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(Stuff.co.nz)   Air New Zealand criticized for multimedia "cougar campaign" in which images of desperate Auckland older women chasing helpless young men to mate with are used to sell discount airline seats   (stuff.co.nz) divider line 67
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2010-01-17 06:13:50 PM
Proudly taking a cue from Old Zealand (new window)


This article is comedy gold:
Behind images of a desperate-looking 30-something woman hitting on a man in his 20s, the deep-voiced narrator says bars in Auckland's Viaduct are overrun with women in their 30s, 40s and 50s preying on younger men in a quest for sex. The men, mainly in their 20s, may even "pretend to be gay" to avoid the women, but are "dragged off to their inner-city apartments and cruelly made to listen to Enya or the Eurythmics".

It says the behaviour of cougars has had a "devastating effect" on young male "herds" so authorities have introduced P[cp] addicts to control cougar numbers. They latch on to the cougar's bank account so she doesn't have money for shoes or gold jewellery, which she relies on to catch her prey.
 
2010-01-17 06:53:24 PM
cruelly made to listen to Enya or the Eurythmics

This right here deserves investigation and prosecution for psychological abuse and kidnapping.
 
2010-01-17 07:19:17 PM
I thought you had to be at least 40 to be considered a cougar.
 
2010-01-17 08:59:47 PM
To be frank, its a pretty accurate depiction of auckland women so I dont see the problem. People should be warned.
 
2010-01-17 09:00:11 PM
However, Auckland comedian and poet Penny Ashton said the ad was sexist, and painting women as predators and men as their feeble prey "incensed" her.

Something tells me this woman has a lot of sand in her vagina.
 
2010-01-17 09:01:02 PM
tortilla burger: However, Auckland comedian and poet Penny Ashton said the ad was sexist, and painting women as predators and men as their feeble prey "incensed" her.

Something tells me this woman has a lot of sand in her vagina.


How you're doing it... it is wrong...
 
2010-01-17 09:01:35 PM
i49.tinypic.com

/what Chariset said.
 
2010-01-17 09:04:51 PM
APPROVES
http://tinyurl.com/ykn5hft
(copy and paste, NSFW)
 
2010-01-17 09:06:06 PM
Ad here (new window)
 
2010-01-17 09:07:01 PM
30-something women are cougars now?? I'm thinking more like 45+ if not more, but I guess it depends on how well one ages.
 
2010-01-17 09:09:12 PM
Using sex to sell something? That's CRAZY!
 
2010-01-17 09:09:33 PM
Thakh: tortilla burger: However, Auckland comedian and poet Penny Ashton said the ad was sexist, and painting women as predators and men as their feeble prey "incensed" her.

Something tells me this woman has a lot of sand in her vagina.

How you're doing it... it is wrong...


I was thinking of it more in terms of Poe's Law
 
2010-01-17 09:10:36 PM
Sweet dreams are made of this. Who am I to disagree? Travel the world and the seven seas. Everybody's looking for something.
 
2010-01-17 09:10:51 PM
Apparently those guys don't know the proper protocol for encountering a cougar:

i865.photobucket.com

/I believe this originated on Fark
//Downloaded it after my first encounter with a cougar
///What? She was hot, OK?
 
2010-01-17 09:14:27 PM
Obnox: Ad here (new window)

Thank you, why is it that the article writer couldn't link this??
 
2010-01-17 09:15:59 PM
That ad campaign sure does a great job of making me want to buy airline tickets!
 
2010-01-17 09:16:17 PM
Spent a great 14 months in Auckland. Walk down my street right into the Viaduct. Crawl back up the street several hours later.

Cowboys and Indians is THE cougar bar there. I am a little old for cougar bait but I had some luck when I wore my "bleeding gazelle cologne"

Miss the temperate climate but do not miss the sideways rain.

Oh yeah a good percentage of the Auckland women are good looking and fit. YMMV.
 
2010-01-17 09:18:25 PM
They clearly like edgy content

/More power to them, I say.
 
2010-01-17 09:22:51 PM
From the time I found out what else it was good for besides pissing through, to roughly the age of 25 or so, my operating principle was: "If it will hold still long enough---do it!"

