Today’s gun-control heroes: Time Warner Cable to reject ads that feature semiautomatic weapons

posted at 6:11 pm on January 18, 2013 by Allahpundit

They’ll also reject ads that show any firearm, semiautomatic or not, pointed at a human being. So if you’ve got a product that you want to showcase by depicting, say, a revolver held to a dog’s head or a bazooka aimed at the camera, you should be okay.

I thought yesterday’s news about New York’s new gun law would be hard to top as an example of the Do Something impulse gone moronically wrong. Nope. Took only one day.

Just weeks after the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Time Warner Cable has initiated a company-wide ban on certain gun ads.

“We no longer accept ads showing semi-automatic weapons and guns pointed at people,” Time Warner Cable said in a statement. “We stand by this policy. If it’s essential to a business owner to show this kind of imagery in their commercials, there are other advertising options in the marketplace.”

I know what you’re thinking but Andy Levy got there first:

Also a good point:

I think I’ve seen NYPD PSAs in the subway that show guns, but that’s it offhand for ads featuring firearms that aren’t directly related to promoting the very industry on which TWC makes bank. So why’d Time Warner do this? Literally everyone who stumbles across the story will react the way Andy did. Unless they’re also prepared to ban programming that features guns, all they’re doing with this is calling attention to the fact that Hollywood, for all its liberal posturing, is hypocritically filthy with gun glorification. To take it seriously, you have to somehow believe that a print ad or a 30-second spot in which a semiautomatic appears — regardless of context — somehow does more to encourage gun violence than the hundreds of action movies that the average American has seen. In fact, I bet you’d have to look hard to find even an ad for a gun show or a gun brand that’s more pornographic in trumpeting the weapon’s killing power than a typical R-rated movie is. The public isn’t fooled.

By the way, if you’re a Time Warner customer and you subscribe to HBO, “The Sopranos” is on tonight at 8 p.m. ET on HBO Signature. You’re welcome.


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So stabbings are OK, right?

Fezzik on January 18, 2013 at 6:14 PM

The same scum that hijacked my home phone number and didn’t want to give it back. They ain’t gettin’ money from me any way.

cozmo on January 18, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Let me know when they drop networks carrying Hollywood films featuring any kind of gun. Maybe a few rated G films will pass that litmus test.

The Count on January 18, 2013 at 6:16 PM

I take they won’t be advertising for most of the shows on TBS and TNT.

RickB on January 18, 2013 at 6:16 PM

In fact, I bet you’d have to look hard to find an ad for a gun show or a gun brand that’s more pornographic in trumpeting the weapon’s killing power than even a routine R-rated movie is.

that’s the truth!
I can’t remember what the trailer was that I saw recently but it was just all about blowing people away….and not like “oh, cool story, cute guy, hot gal..gun play” it was all gun play.

ted c on January 18, 2013 at 6:17 PM

One of the seminal ideas behind a Constitutional Representative Republic was to avoid political knee-jerk reactions to mass hysteria like this.

The Republic is dead. Long live the Democracy (Tyranny of the Mob) …

ShainS on January 18, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Stupid Is As Stupid Does.

Even an intellectually diminished gump knows that.

SD Tom on January 18, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Good, that Stanley commercial with the construction working whacking a hammer off his buddies head is OK then.

reddevil on January 18, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Today’s real gun control hero: guy in Columbus who chased a would be robber out of Duchess Shoppe (convenience/gas store) by successfully controlling his handgun. Of course, he got fired for violating company policy.

Fenris on January 18, 2013 at 6:18 PM

So they’re not going to accept money from studios or production companies to promo programming that features semiautomatic weapons? No movie promos? No cop show ads? Really?

I’ve never seen a dishwashing liquid ad where Madge was packing heat. No Tide with Downy ad featuring hostage sieges and AK-47s. So they must mean programming.

More Hollyweird antics.

Philly on January 18, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Goebbels orgasmed in his grave, again.

This regime is realizing all his dreams, and then some.

