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16 hours ago, janie jones said:

Or is it the perfect song? The subtext being, of course, that the dad has a drinking problem, and while this is a rare warm and fuzzy moment in their relationship, due to the father's drinking, they do indeed have a "Cats in the Cradle" relationship. The flunky in question knew exactly what they were doing. "Say it Ain't So" was too on the nose.

A quick read of the lyrics would reveal that the father in the song is a WORKAHOLIC, not an alcoholic.

I don't know the 2 guys in the ad (who apparently are famous race car drivers), but Google doesn't indicate that dad (Keke) has ever had a drinking problem, so not sure where that interpretation is coming from.

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On 10/19/2020 at 6:09 PM, leocadia said:

Why do all cell phone commercials have to use annoying music/songs?  The latest one for Galaxy (?) that wants to "light it up like dynomite" is incredibly annoying.  

That's the number one song in the country.

 

I just saw an ad for some hair product that said it will make your hair "video call ready".  Do you need your hair to look different for video calls than for the rest of your life?

 

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38 minutes ago, Silver Raven said:

That's the number one song in the country.

 

I just saw an ad for some hair product that said it will make your hair "video call ready".  Do you need your hair to look different for video calls than for the rest of your life?

 

I guess, when you never leave your house. What a year.

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1 hour ago, Silver Raven said:

That's the number one song in the country.

Apparently, I'm the holder of an unpopular opinion, lol.  I'm clearly not  up on popular music.  Maybe the rest of the song is better? 

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27 minutes ago, leocadia said:

Apparently, I'm the holder of an unpopular opinion, lol.  I'm clearly not  up on popular music.  Maybe the rest of the song is better? 

I've never seen the commercial but if it's the number one song in the country right now, I'm pretty guaranteed to hate it.

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2 hours ago, leocadia said:

Apparently, I'm the holder of an unpopular opinion, lol.  I'm clearly not  up on popular music.  Maybe the rest of the song is better? 

It's the Korean boy band BTS.

 

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31 minutes ago, Silver Raven said:

t's the Korean boy band BTS.

that's amusing. I'd heard of them but knew none of their music. And I think their music sounds much more like the crummy background of a commercial than a true "big hit." I'd much rather listen to Billie Eilish, and I'm OLD.

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I can totally see the midshipmen at the Naval Academy using Dynamite as a spirit video for one of their upcoming games. My favorite is Naptown Funk based on Uptown Funk. 

Naptown Funk

2020 is so different, not sure if they're doing spirit videos this year.

 

 

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The new Kraft Macaroni and Cheese commercial where the mom chases her child, screeching "You're having one more bite!"  I guess they are unaware pf the more modern consensus that force-feeding kids is cruel and leads to all forms of disordered eating. Brings back memories of lima beans and liver for me.

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On 10/20/2020 at 4:39 PM, sempervivum said:

The ad is supposed to be a warm and fuzzy dad/son moment, while the song is of course a man's bitter lament about his neglectful father.

I thought it was the lament of a workaholic father realizing he missed his son’s life.  Either way, it is another weird pairing of song to product.

I know I’m going to regret this, can someone remind me what was the previous song they used, the one with the very precise race car driver.

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4 minutes ago, elle said:

I thought it was the lament of a workaholic father realizing he missed his son’s life.  Either way, it is another weird pairing of song to product.

totally

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27 minutes ago, ReviewX said:

The new Kraft Macaroni and Cheese commercial where the mom chases her child, screeching "You're having one more bite!"  I guess they are unaware pf the more modern consensus that force-feeding kids is cruel and leads to all forms of disordered eating. Brings back memories of lima beans and liver for me.

That ad has been around forever. I was sorry to see it resurrected, because it's stupid.

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The mom in that ad is nuts; I have no idea why you'd want to ruin your own meal by chasing your child around like a psycho over "one more bite". 

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I'm 71, as a child I remember many times I had to sit at the table until I ate whatever food it was I didn't like...usually it was liver. My younger brother and I were often in this situation...food on plate, can't get up until you eat it.  We quickly discovered that if we tossed it under the refrigerator no one was the wiser. We got off...lol but years later when that refrigerator finally died...no one could explain the flat black gummy gunk under it...by then we were grown and out of the house. My mom would never have chased me with a fork to eat...she would get out the switch and "make me eat"...yeah abused as a child...thus food under the fridge...

