Friday, December 11, 2009

Frosty the Inappropriate Snowman Gets CBS in Hot Water

The folks at CBS are learning that you don't mess with Frosty. Parents are all up in arms about the two new Frosty the Inappropriate Snowman online ads that mash up classic scenes from "Frosty the Snowman" and "Frost Returns" with dialogue from the CBS sitcoms "How I Met Your Mother" and "Two and a Half Men." Apparently making one of Christmas's most beloved icons tell inappropriate, adult-oriented jokes just takes things TOO FAR. As one woman quoted in the article states, "The ad introduces children to the idea of strippers and pornography ... It really drives home the idea that nothing is sacred anymore." Not even Frosty, it seems. But that's the point of the ads. The offending promos end with the words "Some Things Are Better Left Untouched." As it stands, Frosty the Inappropriate Snowman is confined to the Internet. (They debuted on and the CBS YouTube channel.) Of all the fun stuff on the Web, we're thinking Frosty the Inappropriate Snowman ranks in the top 5 percent of the least inappropriate animated comedy videos. We have no qualms with the ads here at Lemondrop (we're always suckers for agood mash-up), but do you think CBS went too far? (And, more importantly, do you really think CBS is trying to get 10-year-olds to start watching "Two and a Half Men?")

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