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Courtesy of Macleans.ca: The Archdiocese of Washington complained about an ad put on by the Washington DC Transit system, and it was promptly taken down.

Question is: does anyone find this video (or the reaction to it) offensive?

A link to the video can be found HERE (youtube.com).

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I imagine that they would say that a bobblehead of the pope casts him in a poor light. A bobblehead, the argument probably goes, makes fun of the subject in question. And making fun of the pope is presumably inappropriate.

I don't personally feel that way at all. In fact, I've got a bobblehead of the Buddy Christ, which I'm sure they'd find much more offensive.
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More specifically, I can only think that the issue for them is that they feel the use of the Pope bobblehead trivializes the role he has as the spiritual leader of the Catholic Church.

In a way, I understand where they're coming from. It's one thing if a group is willing to have fun with its perceived role or that of one of its higher-ranking members, but it's another thing entirely for an individual or individuals presumably on the outside of that organization to assume doing so would be okay. In other words, I think they're overreacting, but it's their Church/belief system and their right to take offense or not. Who are any of us to say they're overreacting when we don't hold the same feelings towards the individual being presented as a miniscule novelty item?

I'm not quite sure that means YouTube needed to immediately take it down or that it was blatantly offensive. However, this isn't just one person posting a YouTube video making fun of the Pope - it's a publically owned and funded organization, which implies tacit complicity in what could be perceived as mocking of the Catholic faith. DC Metro probably could have shown a little more tact and sensitivity here, even if this isn't the worst thing ever.


Personally, I just found the whole thing very, very weird. It took me a second to figure out that the Metro rider was singing to him in Latin; for a moment I was wondering if he was talking backwards a la the dwarf dream guide from "Twin Peaks." Then there's the visual gag of the Bobblehead itself, which is one of those things that really only works when you're hit with it once or twice...and yet it sticks around for about a minute and a half.

I'm more curious as to why the DC Metro couldn't find a narrator for this commercial that doesn't sound like he's just coming out of a coma.

(edited by Deputy Marshall on 10.4.08 0053)


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Considering that Transit Police handcuff children for eating french fries on the trains (which is against the law), I think that this is the least offensive thing that the WMATA has ever done.

What offends me more is that they don't have enough trains, or trains that are only six cars long instead of eight. That and the fact that it's a single track system. Train breaks down? Sucks to be you, the trains can't go around and you need to be bussed around the station.

EDIT:

According to my friend's very catholic mother. Her and her church are VERY upset not because he is in bobblehead form, it is because he is wearing red instead of all white. That's all.


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    Originally posted by Deputy Marshall
    Who are any of us to say they're overreacting when we don't hold the same feelings towards the individual being presented as a miniscule novelty item?


Whenever a cult pops up on the radar for some kind of mass suicide or other silly cause, I feel pretty comfortable in saying that what they are doing is irrational. This cult church is no different. There has to be a point at which personal beliefs do not excuse irrational behavior. Personally, I'd put getting so upset over a doll past that point. Any Catholic church member is certainly free to get upset over anything they want; other people are equally free to call them irrational when they are being irrational.
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    Originally posted by TheBucsFan
    Any Catholic church member is certainly free to get upset over anything they want


I'm still waiting for the controversial part ...





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    Originally posted by Zeruel

    According to my friend's very catholic mother. Her and her church are VERY upset not because he is in bobblehead form, it is because he is wearing red instead of all white. That's all.



Oh, well, I can see where they're coming from on that front. The Pope has worn all white traditionally, whereas Cardinals wear what the bobblehead is wearing. They should really take issue with whomever is selling the bobbleheads, as I'm pretty sure it's not the WMATA.

Also, the commercial would be funnier sans narrator, set to jaunty music, or perhaps with someone doing a Benedict impression, giving out the rules, 10 commandment style.



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And after all that, he's out and about here wearing mostly red. Go figure.



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    Originally posted by Zeruel
    And after all that, he's out and about here wearing mostly red. Go figure.

That's his away jersey.



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    Originally posted by Zeruel
    And after all that, he's out and about here wearing mostly red. Go figure.

He was wearing red for the Mass, which means it must be a feast day for a martyr. So, it's because of the vestment which was appropriate for Mass. My guess is that he changed back into his traditional white traveling kit afterwards.
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