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I am super over the Kit Kat commercial with Dracula waking up inside a Kit Kat coffin and then screaming "I'm up! I'm Up! Five more minutes!" . I hate the stupid "yawn" sound he makes, along with the annoying screechy alarm clock blaring over him. It's like a cacophony of shrillness. Plus, the whole commercial just doesn't make much since. Of course, it airs during every commercial break of whatever show I'm watching.

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32 minutes ago, Giuseppe said:

I am super over the Kit Kat commercial with Dracula waking up inside a Kit Kat coffin and then screaming "I'm up! I'm Up! Five more minutes!" . I hate the stupid "yawn" sound he makes, along with the annoying screechy alarm clock blaring over him. It's like a cacophony of shrillness. Plus, the whole commercial just doesn't make much since. Of course, it airs during every commercial break of whatever show I'm watching.

They're obviously ripping off Reeses.

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10 minutes ago, peacheslatour said:

They're obviously ripping off Reeses.

Both brands are owned by the same company - Hershey. 

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The difference being that you don't really have to sell Reese's, just put them on display near a checkout counter and they'll take care of that themselves!

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On 10/22/2020 at 10:03 PM, Gramto6 said:

I'm 71, as a child I remember many times I had to sit at the table until I ate whatever food it was I didn't like...usually it was liver. My younger brother and I were often in this situation...food on plate, can't get up until you eat it.  We quickly discovered that if we tossed it under the refrigerator no one was the wiser. We got off...lol but years later when that refrigerator finally died...no one could explain the flat black gummy gunk under it...by then we were grown and out of the house. My mom would never have chased me with a fork to eat...she would get out the switch and "make me eat"...yeah abused as a child...thus food under the fridge...

Eventually, my mom would surrender by saying, "Just eat the meat," because meat was EXPENSIVE.  And, fortunately for all of us, she never made liver. Sometimes, as a non-wage-earning wife, she'd make herself chicken livers for lunch when no one else was around, but she never forced us to eat it (she would share it with the cats).  But, man, I really hated her "economy meal" of scrambled eggs & Spam. The economy meal I did like, weird as it sounds, was noodles with cottage cheese.  Toasted bread crumbs on top, sprinkled with a wee bit of sugar, it was quite edible. But, heck, I'd eat any kind of pasta. And it shows.

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54 minutes ago, Prevailing Wind said:

Eventually, my mom would surrender by saying, "Just eat the meat," because meat was EXPENSIVE.  And, fortunately for all of us, she never made liver. Sometimes, as a non-wage-earning wife, she'd make herself chicken livers for lunch when no one else was around, but she never forced us to eat it (she would share it with the cats).  But, man, I really hated her "economy meal" of scrambled eggs & Spam. The economy meal I did like, weird as it sounds, was noodles with cottage cheese.  Toasted bread crumbs on top, sprinkled with a wee bit of sugar, it was quite edible. But, heck, I'd eat any kind of pasta. And it shows.

My dad loved liver. My mom and I hated it so when she made it for him, she would have oysters which he hated and she would make a pork chop for me.

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On 10/22/2020 at 7:54 PM, ReviewX said:

I guess they are unaware pf the more modern consensus that force-feeding kids is cruel and leads to all forms of disordered eating.

As someone who was not raised by a modern parent who let's their kids decide what they want to eat, I didn't feel any type of a 'force feeding' vibe from this.  To me, it doesn't come across as trying to get your kid to clean their plate (because they're are starving kids in the world who would crawl across glass just for one forkful of ucky green beans), but making sure they at least eat enough types of foods that contain some decent nutritious content.  This bratty kid won't eat green beans, but will devour macaroni and orange powder mixed with milk to create 'cheese'. 

One of my great-nephews when he was younger would only eat chicken nuggets, hot dogs and plain pasta with sauce ( no allergies or anything to any other foods - just those were his favorites and wanted them all the time) and their parents enabled that.  He's now older and will eat whatever is put in front of him, but I remember how my niece and nephew jumped through hoops to make sure he had what he wanted as not to cause a tantrum or fuss. 

