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Was I Unreasonable To Have Complained About This Advert...?

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Firstly, I should say that I am very anti-cheating. I was cheated on a couple of years ago, and I am still trying to come to terms with it. I have recently also severed all ties with 2 friends due to cheating. These were very good friends of 20+ years. Friend A was having an affair and friend B was providing her with alibi's etc. That is how strongly I feel about cheating.

Ok, so that was just a bit of background.
Today I saw the TV advert for Flora Buttery and was absolutely horrified. The tagline of it is "Go ahead, cheat on butter."
Am I being unreasonable in thinking that they are encouraging/glorifying cheating?
That they are using the word cheat as if it is something good to do?
I'm not only concerned about cheating in an infidelity sense, but cheating in things such as school tests/sports etc. If children are watching this advert, they may see no harm in cheating.

I emailed Flora company directly to tell them how disgusted I was with the advert, and their lack of morals, and to tell them I would never be buying a Flora product again.

However, when I told my mum what I had done she told me that I had over-reacted and that it was just an advert and I'd behaved like a 'crazy thing'. I left her house and haven't replied to her text.
I'm really upset with her and don't feel that I did over-react.

PessaryPam Mon 25-Feb-13 17:18:41

You sound a bit bitter at the non-butter advert, hope you feel better soon.

magimedi Mon 25-Feb-13 17:19:10

biscuit

WheresMyCow Mon 25-Feb-13 17:20:54

I'm sure that there is another Peppa somewhere Hecate but it was a first post for the fucking variety shockgrin

TheFallenNinja Mon 25-Feb-13 17:23:33

If I worked for Flora I'd be pissing myself at this.

Flora, the margarine for cheaters.

If I'm honest, I was kind of expecting MN'ers to reply as you have done.
I think it's a sad reflection on society today that cheating is bandied around willy-nilly, glorified, accepted and covered up.

Also, I posted about Flora on my FB (yeah, yeah...) and so far 3 people have agreed with me and have said they will also email their concerns to Flora.

Thanks everyone for your responses.

SigmundFraude Mon 25-Feb-13 17:26:16

Oh no you di'int grin

Timeforabiscuit Mon 25-Feb-13 17:26:54

Have you heard the phrase "eating is cheating" ??

Where do you stand on that?

WorraLiberty Mon 25-Feb-13 17:27:50

You sound a bit bitter at the non-butter advert, hope you feel better soon.

I Can't Believe She's Not Bitter grin

LadyBeagleEyes Mon 25-Feb-13 17:28:48

Clearly a wind up.
I think it's quite a good one too, I sort of believed it at the start as I thought I recognised the name and thought it was a regular.
Oh and for what it's worth, you could never cheat with me over Flora and butter.
I would always know.

SkinnybitchWannabe Mon 25-Feb-13 17:28:49

You overreacted. Must be nice being so perfect

pictish Mon 25-Feb-13 17:30:31

Ohhh this has made me chuckle! grin

I think it's a sad reflection on society today that cheating is bandied around willy-nilly, glorified, accepted and covered up

It's an advert suggesting you use margarine rather than butter!! Please get some perspective because you sound quite bonkers!

Worra grin

You might not believe she's not bitter, but re-read her posts, she is utterly bitterly.

OP vitaliten up a bit.

CloudsAndTrees Mon 25-Feb-13 17:31:12

Are you from Tunbridge Wells?

SkinnybitchWannabe - Where have I said I was perfect?

MyHeadWasInTheSandNowNot Mon 25-Feb-13 17:31:46

If it's a wind up - well done you... ha ha ha (NOT)

If it's not - then you need to get help, seriously. In the nicest possible way - you need to see a professional and work through this.

Not Tunbridge Wells. Chatham.

pictish Mon 25-Feb-13 17:34:12

Flora, the margarine for cheaters.

LOLLL! grin

pictish Mon 25-Feb-13 17:35:11

Mind you, if we don't take action, this problem will spread.

CloudsAndTrees Mon 25-Feb-13 17:37:30

grin at the problem will spread! grin

FeckOffCup Mon 25-Feb-13 17:38:32

I'll definitely email flora to back up your complaint OP, right after I do the one to mcvities to tell them that picking up a penguin is wrong and will encourage people to abduct the feathery little blighters from their local zoo, where will the madness end?

CheeseStrawWars Mon 25-Feb-13 17:38:34

Hark at you, coming over all lard-di-da about an advert!

Think of the distrex you're causing your mum, and buttern your lip next time.

YABU

Theicingontop Mon 25-Feb-13 17:39:32

grin pictish

ChewinTheFat Mon 25-Feb-13 17:39:46

Haha! Nutterly Butterly!

pictish Mon 25-Feb-13 17:39:46

Oil be damned, but this thread is funny! grin

grin Hardly a 1st world issue, as it's clearly stating cheating on butter with margarine, not exactly comparable to adultery or any of the other forms of 'serious cheating' you have provided.
Sorry, but you must be the one & only person who has complained about said advertisment.
Lighten upsmile

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