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MuscaDomestica

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« on: 06-10-2002 23:10 »
« Last Edit on: 06-10-2002 23:10 »

Groan… two commercials have been bugging me recently. And I did a search for old threads and found one on clichés, weird, and favorite ones, not any specific hate threads.

1.The ATT commercials where the two peoples lives are made whole by cheep rates, the problem is these commercials are so obviously unbelievably manipulative. (ie I heard this from someone from church… this is good for someone on a fixed income) All 4 or 5 of them are all annoying or hell.

2. The anti-abortion commercial with the fire fighter, I am not here to talk about if they are right or not it just pisses me off that they have so much money to air it so often but they still have such bad audio and lighting… its like they just didn’t care.
Kryten

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« Reply #1 on: 06-10-2002 23:18 »

That commercial for "Baby Bottle Pops". Hey, buy our candy and you'll turn into a freak with a baby-head!
VelourFog

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« Reply #2 on: 06-10-2002 23:20 »

as opposed to gushers which turn you into a freak with a fruit head
Kryten

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« Reply #3 on: 06-10-2002 23:21 »

I try to stay away from any mutation-causing candy.
FishyJoe

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« Reply #4 on: 06-10-2002 23:22 »

What about Honey Combs, which turns you into a hideous freak...thingy? Scary. And also sucky.
MuscaDomestica

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« Reply #5 on: 06-10-2002 23:24 »

Mutation causing food is always annoying but not as much as those damn pop tarts ones with the kids doing wild things.
FishyJoe

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« Reply #6 on: 06-11-2002 00:51 »

Pop-tart commercials aren't nearly as annoying as those Pillsbury Toaster Strudel commercials, where the kid has his friend sneak him a toaster strudel.

"What do you do with all your Pop-tarts?"
*opens locker, hundreds of pop-tarts spill out*

And then they laugh. What a bunch of jackasses! Is that funny? Millions of kids are starving in third world countries, and you're wasting all this food and laughing about it? I want to smack those kids.

Besides, pop-tarts are good! Maybe not as good as a toaster strudel, but it's certainly not something you'd want to throw away. Just because your friend snuck you a toaster strudel doesn't mean you can't politely eat your pop-tart too.

Or what the hell, why not just tell your mom that you're tired of pop-tarts, and you want to switch to toaster strudels? I'm sure she would be perfectly understanding. Why don't families communicate anymore? This commercial is a sad statement on today's society.
Kryten

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« Reply #7 on: 06-11-2002 02:28 »

Yeah, and what about those obnoxious kids in the Apple Jacks commercials? Remember them?

Dad: Why do you eat that crap, anyway? It doesn't taste like apples. In fact, it doesn't taste like it's edible by man or beast!

Kid #1: We just do, so shut up!

Kid #2: Yeah, you fat old idiot! Go away!

Kid #3: Go be fat, old, and an idiot somewhere else... STUPID!

I truly wanted to beat those kids into a coma.
Drippy_taco

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« Reply #8 on: 06-11-2002 03:00 »

Three words:  Zoom, zoom, and zoom

Also, there was this commercial Sci-Fi used to air all the damn time, for Blimpies Subs, where a little annoying kid pretended to be Tony (the founder).  Annoying and very very repetitive.

You know I notice a thin red line running through all of these:  little kids.  Little kids suck.
Zed 85
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« Reply #9 on: 06-11-2002 03:56 »

Ah no, over here, when I'm trying to watch a good rally of adverts on VH1 Classics I keep getting interupted by them suddenly playing songs.  confused Well, luckily for me, the songs are only brief and they even start the avdert rally from the beggining so I get to see all of them again. And again. And again. AND AGAIN!

But that's not important. Really though, most adverts in Britain are as annoying as constipation and as appealing as constipation too - and a lot of them seem to do it without little kiddies as well!!!
Actually there are very little in the way of Little Kiddie adverts in the UK, except perhaps the blatant child pornography which is branded "nappy adverts".
Tweek

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« Reply #10 on: 06-11-2002 04:40 »

The worst here must be Thora Herd advertising stair lifts, or other stuff for the nearly dead   sleep
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« Reply #11 on: 06-11-2002 04:52 »
« Last Edit on: 06-11-2002 04:52 »

Great points, FishyJoe. Pop tarts are good. And wouldn't the kids locker be filled with ants?!?! Yeah!

