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September 26, 2003


For the past several weeks, Washington D.C.'s busses and bus stops have been plastered with large posters that simply say, "Ain't Pork Grand?" In smaller type at the bottom, almost as an afterthought, the posters add, "Pork, the other white meat." At first I thought these ads were funny, as in, ha ha, pork! In Washington D.C.! Where all the pork is legislative! Funny! But now these ads just bug me. Thanks for the joke, pork people, but can you take them down now, please?

Posted September 26, 2003 12:07 PM | general politics

It's actually an extension of a poster campaign they have up here which, taken out of context, makes no sense at all. At the corner of Broadway and 32nd, they have the "Ain't Pork Grand" poster next to another one that reads "Give my Regards to Porkchops" It's a Broadway reference completely out of place in D.C.

Posted by: hK at September 26, 2003 08:16 PM

You should both count your lucky stars. While driving near Fargo, North Dakota, I spotted a billboard that read, "One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato, Pork."

Do we have any hard data showing that these ads work?

Posted by: carolee at September 27, 2003 05:06 PM

There's a national pork board! Those ads have been on for years. They've been on so long, that I actually know the website:

Get your pork recipe today!

Posted by: DG at September 27, 2003 09:42 PM

Ok, I guess if they've been around forever, the "Aint Pork Grand" ads might not be so annoying, except isn't that a little like the pork industry thumbing its nose at other interests? I mean, don't those ads seem to say "Ha! We love all the legislative pork that goes to the pork industry!"?

The other night I heard Bill Maher say that farmers are the biggest "weflare queens" in the U.S. I wouldn't agree with that statement exactly (especially the derogatory origin of the term "welfare queen"), but there's no doubt that pork producers benefit a great deal from America's long history of subsidizing agriculture. Perhaps those subsidies are justified; I don't know enough about it to say. However, if the pork industry is going to take handouts from public funds, I'd be happier about it if they didn't taunt me about it. It's unseemly. I mean, I like bacon and everything, but still...

(Yeah, I take advertising way to seriously, probably because I see corporations as predators that feed upon society and the public good. I'm just silly like that.)

Posted by: ambimb at September 28, 2003 10:25 AM

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