Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Wednesday Whatever (UPDATED)

So, let's see...

British sweetmeats company Cadbury has pled (pleaded?) guilty to selling salmonella-tainted chocolate to the public. Folks, you’re not supposed to use real turtles in the chocolate!

A disturbing phenomenon called "gingerism" seems to be sweeping some places, especially the UK. It's not a love for that spicy, nausea-relieving root; rather, it's a hatred of redheads that has seen some people killed and others forced to leave their homes to escape harassment. I really don't get it, but until this anti-crimson craze blows over, Da Scarlet Pimp (aka Yours Truly) would like to invite Julianne Moore, birthday girl Nicole Kidman, Isla Fisher, Bryce Dallas Howard, Amy Adams, Elizabeth Kucinich and Ann-Margret (circa 1966) into his protection. We can discuss the protection fee later.

It seems some hospitals are trying to offset the anger of patients over long emergency room waits by offering consolation prizes in the form of gift certificates or simple apology notes. It's a start, but I think emergency room charges should be assessed on a decreasing scale, so the longer you wait, the less you pay. Emergency room waits of 12 hours are not uncommon. So, how about it? More here.

Are men pigs? Condom maker Trojan seems to think so. The company is running a controversial ad on some networks (it's no surprise some have rejected it) featuring an anthromorphic pig trying to pick up a woman at a bar. After the pig procures a condom from a restroom dispenser he suddenly turns into a real man. Subtle, eh? Imagine how a commercial featuring women depicted as dogs would go over. (Add some sheep and we have a Pink Floyd album.) And while we're at it, why not African-American characters represented by black crows? Yeah, I also think it's a bad idea. Apparently not all stereotypes are equal.

And finally, blogger Ann Outhou, er, Althouse has asserted on her site that, to Bill Clinton, “the ‘O’ of an onion ring is a vagina symbol.” I don’t know about that, but what man among us hasn't stacked onion rings around his tumescent appendage to see how many he could fit? Ok, I've never done it either (worried about grease burns). But if I did, I imagine I'd need an entire bag of Ore-Idas at least! Ohh!

19 comments:

she said...

first the chinese, now the brits. home grown takes on a deeper, more profound meaning.

run, jessica rabbit, run

hospitals are understaffed because they cant make money anymore thanks to uninsured both legal and not so legal patients. try not to get hurt.

males are under attack in the kulchur. one of the rare few politically correct forms of bigotry left.

and then there's glazed doughnuts.

Pete Bogs said...

it's not a good hospital conversation unless immigration is mentioned, is it? LOL

glazed donuts are pre-lubed, so I guess that's a plus...

indeed, males are fair game for a lot of people... I am not offended by the pig ad so much as the hypocrisy it exhibits... as denoted by my examples...

she said...

*howl*

no it isn't bogs. no conversation can be without the discussion of illegal immigration amnesty no gansta left beind. its as immediate and dire as it gets. but i know you *hate* OT's.

once i get W's daggers out of my back i might even post on it. that is, if i dont bleed to death in the waiting room.

Bird said...

about men, and pigs, and condoms and the politically-correct bigotry toward males.

1) i don't think so - it's not politically correct - and in fact, part of FEMINSIM is about equality for both genders. some feminist sites have expressed their concern about the stereotyping of men in the ad.
2) Regardless, I have scant sympathy for the poor, beleagured dominant class (white men).

And finally, did you know that FOX pulled the ad with the pig not because it was offensive, but because "Contraceptive advertising must stress health-related uses rather than the prevention of pregnancy."

Oh geesh!

Pete Bogs said...

bird - I am pretty sure I am right, though, that if women were depicted as some kind of animal (dog, fox, chicks) in an ad there'd be some major backlash... not a few scant critics here and there...

I do know why Fox pulled the ad (pretty ridiculous, ain't it?), but my intention here was not cover others' objections, but my own... I wasn't offended, I just think (know) there's a major double standard at play... just like when I've written about women getting a slap on the wrist for sex with boys, and men having to fight off would-be castrators for having sex with girls... I won't defend the latter, I'd just like to see equal treatment...

Aunty Belle said...

Uh, ah..Bawgs, darlin' ya wrote:

"bird - I am pretty sure I am right, though, that if women were depicted as some kind of animal (dog, fox, chicks) in an ad there'd be some major backlash..."

Puddin' what does ya mean??? You IS talkin to women who already dubbed they ownselves dogs and chicky birds.

Aunty Belle said...

An' ya' might note the reserve wif' which I respond to posts about some poor pig being portrayed as a man , when the highest aspiration of them pigs is to wind up in mah Poark Rinds

she said...

uh oh aunty you just covered all my avatars grrherhaha

Aunty Belle said...

Well, She-dawg, there IS Jessica...ya' could morph into a wabbit.

Pete Bogs said...

actually, they can have Jessica... but they'd better not touch Ariel, the Little Mermaid... HOT!

I think we would have had a scandal of Imus proportions if that commercial had been made differently... I know it... there's a double standard and that's all there is to it... "she" chose to be a dog, a very noble animal... many women wouldn't appreciate it the same way...

Aunty Belle said...

Well, Bawgs, Aunty is on yore side on this one--there is a double standard, menfolks is regularly maligned with flimsy cause, (especially LWMs), and little boys have a hell of a time growin' up these days knowin' how to handle they own natural selves.

A shame and a pity.

Fer mah money, it is young woemn who are more offensive in general--feminism ain't done much to improve the feminine.

Hellpig said...

Kathy Griffin and Carrot Top what's not to hate?

Pete Bogs said...

hell - I didn't invite either of them into my protection... for a reason...

she said...

and "MAD" he's a damn redhead.

welcome home helly.

Bird said...

hahahaha! Ab - you are a hoot. Oh ,sorry ,you're not a owl. Woops! Squawk! Flap/flap/flap!

bogs - on a totally different matter, according to a recent article in thenation.com, the majority of Americans are actually

liberal!

whudathunkit?

ain't ya pleased?

Pete Bogs said...

bird - there were some talking heads on a news program recently saying just the opposite, but I think they were just saying what they wanted to believe...

Jack K. said...

I reckon emergency room waits are a direct result of the high cost of health care.

I haven't seen Sicko yet, but I bet Moore takes a swipe at that too.

As for the onion rings, dream on. I must have led a sheltered life, I never once thought of the stacking process. Hmmm. Nah, I'm too mature (old) and refuse to take viagra or its derivatives. snerx

Sometime we will have a discussion about membership in the white male club. It ain't pretty, regardless what many men think.

ttfn

Bird said...

yes, welcome home dear pig. i will break out the whip and black leather bustier and ...

got any crab? oh, it's not the season, is it?

ok, salmon will do!

Pete Bogs said...

silly bird! seafaring men ALWAYS have crabs when they return home from a trip...