Many Americans enjoyed this ad for cheesy potato chips that aired during a television football game last week, making for some good water-cooler chat the next day, in the unemployment line. Conservative columnist and radio host Dennis Prager, writing in National Review, explains why they’re wrong.
Make sure you watch the potato chip ad first, if you have not seen it.
Here are the major elements of dysfunctionality this ad depicts:
First, a child smacking an adult across the face is not funny. It is, in fact, one of the last things society should tolerate. I will deal with the widespread defense of the child’s action — “he was only protecting his mother” — later. [Ed. -- he later addresses this saying it "may well be true," but reveals other societal dysfunctions, like... black people being on teevee in general, probably.]
In real life, a child who hits an adult needs to be disciplined. If a child did that to me, I would grab his offending arm and apply enough force to make it clear that he will never do that again.
Some clichés are true; I find this one meaningless.The truth is very different: Immoral violence breeds violence; moral violence (such as just wars, police work, and appropriate parental discipline) reduces violence.
Dennis Prager has beaten the shit out of so many children over the years:
The Doritos kid deserved a physical response from this man — as in pressure on the offending arm. With regard to the argument that this man was not the boy’s parent — and the terrible fact that there is far too much hitting and abuse of children by stepfathers and boyfriends — I do not believe that only parents may physically respond to a child. Teachers, for example, should be permitted to do so — I was physically dealt with by a number of teachers, and in every case I deserved it. I also did so as a camp counselor — to great effect. And so should the man whom the child in the ad smacked. In an ideal world, all adults raise all children in some way.
Campers truly feared the “Prager Dick-Whip,” and all grew up to be… in therapy.
The man also should’ve slapped the woman for dressing like such a harlot — him being a man and her a woman, a sinner, a mere weakling receptacle.
Dennis Prager was more offended by this salty snack commercial than by War.
The Doritos Ad Wasn’t Funny [National Review]