There are some folks out there that can find the bad in anything. Geico, the American car insurance company known for their cute ad spots featuring a talking gecko, has gotten themselves into hot water over their most recent campaign. Sticking with the talking animal theme, Geico has started using a little pig who talks and even drives. In the ad spot below, his car breaks down while he is on a date. His companion seems disappointed that the pig has called for assistance rather than, ummm …. parking.
The inference that the girl wants to spend some alone time with the pig has riled up a group called One Million Moms, who feel that the ad is condoning bestiality. In a post on their website titled “Disgusting Pig Ad”, the organization states:
Maxwell the Geico pig goes on a date in Geico’s new piggy commercial. In Geico commercial, the pig and a young female are in a parked car on a lover’s lane. The car is actually broken down, but while sitting there the girl appears to be turned on by the pig. She hints that she wants to make out. She is disappointed when she learns the tow truck is on the way and they won’t be able to “pass the time.”
Geico has succeeded in offending its customers with this inappropriate advertisement. One Million Moms has received numerous complaints because Geico’s new commercial plays with the idea of bestiality. Parents find this type of advertising repulsive and unnecessary. Airing a commercial with an animal in it will surely grab children’s attention, but this is a horrible commercial for families to see. Geico does not have our children’s best interest in mind.
The Geico Marketing Team may have thought this would be humorous, but it is disgusting to see how the company takes lightly the act of bestiality. Let Geico know their new ad is irresponsible.
Do you have a problem with this ad or is it just a fun little spot?
Two wheeling tire change isn’t so easy
Remember those guys I showed you a couple of weeks ago that changed a tire on a Hyundai that was being driven on two wheels? Well, those guys made it look easy. It would seem that the two-wheeled tire change is a stunt that other Saudi guys want to perform themselves. As one might expect, it isn’t quite as easy as those guys made it look. The crew in the video below found that out the hard way. They were very lucky not to be killed, let alone hurt.
Hooning an Audi A1 in Munich
It seems like everybody wants to be Ken Block these days. Audi enlisted two-time DTM Champion Timo Scheider to get behind the wheel of the tiny A1 for a bit of driftage. Instead of using the streets of San Francisco for their hoonage, Audi took their cameras to the build site of their new used car centre, which they are calling the largest in the world. Scheider slips and slides his way through mud and concrete while avoiding heavy equipment in the hot hatch. It is a shame we don’t get the A1 in Canada as it would likely be an instant hit.
BMW will attempt to break the World Drifting Record
While Audi is tearing up a construction site, BMW is making plans to beat the world record for the longest drift. The current record, set in 2011, stands at 5.76 km. BMW Performance Driving Instructor Johan Schwartz will get behind the wheel of a stock M5 on May 11 in an attempt to break that record. Actually, smash it might be a better way of putting it. Schwartz is hoping to keep that Bimmer sideways for an unbelievable 60 km as he circles the skid pad at the BMW Performance Center.
The first flight of the Avro Arrow
Regular readers of the Insider Report know that I like to throw in some cool airplane related content on occasion. Few things are cooler than the story of the Avro Arrow. A warplane that was decades ahead of its time and was built right here in Canada. And destroyed right here in Canada. The legend of the Arrow continues to this day, as some folks still believe that one of the finished planes survived the cutting torch and remains hidden somewhere.
I came across this video of the Arrow’s first flight, which includes some chase plane footage that I have never seen before. I thought you might enjoy it too.
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