Tuesday, July 24, 2012

LOTD Classic: 9 Commercial Mascots I Want To Pummel

Yes, pummel. I know, violence doesn't solve anything, but it sure makes me feel better.


Does a bear shit in the woods? Yes. Do I need to see it? No. We all know what TP is for; I don't need to see people or animals heading to/talking about/sitting on the crapper or lovingly rubbing their faces with TP. But no, the good folks at Charmin think that defecating bears are cute. They even named all the bears and gave them bios on their web page. That's messed up, yo. If they never saw a real bear taking a dump, they might change their minds.


The connection was tenuous from the start: an insurance company's name being confused with a lizard. Now it's just annoying. Oh yes, please let me buy car insurance from a talking lizard with a bad Michael-Caine-in-Alfie Cockney accent. Blimey, that's bleedin' yampy, guv'na! 


We're told that Jared Fogle lost 250 lbs eating Subway sandwiches. Right -- Subway sandwiches AND an assload of exercise, which tends to help with weight loss. Oh, and they forget to mention how Jared got so fat in the first place: from -- ready for this? -- EATING AT SUBWAY! Yep. Whatever -- he has the charisma of a dirt clod and creeps me out with those beady eyes.


Dogs have their own coats, so I always found it odd that McGruff wears a trench coat. Yeah, I know, he's supposed to be a detective, but the dude wears a trench coat and hangs out at playgrounds. That doesn't say detective to me. That says flasher. That's right -- McGruff is a goddamn flasher. "Hey kids, who wants to see my penal code?" 


If you don't live anywhere near a Six Flags theme park, you probably missed this dude. Lucky you. Meet "Mr. Six": a young, clearly athletic person dressed up as Uncle Junior from The Sopranos who likes to jump around and dance like somebody's great-grandpa who double-dosed his Haldol and Cialis. How exactly does a manic nonagenarian in a creepy mask and Swifty Lazar glasses sell tickets to amusement parks? He doesn't, and Six Flags has spent most of the decade in financial turmoil, closing some parks and selling off others.


Ya know, I've played in several bands with other aging men (hi, Spinderfella) and not once did we spontaneously break into song about erectile dysfunction or boner juice. WTF?! Guys don't sit around talking -- or singing -- about their peckers, unless it's a big circle-jerk or something. Come to think of it, that's exactly what this jam session is: a big circle-jerk with music.


Yes, I know, he's supposed to be creepy. Mission accomplished.


I prefer a syrup bottle that doesn't look like a person or talk (not to me, but I've seen her on TV). That way I don't feel like I'm removing the cap of her skull and pouring some Mrs. Butterworth mystery ooze all over my flapjacks. We've also never seen Mr. Butterworth, and that frightens me. I don't want to wake up in the night and find him standing over me with a machete because I sampled his wife's tasty nectar.


These spots stopped being funny about a month after they started -- which was what, 25 years ago? Sure feels like it. You can't really accuse this campaign of beating a dead horse, because the horse is long gone. So are his bones. You might find a wee bit of bone dust if look closely enough, but I doubt it.


  1. I agree with all of these, esp. the Burger king guy , and anything Geico - 100% annoying.

    I'd also add to the list that fucking Snuggle bear that I want to throw gasoline and a lit match on, and those horrid Mucinex green blobs - those commercials make me nauseous.

    A reminder of why I don't watch TV anymore - it's Netflix all the way!

  2. I got a big laugh out of these -- and I agree with every single one. Also with Sonya's Snuggle bear and Mucinex snot. I'd add those toe fungus "diggers," the AFLAC duck, the freecreditreport.com band, and that obnoxious general on General Insurance.

  3. Why does the Burger King have knuckleduster?

  4. charmin bears... first time i saw it, i imagined the ad team sitting around a conference room table at 1 in the morning. 1st one said, "is this the best tp ever?" second one said, "does a bear shit in the woods?" third one said, "CHA CHING!"
    I said, "are you effing kidding me?"

  5. richgirlred...good call on Jackie GleaSNOT. they have to go away!

  6. I particularly dislike the commercial where the Charmin bear baby has toilet paper stuck to its butt. That is just... nasty. What if there is doody on that toilet paper? Learn how to wipe your ass properly, bear!

  7. I hate those Viagra commercials. A bunch of guys singing about how they can't get it up on their own, and they are all so happy about it? Who comes up with this stuff? And to think that someone got paid for that idea!



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