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leifkolt



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First off, I'm against censorship of any kind, and I can understand that not all people feel that way.

However, this is fucking insane! (for those of you who don't want to read the article, they are proposing a bill that would ban erectile dysfunction ads from 6am-10pm every day.)

Are parents in our country so unable to and uncomfortable about talking to their children about sex? This 'Anything that makes parenting harder should be banned' attitude is starting to piss me off.

With all the different bullshit TV puts in their minds like beauty issues, addiction to consumerism, violence, and no to mention sapping kids of their will to get off their asses and be active, I think that having to explain the birds and the bees is the least of parents' problems.

BTW, I don't think this bill will pass (pfizer has to much money in the government) I just want to smack the denchers out of the mouth that proposed this bill. I'm also NOT pro-drug companies, I'm just pro-lots-of-freedom and pro-involved-parenting.


From CNN’s Bob Ruff

You’ve all seen them. Those ubiquitous TV ads where a simple little pill transforms a man suffering from erectile dysfunction, or ED, into a virile tiger who puts a smile on the face of his now beaming wife.

Well, Representative Jim Moran (D-VA) has seen them too, and you’d be hard pressed to see a smile on his face when he talks about the ads.
“A number of people,” he says, “have come up, including colleagues, and said I’m fed up. I don’t want my three or four-year old grandkid asking me what erectile dysfunction is all about. And I don’t blame them.”

Enter H.R. 2175. That’s a bill that Rep. Moran introduced last month that would prohibit any ED ads from airing on broadcast radio and TV between 6AM and 10PM. The bill advises the Federal Communications Commission to treat these ads as “indecent” and instruct stations to restrict their broadcast to late night and overnight hours.

So, could it be adios to all of those “Viva Viagra” commercials that play on network television on weekends and during the evening? Could the same be said for the Cialis couple sitting in outdoor tubs looking out at the sunset? And could Levitra also be shunned to the overnight hours?

CNN asked Pfzier, which makes Viagra, the first pill available by prescription to treat ED, what they thought of Rep. Moran’s bill.

“Pfizer is committed to responsible advertising… In line with our policies and the policies of the industry, Viagra advertising is aired in shows most likely to reach men suffering from erectile dysfunction. ED can be a signal for other serious medical issues, including high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.”

We asked several people on the streets of Atlanta for their opinions.

Nikia Clark, a mother of a 2-year-old, thinks “it’s a great idea.” She’s concerned that as her child gets older, she doesn’t want him “seeing those kinds of commercials… on regular network shows.”

Janice Habersham agrees. She says while the “ads are tastefully done” they shouldn’t be aired at “the time when children are watching TV.”

On the other hand, Bruce Jackson says ED ads “should be run 24 hours a day.” And Louis Tesser says banning the ads “is clearly unconstitutional… it’s a viewpoint. It’s something that people are interested in, and you can’t change that.”

Rep. Moran does have some perspective on the issue. “While it’s not as important as the economy, or what’s happening militarily around the world, it is an intrusion into the quality of life that we like to experience.” He says that his bill is “a shot across the bow” of the drug companies. “You know enough is enough. This is inappropriate.”
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Have they SEEN what is on the internet?!
Post Thu May 07, 2009 2:58 pm
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Probably not, the people who come up with laws like this just sit in their plush offices and let their lobbyists and staffers tell them the next 'smart' move.

I'd also guess that parents who are behind this, are the same types of parents that don't let their kids on the internet period.
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This is a dumb bill, but let's be real, there's no chance in hell that Big Pharm lets this happen.
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T-Wrex wrote:
Have they SEEN what is on the internet?!


Porn brings too much money in to censor completely. Pretty much the only thing that an active effort is made to get rid of is child pornography, for obvious reasons. Everything else is pretty much just let to drift on by.

An erectile dysfunction ad could by the jump-off for parents to actually discuss sexuality with their children. Parental responsibility is too much work for some folks, I guess.
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I think that there should be a ban on all prescription drug ads. I mean fuck, if you have an issue then see a doctor. Don't get brainwashed into thinking that you are ill or need a pill because the tv says so. Unless they are ads like this:
edit: that image was way too big. Guinness on enzyte.


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An erectile dysfunction ad could by the jump-off for parents to actually discuss sexuality with their children. Parental responsibility is too much work for some folks, I guess.


exactly.

It's killing me that our society keeps moving in the wrong direction to compensate for the rising trend in parental laziness and lack of wanting to take full responsibility... it's always someone elses fault.
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I think that there should be a ban on all prescription drug ads.


I agree with this too.

I think we all know this will never happen though.
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more money is paid in advertising a drug than research a drug.
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What we have here is the kind of bill that's introduced 50 times a year and we never heard about before the proliferation of Internet reporting and 24 hour news networks.
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that's for sure. however, it's also a good way to start a discussion and help us think about WHY these sort of things happen.
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simple, really... because every member of the legislative branch is constantly seeking re-election. They know that this bill will go nowhere, they won't be punished for its content because it went nowhere. Yet, they can claim that they did something to fight for "American family values" or some other bullshit. This way they still appeal to the majority while pandering to the minority that eats that family values shit up. Lastly, they don't even lose favor with the drug companies because those companies are in the know, and they realize that introducing this legislation when it has no chance can only hurt - not help - future instances when it might be introduced.
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yeah ban these commercials but the one with the oven telling the cook to "put it inside me" is fine!
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leifkolt wrote:

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I think that there should be a ban on all prescription drug ads.


I agree with this too.

I think we all know this will never happen though.


Me too. It's crazy how many ads there are for depression medication. Half of the ads don't even say what they are for. I read an article recently that stated that there has been a big increase in people asking for medication that they don't need because of the commercials...I'll see if I can find it.
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Ads for prescription drugs are a lot more ethical than when drug saleswomen meet with doctors in my opinion.
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