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Hacienda restaurants has apologized and plans to pull down billboards like this in South Bend, Ind., after complaints about the tie-in to the Jonestown cult deaths. Mike Hartman, South Bend Tribune.Planet Earth — Humanity’s Sense of Humor, which originated in primeval times, passed away in South Bend, Indiana, when a restaurant was forced to take down funny billboards which promoted itself as follows: “We’re like a cult, with better Kool-Aid” (cached). This was apparently an unacceptable reference to the Jim Jones cult and attendant “Jonestown Massacre” in which hundreds of people, including a US Congressman, lost their lives.

It is unknown where Sense of Humor was born. It spent its youth traveling widely, but without notice, until it was first studied by the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle. Afterward, Humor enjoyed a celebrated career around the world, bringing joy to literally-uncountable numbers of people in equally-countless venues around the globe, through all of subsequent history. But Sense of Humor had endured criticism during the last few years over being too harsh, insensitive, and irreverent, and this sent it into a melancholy tailspin from which it never recovered.

Sense of Humor leaves behind a sour and intolerant populace, incapable of finding enjoyment in anything, and unwilling to let anyone else find enjoyment, either. Humor’s spouse, Mirth and Merriment, suffers from the same lethargy which afflicted Sense of Humor, and is currently on life support. The Comedy family is not expected to survive the year.

Calling hours will not be held, since gathering to remember Humor fondly may bring forth too many funny memories, which will soon be outlawed, and no memorial service is planned, since no one apparently is going to mourn Humor’s passing.

Update: Additional nails were hammered into the coffin of the barely-cold Sense of Humor, when comedian Gilbert Gottfried was fired by insurance company Aflac from his job as the voice of the company’s duck mascot (cached). Gottfried’s offense was to have sent out a few jokes via Twitter, based on the recent Japanese earthquake.

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Attention Lunatic AtheistsIt’s definitely the time of year for religious ads … as well as non-religious ads. Atheist bus ads are nothing new, but as the New York Times reports, Christians down in Ft Worth, Texas have added a new wrinkle to them (WebCite cached article):

Stand on a corner in this city and you might get a case of theological whiplash.

A public bus rolls by with an atheist message on its side: “Millions of people are good without God.” Seconds later, a van follows bearing a riposte: “I still love you. — God,” with another line that says, “2.1 billion Christians are good with God.”

A clash of beliefs has rattled this city ever since atheists bought ad space on four city buses to reach out to nonbelievers who might feel isolated during the Christmas season.

The problem, of course, is those damned uppity atheists, who don’t know their place in Texas — the Buckle of the Bible Belt — and who won’t stay silent and invisible:

“We want to tell people they are not alone,” said Terry McDonald, the chairman of Metroplex Atheists, part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Coalition of Reason, which paid for the atheist ads. …

But the reaction from believers has been harsher than anyone in the nonbeliever’s club expected. Some ministers organized a boycott of the buses, with limited success. Other clergy members are pressing the Fort Worth Transportation Authority to ban all religious advertising on public buses. And a group of local businessmen paid for the van with the Christian message to follow the atheist-messaged buses around town.

These militant Christians have all kinds of excuses for why they’re so incensed about the atheist ads. First, the “it’s the holiday season” objection:

“It’s a season to share good will toward all men,” [Rev. Kyev Tatum Sr., president of the local Southern Christian Leadership Conference] said. “To have this at this time come out with a blatant disrespect of our faith, we think is unconscionable.”

Well, golly gee, Pastor … I had absolutely no idea that those vicious atheists were supposed to consult their calendars and mark off entire months in which never to advertise!

Next, it’s the “public property” objection:

“I’m not against them getting their message out,” said the Rev. Julius L. Jackson, pastor at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. “I just don’t think it should be on public transportation.”

That said, religious groups can advertise on Ft Worth buses, as the Times points out:

Dick Ruddell, the president of the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, said churches were free to advertise. … “There is nothing in the policy about religious content,” he said.

So those atheists are supposed to refrain from doing something that’s otherwise permissible, because … uh … er … um … what was that reason, again?

Hat tip: The Friendly Atheist blog.

Photo credit: Chairman Meow.

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