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Jan 24, 2009 10:39 AM

the showtime "L word" ad on chowhound

i really don't want to see an ad for the "L word" tv show on chowhound, with women (about to) make out. please! is it ALL about the money? what about this mantra we always hear regarding stringent site moderation, to wit, "it's always about the FOOD"??!

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  1. Who's better than those "fat gut" ads I see on so many other sites. "ALL" about the money -- if only that were the case, the reality is it's pretty hard for most of these sites to make ends meet, even if it's part of a larger corporation. I'd suggest some tolerance if the meager amount they're earning from this ad helps keep these boards up and running.

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    1. re: hollerhither

      i know. i complained about the fat gut ads on chowhound, too. totally disgusting!

    2. Everybody's always complaining about the ads on this site, but I never see any. Makes me feel left out of the discussion.

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      1. re: alanbarnes

        oooh, great, alan! will it interfere with safari on my mac (thus necessitating mr. alka killing me....)? i need to install firefox, right?

        1. re: alkapal

          I'm Sargent Scultz when it comes to Macs: I know nothink. But Firefox blows IE away in so many ways. You might give it a try - it's easy enough to uninstall.

          1. re: alkapal

            Here's the link to Safari AdBlock:
            but only if you have Mac OS 10.5+
            When I have to use Safari, I don't have adblocker, flashblocker, user agent switcher (for sites which pretend to require IE), and the other useful additions Firefox has, which makes browsing more tedious for me.

            alanbarnes: There hasn't been an update to IE for Macs in a few years...

          2. re: alanbarnes

            I never see ads either, but there's always an empty box on the right of the screen. Do other people have ads in there?

            1. re: lupaglupa

              Yes, if their browser's not blocking them.

          3. If any non-food ad is acceptable, then why not that one? I'd prefer that to Glade candles :)

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            1. re: c oliver

              well i don't. and i don't think i'm alone.

            2. I felt the same way when I saw the L word ad...Inappropriate.

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              1. re: Pesel

                What is the defining point that makes it inappropriate? Subject matter? Exposure of flesh?

              2. How about "Secret Diary of a Call Girl"? Is that equally offensive? You'd probably really faint if "Dexter" (also from Showtime) had an ad. A show about a loveable serial killer :) I believe an ad that offends certain people doesn't make it inappropriate necessarily. I find just the thought of American Idol offensive but I don't think it would be inappropriate. I would just avert my eyes :)

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                1. re: c oliver

                  Yep - different things offend different people. I find undelicious food extremely offensive.

                  1. re: c oliver

                    Having to see the Dexter ads covering each subway car each morning was not fun. Then again, we like watching zombie movies, though not while eating roasted chicken for the obvious reasons.

                    I don't know if I would go so far as to say "undelicious food", but unsatisfying meals make me extremely offensive to be around. :)

                    1. re: Caralien

                      I couldn't help but go off-topic when I saw your zombie reference too ! Admittedly I lean more towards the humorous zombie stuff, like "Shaun of the Dead". World War Z was one of my more memorable recent reads as well. etc etc. OT like I said.

                      Back on content aside, I agree with the frustration alkapal expresses with the constant mantra about deliciousness, yet ads for Showtime and MTV proliferate .

                      1. re: im_nomad

                        Given the mission of Chowhound, I prefer to see the TV-oriented ads to ads for Wendy's! Both started appearing after CBS bought CNET - bigger ad clients, less regard for the site's content.

                        1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                          im_nomad & caitlin:

                          TiVo or DVR for the TV, Flashblocker + Adblocker for the browser.

                          I used to be irritated with ads for Applebee's and Red Lobster on FN. Since moving, I'm become rather out of the loop, only being forced to watch ads on Hulu when we're streaming the Daily Show.

                    2. re: c oliver

                      hold on, my comment is deleted about: "well, would we be happy with an ad showing dexter about to stab someone."?!?! that is deleted? yeah, that dexter ad would offend me. and women lickin' on each others' necks, too.

                      chowhound-corporate "call out": <apparently> it ain't "all about the "food."

                      ooooh, waitjustaminute: was i deleted 'cause i suggested maybe not every advertiser adjacent to soft p*rn might not object? "eyes on the site...= eyes on "my" ad."

                      1. re: alkapal

                        have you installed Safari's adblocker? It should help a lot.

                        1. re: Caralien

                          I did the Mozilla one, can't believe how great it is. No more pulsating, gyrating objects giving me the heeby-jeebies.

                        2. re: alkapal

                          (I'm going to preface this by saying directly to you, alkapal, that you are one of my favorite people on Chowhound. You're funny and smart and really, really helpful. You're obviously a great cook and also know your way around a wine bottle :) You've given me tons of good advice and hope you will continue to.)

                          NOW :) Your last sentence in the above is possibly clarifying this for me. For the couple of days of this thread, I have pretty much assumed that we were all pussy-footing ! around the "L word," i.e., ****LESBIAN****. I've wanted to ask people if hetero couples would be "offensive" or "inappropriate." What about biracial? But it seems like it's the "soft porn" nature of it. Is that correct? Not having to do with sexual preference but just the implied possible nudity and pending sexual activity? Is that your complaint? I've read that if you click on the advertisement word in the ad that you can give your thoughts. I assume that you've done that. Have you had any response?

                          And I agree. I saw your Dexter response and then saw that it had been deleted. I just have to assume that whoever deleted it isn't aware of who/what Dexter is. I haven't seen their prints ads but the intro to the show each week is plenty lurid and bloody.

                          And I'll go back again to my original thought that what might offend some doesn't necessarily constitute inappropriate advertising. I'm offended by the gratuitous T&A in beer ads but I don't think that the brands shouldn't be allowed to advertise.

                          So, again, I hope you'll still help me out here. You're one of the brightest and the best. Thanks for all you do.

                          1. re: c oliver

                            Nothing against anyone's orientations, just some things are better left to the imagination. I'm just old-fashioned I know.

                            1. re: c oliver

                              " I've read that if you click on the advertisement word in the ad that you can give your thoughts."

                              Really? I am afraid to click on the following :) Keep seeing these College Humor ads with young women in suggestive/pouty looks which I find uncomfortable, for myself, but especially with girls 10 & 13 in the house.

                              1. re: ceekskat

                                That's so funny, ceekskat. I had just been thinking about this old thread in regard to that College ad also. They certainly look like hookers to me!!!! Well, actually one does look wholesome. But I'm just not into censorship because I'm not the one who gets to do the censoring :) I'm learining to avert my eyes.

                                1. re: ceekskat

                                  It's the word 'advertisement' as it appears above or to the right of the ad that you'd want to click on to give feedback.