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Dec 16, 2008 06:45 AM

Deeply offended by the new 'Whopper Virgin" TV Ads. Am I totally crazy?

Hi fellow CHOWers!
Has anyone seen these "Whopper Virgin" ads? Burger King uses indiginious people to taste test the Big Mac and the Whopper. Evidently they prefer the Whopper. I understand the concept, but I'm trying to figure out why I'm SO SO offended by these darn ads! Maybe it's the introduction of aboriginal peoples to somthing so corperate? Am I totally nuts?

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  1. this was discussed at length over in the "chains" board I believe.

    1. There is nothing in their commercials that portrays non-Western cultures as inferior or in a demeaning light (nor is there anything to suggest that these people are "aboriginal" within their lands). There is nothing inherently evil about corporations. There is nothing inherently evil about Burger King whoppers (well, except the flavor). There is an intersection of political totems and taboos here that riles certain people, but objectively there is nothing in these ads that justifies the foaming-at-the-mouth response some have had.

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      1. re: JungMann

        Well put.

        It's getting mad at something for the sake of getting mad at it.


      2. Check out this recent thread on the same topic

        Personally the ad grates on my too, probably for the same reason as you. How could you take a group of people that (presumably) don't clog their arteries with this crap and expose them to this; but I guess I've got more important things to worry about.

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        1. re: bnemes3343

          I find them funny. And if not for the free PR they're getting here, I wouldn't have given them a second glance.

        2. Do you believe there is a antenna ball head man running Jack, do you believe there is a King giving away money at BK, do you believe a caveman is boycotting GEICO?

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          1. re: Alan408

            No, but there really is a clown cooking the food at my local McDonalds.

          2. "Am I totally nuts?"

            Yes, you are. It's entertaining, It's stupid, It's not offensive.

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