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How many different frickin' Chia Pets are there?  I think I have seen two different commercials.

The only Golden Girl that is still alive is Betty White.   Who is getting paid for the use of the other three in Chia Pet form?

What about Bob Ross?   His likeness is everywhere?

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I had asked a similar question before about Jimmy Dean and his sausage commercials.  Who is getting paid?

IIRC, Chia Pets are only around for Christmas.  What does that company sell the rest of the year?

What really gets me about that KFC commercial is that they play "Unchained Melody" which is from the pottery wheel scene in the original movie, Ghost.  Talk about awkward.  Mrs. Butterworth and the Colonel staring at a plate of food while the song plays.

I saw a shorter version of the commercial yesterday.  Yup she is still wearing her top. 

I think there was a commercial in the past with those two in a KFC Dirty Dancing commercial.

Is the Colonel the new Patrick Swayze?  Could a KFC Road House commercial be next? 

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On 12/4/2019 at 7:26 AM, Haleth said:

The Peloton controversy made the NBC Nightly News last night.

On 12/4/2019 at 9:00 AM, tanyak said:

And the Washington Post! Hilarious.

An article in the New York Times called the commercial sexist and dystopian, said there have been comparisons between it and Black Mirror, which I've heard of but never watched. Though I did get a kick out of the article noting that the woman in the ad is already fit and thin. Because.....uh huh. I want to know where ya'll were a few years ago when Alyssa Milano was shilling diet products.

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15 hours ago, Bastet said:

Yes, and all she did, after thanking him, was give a good-natured groan of "Dad" when he asked the guy's name.  It's in the same spirit of his "What have you done?" and "That's a duck?" - and of "What's his name" itself, said in a tone that plays to me like he's teasing because he knows he's not going to get an answer, that this is something they do.  It's how they interact, and includes their shared smile at his story of her mom burning duck once, too.  I like it.

That "might" be how they interact but my problem with her is that I don't understand her issue about not telling her dad the guy's name.  What's the big deal?  All she had to do is give a first name, but she dismisses her dad and walks off.   She did come off as a bitch to me (and I took the Dateline reference as a joke).  

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3 hours ago, Cobalt Stargazer said:

An article in the New York Times called the commercial sexist and dystopian, said there have been comparisons between it and Black Mirror, which I've heard of but never watched. Though I did get a kick out of the article noting that the woman in the ad is already fit and thin. Because.....uh huh. I want to know where ya'll were a few years ago when Alyssa Milano was shilling diet products.

I didn't have a problem with the commercial at all.  I just took it for what it was.  But in the era in which we live where so many people are so thin skinned, it seems as though things need to be blown out of proportion just so entities can stay relevant.

No better way to do that then by playing the "offended" card.

When online trends become news stories, I think that is a huge problem.

39 minutes ago, Ohwell said:

That "might" be how they interact but my problem with her is that I don't understand her issue about not telling her dad the guy's name.  What's the big deal?  All she had to do is give a first name, but she dismisses her dad and walks off.   She did come off as a bitch to me (and I took the Dateline reference as a joke).  

She did come off as a snot.  She needed her father's help and when she was done with him she tossed him aside like a used Kleenex.

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for the record, I'm not offended by the Peloton ads, I am annoyed and I just think they are really stupid, from the skinny, self absorbed woman to the people in front of huge, curtainless windows looking over a city, a mountain top or woods, the instructors yelling, "come on Peloton", they are just stupid and irritating. 

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Any commercial that features Hester Sunshine from last season's Project Runway.

Who has the time to pick apart commercials and be offended?  Most of the time I fast forwarded through them anyway!

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4 hours ago, icemiser69 said:

which is from the pottery wheel scene in the original movie, Ghost

Ummm, no. That song was popular when my sister was a teenager and I was a small child. But it REALLY took off after The Righteous Brothers recorded it in 1965 (which is the version used in the commercial.) 

Pretty amazing to think a song first recorded 65 years ago is still popular. 

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55 minutes ago, Colleenna said:

Ummm, no. That song was popular when my sister was a teenager and I was a small child. But it REALLY took off after The Righteous Brothers recorded it in 1965 (which is the version used in the commercial.) 

