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PostSubject: Re: News thread   Thu 28 Feb 2013 - 17:55

Homophobic adverts anybody? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-21613433

I really like free speech and I really hate this advert. Don't know what my moral stance on it is, therefore. Confused
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PostSubject: Re: News thread   Thu 28 Feb 2013 - 20:49

There's a fine line between exercising one's right to free speech and committing a hate crime, and the people behind those ads raced over it in a speedboat. It's okay to have purely negative thoughts towards it.
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PostSubject: Re: News thread   Thu 28 Feb 2013 - 22:25

I wouldn't say it was as far as a hate crime, seems like someone genuinely believes they can sell a service and they're advertising it. Perhaps it's a load of bollocks, but then so are many things that get advertised. Didn't seem to be being particularly offensive to me either.
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PostSubject: Re: News thread   Thu 28 Feb 2013 - 23:18

andyman949 wrote:
I wouldn't say it was as far as a hate crime, seems like someone genuinely believes they can sell a service and they're advertising it. Perhaps it's a load of bollocks, but then so are many things that get advertised. Didn't seem to be being particularly offensive to me either.

Note the "and proud" part. The mentality behind it is one of "we're better than this silly little homosexuality thing". I consider it offensive and dangerous.
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PostSubject: Re: News thread   Fri 1 Mar 2013 - 7:53

All right, made up my mind on this one.

While I don't like the "and proud" part, it really hinges around the meaning of "get over it". If, as I originally thought, it means "deal with the fact that that's what we are", then it's offensive but fine. If it means "get over your homosexuality", that suggests that it's something that needs to be got over, and that's not. And because it could be taken either way, it needs to go.

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PostSubject: Re: News thread   Fri 1 Mar 2013 - 12:50

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All right, made up my mind on this one.

While I don't like the "and proud" part, it really hinges around the meaning of "get over it". If, as I originally thought, it means "deal with the fact that that's what we are", then it's offensive but fine.

It's more likely that than the other, as they're lifting the comment straight from the advert it's countering/parodying.
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PostSubject: Re: News thread   Fri 1 Mar 2013 - 15:08

I don't know what to think really. Both advertisements could do with more diplomatic wording, I don't think 'Get Over It' will particularly appease those who are homophobic, and after all is the reason someone decided to imitate it with a pathetic counter which then offends homosexuals.

Homosexuality is a subject which needs to be accepted, but the likeliness of this isn't foreseeable in the near future, i don't think either advertisement helps the cause.

/stupid neutral argument.
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PostSubject: Re: News thread   Mon 4 Mar 2013 - 12:57

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PostSubject: Re: News thread   Mon 4 Mar 2013 - 17:16

So the Queen's sick and we're all really sad. Right?
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PostSubject: Re: News thread   Mon 4 Mar 2013 - 17:43

Who?
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PostSubject: Re: News thread   Tue 5 Mar 2013 - 0:51

What queen?
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PostSubject: Re: News thread   Tue 5 Mar 2013 - 18:23

Didn't she fall off her moped and sprain her ankle?
Or was that a different queen?
I'm so confused... Confused
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PostSubject: Re: News thread   Thu 7 Mar 2013 - 22:13

Bonnie Tyler confirmed as UK's Eurovision entry! That shikt, shikt noise you can hear is the bottom of the barrel being scraped. Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: News thread   Thu 7 Mar 2013 - 22:30

Er... who?
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PostSubject: Re: News thread   Thu 7 Mar 2013 - 23:19

You know what the UK needs now? It needs a hero.
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PostSubject: Re: News thread   Fri 8 Mar 2013 - 0:20

Why? Are you holding out for a hero?
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PostSubject: Re: News thread   Fri 8 Mar 2013 - 0:38

I'm sure we can wait until the end of the night.
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PostSubject: Re: News thread   Fri 8 Mar 2013 - 7:59

Welp, it's morning now. Guess the UK's screwed.

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PostSubject: Re: News thread   Mon 11 Mar 2013 - 19:26

Yet more proof, were it needed, that SPL is Justin Bieber.
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PostSubject: Re: News thread   Mon 11 Mar 2013 - 19:30

I hear he's having a catastrophic meltdown as of late. What's caused your breakdown SPL?
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PostSubject: Re: News thread   Tue 12 Mar 2013 - 21:18

I have to admit: I love curly fries.
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PostSubject: Re: News thread   Tue 12 Mar 2013 - 22:24

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PostSubject: Re: News thread   Tue 12 Mar 2013 - 22:29

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PostSubject: Re: News thread   Mon 25 Mar 2013 - 11:27

Yes, we know it's still snowing thank you. It's no longer news. How about updating us when it's sunny again?
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PostSubject: Re: News thread   Mon 25 Mar 2013 - 12:39

Well that was today Lol!
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