What Do You Think?

It’s beginning to snow here in upstate New York, and so although we’re still a bit early for the Holiday build-up, I’m posting about a little controversy, and I’d love to hear your opinions.

Another author friend posted the following Christmas ad from Sainsbury’s (a UK-based supermarket). I was immediately drawn to the historical context of the ad, but some viewers of it found it offensive or disrespectful, according to some written commentary I’ve seen.

Have a watch, if you’re so inclined, and then please share your thoughts in the comments. Do you think it’s heartwarming or disrespectful?  I have my own opinions, but of course I’d like to hear yours before chiming in with mine! 🙂

12 thoughts on “What Do You Think?

  1. Michelle says:

    I believe that the basic story in that ad is actually true. There was an unofficial Christmas Day truce, where both sides came out of their bunkers and celebrated together. In light of that, I see no problem with this ad at all. I don’t think it’s disrespectful. It’s just highlighting a human moment during an awful time in history.

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  2. kris fletcher says:

    My only problem with that ad was how weepy it left me. I think it is a beautiful reminder of our shared humanity. And as it was made with input from the British Legion, I’m not sure who has the right to complain.

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    • Ahh…I can see what you’re saying.

      I knew straight up that the piece was an ad from Sainsburys, and so I expected the tie-in by the end and wasn’t bothered by it at all (perhaps also because there are some similar adverts in the US that cross similar, sacrosanct ground…i.e. the Budweiser horses “kneeling” and bowing in respect in an advert shown just once after the 9-11 attacks).

      Not knowing the Sainsbury’s piece was an advert would likely have caused a different impact.

      Thanks for the comment!


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