Sunday, April 08, 2007

BOYCOTT MALE-BASHING CAPITAL ONE CREDIT Company.!!

The following arrived in my inbox a few hours ago, and after securing the kind permission of the sender, I am sharing it here with readers of this blog.

Spread the word! And give certain people a piece of your mind!!


----- Original Message -----
From: "George Rolph"
To: julie.donnison@capitalone.com, grads@capitalone.com
Subject: Boycott Warning
Date: Sat, 7 Apr 2007 13:17:41 +0100

Dear Mr Basini and Ms Donnison.

As you will see from our previous correspondence the men's movement made a clear and unequivocal call to your company (Capital One Credit) to remove your offensive and divisive advertisement from our TV's. We warned that if you did not do so, we would call for an International boycott of your product. It is with great sadness that we see you have not taken our warning seriously and have decided to continue to promote the hatred and ridicule of men in your Ad.

We are now giving you fair warning that a call will be issued to ask our members world wide to condemn your company and remove support from it by their friends, families and colleagues.

Please see a copy of our previous request you below.

George Rolph
London Office.

I read your reply with great interest and note your comments. However, I would like to point out that in the 1960's when discrimination was so prevalent against women, you would have got identical comments from a focus group panel concerning advertisements that were demeaning to women and being made then. The fact that the panel then would have seen such Ad's as "harmless bits of fun" make us shudder today, as they rightly should. The real question that needs to be asked by yourselves at Capital One is, "Are we, as a company, progressive and forward thinking enough to outlaw this now, so that history will not judge us as being Misandrist fools, but instead, see us as leaders in the fight against ALL discrimination?" (Misandry. Hatred of men)

I wrote to you after receiving a large number of complaints about your Ad' from our members. I have since canvassed opinion from many others and the unanimous feeling is, that if Capital One refuses to pull this Ad and change their policy towards men, then action should be taken. This action will include video evidence being sent around the world to press outlets in every major country on earth. In case you have any doubts about this I would suggest you look at the video already produced on the subject of Violent Women and released world wide and which is featuring on many web sites and being distributed locally around the world by leaving it on buses, trains, in libraries etc. The days of men sitting back and quietly accepting these insults are over. You can find the video in question at the link below.

http://www.antimisandry.com/vbdr/bullbusters

What the law allows you to get away with as a company is not the real issue. The issue at hand is that your company have portrayed men as fools, being dragged along the ground, desperately clinging to a women's leg, before being dumped into the trash with the derogatory comment from the woman, "I've lost interest." The effect of this is spread anti male hatred and disdain. Boys watching this Ad will be disturbed to think that they are seen as worthless, just by virtue of being male. Try reversing the genders in your Ad and see if you can get away with it!

We are not prepared to sit by and let this kind of thing be taught to our sons and daughters any more and action WILL be taken as a protest all over the world. We therefore urge you to rethink your policy and adopt a more enlightened attitude than your current one which is, that you found it "funny." I would also consider, if I were in your place, warning the company that made the Ad, that men around the world are getting a very, very tired of being constantly put down as fools worthy of this kind of ridicule.

I thank you for your time and look forward to your reply with interest.

George Rolph
London Office.


This mail has been BCC'd to contacts around the world calling for a boycott of Capital One credit cards.

--
I dare do all that may become a man; Who dares do more is none.
Macbeth from Macbeth Act I Scene 7

12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any links to the original commercial? I've started collecting as much misandrous advertising as I can. Great for spreading the word and as a record for what has been done.

- Canaryguy

8:25 PM  
Blogger Tanya said...

Do you have a link to the ad that you are talking about? I would like to see it. Or could you decribe it at least? What made it an anti-male ad?

9:43 PM  
Blogger Fidelbogen said...

No link to the ad, since it was a TV ad. The ad itself is described in the posted e-mail from the MRA George Rolph, in George's own words:

The issue at hand is that your company have portrayed men as fools, being dragged along the ground, desperately clinging to a women's leg, before being dumped into the trash with the derogatory comment from the woman, "I've lost interest."

This, of course, invites the classic query: What if the sexes had been reversed?

10:55 PM  
Blogger AKS said...

I think your outrage is misdirected. There are larger injustices in the world -- poverty, disease, war -- that I submit overshadow the relatively minor impact of radical feminism.

5:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fidelbogen wrote...
No link to the ad, since it was a TV ad. The ad itself is described in the posted e-mail from the MRA George Rolph, in George's own words:

Of course this brings up the next idea -- surveillance.

I've got a linux-based roll-your-own PVR and radio recorder. It isn't very difficult to record a TV or radio station 24/7. It can be quite time-consuming to find the misandric needles in the TV haystack.

When are these commercials typically aired? Daytime TV when most men are at work? Early evening?

Cutting down the haystack to search makes it easier. So does bringing more people as well. Unfortunately automation doesn't provide us with a magnet to pick out the needles... :-(

Of course setting up a surveillance network might be an idea. How many people out there have PVRs and are willing to use them...?

11:12 AM  
Blogger Fidelbogen said...

For starters, those who watch TV on a regular basis ought to have everything at the ready, to take a fast wing shot when the quail pops out of the bushes...so to speak.

(Or better yet, capture everything while they are watching, then go back later to clip out the desired material at their leisure - when/if such material occurs.)

Those who have captured hours and hours (days!) of video ought to have some idle hours, and the patience of Job at their disposal, when they go questing for needles in haystacks. (That's obvious.)

In order to cut down the search area, one might bear in mind that certain channels would more likely feature such material than others. (I'm thinking especially of cable channels that target the female market!)

Another thought is that the dirt-diggers needn't confine themselves to TV. Documenting the same phenomenon in cinema could be equally profitable and likely not so taxing...

I personally can be of little help since I was part of the "kill your television" movement long before the men's movement came up on my radar screen... :(

12:09 PM  
Blogger Fidelbogen said...

"I think your outrage is misdirected. There are larger injustices in the world..that I submit overshadow the relatively minor impact of radical feminism."

I disagree that the impact of radical feminism is "relatively minor" - although I admit RF has more the nature of a slow systemic poison or creeping cancer. Hence, it lacks the high-profiled "dramatis persona" of war, disease, etc...

And I am not alone in my "outrage". A growing number, around the world, share it.

12:30 PM  
Blogger julie said...

Awesome

9:06 PM  
Blogger Fidelbogen said...

Hey Julie, wassup? :)

9:16 PM  
Anonymous CreditInstructor said...

In my opinion, feminism is the men fault. Guys are just like puppies today, that’s why feminism exists. But you shouldn’t be so warlike…
Yeah, I’m a man and it’s my frank position.

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Capital One Credit Card disgusts me! I Will never ever be a customer. Why are men angry? Take note that most commercials with bankers on TV are cast as female. And today most bankers are in fact female. These commercials are usually banking commercials and the woman is assisting a family with their finances. Yet when Capital One creates a commercial of bankers stuck in mouse traps, crawling on the ground, out of walls and seen as pests in their "You've got bankers" mantra - ALL, and I mean 100% are cast as white males - and degraded. S cast a female in the role if its positive and a male if you wish to degrade and humiliate. Capital One - Go to hell. You advertise to garner customers. You'd have been better off not advertising at all. At least that is status quo. This way you are alienating 48% of the population.

7:30 AM  
Blogger bill said...

ALL MEN ARE DOGS !! WE ALL ARE PIGS, OAFS, SLOBS, ONE TRACK MINDED, SLOVENLY, FAT GUTTED,NOSE PICKIN', ASS SCRATCHIN FOOLS !!
MEN RULE !! AMEN....NOT AWOMEN

11:24 AM  

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