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Is the whole idea of the Tide commercials to use guys whose names have something to do with 'cold' (Stone Cold Steve Austin, Ice-T [or Cube, I'm not sure which one he is]?)  Because neither of these guys strike me as someone who either does laundry or worries about saving $100/year.

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1 hour ago, bankerchick said:

Is the whole idea of the Tide commercials to use guys whose names have something to do with 'cold' (Stone Cold Steve Austin, Ice-T [or Cube, I'm not sure which one he is]?)  Because neither of these guys strike me as someone who either does laundry or worries about saving $100/year.

The only one I know is Ice-T - I have no idea who the others are.

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2 hours ago, bankerchick said:

Is the whole idea of the Tide commercials to use guys whose names have something to do with 'cold' (Stone Cold Steve Austin, Ice-T [or Cube, I'm not sure which one he is]?)  Because neither of these guys strike me as someone who either does laundry or worries about saving $100/year.

Yeah.  (and he's Ice-T).  They also call Vanilla Ice.  And Ice T calls Mr. T.

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OK, thanks.  I get Vanilla Ice, and I guess the Mr. T ad is probably all about, 'hey Mr. T, it's Mr. T.  Ice-T.'  But they also call Mark Messier, so is that because he was a hockey player and hockey is played on ice?  I think I am overthinking this, but I don't hate the commercials.

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Lume commercials. All of 'em.

Why does YouTube insist on showing me so many Lume commercials?!?! 

And no, I'm never going to watch nearly four minutes of the creator talking about how she changed "everything" about deodorant. No, you didn't.

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Progressive ads are hit and miss for me. I loved the Zoom meeting ones during the pandemic, but the ones that feature Jamie in some kind of fantasy are awful, and I especially hated him in the test drive commercial. Is that a thing? I've never ridden in my car with an insurance representative. Also, he was out of character by being so self-absorbed. I could see if it was Mara (she's the nasally, whiny one, right?).

 

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20 minutes ago, SmithW6079 said:

Progressive ads are hit and miss for me. I loved the Zoom meeting ones during the pandemic, but the ones that feature Jamie in some kind of fantasy are awful, and I especially hated him in the test drive commercial. Is that a thing? I've never ridden in my car with an insurance representative. Also, he was out of character by being so self-absorbed. I could see if it was Mara (she's the nasally, whiny one, right?).

 

I love Jamie!  The commercial with him in the car was supposed to be ridiculous.  He was there monitoring her driving until she finds out there's an app to do it.   It's one of those safe driver discount thingeys.

The only progressive commercials I hated were the ones with the guy twirling a sign.  

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On 5/24/2021 at 5:39 AM, KWalkerInc said:

There is an ad for the Zebra, which I guess compares car insurance rates, that has a woman riding around in an invisible car (she is seen just floating around a few feet off the ground in a sitting position with her hands out like she's holding an invisible steering wheel) because she "likes transparency."  It has a disclaimer at the bottom that says, "Invisible cars do not exist.  But your seatbelt does."  They could have just put a seatbelt on the woman instead of including the disclaimer, but I guess they were worried that that might have looked too stupid!

I wonder how much her insurance really is, since nobody can see her car. They probaby run into a whole lot.

On 5/31/2021 at 12:54 AM, susannah said:

I heard him thank Mrs A but it was a talking pig! Hopefully he was just "wheeing" and not weeing! Yeah I just watched it again on youtube and  it was just the one where he says thanks, didn't see him get out, but he does have his seat belt on and only has his head and one arm? foot? out the window.

 

Whenever I saw Maxwell "Whee! Whee! Whee!" all the way home, I wondered where the other 4 piggies were. Well, we know one little piggy stayed home, one went to market, one had roast beef and the fourth had none. As a child, I always wondered if the roast beef came from the piggy who went to market. Did he go to market to shop? or was he inside the butcher's display case?  I was a weird kid.