Schadenfreude on January 18, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Average deaths per year due to
Knives: 1800
Hands & Feet: 869
Blunt objects: 674
Rifles: 453
Assault Rifles: 18

TheLoudTalker on January 18, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Rappers hardest hit.

Oh, wait. That would be discrimination!!!

#Racists

chimney sweep on January 18, 2013 at 6:24 PM

http://www.twcondemand.com/movies/reservoir-dogs
 
I especially like the cover art.
 

“Watch the trailer”

 
Hilarious.

rogerb on January 18, 2013 at 6:26 PM

What about Gallaghar ? Are his shows OK ? If yes, then WHY ?????

burrata on January 18, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Gun control heroes? How about this guy. I realize you don’t have to be too bright to be an actor but….DAYUM! Do you have to be weapons grade stupid?

OBTW (OT) did you guys hear that Ray Nagin has been indicted on a bunch of federal charges? I guess he’s not one of Holder’s or Obama’s people.

Oldnuke on January 18, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Will TWC seek a ban on Guns n Roses ?

burrata on January 18, 2013 at 6:28 PM

The Republic is dead. Long live the Democracy (Tyranny of the Mob) …

ShainS on January 18, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Idiocracy. It’s not a movie, it’s real life now.

ButterflyDragon on January 18, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Are they talking about the ads for local businesses that they run during a national cable channel’s commercial break? Does this apply to ads on CNN and other Time Warner owned channels, or is this just ads by the Time Warner Cable TV provider division?

Mark1971 on January 18, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Wow, this is stupid. TWC just ticked off a lot of its customers for no apparent reason, and made themselves look like hypocritical fools in the process. If I’m a shareholder, I want someone fired yesterday.

RadClown on January 18, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Time Warner – just another “don’t we feel good about ourselves” organization. DOING SOMETHING.

GarandFan on January 18, 2013 at 6:32 PM

So, no more Bond movies, then?

OldEnglish on January 18, 2013 at 6:33 PM

About the only gun ad I’ve seen on tv was for Henry Repeating Arms.
http://henryrepeating.com/

Right now, I don’t think gun makers have to advertise.

rbj on January 18, 2013 at 6:35 PM

So TWC is going to lead the way and stop carrying the filth of cop shows and the degrading of our humanity with cop shows and CSI Zimbabwe?

……when God King Obama goes after his porn buddies JAY-Z and BEYONCE and the objectification and violence in their videos I’ll know he’s serious.

Otherwise he’s just a passing agitator we have to endure in the White House trying to destroy the country as founded.

PappyD61 on January 18, 2013 at 6:35 PM

So why’d Time Warner do this?

Maybe because TWC doesn’t want to air ads for Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and the Coast Guards ?
Afterall, who likes those violent bitter clinging illiterates anyway ? Not even their own CinC

burrata on January 18, 2013 at 6:35 PM

But commercials for shows or movies misusing fully automatic weapons are A-OK.

Nope, no hypocrisy there. Uh-uh, nosiree.

AZfederalist on January 18, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Guns and Roses.
Now that’s funny.

Missilengr on January 18, 2013 at 6:37 PM

No war movies for you!

ConservativeLA on January 18, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Those who have TWC, take a look at DirecTV or Dishnet.

AZfederalist on January 18, 2013 at 6:40 PM

What about movie TITLES?

I understand Sly Stallone (sp?) has a new movie coming out titled: Head Shot or something like that?
Wonder what Mark Kelly’s opinion on that wording will be?

Missilengr on January 18, 2013 at 6:41 PM

It’s laughable, but don’t laugh – this is the Left’s campaign and they are going to run with it. They’ve adopted Holder’s notion of trying to shame those who believe in gun rights.

And we have push back harder at their intolerance.

Next thing you know we gun-rights advocates will have our own entrances and water fountains.

dugan on January 18, 2013 at 6:41 PM

I think we should all call them to complain when we see gun violence on a TV show. Just to help them out.

trigon on January 18, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Someone please post the phone number for Time Warner so we can all call them when we see gun violence on their network/cable system…

Khun Joe on January 18, 2013 at 6:48 PM

No war movies for you!

