The Toronto Blue Jays have been forced to revise a television commercial featuring
after the ad drew objections from the Television Bureau of Canada, a regulatory body for private broadcasters.
A 30-second spot that shows the 6-foot-5, 275-pound designated hitter taking part in a pillow fight with two young boys was edited to remove a scene in which Thomas knocks one of the boys off a bed and onto the floor.
Thomas leaves the room with a smile on his face as the youngster gets to his feet and says, "Wow."
Laurel Lindsay, vice president of marketing for the Blue Jays, said Thomas and the child still exchange pillow blows in the edited version, but the child is not knocked to the floor. Instead, he pops into the air when struck.
The new commercial also features a disclaimer reading "Dramatization. Do not try this at home."
The Television Bureau of Canada also demanded that the word "Dramatization" be added to another Blue Jays commercial featuring pitcher A.J. Burnett. In that spot, Burnett is late putting his garbage on the curb, arriving as the truck pulls away. Burnett tosses his trash into the departing truck, skimming the head of one of the workers in the process.
The ads were created by the firm Publicis Toronto.
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