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Snickers Banned Mr T commercial July 30, 2008

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Mars has pulled a UK TV ad for Snickers featuring Mr T harassing a speed walker for being a “disgrace to the man race” after US complaints that it was offensive to gay people!

OK let me stop here! My mom always said if you aint got nothing good to say, dont say it.

So I will let you be the judge.

It opens with Mr T crashing through a building on the back of a flatbed truck mounted with a Snickers-firing machine gun.

Mr T pulls alongside a man in tight yellow shorts who is speed walking and growls: “Speed walking. I pity you fool. You a disgrace to the man race. It’s time to run like a real man.”

He then opens fire, peppering the man with Snickers bars and forcing him to break into a run.

The Human Rights Campaign criticised Mars for perpetuating “the notion that the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community is a group of second class citizens and that violence against GLBT people is not only acceptable, but humorous”.

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1. Al - August 12, 2008

I find it very ironic that the tagline for this ad is “Get Some Nuts”. To create the commercial took some nuts; to show the commercial took some large nuts; yet by canceling and banning the advertisement, Snickers clearly showed that they have no nuts!
Where is the follow through? You knew that ad could be controversial. Stand behind the ad!

GET SOME NUTS!


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