KANSAS CITY, MO—A popular televised comic tale of heartbreak and sudden redemption involving a love triangle of dogs and a busy highway, and ending in an unexpected sales pitch for Bridgestone tires has come under fire for being what viewers are calling a sell-out. "I was really getting into the humorous plot and the lovable characters," said Kansas City resident Ben MacArdle, who has collected over 10,000 signatures in an online petition calling for the remove of all ad content from the 30-second spot. "But to be suddenly confronted with a commercial message from a tire manufacturer at the end seemed like a betrayal of the enormous creative thought that obviously went into it." The advertisement is one of several TV campaigns criticized for their commercial content recently, including those for Victoria's Secret, Dodge Trucks, and Wendy's 99-cent bacon double cheeseburgers.
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