A while back, I posted something about one of my favorite drums to beat: Stupid Americans.
I had this list of petty and not-so-petty grievances that I wanted to talk about. However, in a love child like twist of my own stupidity and C.R.S. when it came time to enumerate them…I forgot.
Well, guess what?
In retrospect, it was quite an impressive forget. The subject is a series of radio ads whose point seems to be preventing the dumbest among us from dragging down our life expectancy numbers.
Looking at you, here, all men everywhere.
Yeah, I forgot a radio campaign that I probably hear two dozen times a week.
At the time of the original post, the subject of this Public (dis)Service Announcement was not leaving babies in cars.
For what it’s worth, I’m all for protecting babies. Especially from stupid parents. That’s why my vote goes to vasectomizing all men at whatever time is appropriate. Pretty sure that means puberty versus birth, which is too bad, they could just do the vasectomy at the same time that they – unpopular opinion warning – rip off that fucking foreskin.
Because, who are we kidding…you think people who had to be retail Hy as an adult how to wash their hands properly last Spring are taking the time to properly clean a foreskin?
Hell, since I’m on a rant – and I think I’m right about waiting until puberty – let’s just CRISPR out the appendix and foreskin and then it’s smooth sailing til puberty. Actually, are we still that attached to toenails?
Food for thought. Sure, it’s junk food, but…🤷🏽♂️
Back to the point.
The ads were paid for by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA.
Look what even shows up in my Instagram ads!
In the pot roast baby ads, they dramatically underemphasize – to get dumb people to keep listening – the stupidity behind the need for this ad. Suggesting things like “maybe the day care is closed today” or “normally your spouse drops the kiddo off in the morning” before going on to how a poor, innocent adult person might understandably get out of their car, lock it and walk away without realizing they left their child in it.
Y’know, basically infantilizing the parents instead of screaming, “Hey, fuckwads! Don’t forget to take your
STDs kids out of the car with you when you get out!”
The real zinger here? This line:
Every year, dozens of children die after being left in a hot car”
You’re telling me that our – not you, Donald – tax dollars paid for a national radio ad campaign for an issue that presumably doesn’t even impact an average of one innocent child per state? Not to mention that these are the folks who made us start putting child seats in the back seat anyway. If they’d just left well enough alone and let these dumbass parents put their onboard babies in the front with them…problem avoided.
Not that that’s a superior alternative, I’m just pointing out the irony.
Having potentially saved dozens of kids last Summer and Fall – and who am I kidding, we probably have to prorate that number downward to account for the partial year that the ad ran – they’ve now changed focus.
The new campaign is…
Don’t try and out run a train at railroad crossings!
Oh, just come on now!
Having saved the babies of unfit parents, they’re now trying to save the soon to be absentee fathers? For what it’s worth, I’d bet you could solve both problems by not intervening in Darwin’s realm where the dads’ lives and trains are concerned.
Let there be more lives that end unceremoniously with the words
Hey, watch this!
…and let’s just see if that fixes the whole baby pot roast thing.
It’s far less invasive than “vasectomies for everyone”! But I think we should keep that one on deck.