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PostSubject: What are your thoughts?   Thu Jul 24, 2008 1:36 am

Regarding the Verizon commercial with the pit bulls? I see there are people that are signing petitions to get it off the air, and others that think it's no big deal.



What do you think?


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PostSubject: Re: What are your thoughts?   Thu Jul 24, 2008 2:16 am

it is a big deal things like that is why we have some of the problems we have today. it completely descuss me and if ppl really knew that theses dog to its real apbt has no protective instint as to a person Pll dont get that dog agression is not the same as human and im really tired of it al together.

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PostSubject: Re: What are your thoughts?   Thu Jul 24, 2008 4:42 am

I have heard the same things, as well as, get tougher skin...I think my skin is pretty tough and it doesn't bother me what people say..But these dogs do not need to be portrayed as something they are not..
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PostSubject: Re: What are your thoughts?   Thu Jul 24, 2008 2:42 pm

It's pure and absolute BS. They could have picked a true guardian breed and not misrepresented one that is not like that.
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PostSubject: Re: What are your thoughts?   Thu Jul 24, 2008 4:46 pm

I agree that it was a commercial that definitely isn't need at this time. We are at war, and that kind of commercial just helps the enemy make our dogs disappear.
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PostSubject: Re: What are your thoughts?   Fri Jul 25, 2008 3:39 pm

http://adage.com/article?article_id=129799

Verizon Pit-Bull Ad Unleashes Flurry of Complaints
Humane Society, ASPCA Say Dogs Depicted Unfairly in LG Dare Spots; Marketer Will Keep Airing Them
By Sherry Mazzocchi

Published: July 21, 2008

NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- Verizon Wireless has stepped into a steaming pile of complaints from animal lovers over commercials for its LG Dare phone, but the marketer is sticking with the 30-second spot.
Animal-rights groups protest pits' portrayal in ad.

The commercial shows a young man trying to obtain the phone by climbing a junkyard fence, when he is instantly greeted by two pit bulls. The dogs, with cropped ears and metal choke collars, bark ferociously and lunge at the intruder. They are just a hair's breadth away from the phone because their heavy metal chains do not quite extend far enough.

The spot has infuriated groups from the Humane Society of the U.S. -- which has asked Verizon to pull the ad -- to PETA, the ASPCA and dozens of pet-related websites, which have posted petitions and message boards on the web protesting the ad with slogans like "Can They Hear Us Now?"

'Despicable'
Veterinarian Susan Ralston sent Ad Age her letter of complaint to Verizon, which says, in part: "I don't know what your company was thinking. I don't know how much money was wasted on this despicable ad. Perhaps you should donate the million or so spent on that 'creative' to pit-bull rescue in an attempt to undo the damage. I switched my BlackBerry to T-Mobile. Maybe if enough folks do the same, it'll get your attention."

Brenda Raney, a spokesperson for Verizon Wireless, said the ads were never intended to offend. There are two ads that focus on the Dare, she said; the other depicts a woman on a ledge. "These are fictional ads, designed to be over-the-top, to break through the clutter and get our message across." Verizon is not pulling the spots, she said. Interpublic Group of Cos.' McCann Erickson, New York, is Verizon's agency and created the ad.

Inappropriate and inaccurate
Kathy Bauch, senior director-corporate relations and promotion at the Humane Society, said the ad could further inflame an already outstanding prejudice against pit bulls. "We understand why advertisers use stereotypes. It resonates and people get the point," she said. "But this perpetuates the idea that it is OK to chain dogs and it is OK to have guard dogs."

Mary Harwelik, founder and director of The Real Pit Bull, an education and advocacy organization, said, "This is big news in the pit-bull world. People are outraged." Describing the ad as inappropriate and inaccurate, she said, "Pit bulls are not guard dogs and they were never meant to be guard dogs."

A statement released by the ASPCA in response to the ads says, "These dogs can make wonderful additions to a family. The public also showed their support for the evaluation and rehabilitation of the pit bulls rescued from the Michael Vick case, suggesting that they are ahead of the corporate world in their understanding of pit bulls."

Pit bulls often victims
Mr. Vick, former quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, was convicted last year on counts of illegal dog-fighting. When authorities raided his home, they found 66 dogs, including 50 pit bulls. While two of the dogs were eventually euthanized, many have been rehabilitated and adopted. Mr. Vick is serving a 23-month sentence at the United States Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan., and still faces gambling charges upon his release.

"These dogs are often the victims of abuse," said Adam Goldfarb, animal-companion-issues specialist at the Humane Society.

Ms. Bauch said the Humane Society only rarely asks companies to pull ads. The last time was in 2004, when Energizer ran a spot that depicted a mother expressing displeasure at finding a cat in the dryer that had been put there by her son. Energizer complied and replaced the scene.

