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On 5/5/2021 at 7:29 PM, AnnA said:

It's a free country.  That said, ranch dressing on pizza is just wrong.

Ranch dressing on egg yolks might be worth trying for folks who hate egg yolks but love ranch goo dressing.

And Dominoes pizza with their "driverless delivery" car. It doesn't exist yet in my neck of the woods so why are they advertising it? 

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3 minutes ago, chenoa333 said:

And Dominoes pizza with their "driverless delivery" car. It doesn't exist yet in my neck of the woods so why are they advertising it? 

Does it exist at all? I've been wondering about that.

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8 minutes ago, chenoa333 said:

And Dominoes pizza with their "driverless delivery" car. It doesn't exist yet in my neck of the woods so why are they advertising it? 

If it is in fact real, it most likely will never be available here.

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6 hours ago, Gramto6 said:

If it is in fact real, it most likely will never be available here.

It's only been launched in Houston.  The perfect pilot city because their slogan is ready made:  "Houston, We've Had A Problem."

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I live in the boonies in MT nothing, no food services are available here and most likely will never be. Big state very small population, we get all the national ads but most places are 2-3 states away. Yeah I'll go to Spokane for a burger...Not... National advertising is cheaper than spot local ads. Most of the food places will never have a restaurant in my area...

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7 hours ago, Gramto6 said:

I live in the boonies in MT nothing, no food services are available here and most likely will never be.

Dominos advertises here for delivery all the time and they kinda sorta do in that they'll deliver as far as a small grocery store parking lot in the town next door, and you pick it up there.  No, seriously. 

 

Their delivery radius is T I N Y and anything else is this darkish meet & greet like you're picking up illicit goods or something from your dealer.    But they are the only one that delivers.  This means, the pizza is ice cold by the time it would get home.  And Dominos sucks so we don't bother.  

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Speaking of the Domino's commercial - the one where they advertise all the different kinds of crusts bugs me no end because they named one them their "foldable Brooklyn style crust".  To anyone native to NYC who knows anything about New York pizza, it is kind of insulting and ignorant to only give Brooklyn credit for it when I for one know that it was not invented in Brooklyn nor was it ever unique to Brooklyn.  Domino's sells pizza so they should know better.  I realize how ridiculous that expectation is because I know that most pizza purists don't even consider what they peddle real pizza in the first place, so how can we expect them to know about where the crust really comes from?  But jeez, you'd think they'd do a little research before giving it that name.  My husband said it was typical of people today not to care about real history and reinvent things based on some kind of surface impression they get about something from popular culture.  Just because Brooklyn is supposedly "cool" these days with all kinds of hipsters opening up artisan pizza shops doesn't mean that's where the classic "foldable" crust comes from.  They were copying something that already existed in NYC for over 100 years.  Geez, it's like they think the world was invented just for them in 2010.  🙄

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On 5/7/2021 at 10:32 PM, mmecorday said:

I'm about DONE with the commercials for Joanna Gaines' Discovery+ cooking show. The way she says "chock-LIT," the way she taps the cookie sheet on the counter, the way she says "dangit" when her measuring cup is too big for the container she's trying to dip it in. Argh! And it appears she feeds one of her kids raw biscuit dough and asks him, "Does it taste like grandma's?" He makes a face that clearly makes it apparent it doesn't taste like grandma's.

Food Network is really pushing the "Magnolia Network" hard because they gambled a lot on Chip and Joanna Gaines based on the success of their other shows, but so far not that many people are watching them hence all the annoying commercials.  I'm sure we're going to see a lot of FN commercials on other networks now because their most recent ratings overall have never been this low....

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1 minute ago, Yeah No said:

Food Network is really pushing the "Magnolia Network" hard because they gambled a lot on Chip and Joanna Gaines based on the success of their other shows

I have never been able to stomach those two. Just TOO CUTE and sort of self-congratulatory about their SWEET marriage and CUTE children and how dorky he is and how whatever she is. I also think from what little I've seen her "finishing" means sticking a bunch of random objects on a shelf, that have no meaning to the homeowners.

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On 5/7/2021 at 1:56 PM, janie jones said:

I don't understand why Joshie's grandparents act sheepish after he catches them with wrinkles. If you were just putting something on a shelf, why would you assume anyone would think you were doing anything different? And if you weren't doing anything different, why would you act like you had been?

That whole commercial is beyond creepy.  Joshie even "going there" thinking his grandparents would be doing that is completely creepy because usually no one ever thinks about their grandparents ever having sex, nor would they ever want to....And no amount of noise or wrinkles would ever make anyone go there unless they were a pervert themselves, LOL.

