Friday, July 31, 2009

Volunteer for Israel - Yes. This commercial, no.

Today's Ha'aretz ran a story on an Israeli campaign to encourage volunteering in Israel. It's point is supposed to be that there are a variety of plans available for developing careers, volunteering or studying in Israel (not sure which, I didn't check it out). Ohad pointed the article out to me since the headline was "Rachel Disrobes" and he thought that was pretty funny... and since it starts with an ad that says "Surrogate Mother Available", I had to see it. Here it is:

**was - it was removed from YouTube

So I watched it and watched it again. The article says it shows a good sense of humor and that people like it. First of all, only a little over 6000 people have watched it. Not very successful for a YouTube video. Second, of the 3 people they asked about it, two said they didn't like it.

If I understand correctly, the story is that Rachel hit hard economic times, so she decided to become a surrogate mother, whereas really, she should have just come to Israel. The connection's a little difficult for me. And, being pro-surrogacy (actually, unrelated, I recently discovered that someone I'm in daily contact with had a child through surrogacy after having life-threatening medical issues that prevented her from having another child) it disturbs me that surrogacy is being presented as being such a terrible choice. It almost looks like they wanted to use prostitution, but just took a step back & presented surrogacy in the same light.


Alissa said...

I just don't get it at all. What does surrogacy have to do with volunteering? What does getting naked have to do with anything? What does any of this have to do with Israel?

I'm confused.

Rona Michelson said...

Reminds me of my favorite Yiddish word: "farfetched"

Sara said...

That's just plain awful. On so many levels. Yuck.

Artblog said...


Which simpleton came up with this excuse for an advert!!!

Its inane, makes no sense at all and doesn't exactly inspire people wishing to volunteer.

Tut tut, how silly and what a waste of money, talking of the economy!

Anonymous said...

Uh... yeah. Yeah. Um...?


InfertileNaomi said...

Very strange indeed.