Toss the Jello Salad?…
These now-cancelled innuendo-filled condom wrappers from the Utah Department of Health were… extremely good for something from the government pic.twitter.com/CpvUl8CcEA
— Max Paine ?? (@lagadoprojector) January 16, 2020
(source, since naturally this tweet is kind of blowing up: https://t.co/MBxnn5q6Gw)
— Max Paine ?? (@lagadoprojector) January 16, 2020
… “The Governor understands the importance of the Utah Department of Health conducting a campaign to educate Utahns about HIV prevention,” his spokeswoman, Anna Lehnardt, told FOX 13 in a statement. “He does not, however, approve the use of sexual innuendo as part of a taxpayer-funded campaign, and our office has asked the department to rework the campaign’s branding.”
The condoms had wrappers that touted the “Greatest Sex on Earth” (a parody of Utah’s “Greatest Snow on Earth”); “This is the Place” (which was uttered by Brigham Young when pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley); the subversive “SL, UT” for Salt Lake, Utah; “Toss the Jello Salad;” and, of course, the local landmarks “Fillmore, Beaver.”
The campaign was a joint venture between the Utah Department of Health and Love Communications. Wyoming and Alaska have done similar campaigns using popular slogans native to their respective states…
About 100,000 of the condoms were to be distributed for free through local health departments, the Utah AIDS Foundation, bars and other community locations. In response, the Utah Department of Health said Wednesday night it has told those who would distribute the condoms to refrain from doing so while the campaign is re-worked…
[Insert your own ‘now a collector’s item’ joke here.]
Gotta assume whoever designed them knew it would never get past the GOP Governor of Utah and were hoping for viral awareness on social media, at any rate they deserve two medals, one for contribution to public health and one for contribution to the arts
— Max Paine ?? (@lagadoprojector) January 16, 2020
I think that's what prompted this campaign to begin with.
— Donut Mignon (@_Curgin) January 17, 2020
The Times drops their endorsement:
i sent a link to that utah article to my girlfriend in virginia. i don’t see that happening in VA or even MA, where i live.
thanks for sharing it, though!
Apparently those condoms rubbed the Governor the wrong way.
@phdesmond: First you have to find suitable innuendoes ending in “VA” and “MA”.
Quite a bombshell, Litany! went to tell a friend and found this:
The New York Times has endorsed not one but two candidates for the Democratic nomination for president, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar from the party’s moderate wing and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren from its progressive wing.
By Associated Press, Wire Service Content Jan. 19, 2020, at 11:30 p.m.
@phdesmond: I think the (snobby) Masshole reaction would be that we don’t need that kind of wink-wink-nudge-nudge sex ed marketing, since we’re all progressive’n’stuff.
(Yeah, I’m rolling my eyes, too.)
@Ken: i’ll have to work on that! get all 3 to rhyme, or something. thank you!
Those are great! I don’t get the middle one though–“toss the jello salad”? Please DON’T explain it to me though!
Is this what BJ after dark is about?
Once again, moral scolds end up making something they want to condemn a million times more popular than it otherwise would have been if they had just ignored it and STFU. These are going to be valuable collectors’ items now.
Well done, sir. Well done. *golf claps
@Litany: Only the FTFNYT could irritate me by nominating the same candidates *I* would have recommended, and for much the same reasons, too!
Srsly, they bobbled the lead-up with their cutesy ‘hip to the cutting edge, fellow opinion leaders’ promo videos, and the way they’ve set up this endorsement doesn’t help. But I figured it made more sense as a post topic during ‘prime time’ on the blog — I’ll have something up tomorrow, if Betty doesn’t beat me to it!
Thank goodness for google and the urban dictionary. I now know what tossing a salad is. Already knew Mormons liked jello,so now I get the joke and can go to sleep. Sweet dreams one and all.
Okay…not only are the reply buttons not working my nym disappeared!
@Anne Laurie: we could get away with it, like they did for so long in Utah, before they were detected.
and, hey, it’s funding for the arts. :-)
it would involve competing for funding for an arts project. :-(
@ziggy: Jello salad is an established Mormon (and Midwestern!) humor trope. No culinary event involving more than three people (parties, holiday dinners, funerals) is complete without one or more variations of it, ranging from the sometimes delicious-if-calorific (involving canned fruit, walnut pieces, toasted coconut and/or mini-marshmellows) to the vaguely Lovecraftian (lime jello with cottage cheese and… other stuff).
You can check out Urban Dictionary for the ‘tossed salad’ innuendo, but *not* on a work computer!
I think Warren Klobuchar 2020 has a very nice ring to it.
@Anne Laurie: I was shocked at how callous this sentence in particular was:
“Basket-case governments in several nations south of the Rio Grande have sent a historic flood of migrants to our southern border.”
Am I crazy to think this incredibly dismissive of the history of coups, colonialism, and covert regime change which comprise the legacy of US involvement in Latin America? I expect Fox to run stories that credulously ask why so many people are leaving Nicuragua as if our involvement with the bloodthirsty Contras never happened, but really the “paper of record” should know better than to use language like this that’s little better than Trump’s “shithole countries.”
found this over on whatzis —
“No animal, according to the rules of animal-etiquette, is ever expected to do anything strenuous, or heroic, or even moderately active during the off-season of winter.”
