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Alicia’s Ad Banned!

Written by PETA | September 20, 2007

Update: Following the success of Alicia’s PSA, Sky News put together a wonderful retrospective of PETA’s many naked ads and protests over the past year. You can check out the picture gallery here.

Alicia_Silverstone_Sexy_vegetarian_ad.JPGThe folks in Houston were severely deprived yesterday, when their cable provider decided at the last minute (literally) that it would pull Alicia Silverstone’s super sexy new pro-vegetarianism ad, which had already been approved and paid for. Comcast Cable told us that they had banned the spot “because she is naked,” despite the fact that the ad has already aired on numerous news programs worldwide. Besides, as PETA Vice President Dan Mathews pointed out in a staff meeting today, they showed Holly Hunter’s naked ass on Saving Grace the other night, so, um, what’s the problem here, Comcast?

We had picked Houston because it consistently ranks in the top ten least healthy cities in the country, so we figured they could use some good diet advice (honestly, who in their right mind would turn down friendly diet advice from the beautiful Alicia Silverstone?), but Houstonians need not despair. As PETA President Ingrid Newkirk puts it,

“Houston viewers can still go to PETA.org and get an eyeful, not only of the stunning Ms. Silverstone, but also of our free Vegetarian Starter Kit—chock full of delicious recipes—that will make them drool for an entirely different reason.”

And finally, because I love it so much, here is the ad again. Alicia, you are gorgeous.

Alicia Silverstone’s Sexy Veggie PSA
Order a FREE vegetarian starter kit at GoVeg.com

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  • name says:

    It is a very good thing

  • taylor says:

    i haven’t watched this one it’s

  • Cedrick McElroy says:

    As a long time fan of Alicia’s and new peta member from Texas this sickens me that they pulled an add that needs to be out there because of the rights of annimals.I think she did a tasteful and right on add and I support it all the way.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Rojo The human body is in a constant state of breakdown and repair. All cells not sure about brain cells are constantly being replaced. You could have the perfect body at 20 years become stranded on a desert island without food and become emaciated there goes your perfect body. The body is in continual flux. These athletes are getting both their energy and their restorative needs completely satisfied by a vegan diet.

  • Karen says:

    I live in Texas too but the Austin area. Lots of veggie types here. I thought the ad was nice. Ms. Silverstone looks healthy and curvy not starved and scrawny. She emphasizes the health benefits and how much better she feels about herself. That’s not a bad role model in my book. I would rather my child see a healthy beautiful body than people killing each other too.

  • rojo says:

    Mike you already attested to their natural abilities. With their bodies reaching maturity before veganism my question is how do we know which aspect is more important. The building or the maintainence.

  • Krysta says:

    I think that it is horrendous that COMCAST pulled the ad right before it aired. There was a mention earlier about having an ad being more KID friendly yet there is more nudity on basic television than there was in the ad. I have lost 30 pounds in 6 months when I stopped eating beef only. I hope to continue the weight loss and lead a healthier lifestyle. I have started to cut further and further back on the amount of “meats” I eat. I had tried it cold turkey but it did not work. I have my mother on the diet too and her diabetes is coming under control.

  • Michele says:

    Carl Lewis has said that he had his best year of performance when he switched to a vegan diet.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Rojo We don’t but since they are already beating all the omnivores it’s a moot point. As athletes they are obviously well satisfied with their vegan diets. How do we know that the omnivores might not perform better by switching to a vegan diet?

  • rojo says:

    mike I agree they perform very well but how do we know they wouldn’t be even stronger quicker and faster repairing being nonvegan?

  • rojo says:

    Chris in other countries you wouldn’t have MD after your name but would be Dr. Chris Cochran. Here Doctor fully replaces Mister and becomes Dr. when addressed. In regard to spelling it was more along the lines of “people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”.

