Dumb Commercials

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  1. thejazzman10 Guest

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    Are there any commercials out there in TV land that you cant Stand??
    Are there any that you love?
    well this thread is for you!!

    Me, i HATE those old navy ones, they are sooo...annoying. Anyone else??
     
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    There was a McDonald's ad in NZ a while ago, its sole purpose being to advertise the fact that they use Meadow Fresh milk. Then in the small print it said 'Brand may vary'. :rolleyes:
     
  3. thejazzman10 thread starter Guest

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    ah yes, the famous remarks... once there was one where it said "Get 2 for only Double the price of one..." some people can be so gullible.
     
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    haha, good one about Maccy D's

    yeah there's a couple i cannot stand, one being a "local" Ford dealership with some very dodgy looking CG, so bad.

    the other, being the New York Times...the latest one isn't sooo bad, but the one before, oh boy, it was terrible. they have shots of someone dialling a telephone number to get through to subscriptions, but the number they dial is different to the one on the caption. There's also a women in it that says "The only thing i like more than doing the crossword puzzle...is finishing it." well no s&*t. oh, and this guy that likes to read it to catch up on what's going on back in his homeland. all one column inch of it. terrible. oh, and i happened to have the misfortune of glancing at the TV in a bar or somewhere, only to see it on TWICE in a row! argh!
     
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    If we stick to topic title, this is about dumb commercials. Commercials that we love could be a seperate topic.

    In that vein, I don't know if a lot of you see the Quizno's Sub commercials, but they have got to be the most tasteless, unappetizing wretched stink piles of infantile garbage I've seen in a long time. They've caused quite a stir...an either "love 'em or hate 'em" response. Count me in the "hate 'em" group.

    The full story - and bonus: the ad itself for you to make up your own mind:

    http://slate.msn.com/id/2095868/
     

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    McDonald's commercials... I've always found them stupid; but ever since they started this new "i'm lovin' it" thing that's turned into a deep, fiery hatred... "la da da da da--im lovin it"... aaaahhhhhh :mad:
     
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    i love the spongemonkey moon song on rathergood.com, cracks me up, it's just so stupid, and that sort of thing i usually hate, but this, i dunno, i love it. the commercial itself i like only because it makes me remember the moon song :)
     
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    ditto.
     
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    I've got a friend who is a general manager of a local McDonalds and he explained that the reason why they switched from "We love to see you smile" to the new slogan of "i'm loving it" was because they were sued.

    A person apparently bought a burger, ate it, then sued McDonalds because it didn't "make them smile."

    Of course, my friend could be wrong. But in any case it's certainly food for thought.
     
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    Noting the origin of those rat-monkey things over on rathergood.com, if I were to come across that while surfing around the web one day, I'd certainly be compelled to zap it to a few friends for a larf. But when they're used in context with food...well, that's when I think better heads should have prevailed.

    I can't help but think of poor, deformed, developmentally disabled kids when I see and hear those things. I used to work with the retarded years ago, and the teeth and gums and lazy eyes and screeching vocabulary cuts too close to the bone as a reminder of some of the population I used to work with in earlier days. Because of that, the whole thing has a feeling of exploitation and a type of inappropriate discrimination to it, as if they'd used inappropriate African American stereotypes (Jemima and Sambo) to push sandwiches.

    I know I'm way over the top in my explanation of why this commercial grates on me so much - just consider it my opinion and nothing else. It has been effective, that much must be said - people talk about it.
     
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    Naw. "We love to see you smile" implies a desire, not an outcome. Here's the back story on the new campaign slogan, which, if anyone cares, I hate simply because of the poor grammar: ;)

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-0306120323jun12,0,586094.column?coll=chi-business-hed
     
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    PREACH ON! those comercials are soooooo darrrrrrrn awful!
     
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    Nifty. Thanks for the clarification. :)

    More stupid ads: the cell phone ads. With the exception of maybe the Sprint ads, none of them are any good. "Can you hear me now?" Yeah, now **** off. :D
     
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    Any Microsoft commercial. Hmm the lifetime commercials I hate too
     
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    We love to see you smile? Never heard that one. Here in NZ it's been "every time a good time" for a while, and they just recently changed to I'm lovin' it.
     
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    I think that those AFLAC commercials are good. The whole idea is to get people talking about them, even if you don't like them.
     
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    I think they're amusing. Certainly better than other insurance commercials.

    The Bud Lite commercials are funny, if a little low-brow. :D
     
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    I hate those too. Then again I'm not in the target audience so they don't care
     
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    I kinda like the can you hear me now. Its like the Energizer bunny.

    I also like the T-Mobile ones. At least with the sound off. Katherine Zeta-Jones...

    Relatedly my wife hates the AT&T "and" commercials because it sounds like they are emphasizing the second "T" Yeah, who needs telegraph now a days?
     
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    Heh, that's kinda cool.

    I bet they localize their slogans according to geographic region. I wonder what the other ones are.

    Funny you should mention the Energizer bunny. I always thought the AFLAC duck was the closest relative.
     
  21. IIvan macrumors regular

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    How could you guys not like the Quizno's ads? They're crazy mad funny
     
  22. IIvan macrumors regular

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    An actual ad that is terrible would be the new perscription pill Cialis ads. The entire ad doesn't say what it is for- like their afraid to tell you, it just has funny music and men looking wierd while smiling :D at women.
     
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    The ads I've seen seem pretty clear, since they say "an erection of duration of over four hours infrequently occurs and should prompt medical attention" or something similar. :D
     
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    I think I'm the only one who was particularly vociverious in my negative opinion...maybe it's an age thing. :p

    Cialis...just another long lasting erectile dysfunction drug. Brings up a good point, though. There's been a vogue of late of drug companies advertising people running around looking happy as pigs in sh..well, you know what I mean, and with no reference to what the drug does at all, which, I surmise, is designed to cause untold morons to rush to their doctor to ask for, beg for, this drug that can turn your life around and make one just like the "happy people" on tee-vee. Brave New World comes to mind. Utterly offensive.
     
  25. IIvan macrumors regular

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    Maybe Im wrong... but I thought the original superbowl ad didn't say anything at all... but maybe I just didn't listen to the disclaimer

    voicegy is right though- there are a lot of very vague and terrible perscription drug ads out there

    (four hour erection... OUCH!) :p
     

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