This advertisement is hilarious in a sick way!

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    Feb 05, 2014 10:14 AM GMT
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    Feb 05, 2014 10:50 AM GMT
    OMG!
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    Feb 05, 2014 12:50 PM GMT
    stay in school or you'll get blown to pieces omg wtf!
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    Feb 05, 2014 12:52 PM GMT
    Cutting school... harmless?
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    Feb 05, 2014 1:05 PM GMT
    OMG - That's terrible.

    I wonder what would happen if I posted that in my classes?

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    Feb 05, 2014 2:16 PM GMT
    TheQuest saidOMG - That's terrible.

    I wonder what would happen if I posted that in my classes?


    They'll all start studying about landmines.
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    Feb 05, 2014 2:20 PM GMT
    Hahaha that is AWESOME! Gruesome, but awesome! icon_lol.gif

    Probably fun as hell to make for the actors, too!

    The visual part of the video didn't work for me on here (it's even fun just listening to the audio... HorrorHound would love it), but clicking on the video link takes you right to it.
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    Feb 05, 2014 2:21 PM GMT
    OMG! What a terrible commercial
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    Feb 05, 2014 5:01 PM GMT
    I think the tag should be LEARN HOW TO READ.
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    Feb 05, 2014 5:29 PM GMT
    Are they trying to say schools are safe now?
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    Feb 05, 2014 5:38 PM GMT
    HottJoe saidAre they trying to say schools are safe now?

    So true.
    School shootings are so common now that I just shake my head instead of yelling, "Listen to this!"
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    Feb 05, 2014 5:42 PM GMT
    Truancy equals death, lol.
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    Feb 05, 2014 5:43 PM GMT
    blkapollo saidTruancy equals death, lol.


    We need a button for that. icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 05, 2014 5:44 PM GMT
    Who thinks up this kind of stuff? And what are they on?
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    Feb 05, 2014 5:52 PM GMT
    Yup, I'm definitely finishing up my Bachelor's Degree.
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    Feb 05, 2014 5:52 PM GMT
    Aristoshark saidWho thinks up this kind of stuff? And what are they on?

    Bath salts???
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    Feb 05, 2014 7:15 PM GMT
    HottJoe said
    Aristoshark saidWho thinks up this kind of stuff? And what are they on?

    Bath salts???

    Published on Jan 29, 2014
    Written & Directed by Henry Inglis and Aaron McCann.
    Produced by Lauren Elliott.
    © Perfectly Adequate 2014.

    Set Yourself Free is a brand new commercial for the Learn for Life Foundation of Western Australia. www.learnforlifewa.org.au

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    Feb 05, 2014 7:17 PM GMT
    i2ci2i saidI didn't know human beings were filled with jello

    Haven't you heard?
    There's always room for jello.
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    Feb 06, 2014 12:00 AM GMT
    Im in advertising and this is terrible. The line at the end should sum it all up - instead, it made me confused. Did they die because they couldn't read, did they die because they cut school to enter a restricted beach etc. It's not clear.
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    Feb 07, 2014 3:17 PM GMT
    Slate spills the beans...

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2014/01/31/set_yourself_free_the_australian_stay_in_school_psa_is_funny_but_it_s_probably.html

    SlateThe end of the commercial claims that it’s “brought to you by” Learn for Life Foundation of Western Australia, described on the website as “a non-profit organisation promoting the importance of education for people of all ages.” If that sounds a little vague, well, so is the rest of the Learn for Life Foundation: The website features stock images of smiling people, and no contacts, explanations, or further details beyond the single video and a link to its directorial team, Henry & Aaron.

    Henry Inglis and Aaron McCann are a filmmaking duo from Perth with a history of producing unsettling advertisements. They also happen to be comedians, if you didn’t get that “Set Yourself Free” was meant to be funny. McCann characterized their style as “violent with a WTF factor” when we spoke yesterday: “Two comedians can’t really do ‘normal’ and ‘safe’,” he said. He was cagey as to whether or not "Set Yourself Free" is an elaborate prank. The commercial was always intended to be educational, he said, though “in terms of the Foundation, we’d like to leave it open to interpretation. [It’s] hard to keep intrigue in the internet age.” It’s probably a good bet to assume that Inglis and McCann invented the Foundation for the sake of the joke.


    Slate's article did offer a peek at a REAL ad, paid for by Melbourne's Metro Trains. By using animation, "Dumb Ways to Die" is hilarious, cute, catchy, and entertaining, while still driving home the intended point about train safety using dark humor. I'd love to see this while riding the train.

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    Feb 07, 2014 3:25 PM GMT
    I'm sorry, one more I tripped over in the Slate comments... from their neighbor in New Zealand.



    It's supposed to be serious, I guess, but I totally didn't get this one.

    "Make your home as safe as houses." Wut?
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    Feb 07, 2014 3:36 PM GMT
    Of course the US version of this commercial would have the kids slaughtered for STAYING in school.

    But presenting a totally improbable outcome as the consequence of skipping school doesn't make a very compelling argument to me. Why not have the kids abducted from the beach by space aliens? Drowning by a tsunami might actually be possible, or eaten by sharks in the water, not uncommon in Australia. Or a car accident on the way TO the beach. But landmines ON the beach? When's the last time you read about that happening?

    A more realistic commercial might be to travel the city streets, showing young homeless living in deplorable conditions (not sure how many in Australia, if a plague like in the US). As each person is shown on camera a caption appears that describes their history: "High School dropout, 2009" "Barely graduated, 2010. unemployable" and so forth. Not necessarily actual cases, it's acceptable to use actors that represent the true reality for some.

    Now that might scare a young person to buckle down in school, that's real life, a real possibility. But I doubt the fear of beach landmines is really gonna motivate them. Even if those were meant to be allegorical, a young person won't make that connection.
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    Feb 07, 2014 3:41 PM GMT
    This is a scary safety ad from Canada

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    Feb 07, 2014 3:49 PM GMT
    Broseph saidIt's hard to get kids to watch a video where the message is to stay in school. I'd bet a lot of kids are talking about this one and sharing it around. Isn't that how you measure success in advertising? :p

    True, the "office watercooler conversation" effect. But this is so absurd and gross I think it will only get mocked by kids, and fail in its ultimate goal.

    "Hey mate, where yah goin'? Skipping again?"

    "Yeah, but I'm goin' downtown, don't wanna be blown up by those beach landmines."

    ::: laughter :::
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    Feb 07, 2014 4:01 PM GMT
    blkapollo saidThis is a scary safety ad from Canada



    The lesson? Clean up the grease! icon_lol.gif

    These ads should come with a Parental Guidance rating!