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5 hours ago, Yeah No said:

That whole commercial is beyond creepy.  Joshie even "going there" thinking his grandparents would be doing that is completely creepy because usually no one ever thinks about their grandparents ever having sex, nor would they ever want to....And no amount of noise or wrinkles would ever make anyone go there unless they were a pervert themselves, LOL.

I know, right?  My reaction would be, Grandma, Grandpa, are you all right? (as to the noise going on behind a closed closet door, not that they're having sex!  They're having sex with their clothes on, thus wrinkling them?  Checking out the zipper area of Grandpa's trousers?  Major fail.

5 hours ago, Yeah No said:

Speaking of the Domino's commercial - the one where they advertise all the different kinds of crusts bugs me no end because they named one them their "foldable Brooklyn style crust".  To anyone native to NYC who knows anything about New York pizza, it is kind of insulting and ignorant to only give Brooklyn credit for it when I for one know that it was not invented in Brooklyn nor was it ever unique to Brooklyn.  Domino's sells pizza so they should know better.  I realize how ridiculous that expectation is because I know that most pizza purists don't even consider what they peddle real pizza in the first place, so how can we expect them to know about where the crust really comes from?  But jeez, you'd think they'd do a little research before giving it that name.  My husband said it was typical of people today not to care about real history and reinvent things based on some kind of surface impression they get about something from popular culture.  Just because Brooklyn is supposedly "cool" these days with all kinds of hipsters opening up artisan pizza shops doesn't mean that's where the classic "foldable" crust comes from.  They were copying something that already existed in NYC for over 100 years.  Geez, it's like they think the world was invented just for them in 2010.  🙄

Hawaiian Pizza with Ranch dipping sauce, now that's Italian!

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I know, right?  My reaction would be, Grandma, Grandpa, are you all right? (as to the noise going on behind a closed closet door, not that they're having sex!  They're having sex with their clothes on, thus wrinkling them?  Checking out the zipper area of Grandpa's trousers?  Major fail.

Why would they be having sex in a linen closet when their bedroom is right down the hall? Beyond stupid.

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52 minutes ago, peacheslatour said:

Why would they be having sex in a linen closet when their bedroom is right down the hall? Beyond stupid.

'Cause they're kinky old buggers, LOL. 😉🙄

If they were going to go that route they could have at least picked a more believable couple!

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17 minutes ago, Yeah No said:

If they were going to go that route they could have at least picked a more believable couple!

All sorts of people have sex with one another.

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Just now, Prevailing Wind said:

All sorts of people have sex with one another.

Of course I know that!  The issue is that they didn't exactly look like the kinky type, did they?  In fact they looked quite the opposite.  Not something anyone's grandson would ever think their staid, very traditional old grandparents would do, anyway.

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2 minutes ago, Yeah No said:

Of course I know that!  The issue is that they didn't exactly look like the kinky type, did they?  In fact they looked quite the opposite.  Not something anyone's grandson would ever think their staid, very traditional old grandparents would do, anyway.

Looking at them, that would not be the first thing to come to my mind but I guess kinky comes in all sorts of packages. Maybe the kid has walked on some unexpected situations before.

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14 minutes ago, peacheslatour said:

Looking at them, that would not be the first thing to come to my mind but I guess kinky comes in all sorts of packages. Maybe the kid has walked on some unexpected situations before.

Haha, that would be a lot to have to suppose to go there with this commercial.  I still think it's stupid.  Grandparents that old and obviously not in good physical shape couldn't handle buggering each other in a hall closet and they'd probably know better than to try.  They'd hurt themselves or each other.  I'm an older person myself, although not that old and even I wouldn't attempt it.  That doesn't mean they wouldn't find other places and ways to DO it safely, but that's also presuming it's still a physical possibility, which is not guaranteed at that age due to medical conditions, etc.  The kid in this commercial is too young to realize that.  Perhaps the commercial is intended to make older people laugh at how ridiculous his assumption is, since most of us would know better and opt for a safer place to have sex, LOL.