ConservativeLA on January 18, 2013 at 6:40 PM

and no more Clint Eastwood movies too !!

burrata on January 18, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Wow, I had no idea that there were so many ads featuring semi-automatic weapons and guns pointed at people. (Haven’t owned a TV in a decade.) Thank you for saving TV-watchers from that onslaught TWC!

Basically, they’re just trying to get their noses as far up Obama’s butt as possible for lobbying purposes. They know they’re looking at another long four years, and trying to position. Ironic, and revealing of liberal hypocrisy, on so many levels.

WhatSlushfund on January 18, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Roku, bitches

tmitsss on January 18, 2013 at 6:54 PM

http://tinyurl.com/a25ahfo

Sign the White House petition to repeal the Hollywood Tax Cuts

tmitsss on January 18, 2013 at 7:01 PM

TWC is really taking a risk. I mean, think of all the ad revenue they are going to lose by rejecting ALL those ads with semi-automatic guns pointed at people.

The only ones I can think of are the ads for the soon to be released Hollywood action flick. And maybe a promo for a TV program.

CA_Conservative on January 18, 2013 at 7:01 PM

I dropped Oceanic Time Warner cable when I moved. Their customer service sucks. Now I’m strictly using DSL and Netflix for the little TV that I watch. The only thing I miss is football, so I go to my Bro-in-law’s to watch games.

Guinness on January 18, 2013 at 7:04 PM

The hypocrisy is so invisible it’s in camoflage…

Trying to watch tv on TWC will be pointless they’ll have nothing to air!!!

Idiots to the nth %…

Melt the phone lines down!!!

Anyone got a number?

Scrumpy on January 18, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Why don’t we simply ban firearms and explosives from all movies and television programming? Seriously. Then Hollywood would have to produce something that might just start resembling art, unless they simply reverted to nothing but sleaze. They’re all hypocrites, liars and thieves.

HiJack on January 18, 2013 at 7:10 PM

I guess that’s the end of any reporting out of Detroit and Chicago, then.

HopeHeFails on January 18, 2013 at 7:12 PM

good thing I already get my reruns of The Shield on Hulu. I guess Time Warner is in no hurry to run promos for syndication of this show.

The Schaef on January 18, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Outside of ads for Hollywood movies and the usual violent TV shows that TWC distributes 24/7, I can’t think of one product ad of any kind that uses semiautomatic weapons in them. Not one…

Harbingeing on January 18, 2013 at 7:22 PM

TWC will have to air the Sound of Music on every one of those 150 channels that have nothing on as it is if they want to avoid guns.

docflash on January 18, 2013 at 7:27 PM

and no more Clint Eastwood movies too !!

burrata on January 18, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Best Mexican standoff ever, right here!

gryphon202 on January 18, 2013 at 7:29 PM

What is Time Warner Cable? Oh wait, that’s the company I dropped a few years ago because of their pricing and poor service. Nevermind….

Deanna on January 18, 2013 at 7:31 PM

What Harbingeing said…

therealfranklin on January 18, 2013 at 7:35 PM

DoesTWC carry the Outdoor Channel? Would this affect the sponsors of their Tuesday nite shooting programs or their–I think it’s Wednesday nite–self defense programs.

In any event, this is a stupid move. Tick off customers and reject the money of one of the strongest segments of the economy.

joated on January 18, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Yea, my ISP is Time Warner!.

Finally, I’ll be able to do some significant boycotting! And it’s on something that seriously matters to me and the bucks they’ll lose is nothing to sneeze at.

I may not be around for the next few days, starting tomorrow, until I find a new ISP and get it hooked up.