I am aware of that.  😀

The song became popular again when the movie Ghost was released.

Just like a whole bunch of old songs were made popular again when they were played in The Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

I only mentioned the song Unchained Melody as it related to the KFC commercial. not the history of the song itself, because it would have been off topic.

55 minutes ago, Colleenna said:

Pretty amazing to think a song first recorded 65 years ago is still popular. 

I think it is a good thing that movies and to a lesser extent commercials are able to revive old music that many of the younger folks have never heard before. 

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14 hours ago, Ohwell said:

I think the Peloton commercial would have been much better if the wife had simply exclaimed, "Ooooh, just what I wanted!"  Also, the actress has these big, sad-looking eyes which makes it seem like she's desperately trying so hard to please her husband.  I think another, more cheerful-looking actress would have also made the commercial better. 

I think this would help, but it's just a poorly conceived and written commercial in general.  Because there's no real way to visually show how a Peloton could change one's life other than weight loss, and well, that's obviously not the case.  Maybe if there was more talk of HOW it's changed her life.

Still would be a pretentious commercial for an overpriced exercise bike, though.

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My mom had a record of Harry Belafonte singing Unchained Melody back in the 50s. The melody (of course) is from the movie "Unchained," released in 1955. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048762/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_4

Here's more on the Peloton ad that I found interesting... https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2019/12/peloton-christmas-gift-controversy/603148/
 

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6 hours ago, icemiser69 said:

What really gets me about that KFC commercial is that they play "Unchained Melody" which is from the pottery wheel scene in the original movie, Ghost.  Talk about awkward.  Mrs. Butterworth and the Colonel staring at a plate of food while the song plays.

The entire commercial is a parody of that scene.  (So maybe the Colonel IS the new Patrick Swayze.)  I find this commercial kinda creepy, but I sorta liked the Dirty Dancing one.

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I think the Peloton commercial would have been much better if the wife had simply exclaimed, "Ooooh, just what I wanted!"  Also, the actress has these big, sad-looking eyes which makes it seem like she's desperately trying so hard to please her husband.  I think another, more cheerful-looking actress would have also made the commercial better. 

That's my problem with the ad, too. She doesn't seem too enthusiastic about the gift and seems obligated to use it since it is an expensive piece of equipment. When she's rushing home from work she says, "Five days in a row. Surprised? I am!" there's no sense of "I'm doing this for me," rather it's like she's trying to make her husband happy or keep her Instagram followers entertained.

I need to repeat to myself "It's just a commercial. I should really just relax."

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1 hour ago, mmecorday said:

That's my problem with the ad, too. She doesn't seem too enthusiastic about the gift

I don't know, I think the wide eyes and dropped jaw when she saw the bike made it look like she was pretty psyched to me

1 hour ago, mmecorday said:

there's no sense of "I'm doing this for me," rather it's like she's trying to make her husband happy or keep her Instagram followers entertained

From the many times I've viewed the commercial, I never got a sense that she was doing this for her husband or trying to make him happy.  I thought she was filming herself more for social media rather than a video compilation gift for him the following Christmas (which I didn't perceive either)  I thought the end scene was just the two of them watching a montage of her videos chronicling her 'year long journey of change' together - nothing more. 

Anyone know who the actress is, by the way?

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I mentioned this in the wrong thread, but the Peloton ad reminds me of a Criminal Minds episode. She is the woman kidnapped by a Peloton salesman and to please him and stay alive, she has to use and vlog the Peloton. "I think our unsub is...a stationary bike enthusiast!" Really, the woman looks like she's terrified not to please.

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Maybe the Jared $2,000 necklace guy is super-wealthy (comparatively)...which would make him seem cheap if he bought only a normal-priced gift for he brand-new GF? 