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On 4/26/2021 at 8:54 AM, ctlady said:

The Facebook Portal ad featuring a new, frustrated 'mum' trying to nurse her baby while portaling with her mum.  Now, I really adore the characters and how they're portrayed.  The new mum actually comes across like she's at the end of her rope without appearing annoying (and the sweet British accents help)

What makes my teeth grind is the message being portrayed here.  All I can think of is when my sister-in-law couldn't get my nephew (who hadn't slept more than 20 minutes at a clip) to nurse.  The reason?  The poor baby was hungry and thin breast milk wasn't filling his tummy enough to satisfy him.  When my sister and I visited, she took the baby from SIL, made a small bottle with formula to which he sucked down in record time - then slept for 2 hours straight.  Needless to say, she never breast fed after that

Now, if it's for medical reasons that the baby needs breast milk, then you need to do what you can do. But I don't like how it comes across (to me) that new mom's are made to feel like they're failures to the point of tears because they can't get their baby to nurse no matter how much they try different positions and what nots.  If the doctor okays the baby for formula then cut your losses, give the kid a bottle and give your boobs a rest.  You'll still be a good mom

She can't nurse because she is trying to get the baby to latch on over her shirt. Also, that 8 to 10 month old baby she is trying to start on breastfeeding has obviously not missed many meals in his life. Why start breastfeeding now?

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7 hours ago, Yeah No said:

'Cause they're kinky old buggers, LOL. 😉🙄

If they were going to go that route they could have at least picked a more believable couple!

I vote for Connie and Jack, the old (as in the ad campaign is now old) Consumer Cellular senior couple who almost always had Jack's sidekick with them.  You just know they'd be having threesomes!

Six-Year Old Consumer Cellular Ad with Jack, Connie & Some Rando Guy

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7 hours ago, Yeah No said:

Haha, that would be a lot to have to suppose to go there with this commercial.  I still think it's stupid.  Grandparents that old and obviously not in good physical shape couldn't handle buggering each other in a hall closet and they'd probably know better than to try.  They'd hurt themselves or each other.  I'm an older person myself, although not that old and even I wouldn't attempt it.  That doesn't mean they wouldn't find other places and ways to DO it safely, but that's also presuming it's still a physical possibility, which is not guaranteed at that age due to medical conditions, etc.  The kid in this commercial is too young to realize that.  Perhaps the commercial is intended to make older people laugh at how ridiculous his assumption is, since most of us would know better and opt for a safer place to have sex, LOL.

The new version of "safe sex"?

Sexy Seniors Safe Sex

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21 hours ago, eel21788 said:

She can't nurse because she is trying to get the baby to latch on over her shirt. Also, that 8 to 10 month old baby she is trying to start on breastfeeding has obviously not missed many meals in his life. Why start breastfeeding now?

I haven't even seen this breastfeeding commercial, and I don't want to, but with all the shit they show on TV nowadays, a little nip shouldn't be a problem.  Why so modest all of a sudden?  We're seeing chicks shaving their "coarse, down there" PUBIC hair now, FFS.  (OK she's wearing a bikini but still they're showing and talking about it, not to mention the three bush-shaving ladies by the pool and manscape commercials.)

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Another irresponsible commercial, this time by Hyundai.  A group of teen girls are taking selfies and acting stupid while riding in a car.  The driver isn’t paying attention and allows the car to drift into the next lane, nearly running another car off the road.  But some new Hyundai technology rescues them and warns them of the drift.  Do they really think that validating that behavior, as long as your vehicle has that technology, makes that behavior OK?  You can bet there will be some who will feel that way. 

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2 hours ago, KLovestoShop said:

Another irresponsible commercial, this time by Hyundai.  A group of teen girls are taking selfies and acting stupid while riding in a car.  The driver isn’t paying attention and allows the car to drift into the next lane, nearly running another car off the road.  But some new Hyundai technology rescues them and warns them of the drift.  Do they really think that validating that behavior, as long as your vehicle has that technology, makes that behavior OK?  You can bet there will be some who will feel that way. 

There are a couple of ads that are starting technology to "warn" drivers to stop texting and taking selfies while driving. I think that is every kind of wrong. The law needs to get alot tougher on drivers who have their phones on when they cause accidents, including taking licenses, and jail time if they cause injury/fatalities. That will teach kids to pay attention when they are driving, and not depend on some technology.

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Can't they just make cars that disable all smartphone functions inside their frame while they're running? Or override whatever's on the screen with a "PAY ATTENTION TO THE ROAD, STUPID!" message?

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4 minutes ago, Bruinsfan said:

Can't they just make cars that disable all smartphone functions inside their frame while they're running?

doesn't work well when the passenger wants to use his or her phone. 

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45 minutes ago, Bruinsfan said:

Can't they just make cars that disable all smartphone functions inside their frame while they're running?