  • Doug says:

    On the nude issue It’s unfortunate that Houstonians and anyone else have reacted this way to an ad featuring a beautiful seminude celebrity promoting something pure and beneficial. Especially while Hilton and Spears’ crotches are blasted all over the airwaves. I say bring on the controversy! Nothing spells exposure and ratings like controversy. And the uptight puritanical sect of our society is the root cause. It’s funny how violence spurs such a small reaction compared to something like this. And for those of you questioning the use of nudity it’s time to wake up and get over your oversexed selves. Alicia Silverstone doesn’t want to have sex with you!! She does however want you to look because for some reason it takes this level of “exposure” to grab the publics attention regarding the vegetarian issue. She’s not promoting the the topless bar down the street people! She’s promoting a healthy diet and lifestyle. Don’t you want to look like her ladies? You’re lying if you say you don’t. And maybe parents if you’re oh so shocked and appalled at the slim chance your kids will see this then maybe whenif they do it’ll be a good chance to explain to them what its about and that there are other choices besides McDonalds. And then you can show them a picture of Michael Moore. Sorry Mike I love your films but you need to lighten up on the antiPETA stuff. We share this planet with other earthlings my friend and they don’t ask for much in return.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Christopher Generally the ratio is written with omega6 first omega6 omega3. A healthy ratio is considered to be from 21 to 41 n6 to n3. So microalgae is 31 and in the healthy range. According to the Club Des Millionaires Sardines website 100g of sardines in water contains 0.5g omega6 and 2g omega3. That means 4g of omega3 to every 1 gram of omega6 certainly not the 15g to 1g you stated. If you’re asking my opinion I really haven’t given much thought about the Ingridpet issue. But as always I think it’s a matter of always choosing the path of less harmnot always the ideal path but the most humane one at that particular point in time.

  • Christopher Cochran MD says:

    So The algae has a worse ratio than pure flax seed oil and all the animal sources I sited. 151 means for every fifteen mg of omega 3 sardines contain one mg of omega 6. 31 means that this algae has a only 3mg of omega 3′s for every 1mg of omega 6. Am I missing something? Marine animal forms are too my knowledge the most concentrated sources of omega 3 FA’s. The herring eat the algae concentrating the FA’s then the salmon eat the herring concentrating some more. This is over simplifying though. I agree that your diet is very healthy. I contend that the diet I propose is healthier. Maybe you could help me out with this one. Ms. Newkirk seems to espouse that she wishes all animals to one day be completely liberated of any human containment or servitude. If this is so I do not pretend to know the mind of PETA’s leader why does PETA still have so many propet articles on their web site? This seems contradictory. What I read about her seems very antipet ownership.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Rojo They are obviously natural athletes but the point is being vegan Heidrich for 24 years Jurek since 1999 has not slowed them down in the least. They are thriving repairing and maintaining on a vegan diet. The Badwater is an extremely grueling ultramarathon. As any weightlifter will tell you you have to tear and repair and they seem to be having no problem with the repairing aspect. Also Monica Scholz a vegan from Hamilton Ontario captured the fastest women’s time in the 2004 and 2006 217K Badwater Ultramarathon. This is the event Scott Jurek has won two years in a row. Christopher The microalgae is about 31 and is longchain DHA. Your figures on flax seed oil put it right in the pocket also.

  • Christopher Cochran MD says:

    Rojo In general I am a much better speller than the average poster here but Michelle’s name I misspell on purpose because it seems to bother her. I know that seems immature but everyone here keeps calling me Dr.?. or Mr. Cochran so I just thought that screwing up someones name was a side effect of inadequate nutrition. Thanks for your concern.

  • BullyDawg says:

    Touche rojo touche. Dang it you just HAD to go and make me agree with you on SOMETHING. Shoot.

  • Christopher Cochran MD says:

    You guys are truly some caring folks. Not only do you care about animals you care about my family and my welfare. Rest assured my practice is very successful so much in fact that I have plenty of time to spend on this blog. Besides since I live in a third world part of the United States I don’t have to waste money on things like indoor plumbing and vegetarian sushi. Anyway thanks for all the love. You guys are starting to grow on me. Lotsa Love.

  • rojo says:

    mike unfortunately responses don’t seem to go up now repetauk. How do you know that Heinrich and Jurek’s success didn’t stem from the majority of their lives spent as nonvegan? Perhaps they were “built” properly in the first place.

