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Majority of Viewers Say Sasha Grey's PETA Video is Offensive


PETA Sasha Grey Video
Viewers split on whether PETA video was effective

Flemington, NJ, January 25, 2010 – A new media study among 301 viewers of a new video for the animal rights group, PETA, revealed that the majority of viewers (69%) indicated that video was somewhat offensive or inappropriate.

The study was conducted during January 22-25 by HCD Research using its MediaCurves.com® website, to obtain viewers’ perceptions of a new PETA Video in which adult entertainment star Sasha Grey supports the group’s new ad campaign, “Too much sex can be a bad thing.” To view detailed results go to: www.mediacurves.com.

Viewers were split on the effectiveness of the video, with 52% indicating that the video was not at all effective, 37% indicating that it was somewhat effective, and 11% indicating that the video was extremely effective. Viewers’ perception of the PETA organization declined after viewing the video with 9% rating PETA as “extremely unfavorable” before the video and 17% rating PETA as “extremely unfavorable” after the video.

“Our automated response curves revealed that interest levels among male and female viewers were similar in the beginning of the video, but women’s interest levels began to quickly decline once scantily clad images of Sasha Grey were shown,” commented Glenn Kessler, president and CEO, HCD Research.  

Among the findings:

Did you find this PETA advertisement to be offensive or inappropriate?

 

Total

Yes

38%

Somewhat

31%

No

32%

Overall, how effective do you think this PETA advertisement was?

 

Total

Extremely effective

11%

Somewhat effective

37%

Not at all effective

52%

Please indicate your perception of the PETA organization.

 

Before Video

After Video

Extremely favorable

13%

10%

Favorable

46%

41%

Unfavorable

32%

32%

Extremely unfavorable

9%

17%

While viewing the video, participants indicated their levels of interest by moving their mouse from left to right on a continuum. The responses were recorded in quarter-second intervals and reported in the form of curves. The participants were also asked to respond to post-viewing questions.

Editors/Reporters: For more information on the study, or to speak with Glenn Kessler, president and CEO, HCD Research, please contact Vince McGourty, HCD Research, at (908) 483-9121 or (vince.mcgourty@hcdi.net).  You can also receive updates from MediaCurves.com by following us on Twitter:  http://twitter.com/mediacurves and Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Flemington-NJ/MediaCurves/86691908820

HCD Research is a marketing and communications research company headquartered in Flemington, NJ.  The company's services include traditional and web-based research.  For additional information on HCD Research, access the company’s web site at www.hcdi.net or call HCD Research at 908-788-9393.  MediaCurves.com® (www.mediacurves.com) is a media measurement website that provides the media and general public with a venue to view Americans’ perceptions of popular and controversial media events and advertisements.