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22 minutes ago, ctlady said:

As someone who was not raised by a modern parent who let's their kids decide what they want to eat, I didn't feel any type of a 'force feeding' vibe from this.  To me, it doesn't come across as trying to get your kid to clean their plate (because they're are starving kids in the world who would crawl across glass just for one forkful of ucky green beans), but making sure they at least eat enough types of foods that contain some decent nutritious content.  This bratty kid won't eat green beans, but will devour macaroni and orange powder mixed with milk to create 'cheese'. 

One of my great-nephews when he was younger would only eat chicken nuggets, hot dogs and plain pasta with sauce ( no allergies or anything to any other foods - just those were his favorites and wanted them all the time) and their parents enabled that.  He's now older and will eat whatever is put in front of him, but I remember how my niece and nephew jumped through hoops to make sure he had what he wanted as not to cause a tantrum or fuss. 

I say let 'em go hungry, They'll eat when they get hungry enough and then you offer them healthy choices. I never kept cookies, candy or soda in the house. Cake was something that came with candles on it.

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Liberty Mutual is going out of their way to make sure I hate their ads. I didn't really mind the ones in front of the Statue of Liberty until they added that stupid, "Liberty, Liberty, Liberty, Liberty" bs. But then they went with LiMu and Doug and with every ad, I hate Doug more and more. But now he's got a stupid sitcomish theme song. Makes me want to scream!

Then there's Price Line ads about thinking you're a big deal. The woman in the blue dress annoys the heck out of me. She comes out of the elevator and proceeds to block the bellhop pushing a heavy cart full of luggage with her self centered, big deal dance. I really want to reach into the screen and smack her big deal.

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On 10/5/2020 at 6:46 PM, dleighg said:

and yeah, it's not really stealing your home. But it is (kinda) stealing your home from your heirs. That's just true. Maybe you need it, but let's be honest.

I don’t know how someone can “steal” something that doesn’t even belong to their heirs. If you think that you owe your heirs something in your will, that’s one thing but I don’t think I owe anyone any part of my assets. 

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18 minutes ago, Gam2 said:

I don’t know how someone can “steal” something that doesn’t even belong to their heirs. If you think that you owe your heirs something in your will, that’s one thing but I don’t think I owe anyone any part of my assets. 

Yeah, if I sold my house and used the money to go  on a round the world cruise, would that stealing from my heirs.  Or if I leave my home ownsership in tact and I happen to have $50k sitting in the bank to go on said cruise, is that stealing?  Is there an age where I cease to own my stuff and am just stewarding it for my children?

Back to bad commercials: I think I've just kind of gotten numb (for lack of a better word) to Liberty commercials.  I've just gotten neutral to them.  But, I hate the one where the dad is pulling out filing cabinets from behind his daughter.  It's just weird and makes no sense and annoys me to no end.

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19 minutes ago, Katy M said:

Back to bad commercials: I think I've just kind of gotten numb (for lack of a better word) to Liberty commercials.  I've just gotten neutral to them.  But, I hate the one where the dad is pulling out filing cabinets from behind his daughter.  It's just weird and makes no sense and annoys me to no end.

I thought he was a magician, unrelated to the mother and daughter, and it was meant to be magic that he pulled all that out from behind her. But I do agree that those are the worst of a bad lot.

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I got that he's a magician, too. Not only can he pull a quarter from behind her ear, he can pull office furniture, too.  Incredibly stupid. I can't believe advertising departments sign off on this idiocy.

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On 10/24/2020 at 10:19 AM, ctlady said:

This bratty kid won't eat green beans, but will devour macaroni and orange powder mixed with milk to create 'cheese'. 

But she didn't refuse to eat her vegetable, just ate less - and by one bite - than her mom wanted her to.  Even if her "I'm not hungry" was a lie, and she wasn't actually full, just asserting her independence by leaving a bite on the plate in an act of defiance, all her mom had to do was add an additional bite to the next serving - kid would leave that last one, feeling satisfied she'd made a stand, mom would excuse her, secure in the knowledge she'd had the desired serving, and eat the extra piece herself.  Done; maturity and critical thinking skills utilized, child outwitted but oblivious, dinner peaceful.  That seems a lot better way to manage family meals than cutting short one's own dinner to run around the house like a lunatic, chasing a kid with a fork while demanding "One more bite!"  I find a single bite a rather crazy hill to die on.