On 6/5/2021 at 4:14 PM, bankerchick said:

OK, thanks.  I get Vanilla Ice, and I guess the Mr. T ad is probably all about, 'hey Mr. T, it's Mr. T.  Ice-T.'  But they also call Mark Messier, so is that because he was a hockey player and hockey is played on ice?  I think I am overthinking this, but I don't hate the commercials.

Maybe his clothes are messier, so he needs a strong detergent? It's all meaningless to me - the condo association pays for my hot water. Even if I save by using cold water, my condo fees will remain the same.

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46 minutes ago, Prevailing Wind said:

Maybe his clothes are messier, so he needs a strong detergent?

You could be right, because most of the commercial is Stone Cold pronouncing the name as 'messier' and Messier trying to correct him 'mess-e-ay'  But then of course he tells us that he has been doing it for years.  Maybe to make up for the decades this his equipment guys had to practically sterilize the equipment to get the smell out.

Here's the thing:  is $100/year ($2/wk) a selling feature for those who might not want to use cold water?  I'm a cheapskate and it wouldn't sway me.

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On 6/5/2021 at 3:38 AM, Yeah No said:

Actually I don't think they were going for "disinterested employee"  The female commercial announcer says pretty clearly that this woman didn't get any help because she didn't have a tool belt, which implies that it's because she was a woman.  I've been to big hardware stores many times and I seriously doubt I've ever not been helped because I wasn't a man and/or didn't have a tool belt, and I'm pretty sensitive to stuff like that.  I still think disinterested employee is more like it.  Of course in either case ideally she shouldn't have to flirt or or grab his attention to get help, he should come to her.

I don't know what goes on in the minds of people who think women are helpless, but wouldn't thinking someone didn't know what they were doing make you more likely to help them? It seems like a woman would be more likely to get unsolicited help than get ignored.

Also the tool belt line seems like them trying to avoid implying it's because she's a woman, although they could be going for an "and you know what we mean by that <wink>."

Either way you shouldn't have to flirt to get an employee's help, when their literal job is to help anyone who asks.

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I love Jamie!  The commercial with him in the car was supposed to be ridiculous.  He was there monitoring her driving until she finds out there's an app to do it.   It's one of those safe driver discount thingeys.

Jamie rocks! Seeing him do those dance moves in the passenger seat tickles me.

The Peleton ads continue to be annoying AF. "Lock in, light up, come on!" The guy sneaking down the stairs like he's on his way to a secret rendezvous brings out my inner Bette Davis.

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I understand why they scream Peloton while people are biking, but why do they still scream it when people are off the bike doing regular exercises?  I really hate all those exercise commercials. Why do all the men wear lose, boxy shorts and the women are stuffed into the skin tight bras and yoga pants?  

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31 minutes ago, KLovestoShop said:

I understand why they scream Peloton while people are biking, but why do they still scream it when people are off the bike doing regular exercises?  I really hate all those exercise commercials. Why do all the men wear lose, boxy shorts and the women are stuffed into the skin tight bras and yoga pants?  

Good question and I think we all know the answer, more's the pity.

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18 hours ago, Prevailing Wind said:

Whenever I saw Maxwell "Whee! Whee! Whee!" all the way home, I wondered where the other 4 piggies were. Well, we know one little piggy stayed home, one went to market, one had roast beef and the fourth had none. As a child, I always wondered if the roast beef came from the piggy who went to market. Did he go to market to shop? or was he inside the butcher's display case?

I just recently read a thing online about that little piggy. I have always pictured him setting off to market, with his straw hat, little blue jacket and basket on his arm? Foot, probably from a picture book.  It never occurred to me until I read that that the "market" could mean something extremely less cheerful. It was funny though, the author said that for her, she is going with the piggy going shopping, and so am I! 😀 What I want to know is why no one shared with piggy 4!

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“Crankypated.”

The way the cartoon woman sashays out of the ladies’ room, I picture her thinking, “W00T!  I just took a colossal 💩!”

