Have y’all seen the latest anti-drug ad that Marvel and DC are running in their books (sometimes in prominent spots, like the inside back cover)?
It is so remarkably bad, even for an anti-drug ad, which are usually inherently awful. It’s a fake video game review by a fifteen-year-old named Ted. Okay, so here’s where it gets confusing. I do not know if Ted is supposed to be the kid who is doing drugs, or if the concerned friend of the drug user just happened to use Ted’s review to make his point.
In any event, a concerned friend has drawn a picture of a joint and placed it in the picture of Ted from the video game magazine. He has also drawn a copious amount of smoke coming from the joint. Meanwhile, he also writes, “Tom [in big, bold letters], Check you out at the party last night. Not the friend I went with. We need to talk. – AJ”
Okay, let’s say he meant to write “Ted” instead of “Tom,” is that really an effective way of getting your point across? And if it WASN’T supposed to be Ted, then how does it make ANY sense?!? Who tears out a page from a video game magazine, writes some stuff on it and hands it to a friend and expects that to be an effective way to talk to a friend about their drug use? Not only an effective way, but a way that is SO good that it is even the subject of its OWN AD!!!
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