The serving size of the mac & cheese side dish at the next meal is too big, the Enya song is annoying, some of the other commercials in the series do show bratty kids ... there are issues, yes.  But in that particular ad, I think the mom is the biggest problem.

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Choose your battles, parents. Be careful which sword you’re willing to fall on.

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4 minutes ago, Bastet said:

But she didn't refuse to eat her vegetable, just ate less - and by one bite - than her mom wanted her to.  Even if her "I'm not hungry" was a lie, and she wasn't actually full, just asserting her independence by leaving a bite on the plate in an act of defiance, all her mom had to do was add an additional bite to the next serving -

yeah, without getting to far afield into parenting, you're the grownup. Let the kid "win" the arguments they want to win, while making sure nothing dangerous is going on. I will forever remember the one time I forgot to ask my toddler how she wanted her PB&J cut (it was always "a triangle and a mountain" == diagonal). I presented it the usual way and got the beginnings of a tantrum (because I hadn't asked), but she said "..... ok."

 

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57 minutes ago, Bastet said:

The serving size of the mac & cheese side dish at the next meal is too big,

Yeah, that's what I thought, too.

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2 hours ago, Bastet said:

But she didn't refuse to eat her vegetable, just ate less - and by one bite - than her mom wanted her to.  Even if her "I'm not hungry" was a lie, and she wasn't actually full, just asserting her independence by leaving a bite on the plate in an act of defiance, all her mom had to do was add an additional bite to the next serving - kid would leave that last one, feeling satisfied she'd made a stand, mom would excuse her, secure in the knowledge she'd had the desired serving, and eat the extra piece herself.  Done; maturity and critical thinking skills utilized, child outwitted but oblivious, dinner peaceful.  That seems a lot better way to manage family meals than cutting short one's own dinner to run around the house like a lunatic, chasing a kid with a fork while demanding "One more bite!"  I find a single bite a rather crazy hill to die on.

The serving size of the mac & cheese side dish at the next meal is too big, the Enya song is annoying, some of the other commercials in the series do show bratty kids ... there are issues, yes.  But in that particular ad, I think the mom is the biggest problem.

The serving size of Mac and cheese side dish at the next meal is too big? For whom? By whose determination? For a large adult? For a small child? I think we’ve become so ready to judge others on every subject. God help us all.

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I don't like any of the Geico "Wild Thing" ads for their motorcycle insurance, but the one that's running now that ends with a nasty DMV worker sneering at the guy that he owes $49 and adds a sarcastic "Wild Thing" is beyond shitty. Why? Who is that supposed to appeal to? The guy seems to be a midlife crisis dude who doesn't deserve abuse. The woman is portrayed as a total asshole with no reason to be, I guess as a stereotype of people who work in those difficult roles. 

So my takeaway is fuck you, Geico.

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1 hour ago, Gam2 said:

The serving size of Mac and cheese side dish at the next meal is too big?

Yep.  That hasn't stopped me from eating a big 'ol bowl of it from time to time, of course.  It's not a good idea to start kids in the habit of eating that much processed food, so hopefully it was a treat.  But the series of commercials present mac & cheese as something to add to meals on the regular, to keep kids happy, so if that's what was happening here, it was too big, yes, because she had far more of that than anything else on her plate - not something you'll find recommended on any guide to childhood nutrition.

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35 minutes ago, Ashforth said:

I don't like any of the Geico "Wild Thing" ads for their motorcycle insurance,

There was one of those I liked that had a guy in some clothing shop or something like that, being fitted for a jacket, I think? I just liked it 'cause I liked the way the guy got so into the song :D. 

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25 minutes ago, Annber03 said:

There was one of those I liked that had a guy in some clothing shop or something like that, being fitted for a jacket, I think? I just liked it 'cause I liked the way the guy got so into the song :D. 

I think that was the first one, I didn't like it, but at least it wasn't actively offensive.

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On 5/27/2020 at 10:12 AM, nottopbravo said:

As if we don't have enough false and misleading information around already, I saw this on television recently:

"Hi. I'm Jan from Toyota"

No you not, you're Laurel Coppock, an actress who is paid by Toyota to play a person named "Jan".

And guess who shows up next:

"Hi. This is Lily from AT&T."

