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Microsoft Quickly Revises "Sexting" Ad For Kin Phone

kdawson posted more than 4 years ago | from the anti-midas-touch dept.

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theodp writes "Microsoft's Kin mobile phone project came under fire as Consumer Reports and others pointed out that a promotional video looked like an inappropriate endorsement of 'sexting,' prompting a quick edit and an apologetic tweet. 'The video,' observed Consumer Reports, 'includes a downright creepy sequence [beginning around 0:33] in which a young man is shown putting a Kin under his shirt and apparently snapping a picture of one of his naked breasts. The breast is then shown on the phone's screen, just before the guy apparently sends it to someone. Next we see the face of a young woman, seemingly the recipient, with an amused expression...'"

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Microsoft Reminds Me Of ... Wait for it! ... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31885106)

NIGGERS!

Yeah.

LOLwut? (5, Insightful)

PhxBlue (562201) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885108)

Okay, I could see a problem if it were a female breast ... but who the fuck thinks that sending a picture of a male breast is "sexting"?

Re:LOLwut? (4, Insightful)

causality (777677) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885138)

Okay, I could see a problem if it were a female breast ... but who the fuck thinks that sending a picture of a male breast is "sexting"?

If they think a man's bare chest is in any way a private part or constitutes nudity, then I imagine these prudes would have a heart attack if they went to any beach.

Depends on the man-tit (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31885140)

Re:Depends on the man-tit (2, Funny)

McGiraf (196030) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885172)

-10 gross , i new i should not have clicked this link....

Re:Depends on the man-tit (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31885230)

-10 gross , i new i should not have clicked this link....

Perhaps you should click on some links for junior high-school level English writing skills.

Re:Depends on the man-tit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31885292)

Maybe he was still reeling and could not see the keys well enough to type.

PS: Anyone ever do what I do and squint heavily before looking at 'suspect' pictures to block most of it out? I think I learned that move from goatse...

Re:Depends on the man-tit (0, Offtopic)

PitaBred (632671) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885516)

Junior high? I was expected to write better than that in grade school.

Re:LOLwut? (3, Insightful)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885146)

Okay, I could see a problem if it were a female breast ... but who the fuck thinks that sending a picture of a male breast is "sexting"?

Women? Gay people?

Re:LOLwut? (4, Informative)

AnonGCB (1398517) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885218)

As mentioned elsewhere, male breasts are generally not considered a private part, regardless of who they are attractive for.

Re:LOLwut? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31885326)

Weirdo QotD: In 100 years, would male nipples be considered private if we started wearing bras/tops today?

Re:LOLwut? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31885354)

Weirdo QotD: In 100 years, would male nipples be considered private if we started wearing bras/tops today?

Probably. Ever see National Geographic shows? There are primitive tribes in very warm, tropical areas where the women frequently or always are topless. None of the males in the tribe seem to think anything of it.

Re:LOLwut? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31885468)

Hell, I've started wearing them ten years ago and never looked back.

Re:LOLwut? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31885360)

As mentioned elsewhere, male breasts are generally not considered a private part, regardless of who they are attractive for.

Exactly why it's been perfectly legal for ages to photograph and have TV broadcasts of male
boxers
swimmers
weight lifters
wrestlers (!)

who normally expose chests while performing their duties for their audience. We even have advertisements and an industry set around paying them for these performances. The last two are very well sculpted, and I imagine have a small audience of females and homosexuals who only watch for the pure sexual factor... prudes have not yet complained. The United States will fall apart under its own size and weight soon --political correctness, anti-everything groups and a fragmented system of obsolete laws is not followed in Europe or Asia, who house a majority of the superpowers that compete against it. At some point we Americans need to realize that whining is going to get too loud to hear the real issues if we always try to legally listen to everyone's whims. We have a lot of PC and whining in conservative Catholic countries, but those same countries have a system that only deals with the whims of certain people, for good or evil. We should find a midpoint here.

Re:LOLwut? (4, Insightful)

ArundelCastle (1581543) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885418)

As mentioned elsewhere, male breasts are generally not considered a private part, regardless of who they are attractive for.

Which is clearly a cultural and societal double-standard that topfree-rights advocates oppose. Of course back in my day, males didn't have breasts, they had pecs.
Lets use this example: Is a pierced male nipple somehow less sexual than a pierced female nipple, purely because a man can display his chest freely? The result and motivation for the wearer is arguably the same regardless of gender or sexual preference. Sexy is whatever gets you hot, not what a ratings board or a family advocate group says.

