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    Ludacris challenges Pepsi's Ozzy ad

    Ludacris challenges Pepsi's Ozzy ad
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    Is Ludacris nastier than Ozzy Osbourne?

    The rapper and his people say no, and are wondering why he was yanked from Pepsi ads for his vulgar language, while foul-mouthed rocker Osbourne got his own Super Bowl commercial.

    Hip-hop icon Russell Simmons has called for a boycott of the soda-maker, accusing Pepsi of applying a double standard, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer. The boycott, which will be rescinded if Pepsi reinstates Ludacris’ ads, asks that ‘‘all artists and supporters of hip-hop culture refrain from supporting Pepsi and all PepsiCo products.’’

    Pepsi pulled the rapper’s ads after TV commentator Bill O’Reilly and several others complained about offensive lyrics in Ludacris’ songs.


    [From the Dayton Daily News: 02.08.2003]

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    Ludacris? More like, ludicrous. :rolleyes

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    I dislike frivalous lawsuits and boycots, I truly do, but I think they have a point here. There is no more vulgarity on TV than on The Osbornes. So why single out Ludacrous? Also am against playing the race card, but dare I say could the real answer be because he's black??

    I also hate hate hate Bill O'Reilly. He's an ultra conservative bag of hot air who needs to Just. Shut. Up. Pepsi should have a spine and tell him to shove it.

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    There is ONE difference, though. Ozzy is vulgar in real life, while his lyrics are not. Ludacris is vulgar in his lyrics, and I have no personal knowledge of his "every day" behavior.

    It blurs the line somewhat that Ozzy is on television as his vulgar self, though.

    I can both see the point and the distinction.

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    The commercial was funny and had no bleeps. I don't think Ludacris was willing to do a commercial their way.

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    A news story this morning says that Pepsi has averted the strike by donating several million dollars to Ludacris' charity organization.

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    I mean boycott, not strike.

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    I agree, Eden.

    Some find Ozzy's lyrics and image to be offensive. I can't really see any difference between doing a commercial with him or with Ludacris.

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    I dont see why Pepsi gave in. I wish some of these big companys would just stand up to stupid lawsuits. I know they arent worried with the loss of says they might happen, they dont want the bad publicity.

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