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Are These Zidane Inspired Commercials Really To Violent For TV?

by: JamieD On  Thursday, June 10, 2010

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Four years ago in Germany, French captain Zinedine Zidane was penalized for headbutting Italian defender Marco Materazzi during extra time of the 2006 World Cup final.  Zidane would be sent off the pitch with a straight red card, Italy would win in a shootout, and the image of his head driving into the chest of Materazzi would become one of the most memorable moments in World Cup history.

Bet-at-home.com is attempting to relive that moment through a series of commercials that depict regular people retaliating to comments from their peers by delivering a headbutt of their own.  Unfortunately, the Austrian television police have pulled the commercials.  They feel that the adds are sending the wrong message, telling people that “violence can be used to solve conflicts.”

Seriously?  Are people really going to start headbutting each other because they saw it on a commercial for a gambling website?  Perhaps a disclaimer at the bottom telling viewers that “headbutting is wrong” would help?

I thought the Zidane incident taught us all that headbutting does not solve conflicts.  It only creates greater ones!

Here are a few more Bet-at-home.com commercials…

Hat Tip – [The Spoiler]




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