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I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 14 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 14 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

Well that’s one heck of an original headline from Reuters.

The story is even more intriguing:

Television adverts of the motorcycle-riding Crazy Frog, who is drawn with a broad smile and a tiny penis, run frequently on British television, amusing, baffling and annoying viewers.

I’ve not seen that advert much, but I have caught it a couple of times and I’ve never noticed a penis. So, in an effort to discover whether or not this was a hoax, I sought out a still image. And from this, it appears that the frog really does have his bits out.

Apparently,

Twenty-two people complained they were worried children might see the advertising, which also promotes screen savers and mobile videos. Five parents said they were embarrassed by questions their children had asked.

I have to say I’m surprised that so many people were moved to complain. But luckily, it would appear that there’s no problem with frogs genitalia being shown:

“While unusual for an animated model of this type to be shown with genitalia, no sexual or inappropriate references were made about its anatomy,” the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority said.

So there we go. And I bet there aren’t many websites out there where a frog’s bits and the Pope feature on the same page.

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Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 12:59 on 20th May 2005.

Good news for the people who complained… the latest ads have the genitals censored with a big black box.


Comment from NICKI


by NICKI

Comment posted at 15:38 on 22nd May 2005.

I think that the crazy frog is a brilliant ringtone and screensavers i dont know why people are complaining about,my 6 month cousin laughs at the crazy frog ringtones please reply to me and tell me what you think about what we wrote nicki


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 22:09 on 22nd May 2005.

I think you’re perfectly entitled to your opinion – but I personally find the ringtones incredibly annoying.


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