Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Am I A Bad Person?

I ask, because...well, you know that anti-smoking PSA that has the guy with the Mexican accent talking about how much he used to love to swim? And how his lung cancer caused him to have to have a tracheotomy to breath? And how now he has to talk through that hole in his throat by holding that little vibration-detecting gizmo up to his neck so he can speak in that sad monotone? And how if he gets water in the hole, he will drown? And then he reiterates, poignantly, to close the spot, that he "used to love to swim?"

My daughter, every time this commercial is over, walks around for at least 5 minutes, with her arms and legs straight like she has no joints, saying things in monotone such as, "I AM A ROBOT. I CAN NOT GO SWIMMING BECAUSE I AM A ROBOT. ROBOTS CAN NOT SWIM. I AM A ROBOT," and so on. And then I stifle laughter, mostly unsuccessfully, because I find that kind of hilarious.

Does that make me a bad person?

21 comments:

  1. I must be a bad person too because I am laughing.

    Too funny.

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  2. I'm with Chris.

    Send Belinda in the next package - I loves her.

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  3. I think it makes you human.
    It makes me human too.

    A bad human, but still human.

    Bella seems to know what the commercial is really about.

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  4. Heh, if that makes you a bad person then I'm in the same category. I'd love to see some video of the robot.

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  5. hahahahahahahahahaha

    miss you

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  6. My dear Belinda,

    Laughter is a gift from God, especially when it has to do with our children. can you imagine how He laughs at us ?

    Happy Mother's Day,

    Mr. Dan

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  7. I'm glad you can laugh. The commercial sounds a little creepy to me. Instead of laughing or becoming a robot, i might go hide in the basement and shiver.

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  8. is this commercial somewhere on line? I have never seen it.
    Philippe
    www.glkvideo.com

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  9. It is very creepy. They show it on either the CA or NY network feeds. Next time I see it, I'll TiVo it. There are actually two versions with this same guy, and in the other one there is detailed cleaning of the trach-hole. Ewwww. Don't smoke, kids!

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  10. You can't be bad if everyone else is laughing also, right? I thought it was funny and how can you not laugh at a 4 year old that is a robot?

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  11. She's her mother's daughter. :)

    The severely-punished and geriatric hard drive on my laptop has packed it in and I can't access my regular email so if you need to get hold of me try didrooglie@gmail.com

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  12. I'm guessing that they're figuring that since the threat of DEATH means nothing to young smokers, perhaps the threat of staying alive but severely maimed will hit home? Because there are scads of these commercials, with people on oxygen, people in end-stage lung-cancer, and tracheotomy guy. To get the full effect of tracheotomy guy, you kind of have to imagine the Mexican accent. It's kind of like this one, but much darker:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRHvZazd4IM

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  13. as soon as i manage to stop laughing i will tell you just how bad a person you are...

    LOL

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  14. I'm laughing because I know exactly what you mean. We saw that commerical 6 times last night.

    Happy Mother's Day!

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  15. You are desperately wicked.
    I'm laughing with you.

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  16. Oh thats hilarious. Yep, we're all bad people!

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  17. There's another PSA with a guy singing, with a voice box. Boy 1 loves to sing along to it. I think he kinda misses the point. But it makes me laugh.

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  18. YES--the "You Don't Always Die From Tobacco" cowboy!

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  19. This makes your daughter a funny person and you a Mom.

    ****

    http://surfcountry.blogspot.com/

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  20. *snort* OMG, I thought I was the only one that laughed at that commercial. I think your reason is nicer though... I always laugh because if you love to swim, and you know smoking can cause stuff like that, and you smoke anyway.... Doesn't that just make you the dim bulb in the box and deserving what you get? I'm a little cruel that way, I enjoy seeing idiots punished for their stupidity....

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