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Baby…Save Haven

I always thought the WalMart and Friendly’s Restaurant television ads were bad…until the new ones for the Save Haven program starting showing up. Save Haven is that program where a mother can drop her unwanted baby off at any hospital, fire station or police station. I’m not sure if these are national or local ads (based on the poor quality – I suspect local), but they essentially consist of an obscenely politically- correct group of multi-racial teenagers (one with child) in a staged urban environment


It’s dreadful. It’s as if they thought some 65 year old advertising exeucutive could determine an effective method of relaying their message to today’s youth. Apparently, this 65 year-old man figured terrible actors, even worse rappers, and a simple beat box will get the message across. Horrible. I can’t even begin to explain how bad it is. Did I mention that the teenagers in the commercial can’t act or rap?

Anyway, the rap song is not very memorable except for the repetition at the end where the rainbow coalition of teens do the unwanted baby version of “Tastes Great. Less Filling”. Half of them say “Baby”, the other half wait for a drum beat and say “Safe Haven”.

So, over and over again it’s: “Baby….safe haven. Baby…safe haven…Baby…safe haven.”. ARGH! Make it go away.

Oh, and my picture did appear in the Metro Weekly newspaper in Washington, DC. Well, I’m not sure if it’s in the print version, but it did make it into the on-line version. I look awful (otherwise it would have been in headline to today’s blog posting). Anyway, here’s the link: – browse at your own risk.





  1. Comment by David on January 20, 2005 11:43 am

    You didn’t wear your leather pants?

  2. Comment by Karl on January 20, 2005 3:32 pm

    Not on that day…

  3. Comment by chrispy on January 20, 2005 3:37 pm

    WE look dreadful. i look drunk.

  4. Comment by Karl on January 20, 2005 3:40 pm

    We do look dreadful.

    Um, you were drunk.

  5. Comment by matt on January 20, 2005 5:43 pm

    I think you both look Fabulous!!!! Seriously, it is a great picture!

    Karl, continue to follow Chris’ fashion advice!

  6. Comment by Erica on January 20, 2005 7:28 pm

    Given the lighting there, everyone looks like they have only the front parts of a head. In all the pictures, it looks like. Not that I was browsing…

  7. Comment by eric on February 19, 2005 6:18 pm

    hey there, this will sound weird, but i stumbled upon your post by googling “Baby…. safe haven!” cuz I just read an article in the Weekly Dig about how all the actors in that PSA are mortified by it. The ad is so wonderful in its atrocity I needed to find a video of it on the internet (to no avail, yet).

    anyhoo, your post made me chuckle, especially with the “tastes great”/”less filling” comparison.

    make it your mantra: baby! safe haven! baby! safe haven!

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    Thank you for the info. This was very helpful.

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