Friday, March 20, 2009

Somebody Take His Mic, Please

This morning, on my way into the office, I caught the tale end of a radio ad from the Think Before You Speak campaign. Here is a video ad from the campaign that sends the same message as the radio one I heard today.



I love Wanda Sykes. But... who doesn't?

Anyway, the ad that I heard this morning featured a male football player calling out two girls for saying "that's so gay." At the end of the spot, one girl says to the other, "Oh no! That guy's a football player and now he totally thinks we suck!" The comment is a little bit funny in an after school special way, but the message that football player equals cool equals someone who thinks before they speak is a good one.

However... the DJ did his best to help us miss that point.

As soon as the ad ended, he started running off in this manner. I paraphrase.
Yeah, think before you speak. That's a good idea. The only thing that I don't really like about that ad is that the girls say that guy telling them to think before they speak is a football player. And, in my experience, it's not usually the football players who are all [insert mockingly sweet, effeminate voice here] 'hey guys, let's do the right thing, okay?' So, that's my only problem. I don't buy it. It just doesn't fit the stereotype.

Thankfully, he cut to weather just then. I used that reprieve to praise him for his uncanny ability to miss the point completely.

He said it all without even a hint of irony. Of course he did.

He came back (too soon in my opinion) to say 'I'm not saying that football players aren't intellectual or anything.'

I took that opportunity to balance out my earlier praise with some good ol' fashioned cursing.

Really, Bangor DJ?! Really?

Somebody please take his mic away.

2 comments:

Evan said...

This story was much funnier in person, but it's still quite amusing. As for Wanda Sykes, you're right, we all love her. I can't say the same about the radio in Bangor.

The Empress said...

Oh radio. I definitely don't miss it. I could listen to it here, but it's just so not worth it. I'd have to listen to it through my alarm clock and that's just too much effort.