A Proposal To Ban On Film/Cricket Stars From Appearing In TV Commercials

Actor Aamir Khan offered some vocal support for Narmada Bachao Andolan activists and Hindutva proponents enforced a boycott of the star’s films inside the state of Gujarat.
That is all okay because, in a democracy, anyone can express dissent or engage in boycott as he/she pleases.
Of course, it requires no mention that the neither Narendra Modi nor any of his ilk would dare to boycott actors such as Sanjay Dutt whose links to the mafia are worn like badges of honour.

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  However, the important question is not whether the ban was justified.
  Instead, it is about who should we ban next; not from their main vocation of acting or playing but from their appearance on those annoying TV commercials.
  There was a time (old Doordarshan days) when people would have liked more film-based content on TV.
  Not anymore. Today, everything on TV is about films or cricket.
  Even news channels such as NDTV, Headlines Today, and CNN-IBN have not been immune to this contagion.
  Sure, these channels have a long way to go before they can be compared with the slick production values and professional finesse of CNN or BBC.
  But, at least they used to hound politicians all the time, making mountains out of molehills and zeroes out of heroes.
  Unfortunately, degeneration is all you see.
  Now, it is all about the softness of the pitch and whether it is alloo-gobi or my-foot-up-their-freaking-derri&egrave;re on the menu of some vain actor's party.
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 <p>So, here is an array of them little pricks (appellation not applicable to Mallika Sherawat but certainly to all the others - Shahrukh Khan, Sachin Tendulkar, Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai and Aamir Khan) who give people watching TV no end of their annoyance.
 Just click on the one you think most deserves to be banned.
 Votes are instantaneously updated.
 Voting started on <b>3 June 2006</b>.</p>

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    SINGLE-CLICK ONLINE POLL - Which Star Needs It Most To Be Banned From TV Commercials?
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    <h5 align="center">Click on a star in this image to make your vote.</h5>

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   <td colspan="7" style="padding-bottom:0;background-color:firebrick;" align="center" valign="middle"><img src="https://moralvolcano.files.wordpress.com/2006/12/photo_star_ban_vote.jpg" alt="PHOTO_Star_Ban_Vote" width="700" height="170" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-17699" /></td>
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   <td class="wf" width="100" height="40" style="text-align:center;">BAN</td>
   <td class="wf" width="100" style="text-align:center;">Shahrukh<br>Khan</td>
   <td class="wf" width="100" style="text-align:center;">Sachin<br>Tendulkar</td>
   <td class="wf" width="100" style="text-align:center;">Priyanka<br>Chopra</td>
   <td class="wf" width="100" style="text-align:center;">Mallika<br>Sherawat</td>
   <td class="wf" width="100" style="text-align:center;">Kareena<br>Kapoor</td>
   <td class="wf" width="100" style="text-align:center;">Aishwarya<br>Rai</td>
   <td class="wf" width="100" style="text-align:center;">Aamir<br>Khan</td>
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   <td height="25" style="text-align:center;"><b>Votes So Far</b></td>
   <td style="text-align:center;"><b>26</b></td>
   <td style="text-align:center;"><b>23</b></td>
   <td style="text-align:center;"><b>54</b></td>
   <td style="text-align:center;"><b>0</b></td>
   <td style="text-align:center;"><b>54</b></td>
   <td style="text-align:center;"><b>52</b></td>
   <td style="text-align:center;"><b>100</b></td>
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 <p class="notes"><b>UPDATE (13 August 2006)</b>: The New Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) recenty publicised results of a study it conducted to ascertain levels of pesticide residues in cola drinks.
 Results were not much different from a similar study conducted last year, when the cola companies and the government assured that public trust would be restored.
 That time, some reports even said that farmers had begun using Coke and Pepsi in place of regular pesticides with surprisingly good results.
 This time around, the cola companies have in their defence compared their products, which are non-essential, to essential products such as drinking water and food products.
 Many states have taken the lead in banning these junk food items, although in a ham-handed manner, which means that the "pesticolas" will be back after a court order.
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 <p class="notes"><b>UPDATE (3 December 2006)</b>: I took down the poll today (from the blog template to this new post).
 The final results are as above.
 A total of 209 votes were cast indicating an average of just over one vote per day.
 Both Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor are neck and neck with 54 votes each, taking roughly half the votes between them.
 With 52 votes, Aishwarya Rai is not far behind with another quarter of the votes.
 Sharukh Khan and Sachin Tendulkar are about only half as much disliked as the women.
 Aamir Khan's votes were kept at a constant 100 right from the start and visitors could not vote to ban him because he already a real ban in Gujarat.
 Visitors were also not allowed to ban Mallika Sherawat because I did not think she was as ubiquitously annoying as the other three women.
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 <p class="notes">An analysis of visitor logs shows me that a number of voters were originally looking for pornographic images of these ladies.
 (I don't have them so don't ask me.)
 Sometimes, they clicked on the images of the women they were searching for and sometimes they clicked the others.
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