GOTH-/METAL-BASHING COMMERCIAL AIRED BY DIRECTV
THIS IS IMPORTANT AND I URGE ALL OF YOU TO READ ABOUT THIS!
Tonight, a friend and I were watching TV and this commercial came on that talked about some average joe's daughter becomming, dating, marrying and then later giving birth to what they called an "UNDESIRABLE."
The girl in the commercial was being portrayed wearing clothing that were gothic/metal in nature and so was this guy she dated and married. The child they supposedly bore was also portrayed wearing a black leather vest and a dog collar. The narrator on the commercial described this as though it was a horrible nightmare that any good parent would never want to see happen. I thought to myself, "What sort of group would air a commercial like this?" That was when the commercial said that this could all be prevented if the viewers ordered DIRECTV!THIS IS THE COMMERCIAL!
If any of you have seen this commercial, then I hope that you are as outraged as I am at the blatantly obvious bashing of the images that tend to reside within our subculture and the rediculous prejudice that saturated every word and image! It is so completely cruel and unjust that such a large company would do something to perpetuate the sterotypes and lables that we all have suffered under since the beginning. This commercial will do nothing good for us and may even cause an increase in the bullying for both children and adult Goths and Metalheads.
Discovering that DIRECTV had a Twitter account (because who doesn't these days?), I messaged them about my outrage and outwardly demanded that they take down the commercial or I would take the matter directly to the FCC. However, both my friend and I know that this is not enough. As such, not only will both of us be writing emails to the company but we will also be encouraging everyone that we can to boycot DIRECTV for using their power over the media to promote stereotypes and the prejudice behind them. I would seriously encourage all of you here at goth.net, my friends and fellow goths, to do the same or I could see things get bad in the imminent future. We just want to see this commercial taken off of the air so that it doesn't lead to something worse.
If you wish to help, then I will post links that will take you to the company's website so that you may email them and will also take you to the twitter account so that you may let your voice be heard (assuming that you have a twitter account, that is.)
I will keep everyone updated once we get this ball rolling and prevent more damage from being done.
TWITTER ACCOUNT: https://twitter.com/#!/DIRECTV
FACEBOOK ACCOUNT: http://www.facebook.com/#!/directv?sk=wall
DIRECTV WEBSITE: http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/content/contact_us
-- Thu Jan 26, 2012 1:24 am --
It's not just Goths or Metalheads, but Punks as well. It's pretty much all-encompassing.