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PostSubject: Re: What are your thoughts?   Fri Jul 25, 2008 3:43 pm

So after all the complaints Verizon is going to keep the commercial on. Many have written letters, only to get the same responses back "we will forword your letter." I also know a lot of peoplet that have canceled their phone service through Verizon. Does anyone here use verizon and plan on dropping them? I use Verizon, but to be honest didn't care for the service of the other phones.

Do you think that even though Verizon is getting "bad press" from this ad, that it is still working in their favor since it's getting the word out to other potential customers?

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PostSubject: Re: What are your thoughts?   Fri Jul 25, 2008 4:12 pm

I don't think the ads will actually increase their customer base and really don't think it will decline much either. I hate the commercial...but I hate all commercials. Thank You to whomever invented the DVR.
The truth of the matter is...people will go with a phone company that 1) works where they need it to and 2) who will give the service without a huge deposit.
So although they may be getting tons of (hate) mail and I am sure there are a few people who have dropped their service...they will probably not suffer too much from this.
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PostSubject: Re: What are your thoughts?   Sat Jul 26, 2008 5:35 am

Update... Verizon Pulled The Ad?!

TV ad with pit bulls has dog group barking

ROVERlution is planning protest Sunday against a cell phone company's commercial portraying pit bulls as vicious.

By LOU PONSI
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER


BREA- A dog owner's advocacy group based here is outraged by a Verizon Wireless TV commercial, in which two American pit bull terriers commonly known as pit bulls are portrayed as vicious guard dogs.

In response to an ad for the Verizon Wireless LG Dare cell phone, the group, ROVERlution, says it will protest in front of a Verizon retailer at noon Sunday on Imperial Highway in Brea, said Paula Terifaj, the national group's founder.

The 30-second commercial has a young man climbing over a chain-link fence into a junkyard, attempting to obtain the Verizon LG Dare phone. He awakens two pit bulls, which are tied down with metal choke collars.
The dogs bark ferociously and lunge at the intruder. The dogs get within inches of the man before being yanked to a halt because the chains don't extend far enough.

"They are promoting the negative stereotype of the pit bull breed," said Terifaj, a Brea veterinarian, whose group has held protests against spaying and neutering, as well as banning ownership of certain breeds.
"It's not just the pit bull. Dogs in general should not be left tied up. It sends the wrong message. It feeds into more of the problem in a society that thinks every pit bull is aggressive. It's irresponsible.''

A Verizon statement says the commercial with the dogs "is no longer on the schedule."

"It was never our intent to reflect a negative image with our advertisement,'' said spokesman Ken Muche.

Terifaj said 20 to 50 people will show up for Sunday's demonstration. She is encouraging group members to stage protests in front of Verizon retailers throughout the country.

The ad can be seen on youtube.com by putting in "Verizon pit bull" into the search field.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/v...ll?slideshow=1#
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PostSubject: Re: What are your thoughts?   Sat Jul 26, 2008 4:50 pm

i think a class action lawsuit is entitled here
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PostSubject: Re: What are your thoughts?   Sat Jul 26, 2008 6:27 pm

sedaliapridekennels wrote:
i think a class action lawsuit is entitled here


Are you saying all pit bull owners should sue Verizon? If so, I think that is going a bit far. I'm happy that the ad was pulled and Verizon has issued an apology. Maybe the company would be willing to offer a donation to a pit bull rescue or something.
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PostSubject: Re: What are your thoughts?   Sat Jul 26, 2008 6:35 pm

I agree LMP....I see it like this...I HATE Jessicsa Simpson but I won't stop eating Pizza Hut because of it...
Also look at like this...we get our panties in a wad because these are our dogs, when Verizon put out that commercial they were probably not really thinking about it. BSL and whatnot is not in their face everyday. They had enough complaints and pulled the ad, expensive lesson for them.
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PostSubject: Re: What are your thoughts?   Wed Sep 17, 2008 3:59 am

i'm VERY glad it was pulled~it deserved to be.
the last thing we need is more unsubstantiated bias against our breed, ESPECIALLY meerly for the sake of a buck!
it was GREAT to see so many pit bull owners rally and oppose this ad.
and personally, had it not been pulled, i would have changed comapnies, as i use their DSL. tho it was a small victory, i'd rather it be small, then none at all...
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PostSubject: Re: What are your thoughts?   Wed Sep 17, 2008 4:05 am

Full House is pit friendly---in case anyone was wondering!
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PostSubject: Re: What are your thoughts?   Wed Sep 17, 2008 4:27 am

I'm glad they pulled the ad also. I use Verizon for my cell phones and am happy with the service and hate jagging around switching companies and stuff... i just like to pay my bill and be done with it... lol

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PostSubject: Re: What are your thoughts?   Thu Sep 18, 2008 3:39 pm

Wow...ummm...yeah...can we say total BS? They are capitolizing on the myth that a pit is a people aggressive breed which is not even right. People need to realize that its actually not the case. That commercial just irritates me to no end, maybe it shouldn't, but it portrays the breed as something other than what it really is.
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