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When does satire go too far?

post #1 of 14
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Titanic, a German satire magazine, has published a fake supermarket ad with pictures of Madeleine McCann on various products:

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The two-page article shows a fake supermarket advertisement under the headline "This Is Going Too Far." The ad features numerous products with Maddie's face on them, each offered at half price. A cleaning fluid promises to remove all DNA traces and an ad for a children's chocolate bar promises that 1 percent of all sales will be donated to Interpol, the international police cooperation organization.
http://www.spiegel.de/international/...514813,00.html

I can see nothing funny about a satire showing such disrespect for a little girl who is probably dead.
post #2 of 14
It's amazing how callous people can be isn't it?
post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by jcat View Post
Titanic, a German satire magazine, has published a fake supermarket ad with pictures of Madeleine McCann on various products:



http://www.spiegel.de/international/...514813,00.html

I can see nothing funny about a satire showing such disrespect for a little girl who is probably dead.
Satire should be darkly funny, not offensive.
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by lookingglass View Post
Satire should be darkly funny, not offensive.
This is very distasteful.
post #5 of 14
That is bad
post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 
Here's a UK report: http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk...6908-20042536/
This is the sick ad that appeared in "Titanic": http://www.spiegel.de/international/...514813,00.html

I'm really disgusted.
post #7 of 14
Good satire shows a point of view by exaggerating something to the ridiculous. This doesn't make a point; it only makes fun of a horrible situation. It is an immature adolescent work.
post #8 of 14
It was probably intentional:
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Gsella, for his part, isn't too concerned about a lawsuit. "I would advise any company to go ahead and sue us," he says. "Then we'll both be in the media and will get some great publicity."
post #9 of 14
I think Satire goes to far when it hurts people or a group of people
such as the gays who went into the church in san fransisco(if they had stayed outside to protest that is there right to do so)... but now this has gone into someone there with a Bomb trying to blow up a church in america?
gee i feel like i am back in the third world again.
post #10 of 14
Isn't that the point? Maybe I'm reading it wrong, (after all, I can't read the ad at all) but it looks like it is satire. Look at all the media who exploited the situation for a buck, the people who have sensationalized such a sad story for their own gain. All the people who have judged her parents.
Then there is the consumerism satire, where everything these days seems like some obscure amount is being donated to some obscure (or not so obscure) cause. We're guilted into buying what is basically crap because 1% of the proceeds go to ____ [insert charity du jour here].

If that isn't what they're meaning by it, and they're just being offensive, then I agree with you guys.
post #11 of 14
Satire or not, it's in LOUSY taste.
post #12 of 14
Perhaps I should define what good satire is. IMHO this is good satire: http://www.avclub.com/content/words/...and_so_can_you

IMHO, what is linked in the above articles is bad satire.

I suppose it's a "I know it when I see it" kind of thing.
post #13 of 14
Well, if you find it offensive, then you know it. I don't think it needs to be defined. What people find clever and enjoyable satire and what people find offensive are going to cover a broad range.

Clearly the consensus here is that this went too far. But maybe they didn't think so. Therein lies the danger of trying to push the limits. If you offend too many people, then you defeat the purpose of publishing the satire. I think when they want to publish stuff like that they ought to do a "trial run" on a few people outside their group; people representative of their audience. Then they would have gotten a signal it would be offensive.
post #14 of 14
Very Sad
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