Oh yeah, I hate that new McDonald's commercial. The grilled chicken flatbread with the 2 people rapping. Rather than focusing on how horrible the people sound, i'll concentrate on the food item. A) it looks disgusting and B)being that it's from MCDONALD'S, it looks even more disgusting.

Note to McDonald's: stop trying! Just give up on trying to make something adults will like,and keep selling happy meals to kids. Your food is awful!
PCC Fred

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« Reply #12 on: 06-11-2002 05:31 »

The advert pissing me off at the moment is the Carling one where that guy cleans a entire house (including the toilet bowl) using his tounge.

Bet you any money if it was the woman doing that all the feminists would whine about how degrading the advert is.

Archie2K

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« Reply #13 on: 06-11-2002 11:37 »

I have 3 words:
HAIRY OLD CORTINA

WHY WONT THAT STUPID AFRO HEADED WANKER GO AND DIE

If you don't know what Im talking about it is an ad for Nescafe coffee. A guy with a big old afro finds a tiny bald patch in his hair and uses Afro-In-A-Can to spray on some more hair. Then he goes and sprays his car so it has a big old afro and than they go through a car wash and it goes all frizzy. I mean for crying out loud - this is an advert for COFFEE. I HATE that ad with a passion.
homerjaysimpson

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« Reply #14 on: 06-11-2002 11:41 »

Gap and Taco Bell commercials.
Teral

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« Reply #15 on: 06-11-2002 11:49 »

Pretty much any telephone company ad on the telly stink.

But my absolute pet peeve about comercials are synchronized ads.  mad I've lost count on how many horrible American and German adds with horrible dubbing and synchronization I've seen. If you're to lazy/cheap to make a comercial in my language, don't ever expect me to buy your crappy products.

And "Kinder Überraschung" ads, uughhh.  mad Hate it to high heaven.
M. Proctor

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« Reply #16 on: 06-11-2002 12:04 »

The one with Kjell Magne Bondevik and.. OH MY GOD!!!!! I can't remember the name! but it's B O R I N G ! ! !
Zed 85
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« Reply #17 on: 06-11-2002 12:10 »

Over hear we have adverts clearly in English already but still dubbed.
 confused

There's a flip side though, while it is nice that people consider that Brits don't really want Americans talking at them all the way through their adverts I do sometimes think dubbing an advert in English into English insults the recipients intelligance a bit, and this is not really 'just because I happen to be British' but I'm just saying.
Impossible

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« Reply #18 on: 06-11-2002 13:37 »

I haven't seen a Kinder Egg advert for ages but it goes something like this: "When you see it, you go 'wow!', when you eat it, you go 'Mmmm!' and when you open it, you go 'cool!'" I can't stand any advert showing kids toys. They go too fast and someone speaks a whole load of crap at the end. I HATE Claims Direct adverts. "One day, Peter Parker was working in a lab, when a radioactive spider bit him. He called Claims Direct. 'I got £753 compensation!'"  laff
I'm started to get annoyed with the Barcleys one with Samuel L. Jackson and the pig.

The other day I saw a George Foreman one, and I thought of the Futurama episode he was in with the fat machine thing. Never the less, my sister brought one.

Still love the Nike one. I miss the Levi's advert though, with the people running through walls. And the Sure bodyspray one..."He's seen you naked...."
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« Reply #19 on: 06-11-2002 13:48 »
« Last Edit on: 06-11-2002 13:48 »

We have a seasonal ad here that kicks up every year around Saint Patrick's day for Raymore and Flanigan (a furniture store).  It's not the Irish music or the dancing leprechan.  It's the annoying repetition of "Raymorean-FLLLAAAAAN-agan" (pronounced with an annoyingly long emphasis on the "flan"  wink.

