Microsoft Ad Disses Mac for Lacking Touch, Gets Called Sexist

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hornfire3

i dont know why but minutes ago im blocked from commenting the articles because of 'spamming'. weird, i didnt spam at all.

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maxeeemum

The MaxPC spam filter is bad. It is triggered by certain words. For example the word "d e f e n d i n g" will trigger it. I found that through trial and error. That's why I put spaces there. You have to say something like "that's why you defend".

If you get the spam thing you have to rephrase something. Hope that helps!

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maxeeemum

Wow! This conversation took a dirt road!

But back to the ad!!!!!!!

M$ fired, replaced or forced to resign most of the top management that brought us Windows 8. Now it's time to get rid of the person in charge of advertising!

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Engelsstaub

Since you've gotten us all back off that dirt road and on the far more relevant "M$" path you're always on perhaps you can tell us what about this particular ad should cause "M$" to need to fire the person in charge of advertising. What's your reasoning for believing this ad is overtly sexist?

I mean, I think that's what Paul was asking for when he concluded this with "Give the ad a once over and let us know what you think about it in the comments section below." (I think you're just on a different dirt road so to speak. ...by yourself.)

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maxeeemum

Hey easy there!

The comment was directed not at "sexist" but more that M$ ads have been just plain bad lately. Nothing more!

By the way I agree with most of your left/right rant! I guess I'm a moderate! LOL!

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legionera

wooow you were destroyed! Abandon the ship!

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Volleynova

Political Correctness has gone even more bizarro in the second decade of the 21st century, and it's only going to get worse.

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Engelsstaub

This pseudo-PC bullshit is really getting out of hand.

The only people who get left out of all this are the people who really can't stand up for themselves and deserve some PC thought-policing: the mentally handicapped. How many of these fake-liberals and feminazis do you hear referring to those they don't agree with as "retards" and like-terms? But god forbid if one hetero man teasingly calls another hetero man "gay" then straight "progressives" everywhere come out of the fucking woodwork; a legion of white knights for a segment of the population more than capable of speaking for themselves.

It's really all about "left-hip" bandwagoning and nothing about anyone's rights and being genuinely compassionate.

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MaximumMike

I was going to comment on this thread. But After reading yours I no longer see the need. Well said.

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Engelsstaub

Thanks, dude. In spite of our past differences of opinion I respect your input.

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MaximumMike

I honestly never thought that you didn't.

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vrmlbasic

Too true.

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The Mac

good lord, where the hell did that come from?

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Engelsstaub

There was nothing sexist at all about Microsoft's ad...that's where it came from. IOW: same crap; people imagining and reading their tired-ass agendas into a completely innocuous commercial.

Having a woman speaking about what she uses a computer for does not equal what all women use a computer for. Furthermore planning for a wedding is a fact of life and not at all offensive or demeaning to any gender. She spoke like she knew what she wanted and knew what she was talking about and people want to read their stupid agendas into it when there was none.

My commentary was on the ridiculousness of the complaints of sexism here and how they are symptomatic of the bullshit state of PC-overreaction we deal with today.

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The Mac

gotacha, i agree nothing remotely sexist in that ad.

Just seemed you post was a little over the top

lol

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Engelsstaub

It was. I got a little carried away. I get pissy about PC because I work with special needs people and all I ever hear from everyone who thinks they're PC is everyone and everything is "retarded." I took it out on this post, I guess.

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Carlidan

he needs to blame some one, so he blames liberals and feminist, etc, even though it has nothing to do with liberals or feminist groups. Just one person talking about their opinion. Also the other complaint was from female gamers, pretty sure there were some "conservative" females complaining too. But I digress.

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Engelsstaub

I don't know if you noticed the first time but I said "fake liberals" eg: hypocrites as I pointed out. I myself am liberal on almost every last political issue. Everything isn't black and white/us vs. them and I'm no hyper-partisan hack in need of a Rachel Maddow or Bill O'Reilly to think for me.

You have a fair point that I missed: the article only really quotes one person charging the commercial with sexism and I somehow assumed it was many. My rant does seem a bit wrong time/wrong place now considering there isn't the huge backlash I initially was given the impression of when I read lines like "...some are suggesting Microsoft is once again being sexist..."

In response to The Mac: It was general commentary on PC hypocrisy. There were a few other comments here that said much the same. I get tired of everyone getting butthurt over things that are of little consequence like this commercial. There wasn't a damned thing wrong with it. TL;DR-version is this: I think people need to get thicker skin and concentrate on things that really matter...like helping the helpless as I pointed out in my OP.

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Carlidan

I wouldn't put Racheal and Bill in the same category. She might not agree with opposing views but she would debate with that person without being an asshole. Now if you made a comparison between Bill Oriley and Keith Olberman. Then that would be justified.

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MaximumMike

Or how about Bill O'reilly and Chris Matthews? I think those are pretty much the two archetypes.

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Carlidan

That's a tough one. They are both annoying........