I do not know too many young men who think differently.

I missed out on all the hot teachers when I was in school, and wasn't able to hook up with any cougars when they could have done me some good.

I think the "change of life" came when I would take the chick to bed for one night's romp, and she would want to move in. That got worse and worse as the years wore on, and these days, it's: "---nice to meet you, how much do you make and when can I move in?"

There's about 35 in that category in my immediate neighborhood. There is a poetic symmetry to it, I am passing by the women who passed me by when I was younger, but it is a last laugh not much worth having.
 
2010-01-17 09:23:20 PM
Ric Romero to air a report that the "cougar" meme has jumped the shark in 5 ... 4 ... 3 ... 2 ...
 
2010-01-17 09:23:48 PM
Airfoilsguy: Obnox: Ad here (new window)

Thank you, why is it that the article writer couldn't link this??


Because the article writer is somebody who missed the computer revolution and knows only typewriters. stuff like this is why newspapers will get destroyed and new media will win. fark old media.
 
2010-01-17 09:24:14 PM
in2itive: Oh yeah a good percentage of the Auckland women are good looking and fit. YMMV.

That didn't seem true for my time in Wellington. Pickings were rather slim. YMMV.
 
2010-01-17 09:24:34 PM
I'm normally pretty sensitive to sexism in the media, but I don't see how this is offensive.

I also have NO clue how this is supposed to promote cheap airfares.
 
2010-01-17 09:26:23 PM
Is this going to turn into a cougar pic thread?
 
2010-01-17 09:30:07 PM
whut?
http://tinyurl.com/ydwutar
(copy and paste)
 
2010-01-17 09:31:59 PM
gorgor: whut?
http://tinyurl.com/ydwutar
(copy and paste)


You know, having dutifully avoided almost every single politics discussion I could, I can actually find that hot!
 
2010-01-17 09:35:24 PM
Chariset: I thought you had to be at least 40 to be considered a cougar.

Yup. There's kitten, then cougar, then panther in that order.

FTA: has been criticised as being sexist and "lame

So.....uh.....who was doing the criticizing? Oh that's right, the ones not hooking up with those 20-something year old guys.
 
2010-01-17 09:41:53 PM
texdent: Is this going to turn into a cougar pic thread?

It can if you just let it happen.
 
2010-01-17 09:43:41 PM
texdent: Is this going to turn into a cougar pic thread?

Pic in profile, sweetie. RAWWWWRRRRR!
p.s. Need not apply unless you at least 32 'cause I abide by the cougar rule. ;D
 
2010-01-17 09:50:49 PM
Makes me think of this: (new window)
 
2010-01-17 09:54:38 PM
;)
http://i48.tinypic.com/aeqyrd.jpg
(Copy & Paste, NSFW)
 
2010-01-17 09:54:59 PM
EigthDwarf: avulsed member found in the attic

On the contrary, I think the idea was that:

1) As people travel through life we collect physical objects.
2) Physical objects have "souls", but the souls are trapped in a physical form that isn't as dynamic or capable as a person.
3) Most of the time, early in life, a person's original "soul" is swapped with that of one of the inanimate objects they own, based on the new soul's relative strength.
4) The new soul still has ties to the physical object.
5) After death, there can be manifestations of the soul (of the object) that linger in the area as long as the physical object is present.

To give a concrete scenario:

1) Grandpa bought a pocketknife when he was in the Navy.
2) The soul of the blade took over Grandpa's body.
3) The "Grandpa" that you eventually know is really the soul of the pocketknife.
4) After Grandpa dies you keep seeing him walk around the house.
5) You sell the pocketknife at a garage sale.
6) Everything goes back to normal.

Make sense?
 
2010-01-17 10:00:28 PM
BenchBucket

W... T... F....
 
2010-01-17 10:01:01 PM
ParaHandy: They clearly like edgy content

/More power to them, I say.


and here's (new window) the accompanying ad
 
2010-01-17 10:09:58 PM
 
2010-01-17 10:15:18 PM
img.moronail.net
 
2010-01-17 10:16:42 PM
oh gorgor, copypasting your links is the Russian roulette of Fark

i855.photobucket.com
 
2010-01-17 10:17:58 PM
Funnily enough, a friends flatmate is the PR person for Air NZ. Found out that except for a couple of people in the advert (couple of the cougars, Red dress for example) everyone else is an Air NZ employee - which I thought was pretty nifty.
 
