It’s the Little Things: TV Edition


As a response to Stoutcat’s  post of yesterday, I got to thinking about the insidious nature of television commercials, and started a quick compilation of “little things” which, taken singly seem innocent enough, but which, when bombarded throughout the 24-hour cycle, are little short of damning in their  flaunting of  flat-out rudeness and out-and-out celebration of bad behavior…

  • In one of the Nikon D-5000 ads, the all-too-full-of-himself photographer insists on getting his fashion show pictures by blocking the other cameramen
  • Miller Lite depicts an antique appraiser joking about dropping a customer’s vase
  • Not to be outdone, another Miller Lite commercial shows an indignant delivery man taking back product because a nightclub has a reserved section for paying customers
  • Volkswagen commercials build on the old child’s game of “Punch Buggy” (hitting a chum on the shoulder at the sight of a VW) by having adults do the same
  • Cat Genie has unhappy cat owners throwing out litter boxes, one of which almost hits a jogger
  • In an Advil commercial, a woman rudely leaves a shopping basket full of other pain relievers in mid-aisle
  • Let’s not forget Geico’s Charlie Daniels, as he embarrasses himself in a French restaurant, and then takes a customer’s bread stick
  • Quality Inn has John Ratzenberger at a buffet line heaping his plate to the point of overflowing onto the floor and then walking away… his wife just watches and walks away as well
  • Allstate shows a man being hit by a car and then asks, “Are you in good hands?”
  • Starbucks shows the result of an affair uncovered – a slap
  • Lite and Fit yogurt has a woman slurping an empty container like a five year-old
  • A talking Super 8 sign berates a man (on his own property) for not taking a vacation

And so it goes. It’s reached the point where a reclusive billionaire feels the need to remind us of core values, putting his money where his mouth is in a series of public service commercials:

Sigh. Has it really come to this?

Alan Speakman

4 Responses to It’s the Little Things: TV Edition

  1. Tom says:

    In addition there are lots of racist and sexist commercials.
    Advil shows 3 stupid and bemused white people reading labels about how you have to take 8 tablets of the competitor while a black woman smugly walks up a picks Advil and notes it only takes two. They would never have three stupid and smug black women or men or Latins or Asians bemusedly reading labels and have a white person smugly walk up and smartly walk away quickly noting it only takes two pills.

    The same goes for sexist commercials- there are NO commercials that show smart men. They all have stupid white-only men and brilliant white, black, or other color women in them.

    Most commercials are anti-white and anti male.

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  4. Television is an invention that permits you to be entertained in your living room by people you wouldn’t have in your home. ~David Frost

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