CTV announced it will not allow the outright promotion of adultery during the Super Bowl from online clandestine fornication facilitator Ashley Madison. It is, apparently, still okay to create half hour and hour long shows for the network that feature married folks running around behind the backs of their spouses. But thirty-second spots promoting the practice are definately frowned upon.
We know sex sells on TV (Go Daddy anyone?), but selling sex on TV is a whole other matter. But the thing about selective censorship and authoritarian morality is that it becomes a very slippery slope. I’m not 100% sure exactly where I stand on this, whether to applaud the decision, or to rally against it. What I do know is that there are always layers of hypocrisy to unravel and look inside. We owe it to ourselves to question everything.
Another interesting controversy is the Atheist Bus campaign which just received approval for display on the Toronto Transit Commission yesterday. I know where I stand on this one and think the TTC did the right thing in allowing it.
Perhaps the mixed message being sent by these two campaigns is that since there is no God, adultery is probably okay so don’t worry about burning in hell. Ashley Madison may want to look into an affiliate program with these folks.
What do you think about CTV pulling the Ashely Madison spot? What about Atheist Bus? Feel free to leave a comment below.