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No fun! ‘Halloween Safety’ video from 1977 is a major buzzkill
10.10.2014
09:12 am

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Here’s a PSA from 1977 put out by Centron Educational Films called “Halloween Safety” that literally drains all the joy out of Halloween in about eleven minutes. The video is a copy of the original 16mm film that a blogger by the name of Jason Willis, who appeared in the film when he was seven, spent some time tracking down in order to see his fourteen-second cameo. Jason also provides some cool backstory on the loopy PSA on his blog, Scar Stuff. (It’s probably worth mentioning that Herk Harvey, the principal director at Centron, also directed cult classic Carnival of Souls.)

The long list of no-no’s on this vintage reel include not wearing black clothing, not wearing a mask, not eating candy (it’s going to be tainted anyway so why bother), no running, no pranks and for the love of god DON’T dress up like a traditional witch! It’s dangerous.
 

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Herk Harvey’s ‘Carnival of Souls’

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‘80s anti-drug PSA makes you wanna snort blow off a chicken’s butt
09.23.2014
10:57 am

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Drugs

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drugs
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Dammit, I knew I shouldn’t have clicked play on this clip of a bizarre anti-drug PSA from the 80s. Any song titled “The Chicken Club” is a sure-fire recipe for an all day earworm. You can tell from a distance, can’t you? I’ve been humming and tappin’ my toes to this catchy lil’ tune all day. I hate myself for it.

The message I’ve taken away from this video and song is, if you don’t do drugs you can do some awesome variations of “The Roger Rabbit” / “The Cabbage Patch” and, you know… you just gotta join the “Chi-chi-chicken Club!”

Are you a “chicken” for not doing drugs? That’s a bit of a mixed message, yeah?
 

 
via Death and Taxes

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This anti-drug PSA might actually encourage kids to take drugs
08.08.2014
11:55 am

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Amusing
Drugs

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MDMA
Molly


 
This—let’s face it, kinda hilarious—anti-drug PSA is supposed to discourage people from taking drugs (MDMA) at this year’s Labor Day weekend Electric Zoo (New York’s Electronic Music Festival).

In fact, the festival is planning to make “all concertgoers watch a short PSA before attending.”

Now I’ve watched this PSA several times and I don’t think it’s going to have any effect on anyone. At all. It may even encourage more of “pass me the Molly, please.” The guy is just full of love. I could see lots of folks wanting to feel exactly this way. Besides, he just wanted to touch the lady’s hair. I mean, she does have nice hair.

At the end it says “Don’t miss the moment.” Are they talking about this guy? He’s so in the fucking moment that it hurts.

 
via Village Voice

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‘Ashes of Doom’: This ‘Dark Shadows’-inspired 1970s anti-smoking PSA makes me want a cigarette
06.02.2014
07:22 am

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Drugs

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Dark Shadows
smoking


 
By the time this national Film Board of Canada anti-smoking PSA came out in 1970, Dark Shadows was already so popular it had begat a Canadian copycat, Strange Paradise. I’m not knocking it, by the way. Strange Paradise definitely retains some of the charm of its predecessor, and I’d recommend it wholeheartedly for fans of DS. I’m just saying it’s difficult to believe that “Ashes of Doom” wasn’t intentionally parodying the creepy/romantic style of those supernatural soap operas. (The short was created by Don Arioli and Grant Munro, by the way—Munro created “Toys,” the brutal stop-motion short made from GI Joes.)

While I applaud the Canadian government’s sense of humor (and their awareness of the latest trends!) there are a couple of reasons why I don’t think this film stopped anyone from smoking. First of all, the one minute and 55 second short starts with 53 seconds of credits—that’s definitely time enough light up, or at least resent the film enough to want to smoke out of spite. Second of all, while it’s a good bit of slapstick, the minute-long skit doesn’t really show any negative connotations of smoking. It ends with the protagonist’s smokey lungs mildly inconveniencing a vampire, which would actually be a really excellent incentive to smoke if you were a Gothic soap opera heroine. O Canada, what you lack in effective public health initiatives, you make up for in good-natured satirical farce.
 

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Colorado’s new marijuana DUI PSAs and the YouTube comments they inspired…


 
Earlier this month, the Colorado Department of Transportation rolled out a series of PSAs to discourage folks from driving while they’re stoned. While I agree no one should drive while they’re high—hell, I don’t think people should even drive while taking Benadryl, cold/ flu medications, painkillers or especially too much coffee—these commercials seem pretty silly to me. The stereotypical dum-dum stoner is in full effect here.

I posted all three commercials here for your viewing pleasure. I also added some choice comments from the general public from the YouTube comments. I’m not endorsing these comments, I am merely stating “here they are” and “make of this what you will.”
 

- Nobody gets high alone, bullshit PSA nobody will relate to. 

- I call bullshit.  Potheads don’t buy T-Bones, they buy double cheeseburgers and more pot.

- Apparently being stoned on marijuana magically reduces your to cognitive abilities to that of a chimpanzee.  Who knew. 

- I inject 4 marijuanas, now i punch babies for fun.

- Hey CDOT, if you want marijuana consumers to listen to you, I’d suggest talking to them like the rational, normal adults they are instead of insulting them.

- Well I don’t know what drug he was on cuz it definitely wasn’t weed…

- I’ve never broken something or forgot to do an important step, while high. This commercial makes us look stupid.

- The stoner stereotype bullshit is insulting. Keeps perpetuating that people that smoke look and act like this. Fuck the marketing team that came up with this.

