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That 'Insensitive' Audi advert

Discussion in 'Personal' started by elder_cat, Aug 4, 2020.

  1. needabreak

    needabreak Star commenter

    People are talking about the family man... I asked why not family woman its a simple observation. I see hundreds of women in nifty stylish and often expensive sporty cars, are we seriously expected to believe women are all driving Hyundai i10s while all men are driving the sporty cars, is this 1970? If so that little girl hasn't much to look forward to in the longer term, unless when she's older her husband takes her out in his nippy sports car. :rolleyes:
    ajrowing likes this.
  2. modelmaker

    modelmaker Lead commenter

    It might be worth it for those who want to improve their tennis.
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  3. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    I think you have the wrong poster there. The post to which you refer was written by @modelmaker , not by me.
  4. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    I may just be very naive or rather stupid (quite likely both), but I didn't see anything in the advert which I thought questionable. Looked to me like a kid waiting to go out in a car.

    I hope that doesn't make me 'matronly'... :(
  5. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    I haven't reached any conclusions whatsoever-I read the opening post carefully and because I wanted to see the object of what they wrote. I then decided that I agreed with them, however they had not referenced the caption, which juxtaposed with the picture I found creepy. No conclusion. An agreement with the opening poster and an opinion on a bit they failed to comment on.

    I am sorry you have instead decided my post is a reflection on the type of person I am, and that you have also decided I have thoughts which are disturbing. That's quite a personalised comment. I'm not sure that is actually necessary when I have responded to the opening post in a balanced way and given reasons on several levels. I am sorry that you have not been able to do the same, although obviously it is nice that you have decided to comment.
    bombaysapphire and ajrowing like this.
  6. needabreak

    needabreak Star commenter

    Don't be sorry we are all opinionated people who like to put our views across on a platform where similar minded people seem to seek our opinions, then spend a lot of time convincing us we are wrong, it must be some kind of collective online narcissism that we all seem to suffer from. :D
    alex_teccy likes this.
  7. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    There are some that are genuine, there are some accusations that seem to have a rather dark agenda.
  8. nomad

    nomad Star commenter


    I hope there are no racist inferences there! ;)

    (I am so scared of being called a racist that I have started sending money to Nigerian scammers!) :D
  9. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    You are right there is nothing wrong (my opinion) with the picture, which as a photo, if it is one, is a very good one.
    It's the caption, the words, which when applied to it, are really quite creepy,

    As I said earlier, I think that happened by lifting the phrase from the mind of a German speaker.
    If your heart beats in German it represents a life force,so I'm pretty sure the caption writers intended the meaning, loosely, figuratively, as "live a little faster".
    But in English it just does not work. A faster heart beat is not a faster life, it is a state of excitement or duress. And when that state is applied to the picture, the whole thing is just wrong.

    Not the picture on it's own.
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  10. elder_cat

    elder_cat Lead commenter

    Thanks to all who took the time to contribute to this thread. Some interesting comments to get my head around. The thing I was having difficulty with, was understanding why people would choose to see the bad in something rather than the good as default. I guess it's a classic case of whether the cup's half full or half empty, and we all get to choose what we see. The best I can hope for, is that my grandchildren's lives hold more cups which are half full, than cups which are half empty.
    needabreak likes this.
  11. elder_cat

    elder_cat Lead commenter

    Sorry if I caused any confusion with the link in the original post. Not intentional.

    I have to say I still don't actually find it creepy. I just assumed it was suggesting that driving the car in question might be more exciting than 'the average family car'. Just me being me, I suppose. Although I do take your point that it may have lost something in translation, and that others might read a different meaning into it.
    sbkrobson likes this.
  12. modelmaker

    modelmaker Lead commenter

    Speak as you feel fit and don't get distracted by the rather odd agenda that those who like to troll, use in this manner, when they have absolutely nothing of value to contribute themselves.

    Whether or not I agree with you isn't relevant to the point I'm making. If I disagreed, I say why and allow you to disagree in turn or say nothing and move on.

    Those who attempt to pretend there's something creepy about a view without trying to extract more evidence to substantiate an opinion or comment why they came to that conclusion, are a waste of everyone's time and their own electricity.
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  13. needabreak

    needabreak Star commenter

    It's possibly part of an epidemic of negativity, just look at the wider media and commentary on political policy... optimism, hope and a dealing with things are out of fashion. In the UK, we appear to self deprecate more than most countries culturally and collectively usually in the name of high intellectual debate.
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  14. peter12171

    peter12171 Star commenter

    It looks typical of many contemporary adverts. If there wasn’t a caption to tell the viewer about it, they would struggle to see that it is an advert; they’d just see a picture.

    Sometimes adverts are too subtle!
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  15. Jonntyboy

    Jonntyboy Lead commenter

    Agreed. And glad to know you drive a sporty car. My secondary music teacher drove one - insanely fast. Scared every kid that ever went in it. Not so much cos of the speed, cos kids like speed of course, but because she used to look around all over the place when driving and point things out... Hope you are more sensible than that... !
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  16. needabreak

    needabreak Star commenter

    Errr those were the days when your pupils went out for a spin in your sports car but the nabs are frequently startled by my safe but 'fun' driving style, it's actually great on long runs, I did couple of 300 mile runs with a break each way fairly recently and they were great drives... just what the car was built for in my opinion, though not something I'd do in an i10.
    Jonntyboy likes this.
  17. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    I was referring to the sports car driving male giving it up for a people carrier meme. Nowadays, it seems to be women either driving their own sporty number or male partner's company 4x4. I intended no sexism about the issue but dark comments about young girls and Lolita tend to raise thoughts of Humbert rather than Humberta.
  18. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    When it comes to gazing at reflections my role is more that of Echo.
  19. abwdSTEM

    abwdSTEM Occasional commenter

    In my opinion I would say that you are overthinking this.

    For many English speakers (including myself) a fast heart beat does means a fast lifestyle. A fast lifestyle be it driving fast cars/jumping out of planes/gambling in casinos/etc will be exciting and increase your heart rate.

    So a fast lifestyle, excitement and a fast heart rate all go together.

    Although my first though on seeing the photo was " I hope that kid doesn't get her mucky paws after eating that banana over over that nice shiny red car".
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  20. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    But not for me.

    My heart beats faster.



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