Monday, February 06, 2006

Television Commercials Part II: Superbowl XL Edition

I was going to make an elaborate post about these commercials. However, something unexpected happened: almost every single one fucking sucked. There was a serious lack of effort this year on the commercials that are supposed to be the best, most memorable, funniest, etc.

The most creative ones came from Budweiser unfortunately. At least they made an effort with some different ideas. A couple of those stuck out in my mind (e.g., the one with the bear, the one with the magical fridge), but even they weren't all that funny. Another contender for "Almost Funny" is the Michelob Amber Bock Light one in which the girl gets nailed by some guy in touch football, followed soon after by the girl taking out the same guy at a bar. The only one that actually made me laugh was the one for a cell phone (Sprint maybe?) in which it was advertised that, among other things, it was "Crime Deterrant." When the guy in the commercials asks the other guy how it is crime deterrant, he gets a cell phone thrown at his face. I thought that was funny.

Some of the worst I can remember were the Burger King Whopperettes (how over-the-top and idiotic was that?), the Toyota Camry commercial with the bilingual son and father (which, when compared to the Camry Hybrid, made absolutely no sense), and among others, the repeated ads by ABC for Grey's Anatomy. Christ, after the 513948th time it was advertised, I was almost interested in what was going to happen in the episode. Almost.

Overall, I was very discontent with the Super Bowl XL commercials. Given that, though, here are my favorite and least favorite commercials:

Favorite Super Bowl XL Commercial: "Jelly Bun Month"

I think a certain amount of time was allotted for local commercials, and very surprisingly, my favorite one was a local commercial for Holland Farms. It showed a nun wearing dressed in her habit, holding a huge jelly donut-like pastry. An announcer then said, "Don't forget! This month is Jelly Bun Month at Holland Farms!" I thought it was so hilarious. Maybe it was the expression on the nun's face or something. Either way, it was hands down my favorite one this year. I couldn't find the commercial online, but to find out more about Jelly Bun Month, go here.

Least Favorite Super Bowl XL Commercial: "Dove: Campaign for Real Beauty"

If you haven't seen this commercial, check it out. It is absolutely fucking preposterous. It shows girls (with nothing wrong about their appearance whatsoever) with various phrases like "wishes she were blonde," "hates her freckles," "afraid she's fat." Dove has the solution though: they have actually created a Dove Self-Esteem Fund for girls! What a fucking joke. In light of the recent natural disasters (the tsunami, the hurricanes, etc) don't you think we could find a better use for this money? Not to mention we've got children in third-world countries who don't even have fucking clean water to drink or food to eat. But none of that takes precedent because little Susie is insecure about her weight or hair color, thinking that those 4 or 5 vanity pounds or some hair dye will make a difference. This commercial got me incredibly pissed off. If you donate money to Dove's Self-Esteem Fund, words can't even describe how stupid I think you are. Give the money to people who really need it, not some self-concious bitch. I won't even waste time making a list of different ways that money could be better used instead of going to Dove's Self-Esteem Fund. I will, however, offer a better solution: GET A FUCKING CLUE, GIRLS! It's very simple; if you don't like your appearance, change it! Think you're fat? Work out. Don't like your freckles? Use makeup. Wish you were blonde? Get some fucking hair dye! Use your brain; think outside the box a little, if needed. There is absolutely no need for a fucking fund, pissing away peoples' money trying to make you feel less insecure. Chances are, you're a lot better off already than most people in the world.

Well, that turned into a rant. Anyway, to see the rest of the Super Bowl XL commercials, click here. Hopefully we'll get a better batch next year.

Edit: I did leave out one commercial that was very funny. The FedEx commercial with the cave men was fucking hilarious, and when one of them left the cave and kicked the dinosaur I was cracking up. I had forgotten about that at the time of writing this blog though. Even considering this commercial, I'd still choose the Jelly Bun Month as my pick for funniest overall. You had to have seen it to appreciate it, though.

1 Comments:

At 2/06/2006 4:59 PM, Anonymous Paul said...

Stupid self esteem fund.

 

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