Is Encouraging Cheating Appropriate for Television?

In this day and age we see more violence and inappropriate content on public television than most people did in their entire lifetimes just 50 years ago. So who is to say that a television commercial that encourages infidelity is wrong to broadcast on the air? Well, apparently, the Fox network.

The Super Bowl is coming up soon and companies are clamoring to create commercials that will captivate millions, cost millions, and will hopefully bring in millions in profit. Needless to say, because of the cost, any company that can afford to create and air a commercial for the big game has an argument why they should be able to.

Well, Fox doesn’t seem to see it that way and has rejected AshleyMadison.com, an adult personals site’s request to air an ad they made. The network’s reason is that the commercial promotes infidelity and might be offensive to some viewers, especially since the Super Bowl is viewed by families.

Since Fox is covering the event and owns the network it gets the last word on which commercials are aired. But, should a commercial be banned just because it encourages infidelity? There are countless ads in the past that have used racy imagery, sexuality and violence to promote products. The difference in this case the subject matter itself is taboo.

To view an edited, cleaner version of the commercial click here.

(Via News Net 5)  / (Image by filippo.salamone, licensed under Creative Commons)

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  • Mikey38654

    Good job Fox!

  • Mikey38654

    Good job Fox!