No your not Lily, you're Milana Vayntrub, and actress who is paid by AT&T to play a person named "Lily".

I wish these companies wouldn't think we are so stupid not to realize that all these "spokespersons" are just actors hired by them to play a part.  I can't think of an actor who played a part (even though he/she might be stereotyped in that role) showing up, claiming they are that person.  

It's like William Shatner appearing on the screen saying, "Well, yes, I've been to space.  I am Captain Kirk".

 

Toyota Jan is one of the most polarizing commercial characters.  Some of the hate is funny but may be disturbing.  

commercialsihate.com

Don’t know if Lily gets a lot of hate, probably so.  But she apparently gets a lot of sexual harassment on social media.

tough way to make a living for actresses who’ve only been able to book national commercials.

 

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5 hours ago, Annber03 said:

There was one of those I liked that had a guy in some clothing shop or something like that, being fitted for a jacket, I think? I just liked it 'cause I liked the way the guy got so into the song :D. 

I like that one. My favorite though is the construction worker singing while he worked. The warehouse I worked at always had radios on throughout listening to music as we worked and sometimes one or all would get so into a song we'd sing.  

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3 hours ago, aghst said:

 

On 5/27/2020 at 12:12 PM, nottopbravo said:

As if we don't have enough false and misleading information around already, I saw this on television recently:

"Hi. I'm Jan from Toyota"

No you not, you're Laurel Coppock, an actress who is paid by Toyota to play a person named "Jan".…

Toyota Jan is one of the most polarizing commercial characters…

Toyota Jan has always been a former coworker to me. They are totally doppelgängers. 
So I just thought that was what disturbed me about her. Like: If you’re getting paid by Toyota to sell cars, why are you working in a library? 

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I'm so sick of noom ads.  It's amazing that they've run the same ad with the same people telling us nothing for years.

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5 hours ago, andromeda331 said:

I like that one. My favorite though is the construction worker singing while he worked. The warehouse I worked at always had radios on throughout listening to music as we worked and sometimes one or all would get so into a song we'd sing.  

I worked for L'eggs pantyhose at their data center in a room of 30 women. We finally agreed on a station to listen to. Everyone was diligently working and then Kenny Rogers came on the radio. It cracked me up to all of a sudden hear 30 women (including me) softly singing, "Know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em..."

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13 hours ago, Bastet said:

Yep.  That hasn't stopped me from eating a big 'ol bowl of it from time to time, of course.  It's not a good idea to start kids in the habit of eating that much processed food, so hopefully it was a treat.  But the series of commercials present mac & cheese as something to add to meals on the regular, to keep kids happy, so if that's what was happening here, it was too big, yes, because she had far more of that than anything else on her plate - not something you'll find recommended on any guide to childhood nutrition.

My thought was that, if you're only going to make her eat another bite of food, you're wasting the rest of what you put in that bowl.. Or, are we supposed to think that, because the mac and cheese is so yummy, she now wants a whole bowl full?

13 hours ago, Ashforth said:

I don't like any of the Geico "Wild Thing" ads for their motorcycle insurance, but the one that's running now that ends with a nasty DMV worker sneering at the guy that he owes $49 and adds a sarcastic "Wild Thing" is beyond shitty. Why? Who is that supposed to appeal to? The guy seems to be a midlife crisis dude who doesn't deserve abuse. The woman is portrayed as a total asshole with no reason to be, I guess as a stereotype of people who work in those difficult roles. 

So my takeaway is fuck you, Geico.

Huh, and i actually like this one, especially the clerk lady telling him he owes the $49.

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3 hours ago, tres bien said:

I'm so sick of noom ads.  It's amazing that they've run the same ad with the same people telling us nothing for years.

with the one gal who says it worked for her but still looks kind of pudgy

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4 minutes ago, cinsays said:

Huh, and i actually like this one, especially the clerk lady telling him he owes the $49.

Classic YMMV! LOL

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8 hours ago, andromeda331 said:

I like that one. My favorite though is the construction worker singing while he worked. The warehouse I worked at always had radios on throughout listening to music as we worked and sometimes one or all would get so into a song we'd sing.  

That's my favorite one, too.  Plus, I like his buddy holding that big ol' sandwich, lol.

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