 

40 minutes ago, dleighg said:

doesn't work well when the passenger wants to use his or her phone. 

Or if you want to use your phone for navigation.

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2 hours ago, Browncoat said:

 

Or if you want to use your phone for navigation.

Or if you're in hot pursuit of some mugs who've just knocked over a bank and have their gats a blazin' and you're trying to call the cops.

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48 minutes ago, peacheslatour said:

Or if you're in hot pursuit of some mugs who've just knocked over a bank and have their gats a blazin' and you're trying to call the cops.

Or if you want to video the capture to make sure cops aren't being shot at or exercising police brutality.

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3 hours ago, Browncoat said:

 

Or if you want to use your phone for navigation.

There are devices for that so that you don't need to be holding or looking at your phone while you are driving. There is nothing a phone can do that is worth risking people's lives, no matter how "convenient" they are.

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23 minutes ago, CrystalBlue said:

Or if you want to video the capture to make sure cops aren't being shot at or exercising police brutality.

What a time to be alive.

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19 minutes ago, susannah said:

There are devices for that so that you don't need to be holding or looking at your phone while you are driving. There is nothing a phone can do that is worth risking people's lives, no matter how "convenient" they are.

To be fair, the last few posts were responding to this proposal:

4 hours ago, Bruinsfan said:

Can't they just make cars that disable all smartphone functions inside their frame while they're running? Or override whatever's on the screen with a "PAY ATTENTION TO THE ROAD, STUPID!" message?

Hands free capabilities for vital functions, and allowing passengers use their devices, all for that.  Cars that disable all smartphone functions, wouldn't work for me.

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22 minutes ago, susannah said:

There are devices for that so that you don't need to be holding or looking at your phone while you are driving. There is nothing a phone can do that is worth risking people's lives, no matter how "convenient" they are.

I agree, but I was talking about passengers using their cell phones to videotape.  Or the driver can pull over to the side of a street or highway in case of emergency.  In California it's hands free only, you should have your cell phone attached to a holder or placed in a holder.  Navigation is crucial for Lyft and Uber drivers (taxis too I suppose).

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5 minutes ago, CrystalBlue said:
13 minutes ago, peacheslatour said:

What a time to be alive.

Isn't that a line from a commercial?

Autotrader Vikings Version

My first thought was Hamilton, but that works too.

But to be fair, I think anyone at any point in history could have a reason to say that (sarcastically or otherwise).

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5 minutes ago, SoMuchTV said:

My first thought was Hamilton, but that works too.

But to be fair, I think anyone at any point in history could have a reason to say that (sarcastically or otherwise).

It's like the old Chinese curse "May you live in interesting times."

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1 hour ago, susannah said:

There are devices for that so that you don't need to be holding or looking at your phone while you are driving. There is nothing a phone can do that is worth risking people's lives, no matter how "convenient" they are.

I don't have to hold or look at my phone to use its navigation features, but the phone does have to function inside the car.

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7 hours ago, Bruinsfan said:

Can't they just make cars that disable all smartphone functions inside their frame while they're running? Or override whatever's on the screen with a "PAY ATTENTION TO THE ROAD, STUPID!" message?

If they have the technology to have your car call 911 when your airbags deploy they should have technology that senses when your eyes aren't focused on the road. 

When I have my bluetooth connected it automatically won't show me text messages on screen if the car is in motion and reads them to me instead.  Even if someone's driving a car without bluetooth cell phones should be able to go into driving mode and refuse to show text messages while the car is in motion.  They have GPS so they know when you're driving.

Personally I think that icell phones should disable themselves from anything but calling and navigation while a car is in motion unless they are connected via bluetooth.  I have been using a bluetooth for well over a decade now and just can't understand why anyone still needs to hold a cell phone.  Young people are supposed to be so tech savvy but can't seem to get with that program after all those years, meanwhile this 62 year old had that all figured out over 15 years ago. 

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15 minutes ago, Yeah No said:

 

Personally I think that icell phones should disable themselves from anything but calling and navigation while a car is in motion unless they are connected via bluetooth.  I have been using a bluetooth for well over a decade now and just can't understand why anyone still needs to hold a cell phone. 

That technology would be able to differentiate between drivers and passengers, though, right?  Because I would not want to be the driver for a minivan full of passengers with no cell service. License plate game, anyone? No thanks, lived through that!

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4 hours ago, SoMuchTV said:

My first thought was Hamilton, but that works too.

But to be fair, I think anyone at any point in history could have a reason to say that (sarcastically or otherwise).

