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Avatars, Sigs and Political Messages

Discussion in 'Feedback' started by MuppetQuilter, Mar 27, 2003.

  1. MuppetQuilter

    MuppetQuilter Member

    A number of forum members have been encorporating political messages into their avatars and signatutes of late. This is a perfectly reasonable response to current events. However, the issues involved are very emotional and some questions have come up about what is and is not appropriate for this forum.

    Keeping in mind that this is a family-friendly forum made up of people from around the world, what sort of guidelines, if any, do you think are appropriate?

    Please share your thoughts in a polite and respectful manner.

    Thank you.
     
  2. Ryan

    Ryan New Member

    I think that my sig, along with Jamie's, Scarecroe's and Warricks, are very appropriate. They tell the readers here the direct meaning.."Peace on Earth, goodwill toward men". However, I found radionate's a little disturbing. I'm sorry, Nate, I didn't mean for that to sound rude, but I found it a little uncomfortable.
     
  3. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I originally designed Nate's avatar on a set, but put the Newsman on location for this version after a request. I was careful to just make the background plain (ground and sky) and a flag taking up the rest of the screen (for general patriotism without taking a particular side on the issue). No real message, just a reporter. However, I can kind of see your side of it. I still think it's clever and thoughtful.:o

    (Added Note: Every opinion is valued here and input is encouraged.):)

    I altered my personal avatar to reflect my feelings. I do have patriotism for my country, but I am also globally aware and wish for an outcome of peace in the world. It now better reflects this message.:) It's also nice to change avatars a little bit. My original plain Scooter avatar will be back soon.;)
     
  4. MuppetQuilter

    MuppetQuilter Member

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Ryan.
     
  5. sarah_yzma

    sarah_yzma Active Member

    i guess i can't share mine then;)


    no i really swell with pride for people showing patriotism for WHATEVER country they are in.....it's horrible that it takes a war for people to show it.....i am not changing my avatar, but i have done things in school and at home to support my country....i have put signs around the school that say Support Our Troops (and amazingly the school hasn't deemed it 'controversial') i guess that's all i can do, for now.....

    Sarah
     
  6. MuppetQuilter

    MuppetQuilter Member

    Re: Re: Avatars, Sigs and Political Messages

    Of course you can! Just thanked Ryan because he was the first to jump in. But thank you, Sarah, for being second. This thread is definitely still open for input....
     
  7. sarah_yzma

    sarah_yzma Active Member

    hehe...the thing is you just have to CAREFULLY think over ANYTHING you say, because offending someone is the last thing on MY list (i dunno about the rest of you!) i think everyone needs to think about this when writing something....i personally am not going to press my beliefs on anyone...but i am not going to hide it either so to get it off my chest i will just say my opinion...very carefully....to try not to make people mad.....i hope others do the same....

    Sarah
     
  8. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Well I guess I'll add my two cents. (Pounds sterling acually, I do have patrioti..Never mind)

    I think that it is great that everyone has been supporting the war, I think what is silly is those people that bring out the protests STILL!!! I mean what is Bush and Blair meant to do? What do they ecpect them to do? Say to Sad Man Insane, "Sorry, made a little mistake then."

    BAHHH.

    On another note, does anyone mind me putting a verse fro the Bible in mine?

    Me--> :attitude: :concern: <---Anyone who dissagrees with me!!!
     
  9. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    As long as all statements are respectful to forum members, it's okay to post a Bible verse. I personally find such words to be enlightening no matter whose holy book they are taken from. :halo:

    It would probably be best to try and keep this topic mainly about the messages in signatures and avatars. There are a couple other active threads for in-depth discussion about the war. I'm really enjoying the different takes people have on the avatars. :)
     
  10. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    Well my avatar has a political message, but it's a subliminal one. I'm gonna have the penguin run for president next year - vote for him !

    :zany: < Commander In Chief !
     
  11. MuppetsRule

    MuppetsRule Well-Known Member

    Didn't Opus already run for president?