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10 minutes ago, SmithW6079 said:

Apparently, the actor playing the husband is getting blowback by the SJWs outraged at this horrid, sexist ad.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cnbc.com/amp/2019/12/05/peloton-husband-actor-is-feeling-the-the-blowback.html

Meanwhile, the "Peloton Wife" already has a new commercial gig:

That is some A+ trolling! If only Peloton themselves had responded so quickly (I have no issue with thin people exercising; I just think it's a poorly executed ad). Ryan Reynolds has a stake in Aviation Gin; I wonder whose idea it was to do this ad and cast that actress.

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31 minutes ago, SmithW6079 said:

Apparently, the actor playing the husband is getting blowback by the those outraged at this horrid, sexist ad.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cnbc.com/amp/2019/12/05/peloton-husband-actor-is-feeling-the-the-blowback.html

And he poses an excellent question:

“As I continue to reflect on the commercial, I consider these thoughts: Why are people creating so many additional narratives to the story?” he asks.

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9 hours ago, icemiser69 said:

only mentioned the song Unchained Melody as it related to the KFC commercial. not the history of the song itself, because it would have been off topic.

Sorry. I misunderstood what you posted. I thought you meant the song was written for the movie. 

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18 hours ago, mmecorday said:

That's my problem with the ad, too. She doesn't seem too enthusiastic about the gift and seems obligated to use it since it is an expensive piece of equipment. When she's rushing home from work she says, "Five days in a row. Surprised? I am!" there's no sense of "I'm doing this for me," rather it's like she's trying to make her husband happy or keep her Instagram followers entertained.

This, totally.  Peloton is mining this commercial for all of this media attention, but does that really mean anything?  It doesn't change the fact that a $3,000 exercise machine is not a standard Christmas gift.  It would be considered a luxury for most middle-class people.  They can mention this commercial and these actors over and over, but it won't make me want to buy this thing.

And I also hate the doe eyes bullshit from the actress.  You are an adult woman, why don't you act like one?

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On 12/6/2019 at 3:18 AM, icemiser69 said:

How many different frickin' Chia Pets are there?  I think I have seen two different commercials.

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Id?

IIRC, Chia Pets are only around for Christmas.  What does that company sell the rest of the year?

OK.  So what  are you supposed to do with Chia Pets?  Eat them as a garnish?  Maybe I should move this to the Food Network page.

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And now we have a competing narcissist exercise machine user - Buff Santa (yes, another one) on an Echelon bike Buff Santa

This Santa doesn't seem to have a Mrs. Claus waiting for him at home. He so swole he has to wear a strap-on belly. He brings home the cookies that kids left out for him, but dumps them in the garbage can. But just like the Peloton Victim, he has some idiot at Exercise Bike Central yelling at him 'Santa climbing that leader board!'

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It's such a brilliant marketing tactic for Aviation Gin. This will end up being taught in marketing classes.

I like how they save showing her ringless left hand for the very end.

Also, shout-out to Mercedes from the second season of America's Next Top Model being in it!

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On 12/6/2019 at 6:52 AM, Cobalt Stargazer said:

Though I did get a kick out of the article noting that the woman in the ad is already fit and thin. Because.....uh huh. I want to know where ya'll were a few years ago when Alyssa Milano was shilling diet products.

That's the part of the criticism that killed me too.  I mean do these people actually watch commercials  The one I love to hate most is for some tooth whitening toothpaste where the toothy actress is bemoaning her yellow teeth - which are a brilliant white - as she deletes photos supposedly showing her yellow teeth.  I mean either cast someone who can talk without showing their teeth or don't tell us this person's teeth are yellow when we can SEE that they obviously are not.

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27 minutes ago, PennyPlain said:

That's the part of the criticism that killed me too.  I mean do these people actually watch commercials  The one I love to hate most is for some tooth whitening toothpaste where the toothy actress is bemoaning her yellow teeth - which are a brilliant white - as she deletes photos supposedly showing her yellow teeth.  I mean either cast someone who can talk without showing their teeth or don't tell us this person's teeth are yellow when we can SEE that they obviously are not.

This reminds me or a toothpaste commercial where a kindergarten teacher is going through colors and she asks the students what color are her teeth. The kids' answers were beige, off-white, and mother of pearl, leading her to start using whatever brand of toothpaste they were advertising. Thing is, her teeth's original shade was fine. I find blindingly white teeth to look disturbingly unnatural *cough*Roberto Firmino*cough*.

