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Does anyone else find that Michael Jordan/Hanes T shirt commercial disturbing? The one where he tears the tag off the back of the neck on this guy’s t-shirt in the movie theater. It’s a commercial touting the fact that Hanes underwear doesn’t have annoying tags. Okay so far, I guess, though, I’ve got to ask what gives Jordan the right to grab somebody else’s underwear tag in the first place?

But anyway, he tears it off and throws it away. Here’s the disturbing part. The tag lands in an open cup of soda. It lands there, floats for a second and sinks t the bottom of the cup.

First question: Whose cup is that? Some perfectly innocent person totally unaware of what’s going on? What happens when he or she drinks the soda. The label presents all kinds of hazards. First is the obvious choking hazard, if the cup owner take a good gulp and gets the label stuck in his throat. Second is how sanitary is a tag that’s been on the back of some guy’s sweaty neck? Suppose the guy has a skin disease, or the flu and is covered in germs?

This kind of flagrant disregard for the health and safety of fellow movies goers sets a bad example for all of Michael Jordan’s young fans. I can see kids across the nation ripping the tags off the necks of people in movie theaters. This can lead to all manner of health and safety dangers, if not actual epidemics, fist fights and riots.

I think Hanes needs to remove this obnoxious commercial from the airwaves immediately. If nothing else, they should add a written warning at the end of the commercial to wit:

WARNING: ALWAYS PUT THE LID ON YOUR SODA CUP WHEN SITTING IN A MOVIE THEATER NEAR MICHAEL JORDAN.

— The National T Shirt Tag Safety Committee,
Washington, D.C.

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