As bad as things are here, they are even worse over there.
In the UK, Toyota ads for the Hilux – which is the export-variant of the Tacoma pick-up and the 4Runner SUV sold here – have been banned because the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority says that showing trucks and SUVs doing what trucks and SUVs are designed to do demonstrates contempt for a “sense of responsibility to society.”
Whatever that means.
Of course, we do know what it means. If you understand what Leftists mean when they utter such things. It means the Left does not like it – and that means if you do, you are “irresponsible.”
“Society” being the Left.
It is of a piece with the Left’s styling of opposition to Leftism – or even questioning it – as a “threat to our democracy.” Italics added, to emphasize that the Left means their “democracy.” In which you are free to agree with the Left.
The ads that triggered the Left show the Toyotas rooster-tailing through the dirt and fording creeks “in a manner that disregarded their impact on nature and the environment.” It’s a scene straight out of Cannonball Run, an old move that also lacked a “sense of responsibility to society.” In it, a mousy Leftist named Arthur J. Foyt gives a lecture about “the environment” and what he says is our “responsibility.” His talk is interrupted by a concatenation of combustion.
We laughed back then. It’s not as funny now – because “Arthur J. Foyt” is in power. And he and his will not be content to ban just ads.
“These adverts epitomise Toyota’s total disregard for nature and the climate, by featuring enormous, highly polluting vehicles driving at speed through rivers and wild grasslands,” says Veronica Wignall – the female (and real) version of Arthur J. Foyt. She is the spokeperson – gender neutral – for Adfree Cities, which whined to the regulatory apparat (the Advertising Standards Council) to get the Toyota ads banned. Because Free Speech bad.
“It’s a cynical use of nature to promote something incredibly nature-damaging,” she/them says.
But let’s focus on two of the assertions made by this hysteric. First, that Toyota’s trucks are “enormous.” In fact, the HilLux – which is a Tacoma/4Runner – is a mid-sized vehicle that is much smaller and much lighter than battery powered devices such as the GM Hummer EV, the Ford Lightning and the Tesla Cybertruck. Leaving aside the question as to who gives a damn whether some triggered Leftist termagant bemoans the size of our vehicles. But it’s interesting to note that these Leftist termagants are only triggered by the size of our vehicles when they aren’t electric vehicles. If they are, then it’s (apparently) responsible to be as big, as heavy – and as wasteful – as they like.
Second, there is the getting-tiresome lie that any new gas-engined vehicle is “highly polluting.” Or – for that matter – any vehicle with an engine made since at least the early 2000s, by which time meaningful pollution had been reduced to so little it no longer had any meaning, except in an angels-dancing-on-pinheads sense.
But these Leftist assholes – sometimes a profanity is appropriate – continue to present the lie that modern gas-engined vehicles “pollute.” It is akin to what Leftists said – during the “pandemic” – about “asymptomatic spreaders.” And the “cases.” Both were meant to scare and gaslight people – about things that were not true.
And here we go, again.
Of course, the Left must lie about the truth because if it doesn’t, people will not fall for the lies of the Left. In this case, the lie that EVs are “clean” and vehicles that aren’t “pollute.”
If this lie is allowed to stand, it will be the end – not just for ads but for the kinds of vehicles advertised. If it is not “socially responsible” to show a Hilux going off-road or fording a creek, it is even less “socially responsible” to sell them. That ban will be forthcoming – because it follows. Just the same as the evil push to inject the population with God-only-knows-what inevitably followed upon the heels of getting most of the population to put on a “mask.” If the latter is justified, then so is the former. The Left understands this sequence and never stops working it.
The sooner we do, the sooner we end the Left and its reign of terror.
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