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10 minutes ago, Popples said:

This reminds me or a toothpaste commercial where a kindergarten teacher is going through colors and she asks the students what color are her teeth. The kids' answers were beige, off-white, and mother of pearl, leading her to start using whatever brand of toothpaste they were advertising. Thing is, her teeth's original shade was fine. I find blindingly white teeth to look disturbingly unnatural *cough*Roberto Firmino*cough*.

Ugh. Lorraine Pascale

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5 hours ago, Black Knight said:

It's such a brilliant marketing tactic for Aviation Gin. This will end up being taught in marketing classes.

I like how they save showing her ringless left hand for the very end.

Also, shout-out to Mercedes from the second season of America's Next Top Model being in it!

It bothers me that they are playing into the idea that there was something wrong about the intent of the gift.

What they should do now is make a commercial with actor as himself, with buddies, lamenting that it was just an ad with no subtext.  That man has received so much grief.

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Sorry if this had been mentioned before but I went back a few pages and didn't see it. I'm annoyed by the Walmart commercials with the man going to pick up things, and every time he comes back home he has to go back out and get more things. Like oh "my mom is this and that" and "I forgot" and " now we're hosting". I'm just thinking "go to the store yourself now and get whatever you need!" Why does he have to keep going out every time he gets back to the house? Like girl if you don't get yourself to the store at least once..... Lol 

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The point of the Walmart commercial is that you can order what you want online, and they will have it ready for you when you show up - bringing it to your car. Shoot - my grocery store started doing the same thing. Order online - they have dedicated parking spaces for you, and you just sit in your car and they bring you your groceries, for a fee. I see people using it almost every day I shop, and I go to the store almost every day. What's the fun in that? On the other hand, my husband doesn't understand my enjoying grocery shopping.

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my husband doesn't understand my enjoying grocery shopping.

I've never minded it either, unless I run into high school classmates when I'm not wearing makeup or a bra.

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2 hours ago, pinkandsparkly13 said:

I'm annoyed by the Walmart commercials with the man going to pick up things, and every time he comes back home he has to go back out and get more things. Like oh "my mom is this and that" and "I forgot" and " now we're hosting". I'm just thinking "go to the store yourself now and get whatever you need!" Why does he have to keep going out every time he gets back to the house?

I haven't seen this one, but is he doing anything else?  If he's not cooking, cleaning, or otherwise setting things up at home, and his only role for the holiday meal is picking things up at the store, then that's just what happens, even if it happens more often than it should because of other people's forgetfulness.  There's no way someone who's cooking a holiday meal should have to also go out and shop for last-minute ingredients if some otherwise useless blob is available to do it, no matter why the last-minute need arose.

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2 hours ago, chessiegal said:

The point of the Walmart commercial is that you can order what you want online, and they will have it ready for you when you show up - bringing it to your car. Shoot - my grocery store started doing the same thing. Order online - they have dedicated parking spaces for you, and you just sit in your car and they bring you your groceries, for a fee. I see people using it almost every day I shop, and I go to the store almost every day. What's the fun in that? On the other hand, my husband doesn't understand my enjoying grocery shopping.

My local grocery store does it too here in the boonies. But I'm sorry,   I want to choose my own groceries. Even the few boxed/prepared few that I buy. I would never trust someone to choose fresh veggies/fruit or meat for me. I'm old, retired, but not to the point I can't shop for myself.

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2 hours ago, chessiegal said:

Shoot - my grocery store started doing the same thing. Order online - they have dedicated parking spaces for you, and you just sit in your car and they bring you your groceries, for a fee.

What's kind of funny about this new service is that at many grocery stores, the customer is expected to bag their own groceries. How come they have personnel to pick out merchandise for online customers, and bring it out and put it in their cars, but no baggers for in-store customers?

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6 minutes ago, Maverick said:

Because you don't pay extra for bagging. 

I guess they gotta get their bucks where they can...