  • rojo says:

    Does anyone else see the irony in complaining about how much time the doctor spends posting? Or his spelling for that matter.

  • BullyDawg says:

    Hate to break it to you Cochran IS an MD a simple Google search is all it took to confirm. I wonder how his practice is doing however considering how much time he spends commenting on this blog.

  • Fred says:

    There is absolutely NOTHING distasteful about this video. There was no logical reason to condemn it other than payoff from the meat industry and the cowardly politicians who are in their pocket.

  • belinda says:

    I think the ad is beautiful shes a beautiful woman we see naked woman all the time its outragous to pull a ad just because of a naked body. The ad makes its point definally. What happened to freedom of speech??

  • Doug says:

    Ana is absolutely right. I don’t think many of us have believed Cochran was a doctor from the beginning what doctor can blog 247 and doesn’t know how to spell?. I think Cochran is a relatively intelligent person who is subconsciously struggling over his latent guilt at abusing animals. Mr. Cochran Stick with uswe’ll show you how to begin living a compassionate life.

  • Christopher Cochran MD says:

    Steve Of course cross sectional studies are flawed. I have pointed that out previously. I like to point that out because they are the only data that srict vegans can quote. You can’t compare fish eaters to vegans because they are such a miniscule part of the population. Most of the studies with fish oil were done with placebo. The placebo was typically corn oil. I know this because I have participated in these studies…How many studies have you been a researcher in? I completely advocate all of the dietary sources of omega three fatty acids you cited except flax because it tastes awful. I eat all of them except flax regularly with my responsible healthy omnivorous diet but to achieve nutrtional nirvana a bit of an ironic term I realize I eat yummy fish crabs lobster and crawdads. Mike The ratio of omega 36 in wild salmon in 101. In sardines it’s 151. In pure flax seed oil it’s 41. How does microalgae taste?? Apparently herring like it. That’s what the salmon eat What’s the ratio? What’s the focus? Hey man I know you can go to your local health food store and find what you need to supplement your diet for survival but why do that???? Why not eat a complete diet? All the best don’t work to hard. Moderate alchohol is good for you too so enjoy.

  • Anne Griffin says:

    I didn’t find this video particularly racy. As another quoted it could be the beef industry in Texas that stopped the ad.

  • Jake B says:

    maybe you can get the naked man that was going to UC Berkeley. he seemed to be able to skirt the law. however a nude is a nude indecent exposure and shouldn’t be on view where children and others that would be offended by it would see it.

  • Ana says:

    Stevie You said Texans have strong religous beliefs maybe so I’ll take your word for it. I lived there for a short while and didn’t particularly notice that. But Texas has the death penalty and the state uses it greatly. HHMMMM so what kind of religous beliefs do Texans have?? Nice website. I eat avocados and also flaxseed I am getting both of my omegas well and I am VERY HEALTHY. TO MY FELLOW ANIMAL ADVOCATES Cochran who has a lot of time makes comments to get you going. He is not here to be educated but to ridicule and dispute any tangible evidence presented to him. Please conserve your energies and intelligence to help animals. His sardonic comment about spearing fish is done with the intention of trying to annoy and ridicule our sensibilities. Very juvenile behavior. I do not believe he is a DR but a lonely buffoon with too much time on his hands. Keep fighting the good fight.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Christopher My intent on publishing the quote Sept 22 742 above from PubMed by the American Dietetic Association and the Dietitians of Canada was that if for some reason you have a problem with PCRM here is a scientific appraisal of vegetarian diets from scientific associations completely disassociated of PCRM. You stated “You need to take a boat load of flax oil to equal one fish oil tab.” How big a boat are we talking about here? Vegans would be welladvised to take a microalgae DHA supplement. Microalgae is where fish obtain the longchain n3′s in the first place. Vegans can also focus more on omega3rich foods and less on foods heavy in Omega6 to get a more optimum n6n3 ratio. I’ll be curious to see your response regarding my post in the PETA UK At It Again thread referencing vegan athletes Dr. Ruth Heidrich and Scott Jurek. These are people who have not only thrived on a vegan diet but excelled.