In late September, The Citizens
Against UFO Secrecy (CAUS) spoke out against R.J. Reynolds in protest of
a full-page Winston cigarette ad that appeared in the Metro newspaper somewhere
on the west coast. CAUS says that the ad is defamatory of abductees
and is summarily libelous. The ad appears above; click it for the
A few questions:
1 -- Is the position expressed
in the ad really that far from the truth?
All kidding aside, it is.
The gamut of people afflicted by these "abduction experiences" attests
to the fact that even a humorous ad like that above alienates (pun, yes!)
a somewhat large group of people. The ad is akin to saying "Why are
people who wet their beds all so evil?" Also, an ad aimed
at smokers that purports others as being stupid is a terminal case of pot
on kettle color accusations.
2 -- Is the ad defamatory?
No. It's in bad taste,
but it's not libelous. Nobody is going to see a cigarette ad and
judge "abductees" accordingly. If you rely on small-market cigarette
ads for tips on character judgment...
3 -- Will a lawsuit ever
No. Be as it may, respect
for "abductees" is nearly nonexistent. Our staff of psychics tell
us that it never will come to a lawsuit, but they've been wrong before.