- There is a difference between being high and having down’s syndrome.

- Wow!! this is EXACTLY what being high is like!

- What a totally insulting stereotype they are building in the publics’ mind that anyone who uses cannabis becomes borderline retarded. Folks who doesn’t know better must think you automatically lose 40 IQ points afterwards. What a shame, as it has inspired so much art, beauty, and productive work by responsible users, who are unjustly subjected to this demonetization.

- Isn’t it great when people who don’t blaze it act like they know what it’s like?

The spelling mistakes were left “as is” and like I was saying “make of it what you will.”

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‘Graffiti: Fun or Dumb?’: 1976 PSA is, like graffiti itself, fun and dumb
01.27.2014
08:40 am

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Graffiti: Fun or Dumb?
 
This stern, cheerful, inane PSA from Counselor Films about graffiti says a lot of things that are mostly true, and yet doesn’t seem to get anything right at all. The graffiti depicted in the video (some of it concocted for the video, of course) is indeed a blight in visual terms—it’s hard to argue the point. Either they didn’t know that some graffiti can be aesthetically appealing or the “golden age of graffiti” hadn’t really happened yet—I suspect it’s a bit of both.

Meanwhile, the need to express oneself, the benefits of outlaw behavior, the fundamental need for protest—you won’t hear about any of that here.
 
Graffiti
 
The video features a sublimely silly pop song that suggests what might have happened if your parents had descended into the rec room and wrested control over Rod Torfulson’s Armada:
 

Hey is it fun or just dumb?
Yes, either it’s fun or just dumb
You know there are kids in school
Some of them break the rules
Hey is it fun or just dumb?
Maybe what they’re doin’s funny
Maybe it may look that way
But maybe if it’s costin’ money
I wonder what it’ll cost—who’s gonna pay?
Hey is it fun or just dumb?
Yes, either it’s fun or just dumb
Either it’s fun or just dumb

 

 
From A/V Geeks

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Hilarious anti-drugging and driving commercial from New Zealand
09.16.2013
11:43 am

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Drugs

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Drugs
PSA
New Zealand


 
I normally can’t stand child actors, but the trio of kiwi kiddies assembled for this anti-drugs and driving PSA are comedic geniuses. They’re like Trailer Park Boys level funny… Perfect timing.

I guarantee these kids are going to get their own TV show.
 

 
h/t reddit

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‘Four little Indians on LSD’: Anti-drug PSA pulled for scaring the crap out of kids in 1972
03.04.2013
11:25 am

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Drugs

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PSA
Anti-drug PSA


 
I was lil’ too young—just an infant at the time—to remember this powerful anti-drug PSA which aired on American TV circa 1974, but according to what I’ve read online about this spot (with such a catchy tune!) is it pretty much had to be pulled immediately for scaring the shit out of children.

It’s still strong stuff.
 

 
Via Everlasting Blort

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Are Georgia’s new PSAs targeting childhood obesity crossing the line?


 
Childhood obesity—or just general obesity in America—is a really, really controversial and sticky subject on the Internet. The subject can barely be discussed in broad terms without people getting personally offended if they themselves are heavy, so I try to remain somewhat non-committal about the topic. Commenting about something that many people would consider a health matter, to others is seen as harshing on the way they look.

Do I think these PSAs are crossing a line? I don’t know. I’ll sidestep that and let you guys hash it out in the comments.

From the description on YouTube:

We can’t continue to ignore the fact that Georgia has the second highest rate of childhood obesity in the country. We must open our eyes and look around: Kids are now suffering from diseases once seen only in adults. How do we save the next generation of Georgia’s kids? Working together through long-term change. First, we must come together as a community and talk about it.

 

 
More after the jump…

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The Night Tripper wants you to recycle
08.20.2011
09:34 pm

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Advertorial
Environment
Music

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PSA
Dr. John


 
A public service announcement from Dr. John. 1991.
 

 

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‘World Of Sex’ theme park: Safe sex video, NSFW
05.03.2011
11:26 am

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Sex

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AIDES
World Of Sex

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“The safer you play, the longer you stay.”

Public service announcement from French safe sex organization AIDES is a wonderfully witty and effective way to get your message out there.

The video is an animation of a poster that can be seen in all of its glory here.
 

 
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Smutley the Cat teaches us about AIDS awareness (NSFW)
03.24.2011
08:44 am

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Animals
Animation
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Sex

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AIDS

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An extremely wild Fritz the Cat style PSA about AIDS awareness set to the tune of Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation.”  No animals were harmed while making this… I think.

 
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Disturbing PSA against domestic violence
07.23.2010
10:37 am

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Current Events

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PSA
domestic violence

 
The world’s priorities are all screwed up. My God shame on all us:

This social experiment was carried out using hidden cameras in a townhouse complex in Johannesburg. Don’t condone violence by doing nothing. If you or anyone around you is experiencing domestic abuse please call the POWA helpline on 083 765 1235 or visit www.powa.co.za Counseling services and support is available.

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Moms with Guns
06.23.2010
11:27 pm

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Current Events

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PSA
Amber Alert
Moms with guns

 
From a YouTube commenter: “This is a great commercial, but it sort of makes me want to buy a gun to protect my kids. And I don’t even have kids.”

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James Lipton Shares His Beard
12.03.2009
08:14 am

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LG
James Lipton

 
James Lipton says, “Before you text, give it a ponder.”
 
Give it a Ponder: Things to Ponder Before a Text Message
 
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