Censored Ad Update


The CNE ordered TV stations to take off the air this 30-second spot of Leopoldo Lopez’s political party Voluntad Popular, titled “Security is the Way”. Here’s the ad in question:

The Electoral authority has already shut down other ads, including the series made by NGO Ciudadania Activa about the “ventajismo” of using State resources for the Chavez campaign. And let’s not forget the whole “Gorragate” affair.

But the constant cadenas? And the abuse by the State Media System? Bien, gracias.

Not that our everyday reality is completely different of what this spot is trying to present…

Leopoldo Lopez talked about this ad and the CNE’s decision to Ultimas Noticias.

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  1. Don’t you get a feeling a lot of these ads are made-to-be-censored? The banning by CNE seems to be an integral part of their viral marketting strategy.

    This one leaves me totally cold, btw. It’s weirdly jarring and manipulative. Worse: it’s off message. The Capriles campaign is working to create a climate of optimism and good vibes around his candidacy. Why throw this totally buzz-killer out there?!

    Anyway, it’ll get 100,000 views on YouTube – 99,999 of them from committed Capriles voters, 1 from a bored Cuban at SEBIN – then never be heard of again…

    • It’s an ad separated from Comando Venezuela’s line, so HCR’s camp can say: Not from us. Maybe that was the intention all along as you hint. The CNE’s ban gives them free exposure at home and abroad. It’s manipulative alright but most of Chavez’s ads are too.

    • God you’re depressing FT.
      I’ll bet that a lot more people watch this ad just because it was censored.

      I live here & found it compelling & true.
      It’s not off message.
      He constantly talks about the problem of security – it’s one of his main points.

      Are you having a bad day or what?

  2. I have to agrre with Quico here. While I admire the ad’s polished look and simple message, I don’t get it much. People will nod and say “yes, there is crime, we all suffer from it.” How do you relate it to the government? How do you use this to motivate you to vote for Capriles? The ad falls short in that regard.

    I also don’t think the CNE should be in the business of curtailing free speech. If there is any justice in the world, the four chavista stooges of the CNE should be tried for constraining people’s civil liberties.

    • hahaha… oh man. that’s hilarious, the CNE itself is an attack on mental health. They are trying to corner the market on induced stress and insanity, since under communism the government should have a monopoly on the means of production.

  3. The first time I listened to the ad, the music sounds like that of Chavez (Mi comandante… Yo quiero más, etc) so I was almost expecting it to be a Chavez ad portraying his education Misión accomplishments but then BOOM, the young graduate is a victim of current Venezuelan reality and is shot. Manipulative, indeed. Effective, most probably.

    Also, the crime theme has been a VP constant, just remember how LL in the primaries wouldn’t talk about anything else.

    • I agree. They’re trying to make it look like a Chavez ad at first. This is not a bad idea. However, this parody that ends in an overly dramatic tragedy makes for a creepy ad..

      Also, is that guy supposed to be a high school graduate?

      • The music/footage makes you think about the “mi-comandante” ad… the final result/message however it´s either too direct or too basic… I dont know why, but it reminded me the TV AD Leopoldo had in the pre campaign: http://youtu.be/ceOJfCNqiRg in that time, also the final result was too direct or too basic

        • Maybe it’s just me today but isn’t this ad exactly what is needed & why the CNE worries about it.

          Get the Chavistas watching it to see what those terrible burgesas are doing & then suck them in with a theme they relate to & then hit them between the eyes with the reality.

          I love it.

          “…also the final result was too direct or too basic”

          We are dealing with people who’s attention span is limited at best & their reading comprehension virtually non-existent. How else would you do it? The spot is just 30 seconds long – perfect.

          I get the impression that some of the comments are for those living in a politically correct environment that just doesn’t exist in the trenches here. Virtually all of HCR’s street posters have been removed or defaced..

          I see nothing wrong with this commercial in light of the realities under which this election campaign is being run by the Chavistas.

        • Yes, it is deliberate. That is the way to get the attention of chavistas and induce them to watch the ending: hopefully some of them will open their eyes to the reality the government tries to disguise. Well done.

  4. Manipulative? What do you mean? Are not all commercials “manipulative”? I think it is a clever ad. It makes people wonder what good are all the missions and government hand-outs if we are not safe: We need more than we are getting with Chavez.

    • Well put. A very effective ad, sucking in the Chavistas (and others), then hitting them between the eyes with the terrible reality of everyday living in Venezuela, ending with the Camino HCR tie-in as a way out, but still not purporting to be an Oppo ad. As El Inmigrante says, what benefit are all the (mostly promised/not delivered) goodies, if one can’t live to enjoy them.

  5. But necessary, too. No matter how happy, rich or accomplished you feel to be. Anything one can achieve in a civilized manner can be erased in a matter of seconds by some sociopath. And they run free in Venezuela. This needs to be tackled first of all.


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