Since we're here talking about commercials, I posted the commercial, lest we get too far off topic again with random comments.  I'm well aware of the usage of the quotes about interesting times, even the Vikings had theirs.  I just thought it was funny.

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And can someone please explain to me why those Peloton people yell “Come on Peloton”.  Why do they call the customers Peloton?  I know they can’t yell anyone’s name, but why do they yell Peloton?

Peloton means the main group of cyclists competing in a race (something I never knew until these damn commercials made me look it up, and then knowing that fact recently led me to correctly answer a Jeopardy! clue I'd have previously missed).  So that's why an instructor is addressing their client group as "Peloton" in each of these annoying commercials.  It's the same as encouraging folks, class, everyone, etc. in speaking to any exercise class (where no one has paid enough to be called out by name), just an address specific to a biking class.

The thing I find the most annoying is the instructor who is telling the peloton "they can't break you." Who? Who the fuck is trying to stop you from using your exercise bike?

Do they show them calling the people participating in the non-cycling classes "Peloton," too?

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On 5/9/2021 at 6:12 PM, SmithW6079 said:

I don't know why it bugs me as much as it does, but the GEICO gecko claiming credit for the "15 minutes could save you 15%..." slogan does. I think he's lying and stole someone else's idea and got away with it because he's the spokeslizard. ;-)

The current commercial where the gecko is riding on a bus always makes me wonder why he paid for a whole seat. I mean, he's famous, friendly and wants to help people save money. Surely someone would return the favor by letting him chill on their armrest?

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Chill, yes. Give me an insurance sales pitch for however many blocks, hells no.

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Heard in some late-night commercial about some toaster/air fryer/grill/juicer/lawnmower/shaver combo—“save up to 70% less calories.” What is that sentence even trying to say?

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3 hours ago, SnarkySheep said:

The current commercial where the gecko is riding on a bus always makes me wonder why he paid for a whole seat. I mean, he's famous, friendly and wants to help people save money. Surely someone would return the favor by letting him chill on their armrest?

I love this!

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There's one recent commercial that I've found particularly annoying and tone deaf. It features a woman practicing a speech about some vague topic, full of meaningless platitudes like "follow your dreams" and "never give up" and ends with her giving the speech to an adoring crowd. Well, one of the dumb lines she includes is basically "in these uncertain times, it's not about David vs. Goliath, but David *helping* Goliath." And what is this advertising? Lexus. That's right, a luxury car brand decided that the best way to go is to have some smug self-satisfied lady tell the viewers that in our current global situation it's time for the underdog to help out the big guys. Screw you, Lexus, and your stupid big red bows. I mean, I guess it might appeal to their target audience, but damn.

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7 hours ago, Cherpumple said:

There's one recent commercial that I've found particularly annoying and tone deaf. It features a woman practicing a speech about some vague topic, full of meaningless platitudes like "follow your dreams" and "never give up" and ends with her giving the speech to an adoring crowd. Well, one of the dumb lines she includes is basically "in these uncertain times, it's not about David vs. Goliath, but David *helping* Goliath." And what is this advertising? Lexus. That's right, a luxury car brand decided that the best way to go is to have some smug self-satisfied lady tell the viewers that in our current global situation it's time for the underdog to help out the big guys. Screw you, Lexus, and your stupid big red bows. I mean, I guess it might appeal to their target audience, but damn.

If you look up vapid in the dictionary, you'll see her picture.

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10 hours ago, Cherpumple said:

Well, one of the dumb lines she includes is basically "in these uncertain times, it's not about David vs. Goliath, but David *helping* Goliath." And what is this advertising? Lexus. 

Did anyone at Lexus actually ever read the Bible? David fought Goliath because someone had to - the guy was bullying and threatening the Israelites. Giving each other hugs and singing loving songs around the campfire was not exactly an option.

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1 hour ago, SnarkySheep said:

Did anyone at Lexus actually ever read the Bible? David fought Goliath because someone had to - the guy was bullying and threatening the Israelites. Giving each other hugs and singing loving songs around the campfire was not exactly an option.

I guess Lexus's point was that David was supposed to help Goliath subdue and enslave the Isrealites?  An anti-semitic commerical?  Or maybe he was supposed to help him to change and become a better person so that he didn't want to fight David?  But, this was battle by champion, so if Goliath didn't do it, someone else would have.  Yeah, it really makes no sense.  There are probably better examples they could have used of 2 people fighting (killing) who could have instead helped each other. Cain and Abel.  Scar and Mufasa.  

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