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KAYAK (trip booking) Commercial Making Light of WW2 Veterans

Posted on 12/14/2009 7:07:08 PM PST by Feline_AIDS

If anyone hasn't seen Kayak's commercial making a joke out of the sacrifices of our soldiers on D-Day, the link is below. It disgusts me, and I finally decided to let the company know. I hope you will do the same.

The commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RFoEn5EYJw

Here's what I wrote to them on their "feedback" page:

Hello Kayak,

I just wanted you to know that after seeing your tasteless commercial featuring a man talking like a WW2 veteran about Cancun, I've decided that I will never, EVER use your site, and whenever any of my friends discuss taking or booking a trip, I will most assuredly recommend one of your competitors.

Hoping you will swiftly go out of business, My name _____ The immediate response:

Thanks for your feedback Hello, I'm the CEO and Co-founder of Kayak.

We're a new company with big aspirations. Simply put, we want to help people find and navigate the wealth of travel information that's available on the web.

I personally read every email we receive from consumers like you. Why? Because we rely on your feedback to help improve Kayak. We have fewer site bugs, better features and functionality, and more accurate hotel and merchant ratings as a result.

Thanks for taking the time to write to us.

Steve Hafner CEO and Co-founder, Kayak

___

The feedback site: http://www.kayak.com/feedback/form


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: kayak; tv; veterans; ww2

1 posted on 12/14/2009 7:07:11 PM PST by Feline_AIDS
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To: Feline_AIDS

lol. that wasn’t a form letter. /sarcasm.


2 posted on 12/14/2009 7:11:41 PM PST by GeronL (Join the Palin Beer Summit Putsch!!)
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To: Feline_AIDS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RFoEn5EYJw


3 posted on 12/14/2009 7:12:53 PM PST by GeronL (Join the Palin Beer Summit Putsch!!)
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To: Feline_AIDS

I saw that and thought the same thing. Good Lord. I guess Holocaust humor is next.


4 posted on 12/14/2009 7:13:32 PM PST by rlmorel (We are traveling "The Road to Serfdom".)
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To: Feline_AIDS

“After the first shot, everything was a blur...”

“Bombshells everywhere.”

You have to parse each word to get the full effect. I’m sorry, but I’m totally LOL!


5 posted on 12/14/2009 7:13:58 PM PST by sinanju
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To: Feline_AIDS

someone takes life way to seriously. take the time to laugh, you’ll live longer.


6 posted on 12/14/2009 7:15:24 PM PST by jdub (A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.)
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To: sinanju

Yeah, my took took that beach in France back in 1944 and if he were alive, that commercial would make him laugh.


7 posted on 12/14/2009 7:16:40 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: Feline_AIDS
Not a bad commercial if you take it the right way...

Lighten up.

8 posted on 12/14/2009 7:17:54 PM PST by mc5cents
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To: sinanju

I agree it is clever wording. I suppose I would have to take my cue from someone who was there.

I admit it is possible that veteran of Omaha Beach might smile and say it was clever.

But I also think that vet might make the quiet observation that there wasn’t much to laugh about that particular day.


9 posted on 12/14/2009 7:19:31 PM PST by rlmorel (We are traveling "The Road to Serfdom".)
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To: Feline_AIDS
I don’t think it’s offensive. I also don’t think it’s funny or effective.

What the brave men and women sacrificed in WWII was much bigger than a stupid commercial.

10 posted on 12/14/2009 7:21:03 PM PST by ryan71 (TERM LIMITS)
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To: trumandogz

“Yeah, my took took that beach in France back in 1944 and if he were alive, that commercial would make him laugh.”

What do you think your (insert name of relative here when thought of) would make of the new Twilight movie? What about balloon boy?


11 posted on 12/14/2009 7:26:01 PM PST by Spike Knotts
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To: Feline_AIDS

Yeah, my reaction to the commercial was also negative.

Play that commercial side-by-side with the opening sequence of ‘Saving Private Ryan’ and it’s really not that funny.


