Thursday, November 13, 2008

Anatomy of An Advertisement

Or: Perhaps I Need A Hobby.

Don't you ever wonder who the people are that sit around and think of ways to mold our feeble minds into purchasing crap we don't want or need? And furthermore, how much do they get paid? AND furthermore still...are they hiring?

I thought it couldn't possibly get worse after the Viagra commercial where all these men are sitting in a shed or garage or some other sort of manly shanty, probably with a "No Girls Allowed" sign hanging crookedly on the makeshift door. And they are all playing instruments in some sort of derranged stiffy jam-session celebration. And really, does it make you wonder why they can't get a boner? What message are they really trying to send? That their product will really help you play your instrument while hanging out with all your man friends?

Now there is a commercial for some type of erection pill, not sure if it's Viagra or Cialis or something else, but it always confuses me. It ends with a couple on a beach at sunset, atop a BIG WOODEN PLATFORM, sitting in separate old-fashioned bathtubs. Why? Why are they sitting in bathtubs on the beach atop a BIG WOODEN PLATFORM?! I suppose I get the BIG WOODEN PLATFORM reference. But to me, it seems like they might want to sit in the same bathtub? You know, for logistic purposes?

So. Yes. I way over think ads, especially male enhancement ads.

I got a Target Baby Registry book yesterday, and it started out with this ad:




I suppose I could have just taken it at face value. But I couldn't get past the look on the guy's face. It's like, "Look, you're crazy if you think we're buying one more piece of clothing for this baby. I mean, I need the extra cash for Gap sweaters and snappy leather accessories. And I've really been needing some large aviator shades."



I can't help but imagine that the woman is smiling through her irritation, making good for the camera but actually saying, "Listen, you condescending prick, I have to push a watermelon through my vagina and thus will do/buy/eat what I want and if you have a problem with it, then you should promptly expect a dutch oven while you sleep tonight and I am TOTALLY NOT KIDDING."

21 comments:

rach said...

Please don't make me laugh that hard... it's not good for the baby. :)

Jen said...

I find those bathtub ads to be really weird too. I've been wondering about them for ages. Those ads for that "natural male enhancement" pills drive me crazy too. Especially the one where all the women in his office want to sit on his lap when he's dressed as Santa. I made Matt look that product up once and we found out they were in serious legal trouble for selling a product that doesn't work at all.

*~*Lis*~* said...

dutch oven! HAHAHA - I haven't heard that in ages!

Dora said...

Bwahahahaha! Too funny!

Io said...

Yeah, no. I think you got their dialogue spot on!

sarah23 said...

I didn't even understand that dutch oven part. All I could think about was that Le Creuset cast iron thing I got for our wedding. (blush!)

I had to google it. Ewwwww!

BrandiH2007 said...

LOL, the things we all think but don't say! They shouldn't even allow erectile disfunction commerials on TV or herpies or yeast infections or any of that crap, it's just gross. And what do you say when your 5 year old little boy looks at you and says "mommy, what's erectile disfunction?"

seussgirl said...

I totally overthink marketing campaigns too. Like the new Folger's ad that says something like "now with evenly roasted coffee bean." What? Previously, they just threw them in a roaster willy-nilly and hoped for the best? Like, "you saps, you liked our coffee before, but we've just been winging it, now we have the hang of this coffee thing"? Of course, if were to get stuck in the world of creative thought, I'm sure my catchline would be more like "coffee, you should drink it. It's good." Yeah, I'm an engineer, I'll stay away from pretty colors and sappy thoughts. And bathtubs on decks. :)

Anonymous said...

Hee hee Seussgirl...."DECKS"!!!!!
BWAAAAHAHAHAHAHAAHA

Jendeis said...

See, I think it's more "Dude, that chick is pregnant which means she's easy. SCORE!"

And she's like, "Everything is going so well in my plan for total world domination! Yay!"

Mrs. Higrens said...

I wish all the ED drug commercials would just go away. Really. That's not something I want to see while eating my dinner.

Also, what's up with the pipe people in the bladder control drug ads?

C said...

LMAO.

I think his look says, "I hit that."

Emily said...

VIIVAAAA VIAGRA!!!!!!

Minta said...

That guy is totally looking at her like "I love you, but please shut now."

Also, all the ED and Viagra talk has changed the ad's at the bottom to "Rock Hard Erections 2.0," I'm wondering now how these erections are better than Rock Hard Erections 1.0.

alicia said...

LOL!!!

my husband also loves to pick apart advertisments, its quite funny!

tigerjen77 said...

Delurking at last to confess my love for you and your sense of humor! Thank you for keeping me entertained!!

JenM said...

Yeah, I don't really get the bathtub commercial either. I totally thought the guys look was more sleazy though. You know, hey baby, nice belly, wanna get it on?

Maybe that's just me.

Anonymous said...

Hey we haven't seen a belly pic in a while! Come on and make me jealous!

~Melissa

Sarah said...

Lmao! Too funny.

I think she is reading of the list of stupid things he has said/done, whilst telling him the things she will buy...or do if not "allowed" to buy for the baby.

But thats just me being my mean jaded self.

battynurse said...

I always get a big kick out of the male enhancement commercials too. Especially the part about an errection lasting more than 4 hours.

Amy said...

This is just too funny! There are so many advertisements that I just do not get anymore!