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(Huffington Post)   Toys "R" Us creates the most anti-science, anti-environmental TV ad ever   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 87
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2013-11-11 09:11:20 PM
www.mrdiggles.com
 
2013-11-11 09:17:09 PM
Someone call the WAAAAAAAAAmbulance! It was a commercial about kids being kids.... quit being babies about everything.
 
2013-11-11 09:22:39 PM
Let's be completely honest here:

Any one of us would have gladly murdered a sibling to get to do that.
 
2013-11-11 09:31:53 PM
i almost got angry, then i realized that this is Peter Gleick writing whiny articles for HuffPo, and not James Gleick, who surely has better things to do. i was ready to internet-slap James Gleick so hard...
 
2013-11-11 09:32:28 PM
I am not outraged.  I made a few sarcastic comments when I saw the commercial the first time, and called it a day.
 
2013-11-11 10:04:37 PM
Oh my god, who the f*ck cares? Kids love toys.
 
2013-11-11 11:45:10 PM
I would have burned down a rainforest if i was offered a 5 minute all you can grab shopping spree at toys-r-us as a kid.

/hell, I'd probably still be okay with it.
 
2013-11-11 11:56:36 PM
I'm not outraged, but it is a stupid commercial. Though I'm sure it appeals to its target audience (the kids, who will then pester their parents into going to We B Toyz 'n Shiat, just as I did when I was a kid). Couldn't they have picked on an English class field trip or a History class field trip or something?

/yeah, I am a biologist and so am aware of and accept my bias ;)
 
MBK [TotalFark]
2013-11-11 11:58:34 PM
Jesus christ, if you watched a commercial and sat speechless after a commercial about kids being kids, get the stick out of your ass and stop being boring.

I work with kids, I've taken many of them on field trips to various places.  Museums, Botanical gardens, aquariums, zoos, nature walks, etc.  You know what I found out?  Kids are kids.  They enjoy stuff one minute, then get bored the next.  They love the zoo!  Until they ran out of animals to see.  They love nature walks!  Until it got too hot and they were tired.

Let kids be kids and enjoy toys and stop forcing them to always be "the future of mankind" for every single thing.
 
2013-11-12 12:03:28 AM
I remember they used to have a contest where a kid could run through Toys R Us and grab as much shiat as possible in 5 minutes. I think it was on Nickelodeon. That would've been awesome.

/This is not an outrage
//I would've acted exactly like those kids at that age
 
2013-11-12 12:12:09 AM
kids enjoy fun things more than learning and other things they find to be boring? I'm outraged!
 
2013-11-12 01:15:07 AM
But if this was on 20 years ago, it would be a-OK!

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2013-11-12 01:21:33 AM
Was this writer never a kid?  Yeah... kids like toy stores.  Doubly much if they get free toys!
 
2013-11-12 02:00:40 AM

downstairs: Was this writer never a kid?  Yeah... kids like toy stores.  Doubly much if they get free toys!


Yup. "Hey grownups, surprise! Instead of going to the HR meeting, we're all going to an open bar!"
 
2013-11-12 03:57:16 AM

voltOhm: Someone call the WAAAAAAAAAmbulance! It was a commercial about kids being kids.... quit being babies about everything.


/this
 
2013-11-12 05:21:27 AM
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2013-11-12 05:24:14 AM

DanZero: But if this was on 20 years ago, it would be a-OK!

/thisisanoutrage.jpeg


You mean 1993?  It would have been met with open, unbridled hostility.  These days, everything is met with everything available.
 
2013-11-12 05:27:19 AM

violentsalvation: Oh my god, who the f*ck cares? Kids love toys.


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"It's true."
 
2013-11-12 06:28:18 AM
Get those kids some acids and bases and a periodic table and tell them to get cracking!

What are they like, 7 already? They could be bioengineering new forms of plastic from pig semen instead of playing with that nonsense.

In fact, no play time at all until you kids cure cancer!
 
2013-11-12 06:35:00 AM
This is a repeat. And a farking stupid one at that. People just can't get enough outrage it seems.
 
2013-11-12 06:44:10 AM
I clicked on this fully expecting to be outraged.  After watching it... I can't really say I have a problem here.  I fully recognize the value of a good education, and in teaching children to respect the environment and such, but... they're kids.  We'd have all reacted the same way at that age.

