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Old 05-07-2009, 12:40 PM   #1
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Erectile Dysfunction Ads Are Indecent

Are they? And should they be restricted to certain hours?

From CNN’s Bob Ruff May 7

You’ve all seen them. Those ubiquitous TV ads where a simple little pill transforms a man suffering from erectile dysfunction, or ED, into a virile tiger who puts a smile on the face of his now beaming wife.

Well, Representative Jim Moran (D-VA) has seen them too, and you’d be hard pressed to see a smile on his face when he talks about the ads.
“A number of people,” he says, “have come up, including colleagues, and said I’m fed up. I don’t want my three or four-year old grandkid asking me what erectile dysfunction is all about. And I don’t blame them.”

Enter H.R. 2175. That’s a bill that Rep. Moran introduced last month that would prohibit any ED ads from airing on broadcast radio and TV between 6AM and 10PM. The bill advises the Federal Communications Commission to treat these ads as “indecent” and instruct stations to restrict their broadcast to late night and overnight hours.

So, could it be adios to all of those “Viva Viagra” commercials that play on network television on weekends and during the evening? Could the same be said for the Cialis couple sitting in outdoor tubs looking out at the sunset? And could Levitra also be shunned to the overnight hours?

CNN asked Pfzier, which makes Viagra, the first pill available by prescription to treat ED, what they thought of Rep. Moran’s bill.

“Pfizer is committed to responsible advertising… In line with our policies and the policies of the industry, Viagra advertising is aired in shows most likely to reach men suffering from erectile dysfunction. ED can be a signal for other serious medical issues, including high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.”

We asked several people on the streets of Atlanta for their opinions.

Nikia Clark, a mother of a 2-year-old, thinks “it’s a great idea.” She’s concerned that as her child gets older, she doesn’t want him “seeing those kinds of commercials… on regular network shows.”

Janice Habersham agrees. She says while the “ads are tastefully done” they shouldn’t be aired at “the time when children are watching TV.”

On the other hand, Bruce Jackson says ED ads “should be run 24 hours a day.” And Louis Tesser says banning the ads “is clearly unconstitutional… it’s a viewpoint. It’s something that people are interested in, and you can’t change that.”

Rep. Moran does have some perspective on the issue. “While it’s not as important as the economy, or what’s happening militarily around the world, it is an intrusion into the quality of life that we like to experience.” He says that his bill is “a shot across the bow” of the drug companies. “You know enough is enough. This is inappropriate.”
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what a moran
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i absolutely love the Extenz commercial with the couple talking about how fun it was.
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Has anyone here ever explained an ED ad to a kid? What did you say? If you don't mind sharing. I wonder if kids of a certain age even notice them. At this point they're sort of like wallpaper.
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god forbid someday our children might learn what a boner is!
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it's a MEDICAL CONDITION!!!!
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All the parents have to say is that the medicine is for men that need help getting their blood to flow. Nothing indecent about that.
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it's a MEDICAL CONDITION!!!!
Maybe that's what Manny had. Do ED drugs cause a positive result for PEDs?

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While we're at it, should we ban the commercials for Valtrex?
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When a man needs to prove to a woman that he's actually....when a man loves a woman and he actually wants to make love..uh..to ...
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All the parents have to say is that the medicine is for men that need help getting their blood to flow. Nothing indecent about that.
That sounds reasonable-but why be reasonable when talking about things like this? We should tell them that women get a monthly visit from a FRIEND too
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Oh Tobias, you blowhard.
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I've yet to see a woman in those ads that I'd need any chemical assistance for. For the others, there is always beer.
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Whoever sold Viva Las Vegas to the ED people needs to be imprisoned.
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Whoever sold Viva Las Vegas to the ED people needs to be imprisoned.


i'm so embarrassed for the actors in those commercials.

and what's up with the bath tubs in the middle of a wheat field?
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