I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, I’ve been amazed by TV commercials. Yes, the Budweiser clydesdale who ran back to his trainer at the parade made me cry (I blame Stevie Nicks singing Landslide), and the same clydesdales made me laugh out loud when a zebra showed up to referee their football game. The kid squeezing in the Pepsi bottle…hilarious! Who doesn’t remember the sledding Norelco razor? Or the American Tourister luggage commercial, with the gorillas tossing around the luggage? Those ads are 30 or 40 years old! You can call an ad campaign a success if someone remembers it 30 or 40 SECONDS after it airs. That’s amazing to remember them so many years later.
BUT…here’s some commercials that are a little annoying. Admittedly, I’ll probably remember them years later for just this reason.
Do we really need to have closed caption warnings telling us that we shouldn’t try to drive a Nissan Rogue on top of a moving train?
James Earl Jones and Malcom McDowell read teenage girls’ text messages in the new Sprint commercials. Darth Vader saying “Ryan is a Hottie McHotterson!” is just wrong. As is listening to a Shakespearian actor say “Obvi, he’s totes adorbes”.
Do I really need to explain why that Old Spice commercial with moms spying on their sons while hidden under couches, behind door frames, and even incognito as a janitor is creepy?? Oh, and so is the plastic Burger King that is caught looking into people’s homes. He’s not a mascot…he’s a peeping Tom!
Flo the Progressive insurance girl can go away now, and take the annoying grandpa shilling E-Harmony with her. What does this guy know about the current dating scene?? He hasn’t been on a date since the Nixon administration! But oh yes, Grandpa, tell us how your expanded compatability test is going to find the perfect mate! To me, more questions just means more opportunities to lie. Today it’s hard to get a prospective date to actually call and talk instead of texting. Is anyone going to pay for advice and guidance from an old guy who had to ask a telephone operator to connect him to his last date?
The Super Bowl is this weekend. Step it up everyone! We need some memorable commericals!