2010-01-17 10:21:21 PM
BenchBucket:
To give a concrete scenario:
1) Grandpa bought a pocketknife when he was in the Navy.
2) The soul of the blade took over Grandpa's body.
3) The "Grandpa" that you eventually know is really the soul of the pocketknife.
4) After Grandpa dies you keep seeing him walk around the house.
5) You sell the pocketknife at a garage sale.
6) Everything goes back to normal.
Make sense?


What if you miss him and you want him walking around the house?

The LifeGem® is a certified, high-quality diamond created from the carbon of your loved one as a memorial to their unique life.


www.lifegem.com
 
2010-01-17 10:27:22 PM
Larger Than Marge: Ric Romero to air a report that the "cougar" meme has jumped the shark in 5 ... 4 ... 3 ... 2 ...

Who do I need to see about completely stopping this phrase from usage. It is like humour cancer.
 
2010-01-17 10:27:32 PM
olddinosaur: From the time I found out what else it was good for besides pissing through, to roughly the age of 25 or so, my operating principle was: "If it will hold still long enough---do it!"

I do not know too many young men who think differently.

I missed out on all the hot teachers when I was in school, and wasn't able to hook up with any cougars when they could have done me some good.

I think the "change of life" came when I would take the chick to bed for one night's romp, and she would want to move in. That got worse and worse as the years wore on, and these days, it's: "---nice to meet you, how much do you make and when can I move in?"

There's about 35 in that category in my immediate neighborhood. There is a poetic symmetry to it, I am passing by the women who passed me by when I was younger, but it is a last laugh not much worth having.


That's actually sad man.
 
2010-01-17 10:37:31 PM
haddie: Larger Than Marge: Ric Romero to air a report that the "cougar" meme has jumped the shark in 5 ... 4 ... 3 ... 2 ...

Who do I need to see about completely stopping this phrase from usage. It is like humour cancer.


It's so pathetic that I wouldn't claim it even if I were one. It's about as complimentary as being called a "boy toy."

/Hope that one's gone, too.
 
2010-01-17 10:50:42 PM
haddie: Larger Than Marge: Ric Romero to air a report that the "cougar" meme has jumped the shark in 5 ... 4 ... 3 ... 2 ...

Who do I need to see about completely stopping this phrase from usage. It is like humour cancer.


So what you're saying is that "Jumped the shark" has ju....oh, sorry.
 
2010-01-17 10:55:05 PM
cryinoutloud: BenchBucket:
To give a concrete scenario:
1) Grandpa bought a pocketknife when he was in the Navy.
2) The soul of the blade took over Grandpa's body.
3) The "Grandpa" that you eventually know is really the soul of the pocketknife.
4) After Grandpa dies you keep seeing him walk around the house.
5) You sell the pocketknife at a garage sale.
6) Everything goes back to normal.
Make sense?

What if you miss him and you want him walking around the house?
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I understand that certain religions have priests/priestesses that are able to get your deceased loved ones moving around again. Mind you their numbers have probably taken a big hit in the last week...
 
2010-01-17 10:56:13 PM
I'm looking forward to being mauled by a cougar next weekend!
 
2010-01-17 10:56:22 PM
the_vegetarian_cannibal: oh gorgor, copypasting your links is the Russian roulette of Fark

Not that there wasn't a clear DANGER warning before you decided to touch the live wires anyway.
 
2010-01-17 11:21:16 PM
img188.imageshack.us
Not really a cougar....
 
2010-01-17 11:21:28 PM
the_vegetarian_cannibal

Everybody funny.

Now you funny too.
 
2010-01-17 11:36:51 PM
Meh.

I was actually asked to be a cougar once. I'm not sure it's my style!
 
2010-01-17 11:52:09 PM
Mr. Potatoass: /Had the good fortune of working with this alleged cougar this weekend.
//Good shows.
///Thanks Lynne


Shame on you sir for cutting her off at the waist like that.
www.supermediablog.com
/WANT
 
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