I'm guessing that most of the ads in Europe are directed to a male audience?
No, not really. I was just talking in general about the "prudeness" (if that's a word) in America compared to Europe with that breast cancer examination as example.
I don't know how to explain it.. it's like.. we see the difference between what's a gratuious sex scene & what's naked because it needs to be. I heard that even some statues or paintings or other pieces of art are censored on tv/magazines in the US. That's just so ridiculous, it's beyond belief. It's a piece of art! It's a part of European culture.. leave it alone, if it's too much too show just don't show it, but don't **** it up like that.
I'm trying to place myself in the role of some new-born christian or conservatie & think.. what's wrong with that? What do you think? Because your 6year old sees a breast, a very normal & useful part of the human anatomy (no pun intedned), he's going to degenerate into a sex offender by the time he's 15? If you breast feed a baby & your 6 year old is in the same room.. do you send him away?
I think on this side of the pond, we can relative much more easily to what's innocent nude & what's filth. Even in "christian" countries such as Spain, Italy, Poland.. etc.. Heck.. in Italy there's a TV station where the weather report is topless after 12pm, I admit over the top.. but still :) In Poland the #1 selling paper (which is a tabloid) has a topless page 3 girl as well.
During the whole Janet Jackson thing on Superbowl, all the media here were just laughing their asses off. I'm not saying you can't be conservative, it's up to the American media, what they do isn't my concern. But that was blown out of proportion so much.. imo, it was sad that that was the hot topic at the time.. like there weren't worse things happening in the world.
so that there is this battle between freedom of speech and those who want to censor what is said.
Yeah, what's happening is that those who feel there's too much media control just overexaregate into a point where all irony is lost & those pro-censorship then just strike harder. And then those against go further just to **** them off.. etc.. a huge polarisation of society. 2 extremes against each other.. take stuff like Howard Stern, I don't listen to it but I know what his shows are about & there are others as him, trying to find a way on the boundaries of what can & can't be done.
It doesn't make a better show.. but it's anti-establishment.. "lets show them what we dare to say/do"
While here we have a much more laid-back atmosphere about it & that sort of degeneration just doesn't happen. We have our rules too of course.. just not as extremely strict.