Re:LOLwut? (2, Insightful)

drsmithy (35869) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885560)

Lets use this example: Is a pierced male nipple somehow less sexual than a pierced female nipple, purely because a man can display his chest freely?

Yes.

Re:LOLwut? (5, Funny)

lul_wat (1623489) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885212)

Hello? Also this ad is terrible. Atleast cover some of the features of the device, I can already put my current cellphone up my shirt o that's not a selling point

Re:LOLwut? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31885428)

Okay, I could see a problem if it were a female breast ... but who the fuck thinks that sending a picture of a male breast is "sexting"?

Conservative Americans.

Re:LOLwut? (1)

deniable (76198) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885502)

It might be 'sexting' if he has text tattooed on it, otherwise it's just another photo.

MOOBS!? MOOBS! (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31885112)

I think somebody is confused about what sexting is.

Re:MOOBS!? MOOBS! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31885174)

Never mind that, what the hell is a "cell"phone? And a "video", for that matter?

And why is my typewriter not making any sound when I press the keys?

Re:MOOBS!? MOOBS! (1)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885470)

Its just a little concerning that they decided to advertise how easy it is to take pictures of your body parts and send them to people.

Was it hairy!? (5, Funny)

Merakis (959028) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885118)

Mother's hide your daughters. I hear 'The Nippler' is in town.

Re:Was it hairy!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31885204)

We don't know whether or not it was hairy. It didn't even show the man's tit. It just showed him sticking a phone under his shirt. I was more creeped out by the knowledge that Microsoft has released a cell phone (although, I'm an obsessive free software advocate).

Re:Was it hairy!? (2, Funny)

codepunk (167897) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885220)

Actually it did show the mans tit.

Uptight much? (5, Insightful)

Rog7 (182880) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885122)

Oh good lord, how uptight does our society need to be?

It's a contradiction too, because sexualized youth seems to be perfectly acceptable as long as it's from a Mickey Mouse Club alumni that promises abstinence.
 

Re:Uptight much? (2, Interesting)

Mashiki (184564) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885154)

Yeah but me committing mass murder with a tactical nuke in FO3 is perfectly OKAY! I'll be over here, beating my head against the door frame. Maybe when I pass out and wake up, things will make sense. Or I'll be brain damaged...I think that's win-win!

Re:Uptight much? (1)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885188)

Let's not forget the Disney's High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens [wikipedia.org] who posed for a nude picture that she lost control of and got leaked. While this led to a scandal in 2006, she seems to have recovered her career and become a non-Disney-clean actress.

Re:Uptight much? (3, Funny)

gmhowell (26755) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885234)

TPIUWP

Re:Uptight much? (5, Insightful)

gmhowell (26755) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885240)

No shit. Considering how often we hear about porn moving technology, how big 'The Valley' is, and so forth, can we please shed this neo-Puritanical bullshit in the US?

Guess what: normal, healthy people like to fuck. Normal, healthy people (especially men) like to look at other normal, healthy people. Just because your version of the FSM said it was all "eww, icky, gross" does not mean the rest of us should suffer.

Re:Uptight much? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31885546)

Fun fact: The God of the neo-Puritans you quote as saying "eww, icky, gross" not only endorses sex, he commands it. "Be fruitful and reproduce."

It's a far cry between "voyeurism ain't good" and "eww, icky, gross".

Besides, even if sexting is relatively common, that doesn't necessarily make it a good idea. It's the kind of thing that can come back and haunt you months or years later. Why should we be promoting it?

Sex is healthy; narcissism isn't. You seem to be confusing the two.

Re:Uptight much? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31885242)

Not only that, but the ad is for a product named 'Kin". They are probably brother and sister, making it non-sexual and silly.
</bozark>

"our society"? (0, Troll)

NotQuiteReal (608241) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885350)

If you are trying to point out how fucked up the USA is about this kind of stuff, just remember there are worse prudes [yahoo.com] in the world.

Re:"our society"? (2, Insightful)

Your.Master (1088569) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885436)

Just because society B is far more ridiculous than society A, does not mean society A is not itself ridiculous.