I also hate those Epil-Stop commercials, but only because a website I run has gathered a bunch of hideous reviews of it.  (Let's just say that if it removes any hair, it's because it's removing the skin as well.  The reviews are not for the faint of heart!)  After reading all of those reviews, hearing "just spray and wipe away" gets me phyically ill.

diagnostic

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« Reply #20 on: 06-11-2002 13:58 »

 
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Originally posted by Archie2K:
I have 3 words:
HAIRY OLD CORTINA

WHY WONT THAT STUPID AFRO HEADED WANKER GO AND DIE

If you don't know what Im talking about it is an ad for Nescafe coffee. A guy with a big old afro finds a tiny bald patch in his hair and uses Afro-In-A-Can to spray on some more hair. Then he goes and sprays his car so it has a big old afro and than they go through a car wash and it goes all frizzy. I mean for crying out loud - this is an advert for COFFEE. I HATE that ad with a passion.
lol, my sister hates that advert aswell, everytime it comes she changes the channel  laff  . The only adverts I really hate are those adverts that come during the daytime (usually) that talk about legal stuff, it usually begins with:
"have you ever been hurt or injured in an accident? call claims direct now!"
grrrr, I HATE those ads.

  mad
Holly J. Fry

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« Reply #21 on: 06-11-2002 14:28 »

There's an anti-drink driving ad shown in Ireland that I hate.
It shows a smug guy score a goal playing five-a-side football, having a quick pint to celebrate. Meanwhile, a smug child scores a goal playing football in his garden. Smug guy drives home after his two pints, loses control of the car, it spins over, flips into the air, lands upside down in the garden and kills the smug kid.

This ad was intended to show the very real dangers that arise from driving after one or two drinks. Fair enough, it has to be said. But the accident sequence is so unrealistic that it renders the whole commercial pointless. It's James Bond stuff. You watch it, think "What are the odds of that happening?" and the message is lost.

Also, the slogan is "Never, ever drink and drive - could YOU live with the shame?" Shame? I'm thinking guilt. I think the ad would have much more impact if they showed a realistic situation where the driver's reflexes were dulled. That would get their message across.
TheVoices

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« Reply #22 on: 06-11-2002 14:33 »

 
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Originally posted by Holly J. Fry:
I think the ad would have much more impact if they showed a realistic situation where the driver's reflexes were dulled. That would get their message across.

havn't you seen the one where the little kid get's knocked down? that's real life   eek his parents allowed the film to be on the advert. it's shown after the water shed

Holly J. Fry

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« Reply #23 on: 06-11-2002 14:42 »

That's exactly the point - a reality-based one would really freak me out, and put me off driving, never mind drink-driving. I haven't seen the one you're talking about because we tend to make our own road safety ads. There's one ad I can't watch - the one where they play 'Body II Body' and the guy not wearing the seatbelt hits all the other passengers and kills them. That one puts me off sitting in a car, ever, in any capacity.
I think road safety ad campaigns are a good thing, they can be effective. This particular one just happens not to be.
Impossible

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« Reply #24 on: 06-11-2002 14:48 »

That advert scares me everytime...
Holly J. Fry

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« Reply #25 on: 06-11-2002 14:57 »

I can't even tolerate the song thanks to that advert - and I used to be Samantha Mumba's biggest fan. Really. . . .
*those who remember the origins of my brats laugh at selective memory loss*
Zed 85
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« Reply #26 on: 06-11-2002 17:45 »

Road safety adverts, they really freak me out - I remeber watching two Australian road safety adverts on Tarrent On TV - they were horrendous - they were understandably award winning but the got the message like of "don't drive if you're tired" or "don't get into a car if you don't trust the driver" and rammed it down your throat *very* hard.  frown
static

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« Reply #27 on: 06-11-2002 17:49 »

my absolute hatecommercial of all time is a swedish one i call "little piggy".

