I have two new entries in the Worst Commercial category, thanks to multiple airings I've had to endure during my Olympic Watching.
The first is for Chevrolet that has an ad with a babysitter being driving home by the mom, who pulls into the driveway and double-checks that it's $40 she owes. The young girl has been admiring the elegance of the (actually) reasonably-priced car so much on the ride home that she is sure the family must be loaded, so she says instead that, no, it's $60.
What I'd like to see is the ad continue and have the mother respond: "Say, what?? We agreed on $40. I know we agreed on $40. It's what we've always paid you. I was being polite. Do you take me to be stupid? And now you're lying to me? We entrust you with the care and protection of our children. If you can't be trusted with telling us the truth about what you're owed, and you're willing to lie and cheat to get an extra greedy 20 bucks from us, then we can't even remotely trust you with our children. Here's the $40 we, in fact, owe you, and this is the last time your services will be needed."
The other ad is one for a shoe company -- I'm pretty sure it's Reebok -- that has two "teams" running around in a tag-team sort of event for some reason, I think, and it's all to the theme for the old Underdog cartoon show, also for some reason..
What I haven't been able to figure out is why in the world they are singing about "Underdog." It makes no sense to me. What does Underdog have to do with shoes? Or with running around on a tag-team race? The disconnect between song and product is so distracting to the sales-point of the ad, that for the first half-dozen times I saw the ad I couldn't even remember that it was Reebok (I think) that the commercial was for.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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