Friday, August 18, 2017
If you are going to loudly demand Every Game, All Season, like the loathsome choad in this ad, you'd better come to grips with a few things.
First, you aren't a football fan. Football fans follow a team. Maybe it's their college team, maybe it's the NFL team they grew up with. Maybe it's both. But NFL fans do not follow every team, every week, because unless you are insane you get that there's more to weekends- and life in general- than watching football.
Second, you aren't even a sports fan. I'll explain further by linking it to another ugly phenomenon which somehow became normal over the last ten years, that plague on America called "Fantasy Sports."
Fantasy Sports Fans- like NFL Direct Ticket fans, you are not actually sports fans. You aren't even Fantasy fans. You are fans of finding reasons to sit on your butts doing absolutely nothing while your brains and bodies turn to mush and your loved ones go about their lives without you. You practitioners in the Art of Not Moving.
In short, you are in the same group as the people who demand live streaming and infinite DVR'ing and "must" have access to Netflix and Hulu and Amazon Prime 24/7. Pathetic.
I don't know who these commercials are supposed to appeal to, but I can think of two possible target audiences:
1. People who are currently spending as much time as possible on the couch but who are perplexed by a nagging feeling that when the game is over they really ought to get up and do something because, you know, life and relationships and fleeting time and all that. If the football never ends, that nagging feeling never shows up, right?
2. People who already have the package and spend 20 hours or so every weekend watching football but who worry that they are being abnormal and who need affirmation that devoting one-seventh of their lives to a tv show is something others aspire to do.
3. People whose lives from Monday to Friday are so unbelievably horrible that they really do need entire weekends of TV Coma to "recharge" and get ready for another five days of the relentless agony which defines their existence- and who have already binged on Game of Thrones marathons.
Anyway, thanks to everyone for purchasing the DirecTV package. You are making traffic much more bearable on the weekends by just staying in your caves with your glowing friend. Just don't call yourself football fans, because the only thing you are fans of is being immobile as much as possible before death comes to claim your flabby, worthless selves.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
If you live in this freaking palace, you have ZERO business complaining about the quality of your sleep, you entitled asshats.
Seriously, I just love these ads, which always feature the beds located in impossibly opulent rooms with 360 degree views of oceans, city skylines, etc. The message of each is "you're unbelievably wealthy. You've got pretty much everything. Oh, but if your sleep isn't 100 percent perfect, then neither is your life. I bet you didn't even realize it, but for a few more grand which you have lying around anyway, even your sleep can be Superior to that of your Lessers. So buy this."
Monday, August 14, 2017
I bet the woman is this ad always unplugs her phone charger when it's not in use. You know, to save energy and all that. Think Globally, Act Locally.
And then, before going out on a date which will last a few hours, she leaves her television on so her dog can watch ping pong. Otherwise, he might.....um, be lonely while she's away, I guess.*
One step forward, two steps back. Again.
*this is assuming, of course, that the guy goes through with the date after witnessing her insanity. Personally, I'd see this as her way of scaring me off. It would work, too.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
The woman is this ad is singing the virtues of nonstop "connectivity," from the moment she rises (and before she actually gets out of bed) to the end of the day, when she meets up with the ugly choad she's decided is "cute" enough for her, or at the very least better than those other guys she flung away with a swipe of her finger because she could.
The most amazingly wonderful thing about the world and her life is that her phone "evolved" with her, so now every single thing she does- from ordering a total stranger to pick her up in an unfamiliar car to picking out someone to breed with- can be done with one little hand-held device. She can even do really STUPID things (even more stupid than using phones to get rides from strangers or pick out potential life partners) like make flowered crowns to wear at the movies, or something. I don't know what that's all about, and I'm pretty sure I don't care, because this is a pretty stupid woman.
In the end she's super-happy with Mr. "he's cute" (which sounds a lot like "he'll do") which tells me that this woman is really into stupid-looking doofuses who are obviously going to be bald before they get near 30, but hey to each her own. Not as much as she's into worshipping her phone, though. Not even close.
Saturday, August 12, 2017
I actually commented on this commercial back in 2011. I didn't go back and look at the post, but I'm pretty sure I said something like "yeah, right- what people really want is to get the Very Important Information they want more quickly so they can get back to their real lives. Sure, they do. No, they don't. Because people actually like staring at their phones and if you give them faster connectivity they'll just use that to stare at more things on their phones."
I'm pretty sure I wasn't proven wrong. In 2017 our phones can do more, faster, than they could way back in 2011. And stop me if I'm wrong, but I haven't noticed a decrease in the amount of time people spend staring at their phones.
In fact, I feel pretty safe in arguing that what seemed like stupid, time-wasting, zombie behavior in 2011- walking down the sidewalk with eyes fixed on the phone, sitting at a restaurant and staring at that phone rather than talking to the person you are "with," and basically incorporating that phone into every aspect of your life no matter how bizarre it might have seemed a few years ago- has become so normal that I suspect a lot of people look at this ad and say to themselves "yes, really. And? So? What's the point?"
I also think it's safe to say that the drug dealers who peddle the idea of nonstop electronic stimulus in the form of Permanent "Connectivity" have won their battle with civilization, and restaurants of the future will feature single-seating because our phones don't need chairs.
Friday, August 11, 2017
What are your goals in life?
To be a good person? Loser. Good people get stepped on.
To be a good father? What are you, a woman? Next thing you know you'll be telling me you want to know how to change a diaper. Pansy.
To do a good job at work? Uh huh. Good employees don't get the promotion. You're a drone. Sheep.
To be a good husband? Thanks for adding to the feminization of males. I bet you like participation trophies and gender-neutral clothing, too. Ninny.
Here's what your goals in life SHOULD be, and WOULD be, if you were a man and not just a male:
Be the BEST person. The GREATEST. Better than your neighbors. But even that's not enough. Gotta SHOW them how much better you are by parking this gigantic truck in your driveway.
Be the BEST father. Take your kids to the gun range. Teach them from an early age that they must win at every sport, bring home every trophy. And none of this second-place stuff. That's like having the second-largest truck on the block. That's for losers. Are your kids losers?
Be Employee of the Month. Every month. Get to work early and stay late. Take credit for the work of others, get adept at back-stabbing, spread rumors about your fellow workers. Get that raise, get that corner office. Take two spaces in the parking lot with your massive truck, so it's shadow falls on at least two lesser cars belonging to the lesser employees.
Be the BEST husband by bringing home the MOST money so the Little Woman can buy the kids the BEST clothes and take them on the BEST vacations and drop them off at school in that massive truck so their friends can stare at awe at it's- errr, YOUR- awesomeness.
Above all, spend your life rubbing everyone else's nose in your obvious superiority. Start with this truck. It will instantly make you better. Take our word for it.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
I'm not even going to get into a rant about the sexualization of teenagers so obnoxiously obvious in this horrible ad. I'm too stuck on the fact that unless you squint and look quickly at the little pop-ups in the corner, you probably wouldn't even notice that this is even a commercial for back-to-school clothes and not a really, really horrible music video for an act you have no interest in seeing ever.
Oh, and the terms "Rad Fashion" and "Dope Denim." Rad? Dope? Oh right, this is supposed to be 90s throwback stuff. The "Me, Myself and I" lyrics should have cued me in. Holy crap, I was just getting used to the 80s nostalgia stuff- we've moved on to the 90s already? NOOOOOOO!! Not before Video Rental Stores make a comeback you don't!!!
Anyway, buy this stuff and your teens will be ready to go to school dressed like their parents were back in the 90s, I guess. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go back to feeling old now. Stupid Macy's.