you can see a VERY poor animation of a a pig running across the screen with a man chasing it and trying to mount it. All the time he says: Take it easy little piggy....easy.....easy.." *repeat 3 times*
Then i you get the text: "Do you watch _anything_ on TV these days?" and then some company name i forgot.

my GOD i get infuriated over it! Its SO stupid  mad
David A

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« Reply #28 on: 06-12-2002 02:23 »

I don't like all the anti-smoking ads on TV.  The ads themselves aren't that annoying, but there's so many of them, and they're on so often.  After a while, I start to take it personally.  It seems like they're yelling at me to quit smoking.  This is very frustrating, because I don't smoke.  I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do, unless they want me to start smoking just so I can quit.
MuscaDomestica

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« Reply #29 on: 06-12-2002 02:34 »

David, the reason why there are so many anti-smoking ads on TV is the Tobacco companies were forced a lot of money to fund anti-smoking campains, TV ads are the most expensive so they are burning the money on them. That is also why they still air the damn Truth ones even though they have been proven to have no effect.

Ok another ad that is pissing me off is the woman writing a romanic letter about how she misses her husband, then shoves it under the door, he is doing paper work for something the ad wasn't that bad at first but they seem to be airing it almost non stop.
David A

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« Reply #30 on: 06-12-2002 02:41 »

The Truth ads are the ones I was talking about.  I know why there are so many of them, but knowing that just makes them worse.
static

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« Reply #31 on: 06-12-2002 09:05 »

i dont smoke either, and we dont get any anti-smoking ads here in sweden at all!  tongue

its all a matter of having a bad example close to you i think. for me, the reason i never begun smoking, is that my father is nearing the end of his rope because of them... and they're just so damn expensive. i can buy alotta _useful_ stuff for the money i wouldve otherwise spent on smoking. like a new HDD for my comp  tongue
Impossible

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« Reply #32 on: 06-12-2002 13:44 »

Those Halifax adverts annoy me. They used to be good, with the "Extra, Extra..." but now, ugh...
Clare

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« Reply #33 on: 06-12-2002 14:39 »

 
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The worst here must be Thora Herd advertising stair lifts, or other stuff for the nearly dead 

And there are soooo many of them during daytime tv! Also, has anyone noticed that the one for Ibuleve (or something like that) is ALWAYS followed by Otex Ear Drops, what is with that?! And that gross animation of earwax - noone wants to see that   puke
Zed 85
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« Reply #34 on: 06-12-2002 15:58 »

Compensation adverts... HATE THEM!!! HATE THEM, HATE THEM, HATE THEM!!!! Why can't they just sod off and leave us alone.

In fact I just hate the kind of state we are with Compensation (in Britain at least - also I presume, because all the bloody adverts)

Eg.
"Have you bumped into a lampost? You can claim compensation!"
"Have you blatedly ignored all the 'warning: slippery floor' signs and slipped over because these signs weren't shoved in your face so you couldn't possibly miss them? You can also claim compensation!"
"Have you had warning signs shoved in your face so you couldn't possibly miss them? You can claim compensation too!(!!!)"
-S-T-O-P- -A-N-N-O-Y-I-N-G- -M-E- -A-N-D- -G-O- -A-W-A-Y-!  up yours

Although I did like one from a car compensation company that was taking the piss out of the other ones.
"Mrs *somebody* tripped over a slap that sticked out in the pavement. She called *us* for compensation and *we* said: "Look where you're going!!!" Besides *we* only deal in -c-a-r- -i-n-s-u-r-a-n-c-e- anyway."

Phrases in *here* stand for names I have since forgotten.


