shouldn't be the biggest of your concerns ;)
Jay from Ottawa, 2010-01-12 10:25:35
North American civil society is based on the Christian traditional beliefs, such an acknowledgment of GOD, and and we see evidence of it in expressions such as "In God we trust", or "God keep our land strong and free, O Canada...". In the courts an oath is sworn on a bible. In the actual bible itself is the ten commandments, which form the basis of our moral and legal obligations to society: don't kill, lie, steal, etc, etc. One of the commandments also advises against ADULTERY. Since the bus ad "There is no GOD..." faded quickly from people's radar (after seeing it every day during a bus ride people forget about it), now advertisers are trying to up the ante with more attention getting an controversial ads. Denying that there is a God is old news, so the slippery slope to more provocative advertising follows. What's next after adultery's fifteen minutes on a billboard - porn? Euthanasia? It will be interesting how far society will let advertising push the boundaries of good taste.
Westwind64, 2010-01-11 19:32:21
Because it undermines human progression and threatens the pursuit of knowledge and purpose.
Similar to Ashley Madison ;)
For: The Crusher. It's sadly too true that we have a double standard when it comes to these things. I have zero objection to gay marriage, but the parade makes me want to hurl since they are taking pride in being offensive.
Sharing life and love with a person (regardless of gender) is good, but willingly and knowingly being offensive is not.
Jay from Ottawa, 2010-01-11 14:52:50
Does it get any racier that that steaming pile of ....
The Crusher, 2010-01-11 12:24:35
Or is A.M. pushing the envelope of public acceptance and the public is pushing back and not readily accepting it? No doubt most people don't care what consenting adults do behind closed doors. Most Canadians know, understand and appreciate the fact that society does need moral and civil laws to have a successful society. The problem comes when groups or citizens try to push one or both envelopes for self serving purposes, as I see in this case. I give the city of Toronto a pat on the back for standing their ground and not allowing this type of advertising, this pat coming from someone who is not one of the big smokes (T.O.) biggest fans. There are many other ways people can find someone to exchange bodily fluids with, internet, telephone, print adds, etc. Everyone else and kids don't need to know. On TV you have the choice to turn it off or the channel, when it drives right in front of you constantly that option isn't there. Now to get them to reign in the Pride Parade so they aren't so obscene.
Ad campaign or submissive ad campaign or envelope test?
Redneck Larry, 2010-01-08 17:57:21
Sorry that you feel threatened by other people's opinions and have to justify your existence and prove that you are happy. Why feel threatened by other people's beliefs? Is it perhaps that your own denial of human spirituality's existence is causing an emotional void in your life? Just asking.
To get back to the issue of racy advertising: It would be hard to define "racy" these days. I think in this case it is provocative or avant garde ideas and images that are intended to buck cultural ideas of the norm. Sometimes, as in the case of nearly naked models sporting the latest fashion, it is attention getting, but relatively inoffensive. Advertising that encourages adultery can be offensive and considered morally wrong whether a person has religious convictions or not. Even the justice of peace marriage vows advocate that a couple be faithful to each other, and a divorce can be justified on the grounds of infidelity. Honestly, what married/exclusive couple's relationship truly accepts adultery if they have agreed to be in a serious relationship? Would that couple's children truly feel that they were in a stable home if they saw their parents openly indulging other sexual partners?
Westwind64, 2010-01-08 15:29:30