Turn Around…Barbara

Everyone has a go-to karaoke song (and if you say you don’t, you’re lying to me, or you’ve just never been to karaoke. Don’t worry, as soon as it’s your turn to sing, you’ll know your song). I have two: “Me and Bobby McGee,” which I wail through to the best of my ability, and “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” with which I have brought down the house on previous occasions. Read the rest of this entry »


This post is gonna get bloody. You’ve been warned.

Well, it’s that time of the month. It’s time to talk about periods. Or, at least, that’s what the two awesome ads I’ve recently discovered have decided for me.

It’s always baffled me that, when half of the world is made up of women, pad and tampon commercials always have to skirt around the fact that periods exist. Everyone smiles and wears white, and they show the effectiveness of their products with a nondescript blue liquid. None of it is realistic, and we all know that to be the case — women know because they live it, and men know because they have wives, daughters, girlfriends, sisters, female friends, female roommates, they have to leave their homes at some point…the list goes on. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 5: Things in Commercials Making Me Crazy.

It’s no secret that, for the most part, I like watching commercials. I often forget to fast forward through my DVR’d shows because I’m busy watching/distracted by the commercials. (I’d be watching my DVR’d shows right now, but Optimum has failed me yet again. I never thought I’d say it, but I miss Time Warner). From time to time, however, my love of commercials falters, and I end up baffled, befuddled or generally bugged by what I’m seeing. Here are five commercials that are making me alternately scratch my head or fast forward: Read the rest of this entry »

Doing the Advertising Shuffle

I’m currently living in an apartment with internet, but without cable. It puts me in that delicate situation of seeing the same 6 ads over and over again on Hulu. As a blogger who loves dissecting TV advertisements, I miss my primetime TV ads. I’m not seeing what the “big” commercials are anymore; you know, the stuff that airs during Glee, football and Revolution.
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Chevy Chases Away Christmas Cheer

I’m gonna drop some common knowledge on ya’ll:
1) Chevy Chase left Community with two episodes left to film.
2) I really like my pun-filled title to this post. I hope you enjoyed it as well.
3) He was kind of a jerk about Community; repeatedly insulting the creator, his cast mates and the fans.
4) He’s notorious in Hollywood for being kind of a jerk about most things. He once referred to sitcoms as “the lowest form of television.”
5) He did this Old Navy Commercial: Read the rest of this entry »

Fear, Death and Chocolate: Over-thinking the M&M

In the realm of food advertising, I’ve always taken issue with making the product a sentient being. It adds a layer of unnecessary creepiness, as if the foods are in some sort of cult, happily sacrificing themselves to the mythical humans, assuming that it impacts a greater cause. But what if the brand makes the product more self aware? Can you sell the product as easily if the food has a sense of self-preservation and fear of death? More importantly, why would you give your product that trait? Let’s ask the only brand fool-hardy enough to do it recently, M&Ms.  Read the rest of this entry »

Roller Food

When it comes to fast food restaurants, there are a few clear truths: McDonald’s has the best fries. Bojangles has the best chicken biscuit. Cookout is a gift from the heavens to residents of North Carolina (and ever-expanding surrounding areas). Burger King is the wackiest, giving us one of the creepiest mascots to ever grace the television screen and the subservient chicken. Taco Bell is best consumed late at night. But what do we know about Wendy’s? They have the squarest burgers? “Fresh, never frozen?” When I think of Wendy’s, I think of Dave Thomas, the benevolent grandfather of fast food. He focused on helping orphans find good homes as much as he focused on making reasonable fast food. (Honesty time: I’m not the biggest fan of Wendy’s food: the burgers aren’t mustard-y enough for me, and the only sandwich I ever loved, the Bacon Mushroom Melt, was doused in liquid cheese, mushrooms and bacon and was, thankfully for my arteries, only there for a limited time.) Regardless of how I feel about the quality of Dave’s food, one thing was sure … he had a heart for kids, and that was awesome. Read the rest of this entry »