Re:Uptight much? (2, Insightful)

fermion (181285) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885452)

Here is the thing. It would be nice if we in the US were not so afraid of bodies. OTOH, this is changing. There was a time not so long ago when we could not show a woman wearing a bra on TV. Now women's bodies are becoming less of a taboo, but men's bodies seem to be almost as much as taboo. With this the case, it seems as if there is some sort of objectifying going on rather than just the depiction of the natural form. It would be different if both genders were parading around in skivvies.

But in the real world there are rules. And the biggest rule is, and should be, that we are in control of our own bodies and the depictions of our own bodies. The next biggest rule is a most kids are not often making long term decisions. How many of us ditched high school to go have some fun. Such decisions are not death, and the there is nothing wrong with taking naked pictures as kids have been doing for years. These pictures have even gotten passed around. What happens now is it becomes very easy to lose control of those images and negative consequences can be long term. Therefore most parents want to limit the possibility that their kids will do such things, and if a phone seems to be centered on sending pictures, perhaps the parent won't buy it. It is not that anyone things that phones are not used to take and send such pictures, no one is that stupid, it is just, IMHO, few people would buy a phone advertised as such activity being the primary purpose, as appeared to be in the MS video. Likewise, I think most parents would not buy their kids a subscription to Adult Friend Finder, even though online dating is likely going to play a big part in any kids future. There is just no reason to emphasize casual sex at that age.

Fucking Puritans (5, Insightful)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885126)

People have bodies.. get over it.

Sexting is a "phenomena" of prudes having to face the fact that not everyone experiences the same reservations as them about nudity. No-one is forcing them to participate.

Re:Fucking Puritans (1)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885166)

The puritans seem to have a contradiction between "Protect the kids from the Registered Sex Offenders(tm)" and the fact that religious leaders who are sex-starved by their jobs seem to have a high rate of becoming Registered Sex Offenders(tm).

The anti-child-porn laws of the Republican error er, era are now untouchable because of the "think of the children" defense, but are clearly leading to over protection that doesn't let kids grow up until they're 18... at which point all of their protections lapse and they're not ready to handle that.

Re:Fucking Puritans (1)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885186)

This has nothing to do with children. The people in that Ad could be 40+ and these idiots would still have a problem with it.

Re:Fucking Puritans (1)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885214)

All cool new phones are expected to be what the teens want, working age people are told to use Blackberry or other business-aimed PDA/Phones, and grandparents are lucky if they can understand the Jitterbug.

It's a teen phone. (1)

symbolset (646467) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885274)

Guppies [siliconangle.com] .

Re:It's a teen phone. (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885422)

Where in the article does it say that it is about teens? So far, all marketing materials I've seen have actors who look early-20ish or so.

Re:It's a teen phone. (1)

symbolset (646467) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885536)

Generation upload is what a group of corporations is trying to brand the youth generation of today. It's a take on the user-generated content of Web 2.0. Link [seattlepi.com] . It's a kid phone. Just look at the Kin 1. Does it look like a grown-up's phone?

Re:Fucking Puritans (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31885466)

This has nothing to do with children...

Ah, but it does. It has everything to do with children. You see, your average 12-14 yro doesn't have the capability to understand that emailing a picture of their privates to a friend is pretty much like standing on a street corner and handing the pictures out to strangers. Those pictures will never go away but might continue to exist practically forever on the net. Those pictures may come back to haunt them.

Kids just can't understand the consequences of their actions and need guidance until they do. That's why we have laws to protect children until they reach a certain age. Makes sense to me.

Re:Fucking Puritans (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31885200)

"at which point all of their protections lapse and they're not ready to handle that."
Dyers Eve

Re:Fucking Puritans (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31885228)

The thing that's fucked up about this is the criminal prosecution of minors for creating child pornography sending it to other minors. In many cases, there would have been no charges if they had just had sex, but I guess minors
sending each other nudies is far worse.

Re:Fucking Puritans (4, Funny)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885248)

Fucking Puritans



Amusing choice of adjectives.

Re:Fucking Puritans (4, Funny)

Jeremi (14640) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885380)

Sexting is a "phenomena" of prudes having to face the fact that not everyone experiences the same reservations as them about nudity. No-one is forcing them to participate.

Clearly you've never received a visit from "Mr. Goatse" on your cell. I had to soak mine in bleach for an hour, and Verizon wouldn't honor the warranty after that.

