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Poll: Was Kobe wrong to do the Call of Duty ad?

Nov 19, 2010, 7:27 PM EDT


You’ve all seen it by now — and if you haven’t we can make it easy for you, it’s right here, we’re all about customer service — Kobe Bryant was one of the celebrities in the new ad for Call of Duty.

Which sent some columnists off the deep end, thinking that Kobe crossed a line being seen holding a weapon with the word “mamba” on the barrel sent the wrong message. Others think differently.

Rather than be the sole arbiters of decorum, we ask you — was this something Kobe should have done or did he cross the line?

  1. lebronsinsecurity - Nov 19, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    Absolutely not!! It’s a freakin’ video game commercial…a video game! I’d be willing to bet that the columnists and writers who are all up in arms about this are either over the age of 40 or 50, or just trying to stir the pot.

  2. klee129 - Nov 19, 2010 at 8:00 PM


    How much do you get paid just to pull someones reputation down with a video game commercial.
    Black Mamba refers to his accuracy in NBA. Now that his holding a gun that makes him some sort of terrorist?
    This is ridiculous, some stuff its better to keep it in your head than to say it out loud.

    Really? Think before you write.

    Just for example, if you had a nickname Black Mamba and get put on the same situation, would you like morons writing idiotic news like this? If you say yes just to state your point, your a horrible man.

  3. david8726 - Nov 19, 2010 at 8:05 PM

    Wow, some people really will find a way to be offended by anything, won’t they?

  4. steelyres211 - Nov 19, 2010 at 8:18 PM

    I hate Kobe, but I have no problem with him being in a commercial for a VIDEO GAME. People really need to lighten up.

  5. moolah954 - Nov 19, 2010 at 8:18 PM

    should we not but the Black ops edition of the jeep wrangler either

  6. frankvzappa - Nov 19, 2010 at 8:37 PM

    what the media is neglecting to mention is the most important point…the call of duty series makers are known to have collaborated with intelligence agencies…the game is a subtle form of propaganda (like most everything else in this country), and endorses torture, while desensitizing kids to the realities of war…anyone who thinks the game doesnt contribute to celebrating the nefarious military-industrial-corporate complex’s murderous endeavors around the world is delusional…so hey Kobe, way to support an edless, abstract war abroad that only serves to rob Americans of the freedoms their forefathers secured over 200 years ago, as well the torture of people who only want to be left alone to raise their families

    • david8726 - Nov 19, 2010 at 8:39 PM

      Cocaine is a helluva drug, bro.

    • lebronsinsecurity - Nov 19, 2010 at 8:50 PM

      Wow… All that from a video game. Dude, it’s not real, regardless of who the makers of the game collaborated with, it’s not reality.. Cocaine might be right, but I’s be willing to bet this irrational thought process is the result of LSD…many years of it..

    • mustbenugs - Nov 20, 2010 at 12:35 PM

      This game is a veitnam history game you fricken moron.

      • frankvzappa - Nov 20, 2010 at 2:25 PM

        go drink a shot of dioxin…if its about Vietnam, i guess there must be a level that has you stuffing American bodies with heroin and shipping it back in body bags, because thats what happened…

  7. frankvzappa - Nov 19, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    im totally sober, and anyway its not about drugs, its about doing simple research into the way this world really works, who really controls it, and how…its propaganda, and its really no different than the imaginary stories in history books about “only having one life to give for my country” , Columbus “discovering” America, and other such nonsense…

    • david8726 - Nov 20, 2010 at 4:32 AM

      You’re obviously a hopelessly leftist conspiracy theorist, so I’m gonna go ahead and assume that yes, you are on drugs. And this is coming from an Obama supporter.

      It would take a while to dissect everything that’s crazy and asinine about your first postings here, so I’ll just be brief –

      The makers of CoD are normal people just like you and me. They aren’t on a military payroll and have no stake in doing the nefarious things you mention. They consulted the military only to make a more realistic gaming experience that well sell better. Games like MW2 are made because they appeal to 18-35 year olds that like testosterone filled entertainment.

      That’s really all there is to it. Sorry to burst your bubble, but sometimes a game is just a game.

    • omniusprime - Nov 20, 2010 at 9:13 AM

      Hey zapped frank – you might be totally sober but you’re totally stupid! Geez get a life tea bagging buffoon and stop listening to Braindead Beckerhead and all his nutty conspiracy theories.

  8. ericreives - Nov 20, 2010 at 12:34 AM

    Kobe didn’t cross the line when decided to show his face in a commercial for a video game. European countries are just laughing at the hypocrisy in America. This is common sense, yet people Skip Bayless aren’t using it. Its a video game. Where was the outrage when Resident Evil came out? How about SOCOM? Or 50 Cent’s video games? There was no outrage. We don’t care for the violence in Godfather movies, Scarface, A History of Violence, or television shows like Criminal Minds, so don’t start now. If your children cannot differentiate from right and wrong, then you have failed as a parent. Just another media induced excuse for lazy parents.

  9. Joseph - Nov 20, 2010 at 8:21 AM

    Just because a commercial is about a video game doesn’t mean it can’t be inappropriate. However, I like this commercial. To me it has an element of fun in it, not murderous kids and athletes. Go Kobe.

  10. metalhead65 - Nov 20, 2010 at 8:41 AM

    seriously? there is controversy over him in ad for a video game? one where it tries to show everybody plays the game?I am over 50 and just finished beating it and had a blast. zappa you need to get a life!it’s agame!and I hate to break it to you but there are bad people in the world and they need to be taken out and if doing it covertly does the job then I am all for it. and if torturing a few of those animals saves lives then I am all for that to.if this is such a horrible country and everything we do is wrong then why don’t you and your tree hugging friends go live in a place where your utopian views can fully expressed say in Iran or N.Korea or how how about afghanistan or iraq with your alqeada buddies?

  11. omniusprime - Nov 20, 2010 at 9:16 AM

    I think Shakespeare said it best that the ninnies whining about Kobe being in the ad is just “much ado about nothing”! Geez it’s just a game commercial and it was cleverly done. While I don’t play these childish first person shooter games it’s obvious that others do like to play them.

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