After a decade of TV silence, I have cable. I have a love/hate relationship with the TV – I love the drama, comedy, and inspiration of Say Yes to the Dress and Duck Dynasty, but I hate how many hours of my life I lose in those distractions.
In absolutely honesty, one of the things I missed the most was ESPN commercials. I appreciate a well written 30 second promo. Most of the commercials I watch these days fall into one of three categories: entertaining, education, or disturbing.
I’m more than a little surprised at what people consider funny, because it kind of creeps me out. Here are some of the ads that bother me:
Charter Cable – full DVR: The open hostility of the husband toward the wife over something as stupid as recording TV shows disgusts me, especially in the commercial when he involves the kids. I really hope people don’t have marriages like this.
Nutella: Mom cooks while the kids disrespect her. She seems completely comfortable being ignored, as if she should be happy that the kids ate – far be it for them to use manners and be responsible enough to clean up after themselves. I know 4 year-olds who put their dirty dishes in the sink. If your 12 year-old can’t figure it out, take away the cell phone until she does.
Windows 8: Dad knocks on the son’s door, “Can you help me?”. Never looking away from his big screen computer, son responds, “No.” Dad walks away, tail between his legs. Excuse me – did that kid buy his own computer? Does he feed himself, cloth himself, and pay rent to his parents for the space he uses in their home? Grow a backbone, Dad. It’s your house, not his – demand a little respect and let there be consequences when there’s not.
I could go on, but I’d rather not think about it. I truly hope this isn’t how the conventional home operates, and I really hope no one thinks these are funny. I don’t remember the selling points of these commercials – all I remember are the obnoxious kids and spineless parents.
Maybe the geniuses behind these campaigns should work for marriage and parenting magazines – they can write one half of the dos and don’ts articles.
Am I the only one who feels this way? Are there any ads that rub you the irritating way?