Dusty on January 18, 2013 at 7:38 PM

well, we’ve been tired of Time Warner for a long time, particularly with their bundling practices and their incessant bill-creep. No matter what, they force the bill above the $50 / module price point, that’s their business model I guess.
So we’ll be looking at Direct TV. Might just kill all TV cable outright and just stream desired content.

it really is becoming a vote with you wallet sort of world, with all the shitty wacktivism going on out there.

rayra on January 18, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Next thing you know we gun-rights advocates will have our own entrances and water fountains.

dugan on January 18, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Nah, I think we’ll be shooting tyrants before we let them putsch[sic] it that far.

rayra on January 18, 2013 at 7:50 PM

The NRA is tougher. When they do an Eddie Eagle children’s gun safety class at a school or something, Eddie won’t appear unless there aren’t any guns in the room, including armed police officers.

But thanks anyway, Time Warner, for giving me yet another reason for feeling smug about cancelling my cable TV service.

Socratease on January 18, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Today’s gun-control heroes: Time Warner Cable to reject ads that feature semiautomatic weapons

…so that means that they must have some kind of application for something…in front of the FCC that they’re waiting on?

KOOLAID2 on January 18, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Yep, I was just watching a commercial for some household cleaner and there’s the lady of the house holding an assault weapon on her family, warning them not to track dirt into the kitchen.
I tell you it made me want to get out there and mow down some innocent bystanders, but I came to my senses.

Thank God for Time Warner’s brave stand.

justltl on January 18, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Darn. No more Dale Peterson, Alabama Ag Commissioner ads, huh.

BJ* on January 18, 2013 at 8:09 PM

“We no longer accept ads showing semi-automatic weapons and guns pointed at people,” Time Warner Cable said in a statement.

ROFLMAO.

My G-d, there are some really stupid people walking the Earth, these days. I guess these idiots are just going to junk all of the Warner Bros movies that are ultraviolent (with lots of full automatics mowing down people, not just wimpy semi-automatics being pointed at them). Good thing. They wouldn’t want to make any money off of the sales of gun violence. It’s against their corporate morals. I mean, they couldn’t stand themselves if they earned any more money off of Natural Born Killers. I think Time Warner needs to add up how much money they’ve earned over these sorts of movies and donate it all to some anti-gun charity right now. They should even include movies they profited off of which had scary guns pointed at people (without any killing) since holding such blood money would weigh heavily on the consciences of the Time Warner board and its shareholders. Give all the money back! It’s the least they could do to keep themselves right with their proclaimed ethics.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 18, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Nah, I think we’ll be shooting tyrants before we let them putsch[sic] it that far.

rayra on January 18, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Good wordplay.

davidk on January 18, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Maybe this will help them when Obamao finds out I was able to buy 2 semi-automatic handguns through my TWC isp without a background check.

mike_NC9 on January 18, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Isn’t Time/Warner going down the drain?

Just last week they were laying off 700 people.

b1jetmech on January 18, 2013 at 8:40 PM

TWC will have to air the Sound of Music on every one of those 150 channels that have nothing on as it is if they want to avoid guns.

docflash on January 18, 2013 at 7:27 PM

It’s been a while, but didn’t the Nazi’s have guns in The Sound of Music?

trigon on January 18, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Waiting for the statement “Time Warner will NO LONGER produce or air any movie or TV show that features gun violence?”

Oh, wait – isn’t that where they make most of the revenue?

jackal40 on January 18, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Looks like Arnold Schwarteneger’s next movie can’t be advertised on Time Warner.

PS: They can’t advertise Avatar, either.

BobMbx on January 18, 2013 at 9:17 PM

No more Elmer Fiddle? Yosemite Sam?

Wats!!

texacalirose on January 18, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Fudd

texacalirose on January 18, 2013 at 9:22 PM

No more Colt 45 malt liquor ads on Time Warner?

KenInIL on January 18, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Well, the good news is that TWC got rid of Current right after Al Jazeera bought it. Maybe this gun thing is to help them get back in the lefties’ good graces.

juliesa on January 18, 2013 at 10:15 PM

DoesTWC carry the Outdoor Channel? Would this affect the sponsors of their Tuesday nite shooting programs or their–I think it’s Wednesday nite–self defense programs.

