Tuesday, August 23, 2016
No children were harmed in the making of these Bayer Aspirin Ads
(Quick bit of trivia: The little blond patient in one of these ads is the same kid who played Brainwashed Commie Son in a classic piece of manipulative Cold War propaganda, Red Nightmare. At least, I think it is. Pretty sure.)
But on a more serious note- yeah, I agree with the YouTube commenters who really, really hope that parents in 2016 are not looking to vintage ads posted on the internet to find good medical advice. Aspirin for children under the age of twelve isn't a great idea. That being said, I don't agree that these ads should be taken down because....well, seriously: who is getting medical advice from vintage ads posted on the internet? The same people who think that doctors are still endorsing cigarettes?
I am happy to report that none of the kids featured in this commercial died from taking Bayer Aspirin. They were all killed in Vietnam. Ok, I know that's really dark- but tomorrow's my birthday and once again I'll be spending it in back-to-school meetings, so this is about as cheerful as I'm going to get for a while.