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The Mac

i agree, some people find fault in everything.

Honestly, i think some people just need to feel like they are making an impact on SOMETHING to give their boring and worthless lives meaning, regardless of whether the content is completely innocuous.

It reminds me of an old George Carlin joke: "Ever notice all the women against abortion are so ugly, you wouldnt want to fuck them in the first place?"

Mind you that was back in the 80s, times have changed, but the underlying concept still applies. People with these kinds of agendas are usually lacking something the general populace takes for granted.

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Carlidan

LOL. That was a good job.

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Engelsstaub

I miss George Carlin.

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vrmlbasic

People throwing down the "sexism" flag on commercials unduly has cost us some great commercials. The 2011 Dr. Pepper 10 "It's not for Women!" commercial (which was _obviously_ satirical) being chief among them.

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JCGPZ9

This is from Slate and the writer is pretty much a liberal/ progressive hack in which everything has to be extremely politically correct unless someone from similar ideals is doing it.

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firefox91

Does anyone seriously think this add is offensive in any way? Seriously? If it was a dude in that exact same commercial, would anyone believe it? Give me a break.

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AFDozerman

I couldn't actually watch the ad when I wrote my last comment, but my new response to this is as follows:

"Get the stick out of your asses. There is nothing sexist about this."

///end transmission///

Seriously, though. I'd love to see what these people have to say about some of my posts on 4chan.

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PCLinuxguy

I fail to see how it's sexist. I suppose the only people complaining about it work for Cupertino.

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papaassasin

Not at all sexist. My wife and watched it and didn't see anything sexist in it. But it was a good way to get us to watch a commercial about a product that we are already planning to get. :)
Also my sister in law used her laptop, Pinterest and Facebook to communicate with family and friend about the details of the wedding.

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Rebel_X

Lol, "Windows 8, the OS the gays use the most." would be more fitting statement in advertisement.

Now you can call me sexist and a homophobe. :p

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Granite

I think the commercial was okay.

Now, the wedding planning wouldn't be something I'm interested in, but hey...if these women are having fun with that AIO, there's got to be something good about it, right?

Oh...wait...crap...I guess I'm being sexist now.

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Neufeldt2002

I thought this was one of their better commercials.

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juansavage

I think it should have been a bunch of dudes swiping invite fonts and floral arrangements.

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theJimKidd

some ppl will find anything to be offended by.

if you are offended then you are a pussy. i hope that offends you more

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juansavage

This is terrible. People are going to start to think that women like planning weddings more than men or that it's good to plan weddings.

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USraging

Ummmm... I don't get it.... I don't see anything wrong with this advert. People like to talk about being sexist, I have seen many tv show and commercials that portray men as being stupid, and I have yet to read a article regarding that.

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vrmlbasic

Same here.

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the_brink

Really? The ad is just fine. Thinking this is sexist is beyond stupid. People have to find something to complain about I guess.

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jbitzer

Well, SOMEBODY has to counter the opinion of every TV show ever that fathers/husbands are inept bumbling dolts.

Sorry ladies, does it turn out what is good for the goose isn't good for the gander?

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AFDozerman

Who the hell is in charge of marketing for Microsoft? I've seen some good (well, decent) commercials on TV for the surface line and 8.1, but these just keep coming out of the woodwork and look like an uninformed 13 year old thought them up. Besides, doesn't apple have an entire line of touchscreen macbooks?

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the_brink

Apple doesn't have a touchscreen Macbook.

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Slugbait

...and Apple publicly stated in late January that there will likely never be a touchscreen Macbook.

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the_brink

Yeah, but Apple said that about the a smaller iPad, and now we have the iPad mini.

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Slugbait

Steve Jobs said that about the smaller iPad. Then he died. Twelve months afterwards, the iPad Mini was released.

The person who made that iPad Mini decision is part of today's chorus saying there will not be a touch-capable Macbook. Reasons include the fact that it runs a completely different operating system than their mobile devices do.

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jtrpop

Would we expect anything less from Mark Penn, former adviser to both Bill and Hillary Clinton? Formerly in charge of Microsoft's advertising department, the same man behind the attack ads against Google, and now will be Microsoft's first chief strategy officer. We can only expect more bad ads, and more consumers distancing themselves.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Microsoft also disses and must kill it's own O.S.

Did you know....
Windows XP is right now the fastest growing Windows O.S. in terms of market share

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/03/05/windows_xp_market_share_grows_again/

Think of the profits Microsoft is throwing away to kill their most popular O.S. simply because XP was not designed from the ground up as a Gov't sponsored spyware platform

Oh dear god, won't somebody please think of the profits!

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AFDozerman

You're an interesting person, Bullwhinkle. I'm legitimately curious about what you're like outside of MPC. What do you do for a living?

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limitbreaker

For some reason I envision Bullwinkle to be a lot like Cosmo Kramer from Seinfeld.

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The Mac

personally i picture Wayne Knight (Dennis) from Jurassic Park.

lol