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post #1 of 22
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I saw this on MSN and had a good laugh. However I thought it would be good for this forum as well.

Do you think that ads like the All-Bran ad goes to far? The commercial basically advertises to 45+ that the cereal helps to keep you regular. However the commercial takes advertisement a step further by "implying" the benefits of using the cereal rather than talking about it.
http://www.slate.com/id/2175772/?GT1=10538

Ads have been trying to edge their way into actual demonstration, you know rather than rubbing the toilet tissue on the model's face, a cartoon rubs the toilet tissue on their bottom: http://www.kidskandoo.com/en_US/products.do (click on the Flushable Toilet Wipes and click "Moist").

Personally I had a good laugh about both. Then again I like most toilet humor too (no pun intended ).

(and in the All bran commercial watch for the garbage cans
post #2 of 22
I thought the cereal ad was funny and clever. I don't see any problem with it. Discretion and taste disappeared from television eons ago. This commercial is really pretty tame. If a few people get a chuckle out of it and it sells a few boxes of cereal, then, by golly, I hope the ad agency gives their Kellogg's account executives a nice bonus.

disclosure: I own K stock
post #3 of 22
That was hilarious! A whole lot better than most commercials out there. At least this one was creative. I'd much rather see that than the plethora of commercials talking about waning libido or male enhancement or ED drugs.
post #4 of 22
I'd rather see a bunch of people running off camera than those stupid "Pepto Bismol Commercials" where they are holding the relevant parts of their bodies while describing what the product does. Or the Activa yogurt commercial where the girls are sitting outside of the bathroom eating yogurt while discussing the regularity benefits and you see a bunch of women running into the bathroom.

I think I also saw a commercial (forget what for. possibly cereal) where a guy is in the bathroom at the sink washing his hands and talking about "regularity" and some guys come in and go into the stalls.

And those ED ads and tampon commercials just have to go!
post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
And those ED ads and tampon commercials just have to go!
I do like the Natural enhancements commercials with Bob and Enzyte. The one at the neighborhood pool party left me in tears.
post #6 of 22
I like the Enzyte commercials, but c'mon, the Have a Happy Period commercials?

I'm sorry, but if anyone ever told me to my face to have a happy period, I'd be spending the night in jail.
post #7 of 22
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I'm sorry, but if anyone ever told me to my face to have a happy period, I'd be spending the night in jail.

where do you live i will come over just for that (just teasing)


i have been waiting for a men's ED commerical to show like some pipe or piston going up and down....and a horn that yells each time it goes down,
oh well.

in truth what i am sick of is ED commerical, and durg pusher commericals.
post #8 of 22
Actually, I don't think this one is as bad as the "Bob" and his enzyte commercials that have already been showing for years.


ETA: Ooops. I see you guys have already covered "Bob"
post #9 of 22
I'm not familiar with the "Enzyte" commercials.
post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
I'm not familiar with the "Enzyte" commercials.
Here is one of the more "tame" one's.

This is Bob.......
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by Arlyn View Post
I like the Enzyte commercials, but c'mon, the Have a Happy Period commercials?

I'm sorry, but if anyone ever told me to my face to have a happy period, I'd be spending the night in jail.
If a real life person told me to have a "happy" period they'd get a smack upside the head. Whomever decied that was a great marketing campaign was an idiot.

Back to the OP, I thought that commercial was cute. DH and I laughed when we saw it.
post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by Skippymjp View Post
Here is one of the more "tame" one's.