    :zany:
     
  12. radionate

    radionate New Member

    Tis okay. No offense taken at all.

    My avatar isn't meant to be any kind of a politcal statement. While I refuse to get into politcal discussions here, I was anti war, but now feel I have to support my troops and country and pray for the best for all parties involved.

    Since I am in broadcasting/entertainment, I thought it would be fun to have the Newsman on location reporting. To me its very tongue in cheek as well. I feel that journalism on the whole has become a circus covering the war, and how better to show that then with the most pathetic of all Newscasters, the Muppet Newsman, out reporting on the war from what looks like to me a Prarie field in Middle America.

    So all in all, its not meant to offend, and I hope I haven't done that to anyone. It's just a comment on my profession.

    I actually find all this talk of the war on the board annoying. I'm not here to debate the politics of this country, but rather just escape a little from my daily grind with people who share a passion with me.

    I think everyone's avatar's now are non-threating and non-offending. Although I found the use of a predominately shown Iraqi flag a little tacky, even though I understand the person's reasoning behind it.
     
  13. sugarbritchez

    sugarbritchez Active Member


    Passes Nate one of her Tickle Me Elmo Dolls..............


    Feel the Love!
     
  14. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Until I have this Avatar changed (for Role play purposes) I have a startling message with Wade Duck.. here goes:

    War? w-w-w-wwar? W-w-w-w-... WARRRRR!!!! WAR!!! HELP! HELP! HEEEELLLLPPP!!!!

    Sorry... I am an alarmist!
     
  15. sarah_yzma

    sarah_yzma Active Member

    yeah...but it's hard for a penguin to sign papers...no thumbs

    Sarah
     
  16. Cantus Rock

    Cantus Rock New Member

    I think that a Muppet message board just about the most improper place to convey political ideology and opinions that I can think of. We all came here to talk about Muppets, and we should continue to do so.

    I am not going to state my opinions, because like I said, this is the last place I want to discuss this topic. However, I have added an American flag to my avatar, because war or not, I am an American, and I am proud of my country and the heroes known as soldiers who are fighting to keep this country safe and free.

    God Bless the United States of America.

    -Matt
     
  17. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    Hmmmmmm you have a point there.
     
  18. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Actually, now that you think about it, radionate's avatar is sort of disturbing. Mainly because, well, it's the MUppet newsman and we all know everytime he reports a story, something bad happens. If I were him, I'd strear clear of any story like that.....OUCH... jk...:p :halo:
     
  19. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    I was part of a discussion about the Gulf War but dropped out of it. Seemed to be going in circles and flame wars began and personal attacks and emails la la la started up.

    The main reason I dropped out of the conversation was that my friends here are more important to me than arguing about politics or whatever, and when it begins to become personal and friendships are at stake, then it is not worth it to me to stay a part of it. Especially when I become offended by them regarding the USA, and it's very hard NOT to defend my country or my own ideas about what's going on.

    Then, there are those who want to take it all personally and carry it over into other threads. I think the war topics should remain in war thread(s) and leave the rest of the threads alone, and leave the bad attitudes out of all the threads.

    In reality, I'm here to talk about Muppets and play and have fun, which I'm doing.

    Avatars all seem okay to me, and I'm not offended by any of them. I do have an upcoming Fozzie as General Patton (taken from the movie poster for "Patton") which I want to use later because it's current-event-like and a movie-parody as well. I don't find it offensive in any manner, and I think that it can generally be guessed that I am very P.R. around here. That, and it won't likely be up too long before I change it out later anyhow.

    Sigs? I have no idea because i turned them all off. They take up too much space in the threads to me, so whatever you all do--be nice!! DON'T MAKE ME TURN THIS CAR AROUND!!!

    FOZ:o
     
  20. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Couldn't agree more Fozzie. In fact, I don't want anyone to mention the war...

    Don't mention the war!!! We can't mention the war....

    (Fawlty Towers refference!!)

    Anyway, I shall soon change my avatar (for role play sake).

    As for my sig, it's not a war statement, it's just something funny from Ned's Newt....
     

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