April 3, 2007 @ 09:47
I sat down to watch the Blue Jays opener in Detroit yesterday and I was surprised by two things.
First of all, the weather, it was grey and miserable in Brampton, but just four hours down the road in Detroit it was sunny and 17 Celsius.
The second thing that surprised me was one of those Blue Jay commercials featuring the players. This one featured Frank Thomas, and I'm sure the Jays are going to hear about it.
It involves two kids standing on a bed having a pillow fight. Thomas runs up the stairs and into the kids room and says "I thought you guys were supposed to be asleep."
At that point he takes a pillow and whacks one of the kids knocking him off the bed.
Unbelievable, here it is 2007 and the Toronto Blue Jays are promoting violence against children.
It's sickening the way Thomas rears back with the pillow and lets the kid have it.
Children are no match for an adult even if it's just a pillow fight. The child seems to be alright at the end of the commercial but he surely could have been seriously hurt. It sends the wrong message on so many levels.
Pillow fighting is dangerous no matter who's doing it, but to display an adult hitting a kid with a pillow is just plain wrong.
What if other adults see this and think "if Frank Thomas can do it, so can I."
Pillow fights are something that took place in the last millennium, but thankfully we've evolved from such behaviour and hopefully this commercial will be pulled from the air before fathers right across Canada are engaging in pillow fights with their children.
The Blue Jays should know better. My God, I'm incensed... and quite full of shit.