There's a TV commercial here in the States at the moment for 'Starburst' candy (BrE: 'Opal Fruits' - "made to make your mouth water!") in which an art student kisses the starburst face of a likeness of a girl called 'Cheryl'. The girl stands and watches in utter bewilderment as he does so. If you have never seen this commercial, you can watch it by going to:

http://starburst.com/advertising.jsp
and then by clicking on the video cassette marked ART CENTER at the top of the pile of tapes on the right hand side of the screen.
I have had several discussions with friends about this ad. Some think it is hilariously funny but some think it fits the definition of 'lewd' because of the 'passionate' kissing in it. What do you guys think? Is the commercial funny or lewd, or a bit of both?

Josh Norther
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I have had several discussions with friends about this ad. Some think it is hilariously funny but some think it ... 'passionate' kissing in it. What do you guys think? Is the commercial funny or lewd, or a bit of both?

I vote for the third option: perverse..r
There's a TV commercial here in the States at the moment for 'Starburst' candy (BrE: 'Opal Fruits' - "made to ... 'passionate' kissing in it. What do you guys think? Is the commercial funny or lewd, or a bit of both?

Good Lord. Anyone that thinks that a kiss is lewd deserves a place in Bush's Cabinet as Director of Homeland Morals.

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Good Lord. Anyone that thinks that a kiss is lewd deserves a place in Bush's Cabinet as Director of Homeland Morals.

But it's not just "a kiss", it's (as I said in my OP) "kissing". There's a difference. This "kissing" is accompanied by quite loud grunting sounds.

Josh Norther
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Josh Norther wrote on 22 Feb 2005:
There's a TV commercial here in the States at the moment for 'Starburst' candy (BrE: 'Opal Fruits' - "made to ... cassette marked ART CENTER at the top of the pile of tapes on the right hand side of the screen.

I saw no such stack of tapes, only an almost blank white page with a few choices at the bottom:
Product Locator > Privacy > Legal > Note To Parents > Site Owner Australian visitors click here > ©2004 Mars, Incorporated. All Rights Reserved
Masterfoods USA Newsroom

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Josh Norther wrote on 22 Feb 2005:

There's a TV commercial here in the States at the ... of tapes on the right hand side of the screen.

I saw no such stack of tapes, only an almost blank white page with a few choices at the bottom:

It may be necessary to go to the main homepage first (ie: http://starburst.com ) in order to load the Flash multimedia plugin that plays the commercials.

Josh Norther
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There's a TV commercial here in the States at the moment for 'Starburst' candy (BrE: 'Opal Fruits' - "made to ... 'passionate' kissing in it. What do you guys think? Is the commercial funny or lewd, or a bit of both?

I don't see any passionate kissing. He gives it a smooch, then starts to enthusiastically eat the nose off the candy statue. The category would be "gross", and it would probably appeal to their teenaged target audience.
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There's a TV commercial here in the States at the moment for 'Starburst' candy (BrE: 'Opal Fruits' - "made to ... 'passionate' kissing in it. What do you guys think? Is the commercial funny or lewd, or a bit of both?

I'd say it's more grotesque than anything else. The cannabalistic implications are a mite disturbing..

Aaron Davies
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Josh Norther wrote on 23 Feb 2005:
It may be necessary to go to the main homepage first (ie: http://starburst.com ) in order to load the Flash multimedia plugin that plays the commercials.

Strange things happen to people who attempt to access stuff from Taiwan. I don't have any problem getting the home page, but I don't see what you and everyone else saw. That's okay. Even my emails get bounced from Hotmail and AOL from time to time because of my final ".tw", and the bounce message tells me that it's because so much spam comes from over here.

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