Oscar Mayer uses Hallelujah Chorus to advertise turkey. I'm offended!

Curt Dale

I have just sent an e-mail to Oscar Mayer (Kraft Foods) voicing my indignation that they are using the most recognizable part of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah. It infuriated me that they are using this magnificent celebration of our Savior, Jesus Christ, to advertise their turkey and lunch meat. What next? The National Anthem and Amazing Grace? Until I see that they publicly withdraw this travesty from their advertising and apologize to the whole of the Christian Community, I just don't think I'll be pickin' up the Oscar Mayer Wieners again, nor any of their other lunch meats and such is that a boycott? Well, it probably is, but it just means I don't intend to buy their stuff. Hopefully Kraft will be smart enough to make a good choice. If you want to send Kraft and Oscar an e-mail, just Google Oscar Mayer and it will come up under Kraft Foods where you can write a comment to them.

Oscar Mayer and Kraft Foods,

I find it absolutely offensive, disrespectful and irreverent that Oscar Meyer is using the most marvelous phrase and sound of the Handel's Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah to advertise turkey and lunch meat. If you think that advertisement is so cool, I suggest you use a likeness of the Prophet Muhammad to advertise your Oscar Mayer Honey Ham, pickled pigs feet, Smoked Pork Chops, and pork laced wieners. I figure that would get you far more than a little boycott or some protests such as mine by Christians. It might get you a major attack by some murderous Islamic Terrorists for using any likeness of their prophet.

This turkey advertisement is an affront to the whole of the Christian Community around the world which stands when the Hallelujah Chorus is sung with the same reverence we feel when the National Anthem is played. It has been so since Handel first performed it centuries ago. Is your advertising department that bereft of promotional ideas? Pitiful!

I am sending this to a large number of my Christian friends, and I hope they will also send it in their own words. I will never again look at our Oscar Mayer Wiener animated Christmas Ornament that plays the Oscar Mayer Wiener song in the same way. I probably won't put it on our Christmas tree anymore. I strongly recommend you publicly and openly withdraw that advertisement which uses this iconic piece from the sacred music of The Messiah that we revere. Until I see that, I will probably just choose to forgo Oscar Mayer foodstuffs. I've never been much into boycotts, but this one will be easy. I just won't pick up that brand until I see proper withdrawal and your return to the Oscar Mayer Wiener Song.

Colonel Curtis D. Dale, PhD, USAF, (Ret)

Anyway, this is what I wrote. I'm a Christian, and I don't like to see things that we consider sacred, which our great hymns and scriptures are, made light of, diminishing the regard that should be given our Christian symbols and celebrations and to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

© Colonel Curtis D. Dale, PhD USAF (Ret), JUNE 2012, Parker, Colorado

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