The largest money-making industry in the United States today is advertising. During events such as the Super Bowl, companies pay large sums of money in return for thirty seconds of air time. Advertising is the act of promoting a product by informing the public of the products worth. Whether it be television, radio, or newspapers, companies must find a distinct name and phrase that one can associate with their product; nonetheless, people often take offense to these names and phrases. People claim that often times these product names promote racial stereotypes and racial disunity. While some people may take offense to the name of the product as well as the way companies go about selling their product, the First Amendment undermines these offenses by allowing all Americans to have the right to freedom of expression. Companies do not, however, have the right to choose any name or phrase for their product.
Various government agencies set strict limits on what can and what cann!
ot be done by the advertising industries. By realizing that advertising is the practice of one's First Amendment right, as well as knowing the rules for advertising, one can conclude that advertising does not promote racial disunity or racism.
The purpose of the First Amendment is to allow American's the freedom to express how they feel; therefore, advertising is simply a practice of this right. If groups do not like the product, then it is their right to not purchase it; however, they do not have the right to ban these products to the rest of the world. In the article "Crazy Horse Beer Brews a Legal Storm," by Michael Gartner, one reads of Indians who take offense to Crazy Horse beer. These groups of Indians advocate the removal of the beer due to it exploiting the...