In any event, this is a stupid move. Tick off customers and reject the money of one of the strongest segments of the economy.

joated on January 18, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Yes, they do carry Outdoor Channel, for extra money, which is why I don’t get it. Sounds like I should sign up for it though–unless I decide to cancel my cable.

juliesa on January 18, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Translation: when it comes to violent TV shows and movies, Time Warner now officially allows only DECEPTIVE advertising.

logis on January 18, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Note to any and every legal American citizen:

If you have not as yet figured out what you need to do to stop this kind of stupidity, drop Time Warner Cable if you have it. And sell any TWC stock as well.

For as selfless and righteous as they claim to be, the liberals are far greedier, more self-interested and more self-serving than any conservative you have ever met.

(And if you have your own radio show and your name is David Webb, you should stop buying Barb Streisand music as well, but we know you just aren’t there, yet. Praying for you, though.) :)

ROCnPhilly on January 18, 2013 at 10:44 PM

What about movie TITLES?

I understand Sly Stallone (sp?) has a new movie coming out titled: Head Shot or something like that?
Wonder what Mark Kelly’s opinion on that wording will be?

Missilengr on January 18, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Bullet to the Head.

And yes, the promo is still running on TWC…

The Ugly American on January 18, 2013 at 11:25 PM

“We no longer accept ads showing semi-automatic weapons and guns pointed at people,” Time Warner Cable said in a statement. “We stand by this policy. If it’s essential to a business owner to show this kind of imagery in their commercials, there are other advertising options in the marketplace.”

Exactly the kind of posturing that would dissolve in a flash if someone put them on the spot with a question like, “Can you give us an example of an actual ad — any actual ad — that this would apply to?”

Then, of course, ask about move trailers and TV show ads.

Gee, if only there were actual journalists around to ask such questions….

There Goes The Neighborhood on January 19, 2013 at 1:39 AM

Does this include that commercial with the couple shooting water guns at each other?

Ronnie on January 19, 2013 at 2:23 AM

The recent gun hysteria is the worse I’ve ever seen. But what would we expect in the Age of Obama?

TarheelBen on January 19, 2013 at 2:26 AM

How about Time Warner rejects all movies that show Gun Violence? No Lethal Weapon, Matrix, Die Hard, Rambo, and on and on. It seems Hollywood has lots of gun violence in their films. They make money showing people killed by guns, yet they want guns taken away from people. Total hypocrites of the highest order.

stormridercx4 on January 19, 2013 at 4:18 AM

Average deaths per year due to
Knives: 1800
Hands & Feet: 869
Blunt objects: 674
Rifles: 453
Assault Rifles: 18 none

FIFY
Assault rifles are NFA class II weapons. There has never been a crime committed with a NFA registered weapon.

single stack on January 19, 2013 at 5:07 AM

So, I guess is ad is out then:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRACXFN7ds8

Count to 10 on January 19, 2013 at 7:51 AM

Average deaths per year due to
Knives: 1800
Hands & Feet: 869
Blunt objects: 674
Rifles: 453
Assault Rifles: 18 none

FIFY
Assault rifles are NFA class II weapons. There has never been a crime committed with a NFA registered weapon.

single stack on January 19, 2013 at 5:07 AM

There have, however, been crimes committed with illegal AK-47s.

Count to 10 on January 19, 2013 at 7:53 AM

So no adverts for violent movies showing guns eh? lol, I doubt it

DaMav on January 19, 2013 at 9:25 AM

There have, however, been crimes committed with illegal AK-47s.

Full auto or semi auto?
A semi auto AK is not an assault rifle.

single stack on January 19, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Do rifle death counts include those committed with ATF-supplied weapons? That would hardly seem fair. I mean, Eric Holder meant well and all… And we have his word everything was on the up and up.

Shouldn’t we really call those “inconsequential eggs broken for the greater good”, or something?

ROCnPhilly on January 19, 2013 at 9:59 AM

I was trying to think what ads have guns pointed at people, and all could think of were tv show promos.

Bing. I don’t ever recall seeing a commercial for a semi-automatic gun, or a commercial that included one — except for TV’s own promos for their liberal-nitwit-dominated programming.

Jaibones on January 19, 2013 at 2:44 PM