Red Bull mocks confession

I first heard this joke a few years ago … and I’m frankly surprised that someone thought it would make a good commercial.

Well, truth be told, it doesn’t.

What seemed naughty and irreverent as a joke comes off here as just tacky.  And what this has to do with Red Bull remains a mystery to me.

But see what you think.

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  • http://www.gerardnadal.com Gerard Nadal

    “Bull” describes this pretty well.

    Perhaps the advertiser’s son or daughter may pick up a few STD’s from some of his “leads” one day, thanks to Mom or Dad’s stellar job at moral development and ridicule of the sacred.

    Ideas and behavior have consequences, and if we ridicule the sacred and self-control should we be surprised that these weeds grow up to choke our children?

  • Michele

    I thought it was kind of funny…this is an old ‘Catholic joke’. I wasn’t offended. I think that the ‘old form’ of Confession, as opposed to what we teach now in the Sacrament of Reconciliation was interesting- it dates the person who did the commercial- as well as the ‘Irish’ priest. If you are going to make fun of the accent of the priest, today you would more likely make fun of an Hispanic accent, or Vietnamese accent, or an African accent in America, now. This might have been true when I was a child, but not today. (I’m in my 50s) How many Irish priests and nuns are coming to America to serve the Church today? Not many!

  • Deacon Kevin

    I agree – this is an old joke, which I have heard told much better in other (Catholic) settings. Not sure what it has to do with Red Bull either (but Red Bull is sort of off my horizon anyway)… let it die quickly and it will.

  • http://scrambledmegzntoast.wordpress.com Megan

    I don’t understand the commercial at all, so I am not sure why it might be offensive.

  • Mr Flapatap

    I think the difference is that that sort of joke would be usually shared among Catholics being lighthearted. The commercial takes it out of that context putting it in the middle of our secular society who has no understanding of what the Sacrament is all about.

  • Mr Flapatap

    It’s not the same when I make a yoke about my family than when someone in the outside does. Intentions are not the same.

  • RomCath

    I am not sure what Michele means by the “old form” and what we teach today?

  • deaconnecessary

    Oh, it is an old joke to be sure.
    Don’t know why they have to use it to sell Red Bull, but, as mentioned above, it will die off.
    As for what is determined to be “old form,” I know it to be as standard a form as the face to face form.
    And for what it’s worth, My diocese has at least 8 Irish Priests.
    The majority of these men are under 50.

  • Tom

    Old jokes, eh? Could be, could be? hmmmmm…

    I think it just shows how advertiser’s with multi million dollar add campaigns, continue to show us how synical they can be about their own customers. So, if I was Catholic and one who purchased Red Bull, or better yet for that matter I’m neither. I’m just some Monday afternoon schmo who bumped into a youtube clip. I might be able to infer by this ad that I cannot possibly think in a straight line. That my mental facalties (ability to perform logic) are so screwed up that I could actually have this ad make scense to me. I’m not going to sit here and break-down every possible inferance made in the ad other than that it was ignorant, and appealing to the…ignorant. That last word was chosen carefully.
    There is such a thing as be desensitized. Maybe I’m going overboard hear, but I really do think that’s what’s going on today constantly.
    Kant said we should treat everyone as an (ends) not only as means to something. To approach each other in love, therefor. These kinds of adds only have one goal in mind; as most do, to appeal to our childish natures. The nature of when we could not think for ourselves and dependent on parents to protect us from the “mindless.” St. Paul, said I’m not a boy any longer, but a man! I realize I’m starting make a slippery slope argument, but I believe that is exactly what this add does.

  • Michele

    In response to RomCath- the old form of greeting behind the screen that was previously taught was, “Bless me Father, for I have sinned it’s been XXXX since my last confession”.

    The recent version that is taught in most American parishes in Religious Education and RCIA (at least, since 1983) for the Sacrament of Reconciliation is – Examine your conscience, Greet the priest, make the Sign of the cross, listen to the scripture reading, confess your sins, listen to the counsel of the priest, remember your penance, bow your head, respond Amen, say the Act of Contrition, thank the priest, do your penance.
    The old form is not wrong, just another era, but it also dates the person who wrote the commercial.

  • HMS

    To me, looks like the young man does not have a “firm purpose of amendment.”

  • Jay Easley

    I agree, this commercial is offensive to the catholic church and women. Old form or new I don’t like it.

  • pagansister

    I’m joining the group that can’t figure out just what Red Bull has to do with the young man going to confession. Perhaps it was to give him courage to go in or the energy to go and find the girls the priest mentioned? If I was Catholic, I don’t think I’d have found it offensive and as woman, it isn’t either. I’m sure there might have been such conversations in the past between a priest and person confessing, who knows? It’s just a commercial. It shall pass.

  • zinc55

    kinda funny, a bit unrelated

  • amykenz

    The commercial actually is offensive to both Catholics and women for the following reasons:

    As Catholics we don’t mock things that are sacred. First, to understand that confession is sacred you would need to understand more about the church and what it offers. My life is not a joke to God and his life is not a joke to us either.

    As a female it is offensive because it involves sex as a means of utility. The opposite of love is use and indifference. If you’re interested to educate yourself more on that Pope John Paul II’s book on the Theology of the Body is a great place to start.

    Yes, God can take a joke… yes, his shoulders are big enough to be mocked and laughed at… but he’s already done that. And if he is truly our King then he deserves that respect.

    a.


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