In response to her strong poem, Reflector Babe, Amy at Sharp Little Pencil received a link from Anna at HyperCRYPTIcal. It is to a UK ad considered the most shocking ad ever? Rape campaign aimed at teens to be shown. It’s sexually explicit (no ‘bits’ are shown), but it is powerful. This could not air in the US, I’m fairly certain, but the problem it addresses is very much an issue here.

What the New Sgt Pepper Cover Tells Us About Modern Britain.

And speaking of the UK, How news coverage evolves. Imagine how the Guardian “might cover the story of the three little pigs in print and online. Follow the story from the paper’s front page headline, through a social media discussion and finally to an unexpected conclusion.”

Goldie Hawn recalls an unpleasant encounter with a famous cartoonist.

Sex’s first revolution. The author of “The Origins of Sex” explains how the ’60s – the 1760s – changed our views of lust, adultery and homosexuality

“ALEC is accustomed to hiding its agenda and its legislation behind closed doors. At secretive conferences and over e-mail chains the public never sees, the organization allows its corporate donors to manufacture bills and then send them to be passed in state legislatures without the public ever knowing about their origin. But these ALEC staffers can’t hide who they are, and what they do for an organization that harms almost every area of American life.” And now, corporate America is jumping off the ALEC ship, and ALEC Retreats, Sort Of, though its vision of pre-empting EPA coal ash regulations passed the House this month.

For China’s driving test, be ready for almost anything: “There are questions on the proper way to carry an injured person in a coma (sideways, head down), the best way to stanch the bleeding from a major artery and how to put out a passenger on fire (hint: do not throw sand on the victim).”

SamuraiFrog’s 30 Favorite John Williams Pieces (and Then Some).

50 minutes of songwriter-math teacher Tom Lehrer doing a live show in Copenhagen in 1968. Includes that smash hit Poisoning Pigeons in the Park.

Thought the Monkees were a faux band? Wait until you read about Gary Lewis & the Playboys. I was always a sucker for the song Jill, for no discernible reason.

Jaquandor launched yet another series, this one called the ‘A to Z Challenge’ and he decided to “give it a Fantasy and Science Fiction turn,” as is his wont. (I love the word ‘wont’.) So each entry in this series will take its inspiration from something or someone from F&SF, that starts with the respective letter of the day.

Original pitch-reel for the Muppet Show is delightfully bonkers. Plus, the much more recent Kermit’s Party.

To be able to catch genius when it’s just beginning, just starting out; when it’s in its embryonic form, or in its very nest. It’s an unforgettable experience. BTW, the author in question has seen this piece.

Pop culture’s Rosetta Stone. A company know for its memorable full-page comic book ads continues to influence graphic design today.

Robert Crumb: Interview by Paul Gravett

Two actors turned 75 this month and I missed them. So here are Jack Nicholson: Unpublished Photos of an Actor on the Brink from LIFE magazine, 1969, and the website of George Takei.

Mike Sterling’s Progressive Ruin, finally off the daily schedule after 8 years, 4 months. Which means, if I keep this up for another year and a half, I can pass him!
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GOOGLE ALERTS

What could Archie Andrews possibly have meant?

Long-time Exploring and Special Programs volunteer and advocate, Roger Green, was presented the 2012 Silver Beaver Award during the Council Court of Recognition Dinner held at Base Camp on Saturday, March 31.

Everything about Roger is designed to impress and attract attention, from his demeanor to his augments to his actions. While he’s naturally piss-poor at stealth or shutting the hell up…

For The Right Price: Roger is willing to render practically any service he’s capable of, provided that he is adequately compensated. He’s not the type to turn his back on his current employer(s), but whatever’s required of him, he’ll do it.

Cartoon is from an e-mail; original source unknown to me.

5 Responses to “April Rambling: Ads about Rape, and Media”

  • Interesting that the UK rape ad would not be allowed on air in the US and yet the little tv ads I’ve seen while I been here would probably be unacceptable in the UK. I’m thinking of sex aids and ads for prescription medicines.

  • Roger, thanks for putting out the word on that ad and providing a link.

    If I had five years and was not so far behind on responding to comments at my site, I would click on everything this has to offer… but I did check out Goldie “Trout Pout” Hawn’s interview. Fascinating and (no other word for it) revealing. She had integrity and showed it, spoke truth to power! But her lips look exactly like “The First Wives’ Club,” in which she played a fading star who was so desperate to look young, she had her lips “done.” ON the set, they used saline… it was a smack at Meg Ryan… but she’s done what she had once parodied, and again, it’s a societal epidemic. If I ever dye my grey, somebody smack me! I earned every short strand. Love, Amy
    http://sharplittlepencil.com/2012/05/01/mondays-forecast/

  • And yes, they can show all the damned people in TWO bathtubs for E.D. ads. And what does that ad mean, anyway?! I admire the folks who did that “advert” for the BCC. Bless ‘em.

  • I didn’t find that ad shocking. But, then, we have much stronger public service ads than the US does, too, so maybe I’m just used to it.

  • That 3 Little Pigs ad from the Guardian is interesting. It’s accurate except for one thing. You see, the newspaper, even a mildly progressive dead tree sheet like the Guardian, would not be taking the lead here, but would be following along trying to keep up and be relevant. The ad is an attempt to subtly raise their standing in today’s information market.

    The cartoon is from Saturday Morning Breakfast Comic (SMBC) which I highly recommend. The horrible evil person who sent that to you should have given you the reference, including the number of the comic. You oughta tell that lazy jerk to go frack himself.

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