Monday, June 05, 2006

Commercials WE hate




With some extra time on my hands, I decided to explore the wonderful world of blogging. I ventured into our professors blog and looked around. This perusing around took me to another blog site, Beyond Madison Avenue (I'm hoping I finally got linking correct). After investigating this site and seeing what it had to offer, I became curious as to what else was available on the Internet. I then scrolled down to find a title which caught my eye, Commercials I Hate.

I have reason to believe that every one of us has certain commercials stuck in our heads for extended periods of time which we absolutely hate. Whether these commercials deal with radio, television or movies, when we can't stop thinking about them, frustration begins. I personally have always disliked the commercials pertaining to chocolate and other types of candy. Remember that Skittles slogan, "taste the rainbow"? Ok, so I'm not sure if I hated the commercial because the whispering of "taste the rainbow" got me agitated, or if it actually made me crave skittles.


Think about the ad... it's stupid!
"But doesn't mom ALWAYS make you wait an hour after you eat before you can get in the pool?" --> published on the commercials I hate website.

What commercials do you hate?

11 comments:

NUlax17 said...

I definitely agree that there are a lot of commercials out there to hate, but I do have to comment that it's often the annoying ones with the stupid jingle or slogan that makes the commercial work. It's these dumb jingles that get stuck in your head and are the first you think of when you need to find a similar product, such as what you said about the skittles. I definitely agree though that they are extremely annoying. My most hated commercial is the one during red sox games where all the Massachusetts natives introduce the "new red sox" in what has to be the most annoying, thick boston accents ever. It makes me look like an idiot being associated with them. I have an accent, but I have to mute the TV everytime this commercial comes on because I want to throw my couch through it. I am a fan of the new Volkswagon commercials that make fun of stereotypes... be on the lookout for them.

NUlax17 said...

-Also, commercialsihate.com is hilarious.

Wade Rockett said...

There's a Taco Bell commercial that still plagues me. The police have this guy's house surrounded. Lights are flashing, guns are drawn, riot gear has been donned. We are obviously in serious crisis mode here. The officer in charge clicks his bullhoarn and says to the guy: "SIR...DROP THE CHALUPA."

The guy's holding a chalupa, which is some sort of Taco Bell food item. He looks bewildered.

We see the Taco Bell chihuahua, who is sitting with the cops. "Yeah! Drop the chalupa!" he says, licking his chops hungrily.

Okay, I get why the chihuahua wants the guy to drop his chalupa: he wants to eat it. But why do the police want the guy to drop his chalupa? Why do they need guns and shields to address this situation? Is the chalupa a dangerous weapon? Are the cops working for the chihuahua as hired muscle, forcing people to drop their food? The situation screams for an explanation. If the commercial were funny, I would just accept it. But it's not funny. Nor is it dramatic. It's just nonsensical. Agh!

If its purpose was to make me associate chalupas with uncertainty and danger, then MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, TACO BELL.

lsolomon said...

I agree that most commercials are annoying. That's why we all take a bathroom break or grab a snack when they're on; there's no use in watching them. I like the Skittles commercials because they're interesting to watch, the more aesthetically pleasing it is the better. Some of my favorite commercials include Nike commercials, Volkwagen commercials, and the Propel Fitness Water where people jump out of the drops. However one commercial that has always stumped me is a commercial for denture glue. At the end of the commercial you see a finger with a cup glued to it. I guess that means that glue is really strong, but how do you get it off the finger then? I always questioned that commercial. Now, don't even get me started on the Bob's Furniture Store commercials...

tanyak said...

There's this commercial for Papa John's or Papa Gino's (obviously the commercial wasn't that effective because I dont even know which pizza place it's for) but every time it comes on, I have to change the channel. Its the one for a new pizza with asiago cheese. The pizza guy won't let the kid and his dad through. And the kid talks about the pizza, the extra taste from the different cheese and the crispy crust. So the guy lets the kid through because he's proved he can handle the pizza but the dad can't go too. The premise of the commercial annoys me and the kid's voice doesn't help. I always change the channel. Hate it!!

Hillary said...

Haha, very creative blog! Also, good use of the pics to make it fun! I have to say one of the commercials I hate is the one with the theme song, "Doing things is what I like to do!" in this drab tone. It goes on and on and that's all the commercial even says (I forget which product is it linked to, my point is made right there!)However, although I find it annoying, it is stuck in my head all the time after I see it or hear it! My friend cracks up whenever it comes on and we can't help but imitate it. This is something the advertising companies just drool over. They know they've got a hit when people are going around singing their ad's soundtrack and whether or not it's actually hated it's hard to forget!

towey said...

As I decided to check out the blog tonight, I had just watched a commercial with that song "everyday it's-a-getting closer, going faster than a roller coaster.." blah blah blah.. and I thought it was pretty appropriate to have read this post! I wanted to say the name of the product and explain why this commercial, and the song, is ridiculous... but I found myself unable to even remember what the commercial was for even after seeing it and hearing this song several times.

Also, all of the old navy commercials, make me nuts! There are very few commercials that I actually watch, and I obviously don't remember most of the products anyway!

somerso said...

Remember those old Mentos commericals where the kid would have a mint then be enlightened to get out of a sticky situation.. enough said

And the M&M commercials with the characters and Santa...I always know its the holiday season when those start up again...

On the other hand, I think we've become so accustomed to channel surfing, going to get food, muting our tv, anything to avoid these horrible commercials, that when we see one that really makes us think (the rare quality ad) it makes us really appreciate the product more. Plus I think it makes the product more credible when there is an ad that isn't tacky or gimicky associated with it. Just a though...

JStephens said...

Anyone else hate the Jimmy Fallon Pepsi commercial when he and some girl dance on the cars? I hate it, and I may be the only person that actually does. Most people I know like the annoying jingle and Fallon disgracing himself. Maybe it has something to do with my hatred for the guy, or the fact that I'm one of those guys that goes for Ice Tea when I'm asked "is Pepsi ok?" Either way, the commercial really irratates me, and I usually shoot for the mute button when I see it coming on.

Hey wait....didn't DietPepsi write the original post on this???

Sapphiregurl said...

Oh man, I don't know if you guys have seen the Fanta commericals lately.But for the record this is one I HATE! It's so annoying! All they say the whole time is "Wanna Fanta, don't you wanna Fanta?" I feel like saying "NO! I don't want a Fanta I want you to stop playing on TV!!!"

kenw said...

I find myself continually wondering how people get paid to come up with the ideas for these commercials. I know for a fact that a trained iguana could think up some better advertising than lets say, the polka-dot bikini commercial for that yogurt. I like to picture the meetings in which these "ad people" pitched their ideas--companies spend millions on commercials and ad space during programming, and it definately seems like they are throwing darts at notecards to identify their best ideas. It can be infuriating for a Comm. major who could be making a lot of money to do a much better job of communicating with consumers.