Sunday, November 4, 2012
And what a great message- "Say No to Sharing." Inspiring!
Ok, so apparently the intensely ugly little knob of a commercial featuring the intensely ugly, nasty family of an intensely helpless dickwad dad was such a hit with some focus group which needs to burn in hell forever that it's been turned into a series. Lucky us.
Now that we've gotten the pilot out of the way, we move to Zany Sitcom Situation Number Two- Dad, who has already proven totally incapable and even more totally uninterested in being an actual Parent, has hired a "Data Coach" to follow the people living in the same house with him ( I don't think that the word "family" really works here) and order them to stop using their phones foolishly.
Naturally, Data Coach proceeds to stalk the kids, barking at them to shut their fucking phones (which they do not pay for) off. He catches mom hiding in the car, trying to get off a quick text to her lover without Mean Husband and his Data Cost Obsession breathing down her neck. And he interrupts absolutely nothing by walking into Husband and Wife's bedroom to yell at Hubby to put his phone away.
It's all supposed to be very funny, but comes off as really pointless and stupid and a sad commentary on this "family's" total failure to show even the slightest modicum of respect or understanding for each other. The Dad acknowledges that there is this problem with high data charges. Mom is pissed that Dad keeps bringing it up instead of just taking an extra shift at work to pay for them. Son and Daughter don't give a flying damn how much it costs to use these phones, because as I noted before, it's not their money and they would rather die than stop texting and tweeting and talking and downloading and streaming. (I'd rather they die, too.) So Dad's answer is to bring in a total stranger to act as Surrogate Enforcer, accomplishing nothing except making him appear even more the unreasonable heavy- and even more a clueless douchebag who exists to ruin everyone's lives with his penny pinching.
As I've noted before- I don't have kids, so maybe I'm just out of line commenting on these ads, but....is it really so impossible for parents to work together to establish simple ground rules when it comes to the family budget? Is it really inconceivable that the answer to high phone bills might be something other than Unlimited Data Plans? I can't even imagine enabling my kids to use their phones nonstop like this- hell, I can't even imagine buying my kids cell phones that could do anything but actually CALL people. (Oh, and if this makes them show poorly for their friends, let me demonstrate my tiny violin-playing skills. And hand them the Want Ads.)
Anyway, I really hope that this series gets the axe now, because I don't want to see what Dad tries next, I really don't. And I don't want to keep getting told that the "solution" is Unlimited Data, and not a badly-needed lesson in moderation and budgeting. But I'm nothing if not a realist, and I'm smart enough to know that this is probably going to get even worse, and will continue the downward slide until the people in these ads are happily gazing at their phones 24/7 with glazed-over eyes and drool dripping down their chins.