Sunday, 22 November 2009

Read the goddamn slogan, guys!

As a follow-up to their successful “There’s probably no god” campaign, the British Humanist Association has been busily putting these posters up all over the UK:

Please Don't Label MeIt’s a call to cease the indoctrination of children, and something that should be applauded. What’s more, you’ll notice that “atheist child”, “agnostic child” and “humanist child” all appear on the poster as inappropriate labels.

But in an amusing twist, some commentators on the pro-indoctrination team (such as neo-charismatic Gerald Coates) have gleefully pointed out that the kids in the advertisement are Evangelical Christians!

While this is just a moronic comment on one level (in other news, the girls in the Tampax ads aren’t really menstruating as they ride horses and frolic on the beach), it shows a much much deeper level of stupidity, or wilful obtuseness, on the part of people like Coates.

Way to spectacularly miss the point, guys.

Just let me get this straight … are you saying that … it’s a mistake to use these children because they’re … what’s the label you’re applying? … Evangelical Christians?



Quick Joe Smith said...

So I'm not the only one who doesn't see how the campaign has apparently "backfired".

Rob said...

A while ago I saw Kristian Pithie (who I went to school with, and who is an actor) in an ad for Supercheap Auto, and he was playing a Supercheap Auto employee. "Come in and see the bargains" kind of thing.

To this day I am not sure if he was an actor who got a job in a Supercheap ad, or if he was an out-of-work actor who was working at Supercheap, and who jumped at the chance when the company newsletter came out saying they needed people for an ad.
It just goes to show, you can't apply labels to anyone. Whether they are children or adults.

Mick said...

Yep. Looks like it went completely over the Xian's heads.