Re:Fucking Puritans (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31885446)

"Puritanism - the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy." - Henry Mencken

Re:Fucking Puritans (4, Funny)

pushing-robot (1037830) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885548)

People have bodies.. get over it.

As the spokesman for the brain-in-vat segment of the Slashdot community, I submit that you are an insensitive clod.

Come on (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31885136)

If she was creeped out with the picture I could see where they were coming from, but she wasn't.

The puritans strike again!

Re:Come on (1)

AlamedaStone (114462) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885290)

If she was creeped out with the picture I could see where they were coming from, but she wasn't.

The puritans strike again!

EVERYTHING NOT FORBIDDEN IS COMPULSORY.

T.H. White knew it. People who cannot accept pluralism will always despise that which is Other. The only cure is exposure to different cultures early and often. Exposure in an engaging way - not just the Museum of Tolerance method.

Vast portions of the population of the United States of America are huddled clumps of self-confirming societies. Anything that contradicts whatever crazy thing they decide to believe becomes criminal, and everything else is required to be part of the society. It is the source of the culture of ignorance, and unchecked it will become the impetus for the next Dark Age.

Or, you know... Asia will take the lead and drive the world forward into the 22nd century. That's where my money would be if I lived another 100 years to see.

Bye bye (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31885142)

Somebody gonna get fired.

Why is this even an issue? (2, Insightful)

Securityemo (1407943) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885144)

Seriously? Is people who think like this a large enough fraction of their market base that they actually feel like they have to appease them?

Re:Why is this even an issue? (5, Funny)

AlamedaStone (114462) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885312)

Seriously? Is people who think like this a large enough fraction of their market base that they actually feel like they have to appease them?

The only reason to defend sexting is if you like child pornography. You aren't a ... pedophile... are you?

I mean, think of the children.

The children know that Freedom is what we believe in our hearts to be morally right! And we here in America love our freedom, no matter what some experts would like us to believe! After all, 9/11 happened because they hated our Freedom, so anyone that can't think of the children might as well be terrorists. It's about Family Values.

Family, Faith and Freedom are what separate us and make us the greatest nation in the world!

God Bless America.

Poe's Law (1)

jeko (179919) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885476)

Sheesh, gimme a smilie or something. I'm lost in Poe's Law on this post.

Re:Why is this even an issue? (4, Funny)

deniable (76198) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885514)

I mean, think of the children.

The Thought Police would like a word with you. Come along please.

Re:Why is this even an issue? (3, Funny)

OrwellianLurker (1739950) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885528)

"Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is impossible to create a parody of Fundamentalism that SOMEONE won't mistake for the real thing. " ~ Poe

Sexting (3, Funny)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885152)

Clearly I was a teenager in the wrong millennium.

Re:Sexting (3, Funny)

codepunk (167897) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885184)

Why do you dream of being a teen again and your friends sending pictures of man boobies to you?

Re:Sexting (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885190)

Why do you dream of being a teen again and your friends sending pictures of man boobies to you?

Well I prefer female boobies, but I doubt I would have been invited anyway.

Re:Sexting (2, Interesting)

codepunk (167897) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885208)

I had it pretty good in class back in the day, the chicks in class just flat out showed me their junk. Who in the hell wants a picture when you can
see it live.

Re:Sexting (1)

madpansy (1410973) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885500)

pics or it didn't happen

Re:Sexting (4, Funny)

feepness (543479) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885532)

I dunno. If you're chicks had junk I'm not sure I'm all that envious.

It could have been worse (3, Funny)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885180)

They could have shown the Blue Balls Of Death.

This commercial (2, Insightful)

codepunk (167897) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885192)

Never mind the MOOBS this commercial is worse than the one with Bill wiggling his ass. You can tell some 70's Microsoft Hippie Chick manager wrote and produced it, total fail.

Re:This commercial (2, Insightful)

Dhalka226 (559740) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885492)

Why? Have you ever heard the saying "all publicity is good publicity?"

I'm not going that far, but for creating a "controversial" ad likely on the cheap they have half the Internet talking about it and their product, one way or another. My exposure to the Kin is now one TV commercial and one Internet conversation on Slashdot. One cost them a little money and one was completely free.

I don't know if it was intentional. I doubt it matters. The reality is they just got hundreds of thousands of dollars of free advertising as everybody on the Internet and half the people on conventional "news" programs mention their product's name. Free.