12 posted on 12/14/2009 7:27:09 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: Feline_AIDS
I didn't appreciate the humor in the ad, but I'm insulted by about %80 of modern advertising.

Good thing I turn the other cheek rather than strap on TNT.

13 posted on 12/14/2009 7:30:54 PM PST by BallyBill (WARNING:Taking me serious could cause stress related illness.)
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To: Spike Knotts

Thanks, I was talking about my dad who was a WWII Vet.

As for Twilight, I don’t even have an opinion on that.

Balloon Boy, the old man would say that his parents should be sent to prison.


14 posted on 12/14/2009 7:34:03 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: Feline_AIDS

My Father landed at Normandy but a couple of weeks after D-Day. I don’t think the ad would bother him all that much but I personally thought it was just a little in bad taste.

I mean I have seen much much worse, but still a little out of line.


15 posted on 12/14/2009 7:38:11 PM PST by yarddog
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To: Feline_AIDS

I’m not sure I understand the complaint. Is it because there is an actor playing a veteran? Or is it the very idea that a veteran might want to go vacation in a place he once fought in a war? Or is the way they have the veteran speak offensive?

Would it matter if the actor was actually a veteran? If he was a veteran that had actually stormed that beach?

The letter back was pretty funny though, saying they read your letter but not in any way responding to your complaint.


16 posted on 12/14/2009 7:53:24 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Feline_AIDS

Lighten up. Nothing wrong with the ad. It’s funny!


17 posted on 12/14/2009 8:01:06 PM PST by Poundstone
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To: Feline_AIDS

Actually, Cancun was my finest hour in a way. :-)


18 posted on 12/14/2009 8:23:52 PM PST by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: Feline_AIDS

Good for you! This commercial was certainly not funny. There’s one hell of a difference between landing under fire on Omaha beach after wading through ravaged corpses and landing on the beach at Cancun after and wading through numbers of bloated tourists snorkeling in the water on the way to the bar for the afternoon tipple. Invoking memories of D-Day to market a second rate resort is beneath contempt!


19 posted on 12/14/2009 8:25:35 PM PST by Postman
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To: CharlesWayneCT
The actor was playing a grandfather who wasn't a veteran but talked like one. He stormed the beach (partied in Cancun) with his buddies when they were just kids, after the first shot (drinking) it was all just a blur, and then the bombshells (they ogled women).

The add plays on the returning veteran theme without any actual references to WWII or D-Day. I don't think that it disrespects veterans and their sacrifices because it seems to target more the last few years of movies and advertisements that dwelled on WWII and The Greatest Generation (To cash in or as an homage?)

20 posted on 12/14/2009 8:45:09 PM PST by kaboom
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To: Postman

Thank you. I’m pretty disappointed in the responses of some of the freepers above. Maybe it’s just that I’ve heard a real vet talk about landing on one of the beaches. After that, it’s just something that’s never ever funny.

What if this guy were a recently returned from Afghanistan Marine, talking about “the sand and the heat” etc. to sell a resort in Vegas? Plenty of people would have their panties in a wad then. I suppose I just see through a wider lens...


21 posted on 12/14/2009 8:47:47 PM PST by Feline_AIDS (Boop boop hoop yeah!)
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To: Feline_AIDS

Lighten up Francis...

That commercial is no different than any comedy movie or TV show set during World War II or any war.


22 posted on 12/14/2009 8:50:16 PM PST by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: rlmorel

My thoughts exactly. I will not be using this site.


23 posted on 12/14/2009 9:10:04 PM PST by fightinJAG (Mr. President: Why did you appoint a bunch of Communists to your Administration?)
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To: Feline_AIDS

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24 posted on 12/15/2009 11:43:58 PM PST by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: Yehuda

Well, well, well. Big surprise that is. Dirtbags!

Thanks.


25 posted on 12/16/2009 9:53:00 AM PST by Feline_AIDS (Boop boop hoop yeah!)
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