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Two annoying commercials - The Phantom Librarian
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Two annoying commercials
Watching TV, because it's Presidents' Day and I'm bored.

First annoying commercial, which I've seen before, but not really looked at--toy Spiderman that dances. I could even see it being fun for an only child to dance with. But the way the commercial was shot, it was basically five or six kids watching the toy play. Yeah. That's really fun.

The second annoying commercial is a Home Depot commercial, where a husband and wife come to HD, and the husband says that his wife thinks they need a new roof, but he--then he catches a glare from her and prompty builds a new roof. He expresses pride over it, says, "It's done," and turns to find her glaring at him again, and changes his happiness to, "But the fence..." And then the fence is done, and he's all excited, and the little kid glares at him, and he says, "And then we're moving on to the back yard..." (Cut to a hyper-expensive playset.) So, basically, the guy has no interest at all in doing this, the wife does, and when she manages to prevail upon him to do something he doesn't want to do for the good of the home, she cuts into his satisfaction by demanding that he do something even less necessary, which he also doesn't want to do, and when he's finished with that, she and the kid team up to demand that he build a complete luxury that he's not interested in building. Girl, may I suggest taking a class in carpentry? Just, like, a wild thought? If your husband's into those things, then cool, but this guy apparently isn't. Why not end the commercial with the kid looking at Mommy, and Mommy going to the Home Depot to start working on the backyard jungle gym? Or maybe the husband could look at the wife about the fence, then put in an older kid, and have the kid build the backyard thing--Home Depot, fun for the whole family!

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murasaki99 From: murasaki99 Date: February 19th, 2007 10:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I gave up TV years ago because the annoyance level exceeded the entertainment value. On the HD commercial, I agree -- why not show the whole family working on the project?

And a toy that you watch? Bleh. On a heartening note, my little nieces are very active and their parents limit their TV, so they get a lot of real play and running-around exercise. Yay for old-fashioned fun. :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 19th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
The toy itself could conceivably be amusing (until the first time its batteries run out or it malfunctions, at which point, huge crying ensues because Spiderman is dead!!!)--you know, like a little mechanical playmate to dance with, for an only child. Personally, I'd go for a marionette and a record player, but whatever. But the commercial literally showed kids leaning over watching it. Heh?
murasaki99 From: murasaki99 Date: February 20th, 2007 02:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Augh, a dead Spiderman would be traumatic! :D

I think I spent my years from 4-8 being a horse, Tarzan, a pirate, and many things between. And that was before I discovered Star Trek and SF (Tom Swift, Jr.) at age 10-11. I didn't need too much stuff for that, mostly books and imagination, a stout tree, and a small yard or two. My nieces are both only kids and the older one at age 3 1/2 has a crew of imaginary friends and will happily interact with her mom or other kids when she can find the. Gads, the little ones have got energy! Wish I had that *now*. :D I was watching them dance to a Barney DVD yesterday - they interact more with the TV/DVD stuff and I must admit a lot of it is quite good. Thanks to my sister, I now have the Veggie Tales top ten tunes stuck in my head... "we're the Pirates Who don't Do Anything..."
From: tree_and_leaf Date: February 19th, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sometimes I think adverts are a fascinating view of a culture's priorities.

Sometimes I really, really hope they aren't.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 19th, 2007 11:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Right there with ya.
murasaki99 From: murasaki99 Date: February 20th, 2007 02:35 am (UTC) (Link)


Sometimes I really, really hope they aren't.

Me, too!
sue_parsons From: sue_parsons Date: February 19th, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just got my nine-year-old grandson a Home Depot giftcard because he wants to redecorate his room surfer-style, and I figured he could get some bamboo or something for the walls. You had better believe his parents will take him there to pick some things out, and he will help with whatever he has chosen. He sees his mom do home repair and building all the time, so there is no reason for him to assume that HE can't participate as well.

Everyone in that family cooks and does chores, too. And why in the world is that not the norm?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 20th, 2007 12:01 am (UTC) (Link)
And why in the world is that not the norm?

I don't know! I mean, even if the statistics show that more men than women are interested in household repair, you'd think they'd want to address the women as well--so show everyone doing it. Yay! Isn't it all so much fun?! (And we won't go into the costs.) Yeah, I have one male cousin who's crazy for the carpentry and likes to do things like adding another storey to a house or ripping out all the bathrooms to replace them, but that's just who he is. His wife digs it, but if he wasn't into it, I couldn't see her saying, "Sweetheart, fix this now." I mean, she's got hands of her own. And the kids love learning to do things and messing around in the garage (and on the lake--three-year-olds are adorable when bragging about their first fish). And it's not all that new--my great-grandmother's boss gave her a tool box for a wedding present!

Honestly, as far as I can tell, that is the cultural norm. Families that like that kind of activity work together, or the one person who likes it does it. Otherwise, they tend to hire someone. So what's with the ball-and-chain shrew of a wife forcing the husband to do something he clearly doesn't enjoy, not letting him take pride in his accomplishment, and then insisting that he build more stuff? I mean, God, woman--hammers aren't that heavy!
matril From: matril Date: February 20th, 2007 01:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I know - I could write a whole book about how commercials perpetuate bizarre (and downright disturbing) notions about husband and wife relationships. Seriously, if guys are getting their idea of what marriage is like from television, no wonder they don't want it.
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