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RE: PETA Sasha Grey Video
by kaykay8269 (User #233372) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:55 PM (#4570)
i liked the message but i didnt like how they had her being photoed nude. that is not appropriate for tv
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RE: PETA Sasha Grey Video
by wotfpatty (User #200298) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:55 PM (#4571)
PETA could do so much or animals but they are victims of their own hype and they go too far. A porn star telling me about animal abuse and vegetarianism? I don't think so! Sheesh.
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RE: PETA Sasha Grey Video
by psgrannypam (User #229044) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:55 PM (#4572)
this was an offensive commercial that has nothing to do with animals
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RE: PETA Sasha Grey Video
by adoptacoug (User #229989) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:55 PM (#4573)
I think having people take off thier clothes to try and make a point is stupid. You lose the essence of the message, because more people pay attention to a woman taking off her clothes than they do about treating thier pets.
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RE: PETA Sasha Grey Video
by curlylocksann (User #229847) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:55 PM (#4574)
Showing "a sex kitten" to promote awareness of PETA is NOT giving me any desire to be assoicated with that organization. Such a choice of viewing material was quite inappropriate and totally unrelated to the topic.
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RE: PETA Sasha Grey Video
by florita (User #100586) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:55 PM (#4575)
A paid advertisement about cruelty to animals should spend their funds wisely: they should show more about what to do about the sad and inhumane situation of the animals and not a young girl posing. I learned nothing from her and I did not believe her. The entire ad was all about her for crying out loud.
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RE: PETA Sasha Grey Video
by bobbytth (User #227036) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4576)
Peta sometimes are just as bad as some offenders,not everyone gets it.Being kind to a pet is something that no one should have to tell you.Treat anything else the way you want to be treated,unfortunatly some people don't like themselves.
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RE: PETA Sasha Grey Video
by pearl1 (User #232169) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4577)
I do not think you should use sex to sell poducts
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RE: PETA Sasha Grey Video
by oosterhoff (User #221373) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4578)
Great idea to advertise PETA, but with a porn star? Uch!
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by deeann_h (User #230190) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4579)
definitely not a kid oriented commercial
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RE: PETA Sasha Grey Video
by rosiesbrat (User #48890) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4580)
I'm not a prude, but I think this is a stupid campaign. Guys won't be listening to anything she says because they'll be too distracted by her body, and women will probably be resentful or offended by her being a porn star, and not pay attention either. They are trying to get animals neutered, but making people think about sex. Doesn't make sense to use a spokeswoman like her.
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RE: PETA Sasha Grey Video
by cphtchic (User #231095) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4581)
I think this was a terrible message. I almost borders on repulsive. Whoever thought putting a porn star on a PETA commercial was an idiot. You do not think of human sex and animal sex as anything close to one another until you see this commercial and it has a sick, twisted beastiality feel to it that is very disturbing.It definitely does not enhance a message to spay or neuter your pets.
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RE: PETA Sasha Grey Video
by wolf49us (User #226065) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4582)
I didn't know who the spokesperson was - apparently a porn star
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RE: PETA Sasha Grey Video
by nmjg12 (User #223795) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4583)
sick ad but thats extremist PTA getting desperate using people and that get angry at using zanimals whats the difference?????
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RE: PETA Sasha Grey Video
by logisticswiz123 (User #233360) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4584)
this advertisement was very great. I am a pet owner and I love my pets..they are like family to me and it makes m very happy knowing and seeing and feeling that I am carring for my pet the way that I do. if my home was bigger would probably have my own lil zoo o different animals running around here...loved the ad.
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RE: PETA Sasha Grey Video
by cmkadmin (User #230624) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4585)
PETA is scum. This just cements it. Off to eat some sea kitten over a bed of sushi rice.
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by Carol8 (User #212858) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4586)
What in the world does a naked women have to do with animals plight?
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by svendb7 (User #233435) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4587)
The message in the video was necessary but the combination of sex was somewhat unnecessary.
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by jlbeard (User #229842) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4588)
I had no problem with the message but I found the nude pictures offensive and inappropriate.
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by mschadd (User #223038) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4589)
I don't see what the idea of porn and nudity has to do with animals being spayed and took care of. totally unappropriate.
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RE: PETA Sasha Grey Video
by NEIMAHRM (User #223571) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4590)
AS A MOYER I FEEL THIS AD SHOULDNOT BE SEEN ON THE TV. WE HAVE IMPRESSIONABLE CHILDREN AND SHE COULDHAVE DELETED THE NUDITY AND THEN "TOLD THE STORY". THIS IS REALLY OFFENSIVE AND I HOPE THAT OTHERS WILL FEEL THAT WAY TOO. WE HAVE SEEN SO MANY GOOD ONES ON CABLE SHOWING THE NEED FOR TAKING THE CRUELTY OUTOF ANIMALS, THEY DON'T DESERVE THAT TREATMENT
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by ebro79 (User #232290) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4591)
The nudity is not necessary.....
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by MrsFlyman (User #230668) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4592)
what does a porn start have to do with PETA, very poor choice for a spokesperson
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by tahoejoe (User #231649) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4593)
Peta is over the top most of the time and turns many people off to a good cause
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RE: PETA Sasha Grey Video
by DebraH (User #225614) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4594)
