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Advertising Complaint

Posted Wed March 14, 2012 12:15 am, by Anne S. written to Sirius

Write a Letter to this Company

I have been a SIRIUS customer for the past two years. Before I detail my complaint, I want to share my demographic information with you. Politically, I am moderate. I have some conservative views and some liberal views, depending on the issue. I am not particularly religious, nor to I consider myself to be a prude. At 37 years old, I can count on one hand the number of times I have written a complaint letter (including this one).

Twice in the past week, I was listening to two of your news channels, MSNBC and CNN respectively. I was listening between the hours of 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm with my children in the car. Both channels played an advertisement from the webstie Ashley Madison, which is an online site matching people seeking to have affairs. Having to listen to a trite jingle enticing married people into affairs is offensive. Hearing it while listening to the NEWS while taking my CHILDREN to sports practice is an assault on my family. Had I been listening to your Playboy, Spice or Cosmo channel, I still wouldn't have liked the ad, but simply would have changed the channel.

It is difficult enough to raise children and keep families intact these days. Each day, I defend my family against some type of destructive influence - drugs, alcohol, obesity, materialism, racism, violence, bullies, school shootings, internet pornography, eating disorders and pedophiles, to name a few. I don't have a choice in encountering some of these dangers while raising my family. I do, however, have a choice of where I spend our family's money and how I obtain news information.

As long as these ads are running on the MSNBC and CNN channels, I will not be listening to those channels. Nor will I be watching those channels on television, or visiting their websites. Furthermore, I refuse to spend my family's resources for a premium radio service that shows such little regard for the families paying for your service. Unless this changes, I will not be renewing my SIRIUS subscription.

Remove advertising from ashleymadison.com


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by DiamondSingle Posted Thu May 31, 2012 @ 1:13 PM

I totally agree with you. I just cancelled my account today.

I disagree with the critics who site freedom of speech concerns in
several of the replies to your original post. There is nothing
illegal about these ads or the company that pays for them. There is
also, however, nothing ethical or moral about the ads to warrant
SiriusXM broadcasting.

Good job and I support you. How do we get others to understand why
paid advertisements from AshleyMadison should not be accepted by


by MA Bellamy Posted Wed March 14, 2012 @ 10:16 AM

You subscribe to a service whose biggest draw is Howard Stern and
somehow this comes as a shock to you??

Clearly, you KNEW what the ad was for when it came on, as is evidenced
by the fact that you very specifically stated the company's mission
here. But I wonder what stopped you from changing the channel while
that was on? (and personally, I'd have been far more disturbed had
you had Playboy or Spice on in the car with the kids!)

There is no "assault" on your family or anyone else's for that matter.
We each have the choice and the obligation to shield our families
from the things we don't want them exposed to. It's no one else's job
but ours.

Furthermore, depending on how old your children are, it's likely that
they were completely oblivious to the ad, unless it had some catchy
jingle designed to stick in ones mind. (although I can't seem to find
a any snappy words to rhyme with "sleazy adulterer.")

My 5 year old I swear, tunes out ads - just never notices them. But
that kid can sing every word of his favorite songs. And my 14 year
old? He already knows how ignorant and wrong it is to cheat (as he
had to witness the fall out of his father's and my divorce first
hand!) and to further glamorize it by advertising services that help
people do this. With the divorce rate at 50%, I'd guess that services
like this have been around for a while and thinking your kids won't
ever know what it is might be a bit naive.

But if something comes on that you don't want your kids to see or
hear, turn it off. There is no rule or law saying that they will
never ever (or should never ever) be exposed to anything that could be
damaging to their fragile little psyches.


Really?? by jeishere Thu March 15, 2012 @ 1:09 PM

Really(2)??? by jeishere Thu March 15, 2012 @ 1:29 PM

Shielding them by MA Bellamy Fri March 16, 2012 @ 12:25 PM

I get what you are saying... by jeishere Fri March 16, 2012 @ 1:24 PM

Who is to say by MA Bellamy Sat March 17, 2012 @ 12:09 PM

Get over howard stern... by jeishere Mon March 19, 2012 @ 9:22 AM

It has nothing to do with letting them know why by MA Bellamy Mon March 19, 2012 @ 1:25 PM

Don't forget Spindarella... by jeishere Mon March 19, 2012 @ 5:26 PM

You kid about it, BUT by MA Bellamy Tue March 20, 2012 @ 12:36 PM

"Again, if they were simulating sex on the air, fine. It absolutely SHOULD be pulled." -- why? there's no FCC regulations here by PepperElf Mon March 19, 2012 @ 8:24 PM

I guess, but by MA Bellamy Thu March 22, 2012 @ 9:04 AM

"I know that the advertiser PAID for the spot but the OP also PAID for the subscription to satellite radio " by PepperElf Mon March 19, 2012 @ 8:21 PM

I get your point by jeishere Tue March 20, 2012 @ 9:29 AM

maybe maybe not - but perhaps the higher pay rate for no commercials is the fix, no? by PepperElf Tue March 20, 2012 @ 10:04 AM

Its not practical by jeishere Wed March 21, 2012 @ 9:30 AM

Don't they? by MA Bellamy Wed March 21, 2012 @ 11:21 AM

No... by jeishere Wed March 21, 2012 @ 1:27 PM

LOL - Kardashians! by MA Bellamy Thu March 22, 2012 @ 8:46 AM

Re: Advertising Complaint by McJohn Wed March 14, 2012 @ 8:15 AM

GOOD POINT. Freedom of speech without FCC interference by PepperElf Thu March 15, 2012 @ 8:26 AM

My Dad by MA Bellamy Fri March 16, 2012 @ 12:28 PM

we haven't purchased it yet. by PepperElf Tue March 20, 2012 @ 3:23 PM

Exactly, money talks... by jeishere Thu March 15, 2012 @ 1:32 PM

by MA Bellamy Posted Mon March 19, 2012 @ 1:33 PM

"family type" programming and there is no expectation of being "safe"
from exposure to objectionable content.

I know you hate the reference, but people said the same thing when
Stern jumped from commercial radio to satellite and everyone SWORE
he'd tank their subscription base. Funny, it wasn't what they
expected, but it still thrived anyway.

So don't be so quick to think that one person's objection to something
will result in an avalanche of protest that will impact any kind of
change happening. No one person is that powerful.

'Cept maybe Oprah.

by jeishere Posted Wed March 21, 2012 @ 1:33 PM

I don't think anyone thought Stern would tank their subscriptions.
Before Stern you could basically count the number of subscribers they
had on your hands and toes.


by PepperElf Posted Wed March 14, 2012 @ 2:28 AM

You know this is just going to get people here looking up
ashleymadison just to see what it's about.

According to the wiki the site is "Ashley Madison is an online dating
service and social network service marketed primarily to people who
are already in a relationship.[1] The website was launched in

The problem may be that it doesn't specifically say "MARRIED" but in a
relationship. Not all relationships are marriages.

As for the advertising - you might want to consider contacting sirius
to find out who is actually in charge of selling advertising blocks.

if it's anything like regular radio the contracts aren't always with
the "radio shows" but with the networks. In regular radio that is
often a mix of contracts of both local (contracted with the station)
and nation-wide (contracted with the network).

In satellite radio i can understand where you'd assume that say "The
Math Channel" might specifically handle their own contracts but, a
quick look at Sirius suggests that the contracting may also include
contracts with the system itself not just the specific channel.


So you might want to shoot them an email at their contact page to find
out who really authorized the advertising.

Although I personally scoff at MSNBC and CNN for political reasons...
I would still suggest finding out if it's something they personally
authorized or something they cannot directly control


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