Total fail? No.

Whats the Problem? (2, Insightful)

drolli (522659) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885196)

I mean it wouldnt be something I do, but both persons involved seem to be grown-ups, in a perfectly concious state, and it seems to be funny to both (for whatever reason). To me the complete scene is as cryptic as the idea why i would buy a phone from Microsoft; maybe this is just to show that the phone does not have real features going beyond an arbitrary cameraphone from 5years ago (but *with touch*). Overall the video seems to aim at people around 25 i would say.

So i dont understand if that is "sexting", i dont understand what the word exactly means (it seems diffuse), i dont see why i would complain about adults (male or female) sending pictures of breasts to other adults (as long as both sides are fine with it). But i think nodoby should complain by depicting seemingly funny things in an advertisement, even if the people in it act highly irrational.

I am actually more annoyed by advertisments still exhibiting old gender role models.

Easy share, easy go... (3, Funny)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885202)

The Kin series of phone seems to be all about easy sharing with a green button dedicated to that called the "Kin Spot"... but well, that can be taken the wrong way, can't it?

Re:Easy share, easy go... (0, Redundant)

gmhowell (26755) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885252)

The "Kin Spot" is a myth, an urban legend.

Re:Easy share, easy go... (1)

gmhowell (26755) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885258)

The "Kin Spot" is a myth, an urban legend. (And again with the Slashbugs)

Sexting with kin? (5, Funny)

bipbop (1144919) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885206)

Sexting with kin? Now your incest can have more manboobular visuals? What?

Re:Sexting with kin? (1)

codepunk (167897) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885262)

Mod this one up that is some funny shit.

Re:Sexting with kin? (1)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885378)

This could explain a lot of things about Steve "Monkey Boy" Ballmer.

Re:Sexting with kin? (1)

deniable (76198) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885530)

They're going to have to upgrade the cell service in some rural areas.

Turnabout is fair play (1)

hessian (467078) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885224)

Send pictures of your dong to Microsoft now!

Re:Turnabout is fair play (1)

deniable (76198) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885534)

Careful, they might send back some of my responses to their 'Customer Satisfaction Surveys.'

Who $#%ing cares? (1)

IrritableBeing (1281212) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885226)

Seriously? Who here would have even thought twice about the commercial if this was not pointed out?

Have these knit pickers not seen Victoria's Secret commercials lately? Sexy broads strutting around in bras and thongs. You would think THOSE commercials, which are actually boner inducing, would get some kind of flack. Nah, but a fat Asian's nipple.. now that's crossing the line.

Kin Mobile (1)

codepunk (167897) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885232)

With Kin Mobile you can share pictures with your Kin of your Moobs using the new iMoob app.

Re:Kin Mobile (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885426)

You misspelled "Moob Live". ~

This keeps happening (5, Interesting)

Gadget_Guy (627405) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885246)

I am sure that it is part of the advertising plan to be "forced" to withdraw sensational ads as a way of gaining extra publicity. I have never seen this ad, and only once heard about the Kin phone, but now I have been exposed (oh dear) to the campaign as a news item.

I am sure that if nobody complained then the ad executives would plant their own complaints in the news just to get people to talk about it. How many times do you hear news reports about people being outraged without ever saying who those people are. I imagine that it is rare to need to resort to doing their own complaints, because the people who get offended by this are so predictably vocal. And who cares if you piss them off, because the target market are young people who think sexting is OK and who would be quite happy to rebel against the prudes.

Re:This keeps happening (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31885398)

Hah hah, Fox News... "CRITICS claim that bla bla bla..."

Thanks a lot Consumer Reports (1)

mswhippingboy (754599) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885268)

Had they not raised the issue of sexting in this commercial, I probably would never even have noticed it.
Maybe it's just me, the only value I see in commercials like that is that it gives me a minute to walk to the fridge for another beer.

Advertising (1)

raving griff (1157645) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885298)

This product's entire line of advertising has rubbed me the wrong way. When I first saw an ad for a Kin online, I didn't yet know what it was. All I saw was your typical dating-site ad woman accompanied by a caption saying "Could you be friends with someone you don't even know?" So my first impressions? That it was a dating site. I don't see future advertisements getting much better.

Way to go, OP (1)

Improv (2467) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885318)

That phrasing made a relatively dull topic seem awkward enough that reading it could neuter a rabbit. It's a good thing rabbits can't read.

