to have such a strong reaction to this advert for cancer?

(177 Posts)
FarleyD Sat 23-Mar-13 13:53:55

I'm talking about the advert where people throw insults around, eg there's a little girl saying "you make me sick", someone else saying "cancer you twat", someone saying "we're going to get you" etc.

I don't watch much tv, and adverts barely register on my radar. I'm suprised at the strength of my reaction to this ad. I don't know what it is about it but it almost makes me feel queasy. Maybe it's the fact that the ad suggests the power is in our hands to "fight" this pernicious disease. It just doesn't sit right with me.

Does anyone else feel this way? Can anyone explain why I feel like this?! And aibu?

Orianne Mon 25-Mar-13 18:02:50

Farley, I think that would work for me to.

Iris270567 Fri 22-Aug-14 16:09:11

I had cancer - the cancer which was doing the only thing it knew how. I didn't want to fight, so my attitude was to quietly ask it to leave as it was no longer needed and with treatment and luck - it did.

There was no use or need for the 'battle' analogy. It was not personal, it was just there and I had to remain as calm and unemotional as possible to make the best decisions for me.

The anger, fighting and insults are a distraction. They sap your strength, peace of mind and resolve.

And as many of you have said - there is a chance if it is a battle, a person could 'lose', as if it was somehow totally under their control.

This kind of advert is infantile in the extreme - it is a childish and over-simplistic expression of fear and powerlessness.

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