I especially love this line FTFA:

My wife and I were relaxing, watching TV (was it the World Series? I can't remember) when we saw this advertisement from Toys "R" Us. We were struck speechless with shock and anger.

In other words, they were sitting there being non-productive consumers of entertainment media, and they were *OUTRAGED* to be shown another aspect of the same damned thing they were engaging in.  Did they turn off the TV in protest against the sponsors of the "World Series or whatever", or did they keep munching on their popcorn while vowing to write a strongly worded blog post at the next commercial break?  I suspect we know the answer to this.
 
2013-11-12 06:56:55 AM
Huffington Post publishes the most hyperbolic article ever.
 
2013-11-12 07:14:49 AM
Lighten the fark up, Francis.
 
2013-11-12 07:21:54 AM

BMFPitt: Lighten the fark up, Francis.


Came here to post SSG Hulka, see my work is already done.
 
2013-11-12 07:24:53 AM
I'm shocked SHOCKED to learn that kids would rather be given free range of a toy store than have to learn about trees.

/simmer down Nancy everything will be ok
 
2013-11-12 07:25:23 AM
"Well, Aristotle and Pembroke didn't actually see the commercial of course, since their TV time is limited to episodes of Planet Earth and Ken Burns documentaries from 4:45 to 5:00 Wednesdays. But we're very concerned about the message this sends to other children, and fear that this pro-consumerism message may eventually filter through to our children if they were to happen to interact with TV Watchers at the park on Tuesdays. Luckily we chose to send our children to a Community School that specializes in positive self-awareness and exploration learning set at child-dictated pace...we feel confident the teachers there will be able to successfully steer any questions or conversations away from toys, and towards more appropriate subjects for 1st graders, like sustainable wind energy farms and commune-based economic barter systems."
 
2013-11-12 07:27:55 AM
The issue isn't kids "being" kids...

It's that "nature is boring"...

If they would have just said "hey kids we are going on a field trip and gone to TrUs no biggie. Have a blast.

But making an enemy out of Mother Nature will come back on you. She will send numerous locust plagues on your ass!
 
2013-11-12 07:31:23 AM
Okay, we've all gotten our righteous indignation over their righteous indignation out of our system.  Now let's be honest - the commercial is stupid because while yes, it's cool they get free toys...Are they implying the kids are happy they aren't going on some boring field trip?  Goddamn, out school system put the hammer down on field trips when I was coming along.  I think we took a field trip to Washington DC, and one to the local water treatment plant, and that was it.  Those little turds better be happy their school system let them walk more than a hundred feet away from a chalk/white board for ten minutes.
 
2013-11-12 07:37:31 AM
This just in, kids like playing with toys more than learning about science and nature. We'll have more on this breaking story as it develops.
 
2013-11-12 07:38:45 AM
Holy crap you stinky whiners will whine about everything!  MUAHAHAHAHAHA!
 
2013-11-12 07:42:27 AM
It's an ad agency (Escape Pod) that promotes its ability to create brand buzz across social media. I'm going to guess they've fulfilled whatever promise they made to Toys R Us along those lines.
 
2013-11-12 07:43:22 AM
I blame Obama. Or is it Bush?  Who is it cool to blame for everything this week?
 
2013-11-12 07:56:00 AM
Maybe just get rid of your tv.
 
2013-11-12 07:59:41 AM

Creoena: I blame Obama. Or is it Bush?  Who is it cool to blame for everything this week?


Blame Obushma.
 
2013-11-12 08:10:36 AM
Sorry, nature field trips for elementary age children always suck. You take a bunch of kids to a forest to learn about trees but then you don't let them run around and climb them.
 
2013-11-12 08:17:23 AM
The article author even says that Colbert already took this one on and did it better.

Just watch that.

The Huffington Post has no right to ever be outraged about science education. They are one of the biggest popular purveyors of pseudo-science on the web.
 
2013-11-12 08:22:07 AM
Well, we know the author of this article has spent plenty of time outdoors and picked up a raging case of vagina centipedes while in the great outdoors.
 
2013-11-12 08:24:53 AM

thamike: violentsalvation: Oh my god, who the f*ck cares? Kids love toys.



"It's true."


Who's the babe?
 