Reverse Streisand effect? (2, Interesting)

jamesh (87723) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885328)

I'd never even heard of the 'Kin Phone' until just now... is Slashdot being assimilated into the Microsoft marketing machine?

Re:Reverse Streisand effect? (1)

Some.Net(Guy) (1733146) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885344)

The funniest part about the KIN phone is that their website was built in Flash! http://www.kin.com/ [kin.com]

Re:Reverse Streisand effect? (1)

jamesh (87723) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885484)

Hehehe... i'm still not looking at it though :p

Hmm... (1)

Some.Net(Guy) (1733146) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885334)

If this is sexting, what do you call what Tiger was doing?

Typical (1)

grayshirtninja (1242690) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885390)

Just another weird-ass Microsoft ad.

Amused women? (1)

lightspeedius (263290) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885394)

Noooooooooooooooooeeeeessss!!!!

DOING IT WRONG (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31885396)

You send people pictures of your boobs if you are a woman... girlintraining doesn't count, BTW.

If you are a man, you stick the phone down your pants and take a picture of your package.

Depth of focus (1)

Animats (122034) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885438)

I'm impressed that their phone can focus that close. The original iPhone has a minimum focusing distance of about 1 meter. Later autofocus versions get down to 10cm. Does the Kim camera have autofocus? They don't mention it.

The Kim site says "pictures are simulated". Right.

Black man and white woman kissing... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31885442)

Toward the end of the video (ad) there is a black man and white woman kissing.

Back when I was young that would have been the controversy, not a white dudes nipple.

So from that point of view I think we are making progress.

Creepy? (3, Insightful)

tomthepom (314977) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885444)

Creepy? Really? What exactly is 'creepy' about it?
Unless you mean 'likely to make a large section of the population feel uneasy because they've been cowed into a pathetic state of guilt and self-censorship in the face of a narrow-minded and hypocritical moral hysteria of a small minority'. Yeh you're right, that is creepy.
 

MS gets human needs (2, Funny)

AHuxley (892839) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885448)

Showing the pleasure you cannot have with an ipad.
The world has moved to an audio and visual level and expects it anytime, anywhere.
We have the software, hardware and bandwidth, so lets have fun.
Why wait for a US telco or "Jobs" to understand that people like to reach out and relate in both the visual and emotional?.
MS could have done it in a more nudge nudge way, but when has MS ever really understood marketing beyond a tool of market control.
But for buzz and a way better than Apple hardware offereing - a real win :)

Apple and MS... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31885454)

Apple is showing us a new way to get WORK done and increase productivity...MS is showing us how to make asses out of ourselves.

Give me a f*cking break (1)

hyades1 (1149581) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885464)

A young guy's bare titty! Oh, my god, save me from Satan's hordes! Will somebody please tell fundamentalcase Americans and all the castrated, ass-kissing business drones who are afraid of them to go fuck themselves? Nobody seems to have much of a problem with 29 miners who died because of corporate greed, but some nimrod who sticks his cellphone camera under his shirt causes squeals and apologies from the corporate community? A lot of people are badly in need of a pimp-slap, and most of them are wearing suits.

At first glance (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31885512)

I though it said "Microsoft Quickly Releases "Sexting" Ap For Kin Phone"

Dumb ad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31885538)

Dumb ad, but nothing worth crying over. I don't view this as some crisis regarding our values in a society - I view this as an ad pointing out you can take pictures...of your man tits if you really wish to. Because of course - THAT is what I'm going to take pictures of. Who cares about man chest? It's perfectly legal to jog down the street shirtless if you're male - so why be ashamed, appalled, or offended?

self pedophiling (2, Interesting)

NicknamesAreStupid (1040118) | more than 4 years ago | (#31885566)

In some states doing something like this could be construed as "sexual relations with a minor" (i.e., yourself). Theoretically, that could land you in jail for 5-10 years and forever be labeled a pedophile.

'Sex' once meant intercourse whereby the female could be impregnated. Now it can mean anything, including petting, phone sex, Internet sex, and sexting using SMS. Someday, it might mean alluding to sex through indirect references such as these. Eventually, it might even mean any arousal of the autonomic nervous system. You may someday get busted for having a wet dream. I am sure that will never happen until, of course, it does happen.
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