~~Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows (1906)
do you think cats are covered?
This story about Mormon condom jokes made my night.
My 13-year-old aspiring chef niece was in charge of Thanksgiving in Illinois (except for the turkey) and included an array of Jello salads in the spread, mostly of the Lovecraftian variety.
We weren’t there, but they looked cool on Facebook!
@Litany: That’s the infamous FTFNYT trying to please Both Sides!!! at the same time — and, as usual, succeeding only in getting both sides pissed at them. It was widely assumed / predicted they’d endorse Warren, because her campaign & her proposals are very much in line with those of the average NYTimes subscriber: liberal, but still firmly capitalist. But they’re terrified of offending noisy wingnuts (who’ll never vote for *any* Democrat, and who almost certainly aren’t subscribers)… so they offered Amy ‘Sorry, We Can’t Afford That’ Klobuchar as a sop to the ‘moderates’.
There’s some positions, like babies, that can’t just be split down the middle without losing their essential integrity.
Dang it, you made me go there! Between that and the earwax ad I’m grossed out! also going to bed to recover
@Ohio Mom: it took me a while longer to get there. good night.
@Anne Laurie: I understand the Times’ urge to split their support, though I disagree with you about which candidate they’re more sympathetic to. The Times writes “The history of the editorial board would suggest that we would side squarely with the candidate with a more traditional approach” and admit of Warren that they’d “certainly push back on specific policy proposals, like nationalizing health insurance or decriminalizing the border.”
Either the Times doesn’t speak for Warren’s actual base of support or that base of support is voting tactically with an understanding that Warren either can’t or won’t do any of these things.
Another one for “only the best people” file.
“Sexually oriented humour on condom packages will lead to the moral collapse of Utah!”
The absurdity, it burns …
@Amir Khalid: Hahajhajajahah so much Mormon sexy time!
@Amir Khalid: Colour me as amazed that the state of Utah even distributes condoms like that. Even in marriage birth control is not exactly encouraged.
The ads literally have dogs hawking townhomes. Goodnight.
@oldgold: I am surprised because I didn’t think this what he is accused of is a problem in the Trump administration. My first assumption when I’ve read on twitter about him being escorted out of the WH was that he disagreed with Trump.
“He does not, however, approve the use of sexual innuendo as part of a taxpayer-funded campaign,
I wonder how many porn pictures he has on his computer (as most politicians download porn) ?
The Republicans, furrowed brows included, seem to be lining up to disallow witnesses and documents to sully the Senate trial. Can we have an office pool on what the distraction will be to shift the next week’s media coverage to something shinier?
Venezuela remains at low simmer on the back burner.
@Ken: Vul, VA? But I don’t think there’s any place called (or abbreviated) “Vul”, unlike Salt Lake = SL.
There are a lot of -ma words but not many suggestive ones. (A lot of cancers though!) Smeg, MA, perhaps, but … ew.
Remembering that FTFNYT endorsed Hillary…after throwing her under the bus a hundred times. If I were Warren or Klobuchar I would be on high alert for same.
Pot? Meet Kettle.
@Amir Khalid: Well, everybody knows that good Mormons have sexy time only for procreation purposes.
Funny how all the Mormons I ever met were of the bad type.
@Anya: Why not both?
@oldgold: Why not.. geez
Pleased to see that the NYTimes recognizes the strength of the females running for President. Klobucher or Warren would make an excellent president. I dreamed that they endorsed Wilmer and thought to myself well nothing really matters.
West of the Rockies
Just woke up from an icky repeating dream cycle, so brain is only semi-functional, but all these condom slogans will probably lead to Utah receiving a good ribbing. Hopefully, it won’t be a pain in the ass to dispose of these raincoats. The whole thing really sucks. It must be a real grind.
That is all.
@West of the Rockies: Just couldn’t stop, could you?
Dr. Ronnie James, D.O.
One of the most subtly incredible jokes I ever saw was from when there was a contest in NYC to design a clever cover for condoms the city was distributing. The winning design was just an artful black and white picture of a NYC manhole cover*:
* if you don’t get the joke:
Seriously, are we not doing ‘phrasing’ anymore?
@Anne Laurie: Yeah, well that and the fact that we already have our own condoms here…
@Ken: “Entering Marion”
Gin & Tonic
@Chris T.: You really need innuendo in a state that has a place named Nantucket? Come on.
@Gin & Tonic: Athol.
@different-church-lady: Who you callin’ “athol,” you thunofabidge?
My Favorite Mormon, probably the last great infatuation of my life (I was 54, she was 29 – sweartoDog she only looked 16), related to me the following bon mot:
@Ken: Pound, VA?
@different-church-lady: john forster is hilarious — and funny in person, too!
Hmmm, yes, but the pedant in me points out you don’t need a condom for “tossing the salad”.
@oldgold: His name is “Peek”? The jokes write themselves.