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On 6/7/2021 at 1:15 PM, bankerchick said:

You could be right, because most of the commercial is Stone Cold pronouncing the name as 'messier' and Messier trying to correct him 'mess-e-ay'  But then of course he tells us that he has been doing it for years.  Maybe to make up for the decades this his equipment guys had to practically sterilize the equipment to get the smell out.

Here's the thing:  is $100/year ($2/wk) a selling feature for those who might not want to use cold water?  I'm a cheapskate and it wouldn't sway me.

For some people, yes, $100 a year would be a selling feature.

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11 hours ago, susannah said:

I just recently read a thing online about that little piggy. I have always pictured him setting off to market, with his straw hat, little blue jacket and basket on his arm? Foot, probably from a picture book.  It never occurred to me until I read that that the "market" could mean something extremely less cheerful. It was funny though, the author said that for her, she is going with the piggy going shopping, and so am I! 😀 What I want to know is why no one shared with piggy 4!

It never occurred to me that anyone would think anything other than "going to market" meant piggy would soon be bacon and ham... 

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10 minutes ago, BookWitch said:

Pooping dinosaur. Apparently kids like to watch things poo. I was never interested in that. Not even the Baby Alive from the 70's.

Wait...what?

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1 hour ago, BookWitch said:

Pooping dinosaur. Apparently kids like to watch things poo. I was never interested in that. Not even the Baby Alive from the 70's.

Whut?

Also, the comment section for the video has been deactivated, which is even more hilarious.

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18 minutes ago, Cobalt Stargazer said:

Whut?

Also, the comment section for the video has been deactivated, which is even more hilarious.

I think comments are turned off for all kids' videos. Which is probably for the best, given what a cesspool youtube comments can be.

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16 hours ago, susannah said:

I just recently read a thing online about that little piggy. I have always pictured him setting off to market, with his straw hat, little blue jacket and basket on his arm? Foot, probably from a picture book.  It never occurred to me until I read that that the "market" could mean something extremely less cheerful. It was funny though, the author said that for her, she is going with the piggy going shopping, and so am I! 😀 What I want to know is why no one shared with piggy 4!

 

4 hours ago, Suzn said:

It never occurred to me that anyone would think anything other than "going to market" meant piggy would soon be bacon and ham... 

Wait, what?! I always pictured the piggy going to market because he's going shopping for food, not as food. My childhood is ruined!

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9 minutes ago, SmithW6079 said:

 

Wait, what?! I always pictured the piggy going to market because he's going shopping for food, not as food. My childhood is ruined!

I also pictured him going to market, coupons in hand. 

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3 minutes ago, peacheslatour said:

I also pictured him going to market, coupons in hand. 

He just went to the store...

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10 hours ago, Suzn said:

It never occurred to me that anyone would think anything other than "going to market" meant piggy would soon be bacon and ham... 

well if you had seen the picture of him, you wouldn't think that. Plus, with the next little piggy "staying home," implying he had a choice, and the next one having roast beef, I think reality can be suspended a bit.

5 hours ago, ams1001 said:

He just went to the store...

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Exactly!!!

18 hours ago, smittykins said:

“Crankypated.”

The way the cartoon woman sashays out of the ladies’ room, I picture her thinking, “W00T!  I just took a colossal 💩!”

That is disgusting.

 

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10 hours ago, ams1001 said:

He just went to the store...

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Thank you.  Every drawing both online and in my 50+ year old childhood nursery rhyme books (yes I still have them) shows the little piggy cheerfully skipping along, jacket on, hat on and bag in hand to the market.  Even if the origins are darker I doubt that anyone putting out a children's book in any time period would interpret it that way.

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14 hours ago, SmithW6079 said:

Wait, what?! I always pictured the piggy going to market because he's going shopping for food, not as food. My childhood is ruined!

And so is mine! 😭

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On 6/3/2021 at 11:28 AM, mmecorday said:

I don't know who came up with the concept of people on public transport singing in an operatic recitative about structured settlements, but that person needs to be gored by Brunhilde's helmet.

