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February 13, 2012 - 11:23 am

Has anyone out there seen this PSA from actress Katherine Heigl who is launching the “I hate balls” campaign to encourage people to neuter their pets. The campaign also has a website where one can donate $5.00 by texting the word “snip” to a phone number. The PSA is described at the Daily News as follows:

The PSA delivers a humorous take on a very serious issue and features one of Heigl’s furry friends, as well as a brief cameo by her husband, musician Josh Kelley.

“Unfortunately I can’t cut the nuts off human men — yet,” Heigl, 33, quips in the video. “So I’ve dedicated my time to the neutering of dogs because that’s legal.”

The animal-loving actress said she hopes the PSA’s unconventional approach will help spread the message about spaying and neutering.

“Launching this campaign is hopefully the type of out-of-the-box thinking we need to heighten awareness of the devastating problem, and sound the alarm that we can save many lives by simply spaying/neutering pets. Hate balls, fix pets, save lives. It’s just that simple,” she said in a statement.

Why does this campaign support misandry to make a point about neutering pets? The actress does a little laugh in the commercial, telling people she is not serious, but frankly, the only people who would find this funny are man-hating women and the Uncle Tims who support them (of which there are many) like her already neutered husband who is in the PSA retrieving what are left of his balls for the night. Now, that looks pretty appropriate. I would say that, like the neutered dog on Heigl’s lap, she keeps her husband on a pretty short leash.

What do you think of the PSA? Is it funny, irrelevant or just plain misandric, or something else?

Helen Smith is a psychologist specializing in forensic issues in Knoxville, Tennessee, and blogs at Dr. Helen.
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