May 6, 2006

If I see that commercial one more time, I'm throwing a brick through my TV

I watch a lot of TV, usually C-Span and cable news, but I also enjoy "King of the Hill" and "The Simpsons", which means I get about 45 minutes of commercials for that hour of programming.

I don't know what it is about Fox 18, but not only do they seem to run twice as many commercials, they seem to repeat them every three minutes, and about half seem to be commercials promoting Fox programming. Very annoying, to say the least. Even if you tape the shows, it takes about 3 minutes just to fast forward past the commercials!

Everyone has their opinions on commercials. How can you not? I mean, they're thrown in our face almost 24 hours a day. It's nearly impossible to avoid advertising unless you're asleep. (and they'll probably come up with a way to pipe in ads then too, eventually.)

Just for grins and giggles, do you have any commercial that absolutely makes you want to rip your hair out? What's the dumbest, grossest, most idiotic or annoying commercial(s) in your opinion?

Are there any that you find particularly funny, clever, or interesting?

Personally, I find Medicom ads to be routinely dumb and annoying, as well as the new Hardees ad campaign of the past months which seems to be trying to see if they can gross out viewers and appeal to dumb slobs or something.

One commercial that I always got a kick out of was the ad for some financial company where a typical white bread suburban guy is expounding on his beautiful house, his riding mower, his new car, membership in the local country club, etc. with the tag line, "How do I do it? I'm in debt up to my eyeballs. I can't even pay my finance charges. Somebody help me."

So c'mon.. which do you hate, which do you love?


At 5/06/2006 2:16 PM, Blogger I am a Tech Teacher said...

I love the new Mac ads.

At 5/06/2006 2:50 PM, Blogger moline83 said...

There is a Hardees commercial with 2 guys with New York accents, talking with their mouths full. It has subtitles. They play it over & over. I HATE it! After the third time seeing it, I change the channel every time it comes on.

At 5/06/2006 3:00 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I hear ya loud and clear. (only they're supposed to be from Philly, not NY)

It seems the object of that entire ad campaign is to make you lose your appetite and make burgers appear nauseating. I don't get it.

It started back with their ultra-gross "If it wasn't for Hardees, some guys would starve" campaign where they'd show hungover guys in their disgusting bachelor dive trying to bite the end off a biscuit tin or something. It always turned my stomach. (Probably reminded me of how that was back in the day. YUK!)

Then we had the female trucker with grease running all over, then the stupid one with the guy gnawing on a greasy sloppy burger WHILE HE'S WORKING ON A GREASY OILY ENGINE (and ignoring his girlfriend... duh!)

Then there was the truly nauseating one where they show closeups of two slobs mangling their burgers and then one asks the other one if they want their "cheese paper".

Truly, if those come on and I'm starving for a burger, it takes away my appetite and makes me want to eat ANYTHING other than a burger.

Assuming Hardees paid literally several million dollars to some ad agency and video producers to create these ads, what the hell were they thinking? I guess they must know something that I don't.

What other ones do you like or dislike?

At 5/06/2006 5:21 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

I agree that the mediacom ads are some of the worst.

Mac ads are some of my least favorite also. As a computer game enthusiast, I wish they'd show the "PC Guy" sitting in an arcade filled with about 10,000 arcade games, and then show the "Mac guy" sitting there playing Pong on an Intellivision.

At 5/07/2006 12:05 AM, Blogger Kelvin said...

Very simple solution from a Krazry blogger down under in New Zealand. Don't watch TV - read a book or start some more blogs !!!

At 5/07/2006 12:10 AM, Blogger Brad said...

"Quad City Towing" is the number you should 786-26-oh oh! (hate it)

Judy Baar..."What was she thinking?" (love it)

At 5/07/2006 2:28 PM, Blogger tiz said...

Any cell phone company commercial, really. I honestly can't think of one that doesn't annoy the hell out of me and that isn't played to death.

I hate Home Depot commercials too.. They're not annoying but they make me realize that I'm neglecting my yard while I sit around and watch TV.

At 5/07/2006 4:54 PM, Anonymous paladin said...

Any political ad, including the Judy Baar Topinka one.

Good lord people, we live at the tip of the spear of presidential politics, being next door to Iowa. Why do we need political ads in May of '06?

What, miss those lame 527's already?

At 5/08/2006 7:03 AM, Blogger diehard said...

How about shelling out $30.00 bucks for yuorself and signifigant other for movie,popcorn,soda etc.
And then be forced to watch commercials!
Any legislators reading? Stop this!!!

At 5/08/2006 6:11 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Amen Diehard... paying through the nose to have to sit through endless commercials at the theatre is wrong and should be stopped by the theatres themselves. It's pretty bad.

Just like cable tv was once thought of as commercial free TV. Remember? You paid for the service so you didn't have to sit through commericials. That was the deal.

Now you not only pay, but pay a huge amount, and cable has more commercials that programming! How did they manage that neat little trick?

At 5/09/2006 5:55 PM, Blogger diehard said...

I especially hate commercials that torture old 60s and 70s classics.
Don't these ad people have any imagination?
Just use an golden oldie and pay royalties to the by now starving B-Boomer Artist!

At 5/13/2006 11:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I almost forgot another dumb spot that makes me nuts. The payday loan place with the young couple. The guy acts like an idiot about getting some "cash", (the characters change depending on the version) and they always say "Or... whatever!" at the end. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

And another that makes my skin crawl is the idiot guitar and bass duo who appear in the new Appleby's commercials. I wish I could hit 'em with a brick!

At 5/09/2008 1:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of the Hardees commercials. I will actually get up from the couch to turn the channel when they come on if I can't find the remote quick enough. They are literally equivalent to watching a close-up of someone vomiting. And the sounds of dieting aid in the world! I can't believe males haven't been more vocal in their disgust over these commercials...they ALL look like imbiciles in these commercials. I just wish I could meet the people from the ad agency who thought these commercials up...and who are the idiots who would ever hire them after seeing these hardee's ads?

At 5/10/2008 6:09 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Amen Anon 1:24!

I am dumbfounded (and nauseated) every time I see one of them and I instantly wonder just what the HELL these ad guys thought they were setting out to do.

All I can think of is that demographic surveys have shown that the chief customers for their oversized, pure fat burgers with bacon and cheese and everything else they can pile on are young, uneducated, slobs.

I mean, I like Hardees burgers just fine (although not the insane ones with bacon and all that other crap) and I'm almost insulted by the ads.

And yes, I'm a guy, and I'm definitely NOT mister neat and tidy. I'm a slob myself, for the most part. But those commercials GROSS ME OUT. I mean, like you said, the close ups, the eating with filthy black hands, the gross close-ups of junk dripping off the burger and about falling apart as the guy smashes it in his filthy hands that he's just been working on a greasy filthy engine with.... what the hell?

At 8/30/2008 11:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the sounds in Hardees' cheese paper commercials are like nails on a blackboard. I find myself angry within about 2 seconds of it playing. They should be fined for indecency.


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