Bill Donohue, call your office

This ice cream ad has 31 flavours of anti-Catholic blasphemy!!!:

nun-priest-sex

But no need for the Catholic League to get excited — it’s from the UK, where the ad is already being investigated by an advertising standards agency to determine if it violates blasphemy standards (blasphemy standards??).

It could be worse… the nun could be an altar boy.

(via Adfreak)

27 Responses to “Bill Donohue, call your office”


  1. 1 Dave Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Ooooh! Shame and scandal in the nunnery!

    This looks to me like what Terry O’Reilly calls deliberately creating a public controversy. It is designed to reign in the public mindset at the cheapest cost.

    By having the ad initially rejected and then investigated for blasphemy (?) the focus on the brand is intense.

    Further, because no one will run the ad, it costs almost nothing for the publicity.

  2. 2 theconverted Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 7:58 am

    It could be worse… the nun could be an altar boy.

    Ah, but then it would be defensible, right? After all, truth is a defense in these matters….

    Mike, the libertarian blasphemer…

  3. 3 RealityBites Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 8:40 am

    It could be worse… the nun could be an altar boy.

    Ah, but then no one would believe the priest would be interested in the ice cream.

  4. 4 JJ Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Dave

    Further, because no one will run the ad, it costs almost nothing for the publicity.

    Exactly right… good strategy on the part of the agency. They spent way less in production costs for this ad than the value of the media they would have had to buy to get the same awareness.

  5. 5 JJ Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Mike

    After all, truth is a defense in these matters….

    😆

  6. 6 J. A. Baker Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Well, now we know why Hamlet told Ophelia, “Get thee to a nunnery!” 😆

  7. 7 JJ Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 8:52 am

    RB

    Ah, but then no one would believe the priest would be interested in the ice cream.

    It all depends on product placement 😉

  8. 8 JJ Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 8:53 am

    JAB – What’s interesting about this ad is that it apparently only generated one complaint, plus one magazine refusing to run it. Oh my.

  9. 9 David B. Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Well it’s early days yet, so I expect lots of ranting and raving over this one. Meanwhile I’ll be sitting on the sidelines enjoying the spectacle as they all get into a masturbatory froth over this fresh attack on Catholicism.

    And, Dave, I agree that O’Reilly would have a field day with this. Perhaps we should suggest it. Add fuel to the fire as it were..

  10. 11 brebis noire Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Next, it would be great fun to see an anti-homosexual marriage ad using Carrie Prejean’s soft porn photos. That would get knickers twisted into double and triple knots.
    I thought that good evangelical girls didn’t pose in the nude, but I’m obviously very behind the times.

  11. 12 JJ Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    brebis – A bible-thumping hypocrite? Say it ain’t so.

  12. 13 Bruce Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    I don’t think Carrie is a good evangelical girl so much as a not very bright publicity whore. Then again, evangelism is a form of publicity.

  13. 14 JJ Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    David B – I don’t know about that… the ad is from the UK, and Donohue generally confines his babbling to things within US borders. Like Chocolate Jesus, and the Folsom Street Fair, and whatever book or movie is making his head explode these days.

  14. 15 JJ Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Bruce – I think you’re right. *sigh* I’m shocked I tell you, shocked.

  15. 16 Beijing York Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Hmmm, reminds me of those poorly written adult novels that are buried in the back of your local public library. Priests and nuns, pirates and noblewomen, gardeners and lonely wives, etc. It’s all in the re-packaging of an old theme.

  16. 17 J. A. Baker Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Then again, evangelism is a form of publicity.

    Actually, it’s more a form of public prostitution, but yeah. 😆

  17. 18 Dave Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Donohue generally confines his babbling to things within US borders. Like Chocolate Jesus, and the Folsom Street Fair, and whatever book or movie is making his head explode these days.

    And… sho’ ‘nough, Donohue spent his day going after Ron Howard and the newly released movie Angels and Demons.

  18. 19 JJ Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Beijing – It’s just this side of kinky 😉 Kind of fetish-y.

    That said, I think it’s a master stroke of genius on the part of the ad agency. The ad will be pulled, but not before the controversy erupts and spews a lot of free publicity for this client.

  19. 20 JJ Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Dave – I think I might send this to lifesite and get the ball rolling 😉 “WARNING! DISTURBING IMAGE ATTACHED! PLEASE REMOVE CHILDREN FROM THE ROOM BEFORE VIEWING!”

  20. 21 Cornelius T.Zen Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Good morrow, all!
    I suppose you could call that the Mother Superior Position.
    But then, I digress…CTZen

  21. 22 Dave Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    I think I might send this to lifesite and get the ball rolling

    Absolutely capital idea! Anything to support the designer ice cream industry and promote CONVENTional sex.

  22. 23 Dave Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Oh yes, David B.

    I received a reply from Terry O’Reilly. He said he found it interesting and we would probably be hearing more about this campaign soon.

  23. 25 Niles Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    And I don’t think we should heteronormatively rule out what might be under that habit. With all the clothing in the way, just remember what makeup and attitude accomplished in “The Crying Game”. It’s like… Schroedinger’s gender…and of course, just my part to add to the rumour mills of what’s going on in that picture.

  24. 26 JJ Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Brebis – Holy cognitive dissonance! How much suspension of disbelief is required to make it through that little maze of mental contortions?

  25. 27 JJ Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Niles – That occurred to me too, and I took a quick look at her hand to ascertain how “feminine” it looked… ie., dainty, nail polish, rings etc. Hmmm! That hand looks like it might not be the Master of its Domain.


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