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What's the worst class of advertisement on the tube today?

How can cultural elitists like ourselves put TV in the Culture category? Well, where the hell else is it going to fit?

What's the most offensive class of advertisement on the tube today?

Beer ads. If I want tits 'n' ass, I'll buy Penthouse, thank you.
1
2%
Feminine sprays and vaginal creams. If I want a graphic descriptions of cunts, I'll stick to Penthouse Forum, thank you.
3
6%
Those "ask your doctor" ambiguous pharmaceutical ads. What, are we all fucking retarded hypochondriacs?
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55%
Fucking car ads. Quit plundering my music collection to sell your shitty SUVs!
18
34%
"As seen on tv" ads. Of course it's "as seen on tv," it's a tv ad! I wanna see that chef amputate his right arm and still slice that tomato paper-thin!
2
4%
 
Total votes : 53

Postby Darthcrank » Sun Jan 18, 2004 12:10 pm

alcobeat wrote:I'm an insomniac, so I often find myself in a weird advertising demographic. The three ads I see every night, without failure, are for Ambien, Life Alert, and Craftmatic Adjustable Beds.

The Ambien ad grates me 'cuz it really makes you feel bad for not being able to sleep. "Get back into the rhythm of life." It's like politely chiding you for going without sleeping pills.
Maybe if I take Ambien I'll need LifeAlert? I can get pretty loopy on sleepy pills.


The craftmatic adjustable beds ad pisses me off. The one where they keep saying, "call now to get your free bed!" Then they show clip after clip of elderly people who are overjoyed that they got a free bed. It is a sick and slick trick to get the befuddled old ladies to part with their money. Disgusting.

I feel like taking a shower after seeing that.
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Postby Darthcrank » Sun Jan 18, 2004 12:19 pm

Anti-drug commercials.
Actually, I kind of like them, because they are so easy to hate, and it gives me something to spout off about for a couple hours each time i see them.

Pot smokers are terrorists. Ravers on "E" caused 9/11, and take their life in their own hands every time they pop a pill. Smoking weed will get you pregnant. (back in the day, the line was smoking weed would make you sterile....)

I wonder if the public backlash was so noticeable that the ads were pulled? I don't see the really outrageous ones anymore.
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Postby Henry Vilas » Sun Jan 18, 2004 2:39 pm

How about the "natural male enhancer" ads? You know, the one with guy with a shit eating grin. And plenty of innuendoes about boners.

Actually they are so bad, they're good.
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Postby funktrout » Tue Jan 20, 2004 2:55 am

"Auto glass specialists, were the guys in the little red trucks!"
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Postby gaveatofc » Tue Jan 27, 2004 11:13 pm

How about those HOVEROUND commercials, for the motorized scooter-wheelchairs, featuring blue spandex-clad gymnasts?! You've got footage of old and/or disabled people sitting on Hoverounds, presumably because they have mobility problems, intercut with shots of these spooky Cirque du Soleil dropouts doing the splits and one-handed handstands....ON THE HOVEROUND!!

I know it's probably supposed to be emblematic of the newfound flexibility that the scooter will bring to your life, but it smacks of a certain "nyah, nyah! looky what *i* can do that you can't!" show-off-ishness....
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Postby blunt » Wed Jan 28, 2004 5:27 pm

I am not going to sit here while you badmouth cripples.

I'm taking my Rascal elsewhere.
Maybe teeter dangerously on the edge of the Grand Canyon or dance with the Bolshoi.
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Postby white_rabbit » Wed Nov 07, 2007 10:00 pm

I like how the Action Plumbing commercials prance out the two cute plumber guys while the "boss" guy parades in the background in a helmet and cape, and then flames. The two cute plumber guys have made me want to plug my drain so that I would need to call a pipe master to come to my place and relieve the pressure that has built up in my pipes.
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Postby Ned Flanders » Thu Nov 08, 2007 9:44 am

white_rabbit wrote:The two cute plumber guys have made me want to plug my drain so that I would need to call a pipe master to come to my place and relieve the pressure that has built up in my pipes.

Eat a lot of cheese.
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Postby bluethedog » Wed Nov 14, 2007 7:28 am

white_rabbit wrote:I like how the Action Plumbing commercials prance out the two cute plumber guys while the "boss" guy parades in the background in a helmet and cape, and then flames. The two cute plumber guys have made me want to plug my drain so that I would need to call a pipe master to come to my place and relieve the pressure that has built up in my pipes.

The awful locally made commercials are an epidemic.

The Karcom ones are the worst. I feel sorry for the kids in those, they must get mocked mercilessly by their friends.

The singing "heating and air conditioning" guy should be put to sleep.

There's some new commercial with 2 little girls and I can't understand a damn thing either one is saying.
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Postby TheBookPolice » Wed Nov 14, 2007 9:22 am

Any ad with audible chewing, gargling, or swallowing. I'm talking to you, Doritos and Missy Elliot. ::shudder::
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Postby Ducatista » Wed Nov 14, 2007 12:04 pm

Jewelry.

Those fucking Jared ads are the worst, but I also hate-hate-HATE the Diamond is Forever commercial with that godawful Cat Power Cat Stevens cover.
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Postby roadkill bill » Wed Nov 14, 2007 3:30 pm

Just recently, a screaming guy has been trying to list all the crap you can buy at some damned sale at the Alliant Center.

He's screaming at me. This is supposed to make me want to come down there and buy something?

Makes me want to put an axe through the TV. I can't even hit the mute button fast enough.

Local car dealers favor yelling too. NOT a good sales technique, IMO, but what do I know?
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Postby Ned Flanders » Tue Nov 20, 2007 1:52 pm

This is radio, but has anyone noticed that all of those OnStar slice of terror/real life accident spots always involve a woman with a car full of kids?
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Postby blunt » Tue Nov 20, 2007 2:00 pm

Ned Flanders wrote:This is radio, but has anyone noticed that all of those OnStar slice of terror/real life accident spots always involve a woman with a car full of kids?


I know!
Like they matter more!
It makes me mad that women and children always get preferential treatment over white males.
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Postby Ned Flanders » Tue Nov 20, 2007 2:58 pm

You're headed in the wrong direction there friend. I was thinking that what people say about distracted moms in minvans full of blaring DVDs and crying kids may be true.
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