I don't mind those ads, I've gotten so used to them, I don't really hear them anymore. But I hated their ad campaign where they had various singers/groups trying out to sing the song, especially the boy band, I wanted to smash their faces in. 

I didn't know that was Snoop Dog in the Corona commercials. I'm just not up on celebrities. And for some reason, I had it in my head that Snoop Dog was a big guy, like football player big. Oh, well, who knew?

 

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1 hour ago, Crashcourse said:
16 hours ago, SmithW6079 said:

Wait, what?! I always pictured the piggy going to market because he's going shopping for food, not as food. My childhood is ruined!

And so is mine! 😭

In all my years of reading nursery rhymes (3 generations, I guess), I never read "went to market" as going to be the item for sale at said market.  I also never questioned why piggies are okay with roast beef.  I'm still trying to figure out why Goofy is a dog who has a pet dog.

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On 4/22/2021 at 7:54 PM, janie jones said:

Well, one reason people have been praising Billie is because they show actual hair getting shaved, so you can see how well the razors work. (And I agree with whoever said this seems to be their attempt at a Billie ad.) And some razors suck, so I think we probably do need close-up camera shots of people shaving. Does it have to be a bikini line? Probably not. But I'll take a bikini line over an armpit any day of the week. What we don't need is close-up shots of people running razors across hairless body parts.

I rather take a leg or arm then a bikini line or armpit!

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Speaking of armpits, there's a commercial on now for something with loud music and a bunch of very different people jumping and dancing around.  One of the people is a black woman with her arms raised while dancing, with full armpit hair on display.  The next time I see it I'll post what the ad is for.  It's not for razors though.

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16 minutes ago, WritinMan said:

That Liberty Mutual commercial with the guy selling wet teddy bears from a food cart is so monumentally stupid that it actually makes me a bit stabby.

Damn.

 

Me too. I hate his voice and the whole concept.

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3 hours ago, friendperidot said:

I didn't know that was Snoop Dog in the Corona commercials. I'm just not up on celebrities. And for some reason, I had it in my head that Snoop Dog was a big guy, like football player big. Oh, well, who knew?

Well, he is pretty tall (google says 6'4"), but skinny.

 

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4 hours ago, CrystalBlue said:

Speaking of armpits, there's a commercial on now for something with loud music and a bunch of very different people jumping and dancing around.  One of the people is a black woman with her arms raised while dancing, with full armpit hair on display.  The next time I see it I'll post what the ad is for.  It's not for razors though.

Thanks for posting;  I thought I imagined it.   I wasn't actually watching the TV.  I had the TV on in the kitchen while I was puttering around.  I remember thinking that I must be mistaken because "they" wouldn't put a hairy armpit on TV.  

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3 hours ago, AnnA said:

Thanks for posting;  I thought I imagined it.   I wasn't actually watching the TV.  I had the TV on in the kitchen while I was puttering around.  I remember thinking that I must be mistaken because "they" wouldn't put a hairy armpit on TV.  

I think the ad is for the Gap and there's two versions of it, with different groups of people.  Both have "(Aquarius) Let The Sunshine In" by The Fifth Dimension, a song and group I love. 

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I saw a Liberty Mutual ad today with kids jump-roping and doing a song about the insurance.  They start counting off ways it can help you save money or something, and then it cuts to the kids still jumping as elderly people because Liberty Mutual is just so great that they were counting/jumping for decades.  I think this one might somehow be more annoying than the ones with wet teddy bears.

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21 hours ago, CrystalBlue said:

I think the ad is for the Gap and there's two versions of it, with different groups of people.  Both have "(Aquarius) Let The Sunshine In" by The Fifth Dimension, a song and group I love. 

You're right - great song!

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On 6/10/2021 at 5:31 AM, KWalkerInc said:

I saw a Liberty Mutual ad today with kids jump-roping and doing a song about the insurance.  They start counting off ways it can help you save money or something, and then it cuts to the kids still jumping as elderly people because Liberty Mutual is just so great that they were counting/jumping for decades.  I think this one might somehow be more annoying than the ones with wet teddy bears.

