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Humor or humorless? Has faux outrage crippled our ability to laugh at ourselves?
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, December 29, 2007

The 7 people supporting Dennis Kucinich are complaining about this Pizza Hut ad:


Kucinich supporters:
Operators of several websites that admire the Cleveland congressmen are urging readers to complain to Pizza Hut. They're not mad about Kucinich being linked to pepperoni despite his meat aversion, or being linked to chain pizza despite his anti-corporate rhetoric. It's the UFO reference that's given them indigestion.

"I am going to encourage all Kucinich supporters to boycott your restaurant until you change your "debate" advertising," wrote the operator of a website called Dandelionsalad. "That was a low blow to a viable, electable presidential candidate. Consider the word OUT! I also think Pizza Hut should publicly apologize to the Congressman!"
Pizza Hut replies:
The world's largest pizza chain hasn't received many complaints about the politically-oriented ad which began airing nationally last night to kick-off a new $5 pizza promotion, according to Pizza Hut Public Relations Director Jennifer Little.

She called the ad a "lighthearted way to tie into the important topic of the economy," and said Kucinich's UFO remarks were used because they were among the most memorable comments uttered in any of the presidential debates.

"We found humor in his comment, so we included it and words from all the candidates in the ad for our new Pizza Mia product," Little said. "We also want to remind people to vote in this important election, whomever they support."
Whatever.

Humor or "low blow"?

Frankly I'm of the opinion that if you're a public figure and you're willing to go on record about UFOs at a debate, that's fair game for anyone. And I think the ad is humorous to boot.
 
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I choose option C- it’s a stupid commercial that wouldn’t hold my interest for 2 seconds and certainly wouldn’t make me run out and buy Pizza Hut.
 
Written By: shark
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I think Pizza Hut should be ashamed for using it for another reason.

Just seeing that dead animal on top of Kucinich’s head makes me want to not eat, including pizza.

So there.
 
Written By: James Marsden
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McQ,

You should post an update that YouTube has apparently pulled the video.
 
Written By: Rory Daulton
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"Humor. It is a difficult concept." - Lt. Saavik
 
Written By: Neo
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Rory, the video still works for me so I’m not sure how they pulled it.

I totally do not see what the problem is. Tell them to shut up and stop acting like 7 year olds.
 
Written By: ChrisB
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Bet David S is leading this particular charge
 
Written By: capt joe
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I also think Pizza Hut should publicly apologize to the Congressman!
For quoting him accurately. How dare you, Pizza Hut!
 
Written By: Linus
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ChrisB,

You are right. When I tried to watch the video yesterday, I kept getting messages that the video was "no longer available." But today I am able to get it. Oh, well, technology has made a monkey of me again.
 
Written By: Rory Daulton
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Lousy commercial. Perhaps the writers’ strike is at fault.
 
Written By: timactual
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