By Tabloid Baby|Tuesday, April 24, 2007 | 11:30 am | 12 Comments
Maybe you’ve seen this Burger King spot that hangs on a very corny joke: a guy emerges from a bathtub with a sponge on his head. He says to his wife: “Hey, honey. Guess who I am. Come on. Who am I? SpongeBob!” Then he gestures downward, below the view of the camera. “No pants.” Mom stares. Cut to a full body shot. He’s covered in suds in all the important places.
Well guess what? A bunch of TV critics and watchdogs are saying the commercial uses “adult nudity” to appeal to children (the version posted above is a censored “above the waist” version).
As if Burger King burgers aren’t bad enough.Extremist yet influential conservative activist Donald Wildmon and his various groups, including one called One Million Moms are leading the charge against the spot:
Burger King is using cheap bathroom humor to promote its newest kid’s meal toy.
Click Here to see the ad for yourself, then take action!
Let Burger King know their ad is irresponsible and tasteless, especially when they know kids are watching television.
Wildmon and company– who, incidentially, had earlier outed SpongeBob as gay– they complain that the spot was shown during the NCAA championships– not exactly a primo kids’ demographic– but we’ve seen it everywhere.
So. SpongeBob NoPants. Bad taste? Taste good? What about the children?
(By the way, that Moms post begins with the promise: “This week, we begin monitoring the FX Network’s new season of sleaze and will let you know what companies are backing it.”)