2013-11-12 08:27:22 AM
I don't know about it being anti-science or anti-environmental, but it's pretty goddamn cynical...

UNC_Samurai: Goddamn, out school system put the hammer down on field trips when I was coming along. I think we took a field trip to Washington DC, and one to the local water treatment plant, and that was it. Those little turds better be happy their school system let them walk more than a hundred feet away from a chalk/white board for ten minutes.


Last I knew they're an even bigger rarity now that standardized testing is the be-all-end-all of school funding and "achievement". You don't learn how to fill in the right bubble on the sheet by actually looking at and interacting with the world around you, and our oh-so-wonderful legislators have decided that's all that really matters.
 
2013-11-12 08:29:02 AM

MBK: Jesus christ, if you watched a commercial and sat speechless after a commercial about kids being kids, get the stick out of your ass and stop being boring.


Methinks the problem here is adults being adults.  Not that my outrage-o-meter ticked anywhere above 1 considering marketers being psychopathic douchebags only happens on a day of the week that ends in y, but one of the more socially destructive forces in America is the anti-intellectual movement working at pretty much every level, and this can probably be lumped into that cesspool of shiat.  If science and nature are boring it's because adults decided they are, and that's exactly what's happening here.  Well yeah, if adults think something is boring, kids are going to pick up on that.  This isn't about the outraged not understanding kids, but marketing douchebags (the same ones that slept through science class when they were kids) assuming all kids are just as much closed-minded uncurious anti-intellectual developmentally stunted farknuggets as they are, and I would challenge their take on that.  But scale is also relevant, and here's where Fark's take is finally apt.  Meaning, as far as life goes it's just another bucket of turds when we've already got an ocean of excrement to deal with.
 
2013-11-12 08:29:26 AM
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Everything means something!!!
 
2013-11-12 08:38:33 AM
You! Yes you in the science community! Stop making science so boring that kids want nothing to do with it.
 
2013-11-12 09:06:14 AM

thamike: violentsalvation: Oh my god, who the f*ck cares? Kids love toys.

[www.lovelyiphonewallpapers.com image 320x480]

"It's true."


Is that hoof foot?
 
2013-11-12 09:16:31 AM

Treize26: I clicked on this fully expecting to be outraged.  After watching it... I can't really say I have a problem here.  I fully recognize the value of a good education, and in teaching children to respect the environment and such, but... they're kids.  We'd have all reacted the same way at that age.

I especially love this line FTFA:

My wife and I were relaxing, watching TV (was it the World Series? I can't remember) when we saw this advertisement from Toys "R" Us. We were struck speechless with shock and anger.

In other words, they were sitting there being non-productive consumers of entertainment media, and they were *OUTRAGED* to be shown another aspect of the same damned thing they were engaging in.  Did they turn off the TV in protest against the sponsors of the "World Series or whatever", or did they keep munching on their popcorn while vowing to write a strongly worded blog post at the next commercial break?  I suspect we know the answer to this.


Haha good point
 
2013-11-12 09:36:06 AM

skozlaw: Last I knew they're an even bigger rarity now that standardized testing is the be-all-end-all of school funding and "achievement". You don't learn how to fill in the right bubble on the sheet by actually looking at and interacting with the world around you, and our oh-so-wonderful legislators have decided that's all that really matters.


Oh yeah, that's the problem with education.  You've solved it.
 
2013-11-12 09:46:47 AM

MugzyBrown: Oh yeah, that's the problem with education. You've solved it.


The fark are you talking about?
 
2013-11-12 09:50:56 AM
When you were a 9 year old kid and if someone told you that you had to choose between going on a Toys "R" Us Super Toy Run or stopping full scale nuclear war between China and India, which would you have chosen?

There's plenty of time for those kids to give a crap about trees, let them play with some toys while they can. We have adults to handle the boring stuff.
 
2013-11-12 09:52:46 AM
OK, Stephen Colbert already talked about this, but it is such an outrage, it is worth piling on I have a deadline and get paid by the word.

Fixed
 
2013-11-12 09:53:50 AM
media.tumblr.com
 
2013-11-12 10:10:44 AM
I'm really getting sick of all the things I'm supposed to be outraged by.

Kids like toys, and it's a toy store. What do you want them to do? "hey kids! don't shop here!"

There's gotta be better things to spend one's energy on.
 
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