Daniela = Pravda!
Impossible

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« Reply #35 on: 06-12-2002 16:00 »

I hate it in January when they advertise all these new magazines. Everytime I see one of those "Help your child with this 'Help your child at school' CD, they can learn French..." etc etc, I shout back "I TOLD YOU YESTERDAY, I DO GERMAN!!" in a Homer-esque type manner.
diagnostic

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« Reply #36 on: 06-12-2002 20:51 »

 
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Originally posted by Clare:
 And there are soooo many of them during daytime tv! Also, has anyone noticed that the one for Ibuleve (or something like that) is ALWAYS followed by Otex Ear Drops, what is with that?! And that gross animation of earwax - noone wants to see that    puke
I hate that advert, it ALWAYS comes without warning when I'm eating or something.

  puke

"your son is a very sick boy. Just look at these X-rays! you see that dark spot there? Whiplash, and that smudge here that looks like my fingerprint? No. Thats trauma"
BrainSluggo

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« Reply #37 on: 06-13-2002 04:08 »

I quite enjoy the Truth ads; They're fairly witty at times--how many commercials present you with a giant dying rat (man in a costume)?--and it's always good to have a counterpoint to Big Tobacco's ongoing attempts to lure new customers. (And they are effective, according to studies. It's the Phillip Morris' court-ordered "Think-Don't Smoke" ads that have been found to actually attract young smokers, rather than discourage them. I'm sure that was an accident ha ha.)

Ones I hate (generalized): dinner-hour commercials discussing vaginal dryness, erectile dysfunction, urinary tract problems, and yeast infections. Also, Jason Alexander's KFC commercials. And of course, ads for medications that have horrible, horrible side-effects.

Classic bad commerical: Super-Sugar Crisp spokesbear Sugar Bear was constantly staging break-ins to rob an elderly woman! Granny Goodwitch (I kid you not) was in her home, minding her own business and eating breakfast, when Huggy--I mean, Sugar Bear--came jiggying along to "get" "my" Super-Sugar Crisp. Granny's home-defense systems would backfire on her, and Sugar would smugly leave with his stolen goods, without having to smack dat bitch up. This wasn't the stupid Trix Rabbit being frozen out by greedy kids or the Lucky Charms leprechaun fleeing for his life; this was home-invasion robbery. Hell, Cookie Crook wasn't as bad as this. Fortunately, having "Sugar" in his name and that of his cereal put that damned animal to sleep for good.
haleys_comet

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« Reply #38 on: 06-13-2002 04:11 »

I don't hate the add entirely but the mouse in the cat food comercial. 
Kryten

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« Reply #39 on: 06-13-2002 09:26 »

 
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Originally posted by BrainSluggo:
I quite enjoy the Truth ads; They're fairly witty at times--how many commercials present you with a giant dying rat (man in a costume)?--and it's always good to have a counterpoint to Big Tobacco's ongoing attempts to lure new customers. (And they are effective, according to studies. It's the Phillip Morris' court-ordered "Think-Don't Smoke" ads that have been found to actually attract young smokers, rather than discourage them. I'm sure that was an accident ha ha.)

Ones I hate (generalized): dinner-hour commercials discussing vaginal dryness, erectile dysfunction, urinary tract problems, and yeast infections. Also, Jason Alexander's KFC commercials. And of course, ads for medications that have horrible, horrible side-effects.

Classic bad commerical: Super-Sugar Crisp spokesbear Sugar Bear was constantly staging break-ins to rob an elderly woman! Granny Goodwitch (I kid you not) was in her home, minding her own business and eating breakfast, when Huggy--I mean, Sugar Bear--came jiggying along to "get" "my" Super-Sugar Crisp. Granny's home-defense systems would backfire on her, and Sugar would smugly leave with his stolen goods, without having to smack dat bitch up. This wasn't the stupid Trix Rabbit being frozen out by greedy kids or the Lucky Charms leprechaun fleeing for his life; this was home-invasion robbery. Hell, Cookie Crook wasn't as bad as this. Fortunately, having "Sugar" in his name and that of his cereal put that damned animal to sleep for good.

Well, there's something about cereal that, for some reason, causes good cartoons to go bad. I mean, look at Barney Rubble. Fred's supposedly his best friend, but Barney's willing to resort to whatever underhanded scheme presents itself... and all to swindle the poor guy out of his hard-earned breakfast! And you just know that if Barney just ASKED, Fred would be happy to share the stuff with him. Barney makes the Sugar Bear look like Albert Schweitzer.

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