Violence is acceptable!

Here is one of my favorite topics that was brought back into my head a couple days ago.

I saw a commercial for a local horseracing track/casino. In this commercial a man wakes up in bed next to his wife. She is in the process of discovering that he has a new back tattoo with the name ‘Misty’ on it. She asks him rightly who ‘Misty’ is. When he fails to come up with an acceptable answer, she bitchslaps him with 4 across the eyes, HARD! End of commercial, message; ‘what happens in Vegas does not always stay in Vegas, so go to our place.’

I would like to offer up a different version of this commercial. A man is having dinner with his wife. She gets up to get something out of the cabinet, the process of reaching into the cabinet pulls up her shirt enough that a back tattoo is visible. The husband sees it, gets angry and asks, “Who’s Charley?” She fails to come up with an acceptable response he gets up, loads up, and slaps her hard across the face with much malice and rage. End of commercial, message; ‘What happens in Vegas does not always stay in Vegas, so go to our place.’

Oh wait, do you think people would accept that second version of the same commercial? But it’s the same concept with the roles reversed, so where is the problem? Oh yeah, that’s right, we get it beaten into our heads every day that violence against women is wrong. What the fuck happened to violence against EVERYONE is wrong??? Why is society perfectly accepting of women violently attacking men? If that is OK in this equal rights world then the reverse should be true as well, shouldn’t it?

In my mind violence is wrong PERIOD. It makes for some compelling TV and some kick ass video games, but in the real world violence is something that should not be accepted or tolerated in ANY form. So when I see commercials etc. where vicious violence against men is seen as perfectly acceptable, and actually promoted as humorous it PISSES ME OFF. If that is fuuny why not make a hilarious commercial where a woman walking through a parking garage late at night gets raped comically? Or a knee slapping bit where a man has a rough day at work and comes home and drowns his girlfriend’s puppy? In my mind there is no clear difference between these ideas and ones where women beat the crap out of their men.

I’m just saying this clear example of a double standard just further promotes unacceptable behavior. Next time you see one of these commercials, in your head play the commercial back with the genders reversed and ask yourself, ‘Would I be offended by that?’ I am willing to say that the answer would be yes, and so therefore you should be equally offended by the original.

-Ray

2 Responses to “Violence is acceptable!”

  1. Dr. Ludlam Says:

    Mmmm hm. Compare and contrast.

    “[Violence] makes for some compelling TV and some kick ass video games”

    “…she bitchslaps him with 4 across the eyes, HARD! End of commercial”

    Was this commercial part of an interpretive dance on the highway median, perhaps?

    Point is taken, but commercials are a far cry from the “real world”. I agree there’s a double standard there – a man hitting his wife is considered brutality, a wife hitting her husband comical. But they’re all still on television, and intended to entertain. I don’t think anyone believes they’re endorsing spousal abuse in any form.

  2. Carol Gramm Says:

    I agree with your point, Ray. It has been Ok for women to get away with a lot in the last couple of decades. It is no longer an advantage to be a man – particularly if you are able-bodied and caucasian. Violence is always wrong, however, we, as a nation, seem to be losing our sense of humor as well.

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