Sunday, January 14, 2007

They HAVE to stop making any more!

Now TWO companies are using the SAME horriffic tactic.

Imagine, if you will, you are in a car, chatting with your friends about some random movie you all just saw, enjoying life, and then out of the blue - BAM! Another car CRASHES INTO YOU. And you see the crash. And you see the human bodies jerk sideways and back. And you heart literally STOPS for a brief moment. And then you see all four people out of the car, and the voice-over artist says something to the effect of: "What car would YOU rather be in an accident in? Safe happens." Volkswagen.

GAH! Narda and I now know the intros, and know to LOOK AWAY when the commercials start. We feel safe from the horror.

Now tonight, here I am, thinking of all of the cute things Malka did today at the Children's Museum here in Chicago, and there's a commercial of a mom tuning the cd player in her car to kids music, and talking to her adorable son in the rear view mirror, and I'm thinking, aw, perhaps a Disney commercial? Maybe some food product? And then, when you are feeling connected to the mom and her child, wondering which food product they are about to endorse, and are then willing to drop everything and RUN to your nearest grocery store to get said product... BAM A CAR CRASHES INTO THE CAR WITH THE MOM AND CHILD! And after your heart stops for about 30 million beats, and your hand goes to your mouth in SHOCK that they would actually SHOW something like that in a commercial, I mean a MOM and KID and CRASH! This is HGTV for crying out loud, not Law and Order! By the time your brain processes all of this information, the mom and kid get out of the car, and that guy from the turkey deep fryer insurance commercial comes on and tells you to have proper insurance. From State Farm.

OK - hear this now all of you in advertising - THIS TACTIC DOES NOT WORK, AND WILL MAKE ME, AND COUNTLESS OTHER SANE HUMAN BEINGS BOYCOTT YOUR PRODUCT, SO STOP MAKING THESE COMMERCIALS THAT MAKE ONES HEART STOP BEATING - BECAUSE DEAD CONSUMERS ARE NOT WHAT YOU ARE AFTER!

Phew. Glad to get that off of my chest. Ok - off to go have a glass of wine and check on my cherub that is sleeping and will wake up way too soon. Like at 4:30. Ugh.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Those commercials are HORRIBLE. I can't stand them either!

Anonymous said...

I KNOW!! I hate these ads. VW has one now as well. It freaks me OUT.

J said...

I hate these ads too. You are not alone my friend.

Lo said...

Yes, Co and I say this every time we see those two ads....great, now we associate your product with death and maiming!! Not so smart, advertisers.

Pange said...

One word...DVR. Or Tivo. I can't stand these commercials and this way I can fastforward through them.

Hope the glass of wine was good! :)

Anonymous said...

Yes, we hate those adds too! I will now never buy a Volkswagen. Hope you're enjoying your time in Chicago.

Anonymous said...

delurking to say "Hi".

Tammy Harrison said...

Shelli - I emailed you yesterday but haven't heard from you - and am impatient as can be. Malka's QUILT is DONE (I know you're more than ready for it) and my quilter needs your mailing addresss. Please email me!

Anonymous said...

I'm another person that is also completely freaked out by these ads. I don't think they should be allowed (self-policing, of course). They're too disturbing.

lagiulia said...

my husband and i hate those too. yick! it's especially bad (and offensive) if you know someone who really died in a car crash. are we supposed to think, "wow, he shoulda had a vw!" disgusting.

Estelle said...

Is the kid in a car seat? Is he? Please tell me he is. Is he rear facing? Is he at least buckled in correctly? Please? Because I'll let them off the hook if they were using a properly installed and used car seat.

Shelli said...

Heh - Estelle, of COURSE you would ask about the car seat! YES he was in a car seat, forward facing about 5 years old (kid, not car seat), and properly installed...

Dharma said...

Those commercials are disturbing. I suppose there is a point to them in that most people feel accidents happen to other people. If the were PSA's at least I wouldn't feel so, yanked, I guess but that they are about which insurance or car to buy...just heartless, pathological perhaps.

hd said...

The mom and kid commercial made me physically ill. I turned to Gayle and said, "Okay, that settles it, Mia is never riding in the car again." Oy.