This is Bob.......
LOL, never saw that before.
post #13 of 22
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If a real life person told me to have a "happy" period they'd get a smack upside the head. Whomever decied that was a great marketing campaign was an idiot.
I'd have to say that whoever came up with that was a man. There is no way that a woman would say that. Ever.
post #14 of 22
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I'd have to say that whoever came up with that was a man. There is no way that a woman would say that. Ever.
I agree...and man that was truely dreaming.
post #15 of 22
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I'd have to say that whoever came up with that was a man. There is no way that a woman would say that. Ever.
Not only a man, but one who does not have a woman in his life -- or won't for very much longer...
post #16 of 22
I still smile every time I hear "call your doctor or go to the ER if your erection lasts more than four hours" at the end of the ED commercials.
post #17 of 22
Dear Mr. Thatcher,

I have been a loyal user of your Always maxi pads for over 20 years, and I appreciate many of their features. Why, without the LeakGuard Core™ or Dri-Weave™ absorbency, I'd probably never go horseback riding or salsa dancing, and I'd certainly steer clear of running up and down the beach in tight, white shorts. But my favorite feature has to be your revolutionary Flexi-Wings. Kudos on being the only company smart enough to realize how crucial it is that maxi pads be aerodynamic. I can't tell you how safe and secure I feel each month knowing there's a little F-16 in my pants.

Have you ever had a menstrual period, Mr. Thatcher? Ever suffered from "the curse"? I'm guessing you haven't. Well, my "time of the month" is starting right now. As I type, I can already feel hormonal forces violently surging through my body. Just a few minutes from now, my body will adjust and I'll be transformed into what my husband likes to call "an inbred hillbilly with knife skills." Isn't the human body amazing?

As brand manager in the feminine-hygiene division, you've no doubt seen quite a bit of research on what exactly happens during your customers' monthly visits from Aunt Flo. Therefore, you must know about the bloating, puffiness, and cramping we endure, and about our intense mood swings, crying jags, and out-of-control behavior. You surely realize it's a tough time for most women. In fact, only last week, my friend Jennifer fought the violent urge to shove her boyfriend's testicles into a George Foreman Grill just because he told her he thought Grey's Anatomy was written by drunken chimps. Crazy! The point is, sir, you of all people must realize that America is just crawling with homicidal maniacs in capri pants. Which brings me to the reason for my letter.

Last month, while in the throes of cramping so painful I wanted to reach inside my body and yank out my uterus, I opened an Always maxi pad, and there, printed on the adhesive backing, were these words: "Have a Happy Period."

Are you ing kidding me?

What I mean is, does any part of your tiny middle-manager brain really think happiness—actual smiling, laughing happiness—is possible during a menstrual period? Did anything mentioned above sound the least bit pleasurable? Well, did it, James? FYI, unless you're some kind of sick S&M freak girl, there will never be anything "happy" about a day in which you have to jack yourself up on Motrin and Kahlúa and lock yourself in your house just so you don't march down to the local Walgreens armed with a hunting rifle and a sketchy plan to end your life in a blaze of glory. For the love of God, pull your head out, man. If you just have to slap a moronic message on a maxi pad, wouldn't it make more sense to say something that's actually pertinent, like "Put Down the Hammer" or "Vehicular Manslaughter Is Wrong"? Or are you just picking on us? please inform your accounting department that, effective immediately, there will be an $8 drop in monthly profits, for I have chosen to take my maxi-pad business elsewhere. And though I will certainly miss your Flexi-Wings, I will not for one minute miss your brand of condescending bull. And that's a promise I will keep. Always.
\\Best,
post #18 of 22
LMAO
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by CharmedCats View Post
If you just have to slap a moronic message on a maxi pad, wouldn't it make more sense to say something that's actually pertinent, like "Put Down the Hammer" or "Vehicular Manslaughter Is Wrong"?


Now THAT would be useful.
post #20 of 22
"It is not worth life in prison just because your husband ate your PMS chocolate stash"
post #21 of 22
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"It is not worth life in prison just because your husband ate your PMS chocolate stash"
I need to give that one to B.

I use to crack up at the Phillips Laxative commercials where the daughter was constipated for the first time and her mother took her to the store only to run into friends and "mom" tell the friends that her daughter was constipated
post #22 of 22
Oh ...laughing so hard that I am crying. Thanks for that "letter".
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