Now, we’re crying again. This time, our tears are for a heartfelt life insurance commercial. The video shows a man who consistently does good deeds for others. Often, he sacrifices his own time, efforts, and money to help those in need.
For most of the video, strangers shake their head as he gives up all of his money to beggars on the street. By the end of the commercial, we are able to see what the kind-hearted man gains in return for his good deeds.
The video, which has gathered over 5 million views is winning the hearts of many. Watch the it below and let us know if it pulls at your heartstrings.
I know some of you are tired of the usual Valentine’s day lineup. Dress up, have a fancy dinner and exchange a heart-shaped box of chocolate. Boring right?
Well if your Valentine is up for a challenge this year, why not have a playful holiday? While you’re at, why not try to beat the Guinness World Record for the longest kiss ever?
Of course, this will be no easy feat. The world’s longest kiss lasted a whomping 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds.
The record was set by Ekkachai Tiranarat and Laksana Tiranarat during an event organized by Ripley’s Believe It Or Not in Thailand. The annual kissathon competition happens during, you guessed it, Valentine’s Day. This particular record was set on February 12-14 last year.
The event began with nine couples who were not allowed to sit, rest or sleep. In fact, when the contestants had to eat, drink, or use the restroom, they needed to get creative. The couples were not allowed to break away from the kiss for anything.
Ekkachai Tiranarat and Laksana Tiranarat received a $3,300 cash prize, two diamond rings and the Guinness World record for their kiss. Funny enough, they had set the record back in 2011. They may very well try to beat their record once more.
You and your date could try your hand at beating the record. If not, you just have an excuse to kiss for as long as you want.
Avid smokers and anti-smokers disagree on quite a lot when it comes to cigarettes, but they can all agree on one thing: no matter how much people enjoy it, there is no doubt that smoking cigarettes can cause great deal of damage to your body. Regardless of the fine print on each package stating “Surgeon General’s Warning: Smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema, and may complicate pregnancy,” most continue to smoke and disregard the warning or cannot yet kick the habit. Whatever the reason may be, sometimes we all just need a little reminder as to how deadly cigarettes can be.
In the video, which won the Bronze Award at the 2012 Bronze Cannes Award, various adults are followed and are approached by a child with a cigarette asking for a light. Even more interesting than children asking for a light are the responses that the adults give to the children. Smoker after smoker, many with a cigarette still in hand, remind the children of how bad smoking is and tell the kids that they are too young.
A few moments later, the child responds with “If smoking is bad, why do you smoke?” They then give the adult a note which reads, “You worry about me. But why not about yourself? Reminding yourself is the most effective warning to help you quit.”
The message that this video sends is definitely one that will not be forgotten. The filmmakers use of everyday life scenarios for this campaign contributes to the effectiveness of the video. It has opened up the eyes of many, including my own.
A few months ago, this Thai push-up bra commercial went viral. The original video gained over 9 million views since being uploaded:
In honor of LGBT History Month, we decided to bring this video back and take a closer look. It’s clear why the video has so many views with its unexpected ending. Generally, the video was well-received. One viewer commented, “He is attractive both as a girl and a boy.” Another humored viewer commented, “Well the push-up bra definitely works then.”
Although there were still a share of individuals who argued that they were “tricked” and showed anger towards the commercial, people were generally entertained. The commercial didn’t present the transgender community in a negative light and did not try to make fun of it.
This is not necessarily the case for all Thai commercials containing transgender characters. The following IKEA commercial angered the Thai Transgender Alliance for being ”negative,” “stereotypical,” and a “gross violation of human rights.”
The commercial shows a couple walking through IKEA. The woman becomes so excited with a sale for pillows that her voice drops and horrifies her boyfriend. The end shows the boyfriend running off in the opposite direction. The Thai Transgender Alliance argues that ”the transgender content of the advertisement is negative and stereotypical in nature, perpetuating misunderstanding transgenderism as human sexuality for ‘deceitful and deviant lifestyle.’”
Unfortunately, this is not the first time IKEA has poked fun at the transgender community. Another IKEA commercial, this time coming from France, shows a woman getting ready to go out. She accidentally knocks into a low table and hits her crotch– revealing she was physically born a man.
Although the difference between the first commercial and the last two may seem slight to some, it makes a load of difference. There is a clear distinction between a commercial showing someone proud of their gender identity versus another commercial showing an individual running away from a transgender out of fear.
In honor of LGBT history month, lets try to make it a lasting habit to stay conscious of these differences.
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