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BuzzBeerII
06-06-2002, 08:26 PM
British advertising watchdogs said on Thursday they had banned an advert for Microsoft's Xbox games console, which urged people to get more fun out of life but had been widely misinterpreted.

The Independent Television Commission (ITC) said the advert had prompted 136 complaints with its portrayal of a baby boy being born before fast-forwarding through adult life and slamming into the grave.

The advert was particularly offensive to those suffering a severe illness and mothers who had just lost a child, it said.

Microsoft said while intended as a "positive life statement," the advert would be pulled. Xbox is currently in a three-way battle with Nintendo (news - web sites)'s GameCube and Sony's Play Station 2.

"The Xbox philosophy is that we need to find more opportunities in daily life to play," said a Microsoft spokeswoman. "The advert was supposed to symbolize that life is short and life is precious."

The ITC said that while several viewers had been shocked by the childbirth scene, more had been shocked by the death scene, some of them recently bereaved.

"Many viewers, including some who had had a major illness, considered the end-line 'Life is short. Play more', when combined with the imagery, to be especially insensitive," said a statement.

"One viewer who had lost a child during childbirth found the advertisement to be an upsetting reminder of her own experience," it added.

The advert, made by London agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty, had been run in tandem with another portraying mosquitoes singing and playing to the rhythm of dance music before going off to work and drinking blood.


- TeamXBox (http://www.teamxbox.com)

Temjin
06-06-2002, 08:35 PM
Read about this on GA... It's stupid. :|

JackieChanIsGOD
06-06-2002, 08:35 PM
This world is fucked up...
CNN can show a women being executed in the middle of a field, shot inhe back of the head with an AK, but a 'birth to death' sequence ad is pulled.
Media blows.

KevinKeen
06-06-2002, 09:11 PM
Originally posted by BuzzBeerII
British advertising watchdogs said on Thursday they had banned an advert for Microsoft's Xbox games console, which urged people to get more fun out of life but had been widely misinterpreted.

The Independent Television Commission (ITC) said the advert had prompted 136 complaints with its portrayal of a baby boy being born before fast-forwarding through adult life and slamming into the grave.

The advert was particularly offensive to those suffering a severe illness and mothers who had just lost a child, it said.

Microsoft said while intended as a "positive life statement," the advert would be pulled. Xbox is currently in a three-way battle with Nintendo (news - web sites)'s GameCube and Sony's Play Station 2.

"The Xbox philosophy is that we need to find more opportunities in daily life to play," said a Microsoft spokeswoman. "The advert was supposed to symbolize that life is short and life is precious."

The ITC said that while several viewers had been shocked by the childbirth scene, more had been shocked by the death scene, some of them recently bereaved.

"Many viewers, including some who had had a major illness, considered the end-line 'Life is short. Play more', when combined with the imagery, to be especially insensitive," said a statement.

"One viewer who had lost a child during childbirth found the advertisement to be an upsetting reminder of her own experience," it added.

The advert, made by London agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty, had been run in tandem with another portraying mosquitoes singing and playing to the rhythm of dance music before going off to work and drinking blood.


- TeamXBox (http://www.teamxbox.com)


LOL :annoyed: :annoyed:

Brolli
06-06-2002, 10:52 PM
Well I guess they banned the movie Jack too.

BuzzBeerII
06-06-2002, 11:28 PM
Originally posted by brolli
Well I guess they banned the movie Jack too.

The movie with Robin Williams who is a kid stuck in an older man's body because of a disease?

I mean, what the hell. They can have sex on TV but not this stuff?

PhixedDice
06-07-2002, 12:34 AM
Pathetic. Plain and simple, there's much, MUCH worse stuff on TV.

StarFoxDisciple
06-07-2002, 12:36 AM
People are very stupid
That's why I hate lots of stuff
Yet I also realize that it doesn't matter
So... I don't give a fuck about anything, really

Link54No 2
06-07-2002, 02:14 PM
Microsoft try so hard....

XX_revolution
06-07-2002, 05:35 PM
Those British r weird. Oh wait........my family is mostly British. Lol. We wound up in America after WW2......my Grandfather moved over here after serving for the British army in WW2. Hmmmm.......u all dont want to know my family past do u?