Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: "lucky"? was TV Clip
"lucky"? was TV Clip
Tue, 9 Feb 1999 12:09:20 -0800
Regarding the question of Scouts being shown in an ad on TV for the
Money Store, someone wrote:
> Why is it that some people feel the need to tell
someone that one lucky troop got their picture on
The post also appeared to suggest a perception that the question was
possibly raised as a matter of jealousy and perhaps if it had been
your own troop, a valid reason would be found to support it happening.
Well, not meaning to quibble, but I didn't see the original post that
way. Nor would I feel there was a "good excuse" if I had any personal
knowledge of whomever was depicted in the ad in question. I don't see
national policy on endorsements being ignored as a matter of being
"lucky" enough to be on TV.
Speaking only for myself, if I accept it should be viewed as being
"lucky", then should the troops, packs or crews in my own area start
wanting to be equally lucky, or perhaps even competing to increase
their "luck"? Should I feel happy to see them, either occasionally or
repeatedly, in ads for car dealerships, eateries, banks, or political
candidates. What about a happy Scouting family or troop, pack, crew,
whatever in an ad for Wally World, Sears, or a major family theme
park? What if my area develops casinos that cater to families? What
about a famous bar in a historical district of a major city?
At what point would I need to not feel lucky and feel someone might
just have wanted to exploit the family image of Scouting for their own
And as to a large company must know the law, well, if that were always
true of companies, big or small, or of their ad agencies, big or
small, then many of my brothers and sisters in the bar would be out of
luck in pursuing their careers and the term "loophole" might only
relate to a knot.
Stepping down, placing soapbox in the trunk, driving slowly away from
the town square
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