I believe in spaying and neutering pets, I believe in ending animal cruelty. What I don't believe is PETA finding the most disgusting ways to bring attention to themselves regardless of who else they effect and when. I find it disgusting and deceptive of PETA to use a media that is degrading to women THINKING it will bring interest to ending degradation of animals when all it does is bring an interest to what men have in their pants that could care less about animals and won't be paying attention to the message anyway. What in the world does a naked woman have to do with cruelty to animals? She could have done that whole commercial without degrading herself like that. Also PETA airing commercials during times when children watch TV and show animals being cruelly treated that disturbs the children who BTW ARE NOT VOTERS AND WON'T BE FOR MANY YEARS so that excuse just doesn't fly. PETA has gone from low to lower if they plan on using this type of advertising to bring attention to themselves and it is this type of approach that they use that will cause me NOT TO SUPPORT any of their causes. Simply put - PETA needs to be neutered.
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RE: PETA Sasha Grey Video
by sharwig (User #225969) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4595)
i don't think it was necessary to use a porn star!!
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by gene4811 (User #225912) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4596)
why did the women had no clothes i dont want my boy to see that
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by paulbrown (User #216515) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4597)
What did showing a naked woman have to do with animal rights or animal cruelty. She was very nice to look at, but what was the point?
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by zookeeper (User #225470) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4598)
Naked women is getting off point of animals its about the animals not the woman stay clean
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by shaban (User #222786) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4599)
Hey she was very pretty and what she had to say was nice, BUT if that was on TV for my kids to see I would NOT be happy. No surprise that came from PETA...
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by Mommy Kat (User #219949) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4600)
I love animals. I support groups who want to help animals. But what does a naked porn star have to do with spaying and nuetering animals????? This campaign represents the problems with PETA. They want people to respect them but they often use gorilla tactics and sleazy advertising. If they would grow up and be responsible and respectible they would get more support from middle America.
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by koltkolt (User #224911) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4601)
she needs to be more fully dressed
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by friendly (User #219866) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4602)
That was disgusting. What kind of freaks would use sex to provoke interest in animals. Stupid. Childish. PORN on tv? Please don't!!!!!!!!!!!!
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by judyanne (User #229176) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4603)
they didn't need to show her modeling in the nude just uncalled for
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by kittyby (User #231600) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4604)
In regards to this survey, I consider myself a passionate animal welfare advocate (not animal rights advocate). I support HSUS, ASPCA, Alley Cat Allies, North Shore Animal League, Best Friends Animal Society, and so on. PETA is a very poor representation of an organization that is neither animal rights or animal advocates. I am very familiar with PETA's standing on animal issues for years, and it is more of an organization that stands on hypocrisy and contradiction, This ad that I have seen is just a very typical of PETA using sex to make people notice not the "animals or the problems" but the naked and beautiful celebrity. This ad doesn't make you "listen"; it doesn't make you "aware", and it doesn't "educate" you of the problem or the crisis. This ad doesn't make me feel compassion and empathy. This ad makes me feel confused and angry! This ad is nothing but an advertisement of becoming a vegan so you can have that body. I do not want to see it advertised on tv. It is pornography!
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RE: PETA Sasha Grey Video
by DelrayBeach (User #231916) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4605)
dont show me a video like that again!
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RE: PETA Sasha Grey Video
by sandooch (User #211553) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4606)
I really hope you do not show this commercial on tv. Children do not need to see the butt crack of a woman, especially one who is a porn star. I found it very offensive.
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by Jessie (User #230229) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4607)
spaying is good, this type of advertising is not.
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by HitBDCman (User #231121) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4608)
Although Sasha Gray is very attractive I don't think it would be wise to use a porn star to make a statement. As a male I was interested in the commercial, but all hopes of the commercial convincing me of anything were gone when i realized it was Sasha Gray who was making the statement.
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by ginny333 (User #203663) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4609)
A completely inappropriate ad showing nudity to get a message across.
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by Robin1 (User #225196) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4610)
a porn star shouldn't be promoting PETA, not appropriate.
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by kjedney (User #229812) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4611)
i am all for animal rights but peta filming naked women is ridiculous and has nothing to do with how an animal is treated!!
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RE: PETA Sasha Grey Video
by Swanky24 (User #228046) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4612)
What a lousy effort in representing PETA. Could have done something a lot more effective worth paying attention too.
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by wordygirl (User #230357) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4613)
With some editing, this commercial would be a wonderful television spot. I would suggest not showing her bare bottom, and making the entire photo shoot seem less erotic. (I am assuming the shoot was for a print campaign.) I think it would be a better ad if you didn't include her identifying herself as a porn star. I didn't know who she was and I liked it better when I thought she was merely a nice, sincere young woman who shared my concern for animals and the issue of spaying & neutering. Anyone who has a positive impression of the porn industry will probably recognize her and those who have a negative impression probably won't; if you leave it unsaid you can appeal to both audiences.
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by lelelu (User #98462) on Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:40:56 PM (#4614)
PETA has done the outlandish again.
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by spidolo (User #258188) on Monday, October 3, 2011 @ 7:34:33 AM (#6974)

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