I've seen one where the kids stop jump-roping, puzzled, because they can't rhyme "Liberty Mutual."

I hate the gecko "having a moment" with his cockamamie eye contact.

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On 6/9/2021 at 2:55 PM, SoMuchTV said:

In all my years of reading nursery rhymes (3 generations, I guess), I never read "went to market" as going to be the item for sale at said market.  I also never questioned why piggies are okay with roast beef.  I'm still trying to figure out why Goofy is a dog who has a pet dog.

I'm sorry to ruin childhoods, but on the farm, animals going to market were going to be food.  No exception.  That's the terminology.  Trying to pretty up reality doesn't change it. That is why I'm vegetarian.

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3 minutes ago, Suzn said:

I'm sorry to ruin childhoods, but on the farm, animals going to market were going to be food.  No exception.  That's the terminology.  Trying to pretty up reality doesn't change it. That is why I'm vegetarian.

Oh sure a lot of things are obvious in hindsight. I was just addressing how I was perceiving things at the time. 

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2 hours ago, Suzn said:

I'm sorry to ruin childhoods, but on the farm, animals going to market were going to be food.  No exception.  That's the terminology.  Trying to pretty up reality doesn't change it. That is why I'm vegetarian.

That is reality. Nursery rhymes are not reality. Therefore the piggy went shopping, with his hat and jacket on and a basket on his arm.

2 hours ago, SoMuchTV said:

Oh sure a lot of things are obvious in hindsight. I was just addressing how I was perceiving things at the time. 

Except like I said, nursery rhymes weren't about reality.

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6 hours ago, susannah said:

Nursery rhymes are not reality.

Wait, what?  You mean a cow didn't jump over the moon?

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2 hours ago, Katy M said:

Wait, what?  You mean a cow didn't jump over the moon?

Have you ever read the Hobbit? There is a long poem in there about all the characters from the song, and what happened that crazy night! It's great.

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Saw a Hanes men's underwear commercial this morning that is absolutely vile. Chatter about keeping things "separated" then the guy is on a bull, holding on to what I suppose is supposed to be the saddle horn.

Only it's not the saddle horn, it's his own "horn."

Just so crude I couldn't believe what I was seeing.

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This little piggie went to Small Talk to continue talking about nursery rhymes and the like.  Because nursery rhymes aren't commercials that annoy, irritate or outright enrage.  This little piggie made the best choice.  😁  Thanks! 

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7 hours ago, Deskisamess said:

Saw a Hanes men's underwear commercial this morning that is absolutely vile. Chatter about keeping things "separated" then the guy is on a bull, holding on to what I suppose is supposed to be the saddle horn.

Only it's not the saddle horn, it's his own "horn."

Just so crude I couldn't believe what I was seeing.

I saw it too and it's gross.  

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1 hour ago, AnnA said:

I saw it too and it's gross.  

I posted about that one a ways back. It is definitely gross!! "Ball-ance" Underwear ugh!!

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That whistling "music" in the Dupixent ads annoys the crap out of me, but I do like the new series with people dressed like the background to hide their eczema and then taking off their wraps to display clear skin.  I don't care about the message, but I think the background-matching is clever.

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On 6/12/2021 at 9:54 AM, Deskisamess said:

Saw a Hanes men's underwear commercial this morning that is absolutely vile. Chatter about keeping things "separated" then the guy is on a bull, holding on to what I suppose is supposed to be the saddle horn.

Only it's not the saddle horn, it's his own "horn."

Just so crude I couldn't believe what I was seeing.

I thought that was where he stored his balled up pair of tube socks?

Back in the day, some women used to stuff their bras, is there any doubt that some dudes "enhance" their underpants?

How did they pick the dude for that commercial anyway?   In order to show how the underwear supports and separates, there would have to be something substantial to support and separate.   I just wonder how that whole thing was handled, so to speak.

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