Is anyone else sick to death of seeing 'penis' commercials during primetime tv?

Stacey - posted on 12/23/2008 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I am sick and tired of seeing 'erectile dysfunction' commercials'and 'extenze' commercials during prime time tv. My kids are getting to the ages where they can understand these commercials. Is there anything being done by congress to at least move these to a later time so that kids don't have to see them? We were watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory the other night on TV and every other commercial on there was about 'willies"!! Does anyone know what to do to get these commercials moved to a different time? Kids are growing up way too fast these days!!!

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Meredith - posted on 06/16/2012

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I get tired of the commercials.. I was in the hospiatl and the tv is on and the commercial big penis commercials keep going and going. It was like I was being brain washed. grrr

Stacey - posted on 12/27/2008

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Yeah, those Victoria's Secret commercials are ridiculous-- oh, and don't forget their special show they have on to flaunt their stuff. That was on a couple of weeks ago! Before I had kids this stuff didn't bother me as much, now I just get irritated whenever its on and they are in earshot, or in front of it.....

Myndi - posted on 12/26/2008

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AMEN!!! I personally don't think we need to be seeing and hearing these things at ANY time of the day, but I saw the Extenz commercial in the middle of the day! Those are things you should hear from your doctor when necessary, not during Willy Wonka. We didn't have cable/satellite until just a couple of months ago and now I remember why! The commercials are worse than the shows! I'm so glad I'm not alone on this!

Stacey - posted on 12/26/2008

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Thank you all! I am glad that I am not the only one out there that finds these commercials offensive, especially when you have kids that watch tv with you. I will definetely be putting some of these ideas to use, and I hope that some of you will contact these advertisers too, so we can put a stop to these commercials, at least during times that children are normally up and possibly watching TV!

JoMarie - posted on 12/26/2008

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I am finally glad that i can talk to some one else about it my bf and I were watching tv and in the one hour there was 9 of them i think that is excessive and that children do not need to see or hear that expecially the christmas party one where he is acting like santa

Michelle - posted on 12/26/2008

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I am so with you here. I used to let my kids watch reruns of the Brady Bunch, but every single episode there were several commercials for Viagra and similar products. My advice is to 1) get a DVR so you can fast forward through commercials, or start muting the TV -- which will also help your kids avoid being brainwashed into thinking they HAVE to have that new toy; 2) call the advertisers whose commercials show during TV programs your kids watch and tell them that as long as the station is showing inappropriate ads, you will be fast-forwarding the commercials, and their advertising dollars are going to waste; and 3) call the station and tell them that you won't be letting your kids watch shows with inappropriate ads.

Trust me, money talks a lot louder than regulations, and when advertisers hear that their commercials are going unwatched or TV stations foresee their ratings plummeting, someone will take those Viagra ads off the air!!

Angela - posted on 12/26/2008

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I am with you on this one!! I was so upset that I had to explain to my little girls what it was because of all the commercials.....Like they really needed to know about it at 7 & 10 yrs old !!

Lauren - posted on 12/25/2008

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It's crazy, but I know exactly what you mean. I was watching Willy Wonka the other night and yup the "Extenze" commercial came on. Although my son wasn't awake, I still thought "what an odd commercial to have on during this movie." Then I realized that it was being played on a channel that normally has adult viewers.

Jenny - posted on 12/24/2008

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i agree with the above post not appropiate advertising but the last post on here about constipation and vaginal itching theres nothing wrong in that as its not sexual in any way therefore something you can explain to your child without it being inappropiate.

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Why not try muting the TV during all commercials and using the time to play some games. Maybe during the commercials you could name all the fruits you can think of or you could play "I spy" or something like that. I agree with you that commercials like that are very inappropriate for children.

Sherri - posted on 12/24/2008

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I know exactly what you mean, and it's not just about penises. All the commercials about vaginal itching, constipation, sexually transmitted disease medications, and especially those expensive perfume commercials, showing a couple in a boat about to get jiggy, are very disturbing to family time at the tv. My solution? Invest in a DVR. We never watch live tv anymore. We go through the program guide, choose the programs we want to watch, and the just zip right past all of those annoying and inappropriate commericials. It never hurts to write your congressman or representive and let him know your preferences, but frankly, money talks louder than people these days. I know that calling the TV station can make an impact if enough people call.

Martha - posted on 12/24/2008

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There has been such a shift in the way that drug companies are marketting medicines. It use to be that they marketted the medicines to doctors giving them all sorts of inducements, that has now been regulated aand discontinued. So now, Congress has allowed drugs to be marketted directly to the consumers, not on the basis of knowledge and education but by catchy jingles and innuendos. There is no place for this type of consumerism, our health is too important and our kids should not be exposed to this type of drivel. A writing campaign is in order.

Lynne - posted on 12/23/2008

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My 8 year old son sings the Viagra song on a regular basis. The tune is catchy. Clearly the drug companies are capturing the market for the future. The FCC has been deregulated to the point of impotence and that's the problem. Perhaps with the shift in national leadership there is an opportunity to get these ads off the air before 9pm. Does anyone out there know of any organized effort that we can join?

User - posted on 12/23/2008

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There are a number of commercials that are offensive and programming. You have the power to alter this. Write the stations , to the other advertisers and programmers they need you more than you need them. Complain and get your friends to complain and tell the stations you will block their station if it continues and tell the other advertisers you will change brands or not consider trying their brand if the station does not stop. Use your consumer power to make a change.... I did when I found a childreen's program was becoming offensive and the fellow was let go and the program cleaned up.

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