See No Evil

While the mainstream concerned itself with the BCI decision to ban a Veritas advertisement, Republican Sinn Féin have identified a new niche in offensiveness.

The following is an actual press release, posted without comment.

The use of Christmas related advertising by multi-national companies to sow seeds of doubt in the minds of young children over the arrival of Santa has been condemned by a spokesman for Republican Sinn Fein.

Mick The Quill Ryan from Ballynanty, the RSF chairman in the north side of Limerick said that some companies are using the upcoming Christmas as a vehicle to sell their products while casting doubts over the arrival of Santa.

The fact that companies like a huge mobile phone firm can use advertising that features the reindeers talking about going on strike is in bad taste and affects the views of children.

We have had complaints from parents who say that their children are concerned about a reindeer strike and the fact that Santa depends on the reindeers to deliver the Christmas presents.

While an adult can appreciate the point being made by the advertising, young children do not have the same perspective and tend to repeat what they see and hear.

By Gerard Cunningham

Gerard Cunningham occupies his time working as a journalist, writer, sub-editor, blogger and podcaster, yet still finds himself underemployed.