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VW self-censors to appease pressure groups

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VW self-censors to appease pressure groups [Op-ed]

By Mark Kleis

Each day, the legal system in America becomes progressively more invasive, more absurd and more dangerous, both to companies and to private citizens. Through the fear of liability, pressure groups are able to curtail free speech in a way that no U.S. administration could ever dream of doing – yet.

Even comedy must be prefaced by a small essay of legal jargon to ensure viewers don’t attempt to apply the absurdities therein to their lives. There was a time when one could watch a commercial or read a newsprint ad and realize that the advertisement was exactly that – an advertisement. When the ads were clearly satirical or completely outrageous, they were viewed as such.

Those days appear to be gone. The latest victim of of the trigger-happy legal climate is Volkswagen. The company’s latest advertisement, “Shoot the Gap,” was felled without a single legal shot being fired. All it took was a Facebook group with a few hundred crybabies to scare VW into pulling the ad.

The 30 second spot features a young couple test-driving a new Jetta with the guidance of a VW salesman. The self-proclaimed “conservative drivers” show little interest in the car’s Autobahn roots, until they’re presented with an opportunity to “shoot the gap” between a pair of semis on the freeway. Oh, the horror!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPMjiTwmYHo&feature=player_embedded

LINK:

http://www.leftlanenews.com/vw-self-censors-to-appease-pressure-groups-op-ed.html

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