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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

I Think I’m Traumatized

posted by on March 19 at 13:02 PM

Last week, I annoyed some people by not marking a video as “graphic or not for the squeamish or something.” I am not sorry for posting that video.

That said, I feel compelled to warn you that the following commercial is really fucking creepy, and not for the squeamish:

I just had to share, in part because I’m still really creeped out. Via

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That's one of the most disturbing things I've ever seen in my life. Eww. I need a shower.

Posted by Al | March 19, 2008 1:09 PM


Posted by Mr. Poe | March 19, 2008 1:13 PM

haha tube snake

Posted by fs | March 19, 2008 1:17 PM

Sorry but fake CGI snake/penis-thingies are way less disturbing than actual footage of people suffering violent physical damage.

Posted by Mittens Schrodinger | March 19, 2008 1:19 PM

Oh, man. I totally knew what the ad was for before the end! It's like I win, but at the same time I lose...

Posted by Mr. Joshua | March 19, 2008 1:27 PM

That's a fucking awesome ad.
Not in the way that sounds, but because it accurately portrays the creeping ugliness of the trauma in an unsettlingly accurate fashion.
But yeah, I'll shut up and make room for more dick jokes.

Posted by Caribou | March 19, 2008 1:37 PM

I guessed cancer.

Posted by Steam | March 19, 2008 1:38 PM

I thought it was an awareness ad for people afflicted with prehensile tails.

Posted by Jerod | March 19, 2008 1:44 PM

what a fucking horrible ad. This shit just reminds me of what terrible animated porn the japanese make.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | March 19, 2008 1:54 PM

Gross! that just totally ruined hetro-necrophilia for me.

Posted by DJSauvage | March 19, 2008 1:58 PM

Why is this better than certain NSFW videos of a young brunette star from Melrose Place who ended up in a NYC-located TV show on cable?

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 19, 2008 2:17 PM

@5 -- I'm with you. Knowing what it was for made it that much worse.

Posted by Sarah | March 19, 2008 2:28 PM

I'm already creeped out by what the ad was talking about. Did we need slithering penis-like tentacles to tell us? Christ.

Posted by Gloria | March 19, 2008 2:32 PM

Is there going to be a companion commercial with a giant flesh-colored flower devouring people? It's not just penis-snakes that do the molesting.

Posted by Baxter | March 19, 2008 2:56 PM

Well done, now they need to show a young boy being molested, but how do you make a Catholic Priest into a snakoid?

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | March 19, 2008 3:06 PM

Finally, something new to masturbate to.

Posted by JC | March 19, 2008 3:36 PM

I'd really like to buy a foot or two of that stuff.

You know, just because.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | March 19, 2008 3:42 PM

@17: What would you do with TWO feet of it!?

Posted by Aislinn | March 19, 2008 3:54 PM

One never knows, does one?

Posted by NapoleonXIV | March 19, 2008 4:06 PM

And not only that, I somewhat disagree with the conclusion. Not everyone who has been abused who doesn't get professional counseling ends up FUBAR.

Posted by Tlazolteotl | March 19, 2008 4:20 PM

Not everyone who refuses chemo and radiation treatment for cancer dies, but why not do something that might help.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | March 19, 2008 4:25 PM

Really fucking creepy until 0:11.

Posted by umvue | March 19, 2008 6:17 PM

Phew. That was one monster dick.

Posted by matthew | March 19, 2008 7:04 PM

OK, I'm coming out of lurkerdom to discuss this one. Can you imagine an ad like this ever appearing on American television? No way - the taboo against public confrontation of sexual abuse issues is too strong.

This summer, I attended a presentation by German sex researchers who are working on a treatment for pedophilia. They showed a similar TV spot used for recruitment to their experimental program. It opened with a scene of a 30-ish, average-looking man on a public bus. The soundtrack was his heartbeat. A woman and young boy got on at the next stop, and the man looked furtively at the boy, his heart beat quickening with each glance. The man squirmed in his seat, clearly uncomfortable, but unable to stop looking. Finally the woman and boy exited, and his heart rate returned to normal.

The caption at the end said, "Do you like children more than you should? Call us. We will try to help."

Sadly, there is no truly successful treatment for pedophilia - but at least they have received funding to try to find one and are allowed to recruit in this public way. In contrast, we devote more resources to the punishment/temporary incarceration of perpetrators than prevention of abuse/treatment of victims.


Posted by meggers | March 19, 2008 11:08 PM

#17 in response to your question, get out a bit more

two feet, all day and night, with great excitement and vigor

Posted by Lordsman | March 20, 2008 1:28 AM

I knew exactly what that ad was about the second it started. Well done! Very creepy!

Posted by monkey | March 20, 2008 7:46 AM

I thought the ad was very well done and real. It would have been better if it ended with a number for victims to call to get help, though, rather than with a plea for money.

Also, it's not clear what these people do with money you send them

Posted by miss_m | March 20, 2008 9:43 AM

in any case, i love germans

Posted by mintygreen | March 20, 2008 2:42 PM

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