I have disappointing news, people: The A-Team are not coming to a crime-ridden area near you.
For the second time in two years, best-selling candybar, Snickers, has found itself in the middle of a controversy surrounding their latest ad campaign. Candy company Mars has yanked the ad from UK airwaves, where it received backlash from gay-rights activists for being homophobic. The commercial featured surly '80s icon, Mr. T, berating a speed-walking man, calling him "a disgrace to the man race." The tagline? "Get some nuts."
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation criticized Mars and its ad agency for perpetuating stereotypes of gay men. Mars issued a statement last night, saying that the commercial was intended to be funny, not offensive.
While I can see how the ad was meant to be funny, it might have taken things too far. After watching the spot below, let me know what you think. Do you feel the ad is cruel and insensitive, or was the whole situation blown out of proportion?
I pity the fool who doesn't watch this video of Mr. T rapping about the importance of respecting your mother. We've had this on GS before, but what better time to pull it out again! My favorite part is when Mr. T manages to rhyme "moan" with "born." Happy Mother's Day!
I need to incorporate the phrase "Quit your jibber jabber" in more everyday conversation. That, and "Get some nuts!" Mr. T is a font of wisdom.
"Everybody's gotta wear clothes," says my favorite 80's star, Mr. T. "If you don't, you'll get arrested!" After seeing some of the styles he walks us through in this video, however, I think arrests are going to happen anyway. I've issued many anti-80's fashion statements in my short time here. Perhaps after viewing this, you'll finally heed my warnings. It's ugly, people. Really, really ugly.
...who doesn't watch this video of Mr. T rapping about the importance of respecting your mother. My favorite part is when he manages to rhyme "moan" with "born." I miss Mr. T!