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1 hour ago, Bastet said:

I haven't seen this one, but is he doing anything else?  If he's not cooking, cleaning, or otherwise setting things up at home, and his only role for the holiday meal is picking things up at the store, then that's just what happens, even if it happens more often than it should because of other people's forgetfulness.  There's no way someone who's cooking a holiday meal should have to also go out and shop for last-minute ingredients if some otherwise useless blob is available to do it, no matter why the last-minute need arose.

I totally understand that. But the wife isn't doing anything in the commercial yet except hanging around in the kitchen. Every time he gets back from picking up the groceries she just got off the phone with someone with new orders for him. Lol I'd say how about I do some stuff here and watch our kids while you drive back and forth? And who knows how far away the Walmart is even if he calls ahead to order stuff. 

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10 hours ago, chessiegal said:

The point of the Walmart commercial is that you can order what you want online, and they will have it ready for you when you show up - bringing it to your car. Shoot - my grocery store started doing the same thing. Order online - they have dedicated parking spaces for you, and you just sit in your car and they bring you your groceries, for a fee. I see people using it almost every day I shop, and I go to the store almost every day. What's the fun in that? On the other hand, my husband doesn't understand my enjoying grocery shopping.

I'm curious how well that actually works. My family tried the grocery delivery a few years back when my mom and I both got sick to help Dad out since he was our caretaker and it didn't work. They kept substituting things no matter how many times we put no substitutions because all three of us had different food restrictions. They kept swapping out with weird stuff we've never order or with food we couldn't eat. Or they'd be out of stuff. Dad would end up having to go back to store to returned stuff and get the stuff we actually needed defeating the whole purpose. We quit after a few months. It really would have been nice if it worked. I guess the only difference is you can get out of the car and double check your order before leaving. Although if they mess up you still have to go back into the store to fix it. 

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I used Walmart grocery pick-up for almost a year due to physical limitations from an injury.  It was a lifesaver as my local Walmart is HUGE and the other supermarkets are usually super overcrowded.  I was VERY wary about having someone else choose my dairy and vegetables, but I never had anything that wasn't close to what I would have selected.  I'm pretty sure they are trained to make great selections as they want to reduce the amount of complaints and returns.  I'm back to shopping "in-store" but it's nice to know the option exists for pick-up or delivery in case I need it again.

I haven't actually seen any commercials for Walmart grocery pick-up lately...  Are there holidays ones and I just have not seen them?

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On 12/6/2019 at 8:03 PM, Katy M said:

And he poses an excellent question:

“As I continue to reflect on the commercial, I consider these thoughts: Why are people creating so many additional narratives to the story?” he asks.

Taking this to small talk...

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On 12/5/2019 at 6:56 PM, Ohwell said:

I think the Peloton commercial would have been much better if the wife had simply exclaimed, "Ooooh, just what I wanted!"  Also, the actress has these big, sad-looking eyes which makes it seem like she's desperately trying so hard to please her husband.  I think another, more cheerful-looking actress would have also made the commercial better. 

I don't understand why she's "nervous" to use it the first time. 

Also, I never would have noticed that the lady from the gin commercial was the lady for the Peloton commercial if I hadn't heard about it.  I think she looks totally different.

On 12/6/2019 at 6:30 AM, Ohwell said:

That "might" be how they interact but my problem with her is that I don't understand her issue about not telling her dad the guy's name.  What's the big deal?  All she had to do is give a first name, but she dismisses her dad and walks off.   She did come off as a bitch to me (and I took the Dateline reference as a joke).  

She does thank her dad, but it strikes me more as for him complimenting her looks than for him bailing her ass out, and that's the thing that bothers me the most about their interaction, in addition to her hanging up on him.  The thing that bothers me about the commercial in general is that the dad is standing the whole time.  I wish he'd put his Echo somewhere where he could sit.  Were they trying to make it seem like he was standing in the kitchen with her?  (Also, the guy's name is Sam, in case anyone didn't catch that it pops up on the screen when she hangs up.)

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25 minutes ago, janie jones said:

Also, I never would have noticed that the lady from the gin commercial was the lady for the Peloton commercial if I hadn't heard about it.  I think she looks totally different

It's those big, sad eyes that looks the same.

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