Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Either way, this potato chip ad is a painful experience
When I saw this ad on American television, I had no idea it had been made in Australia. Didn't find that out until I looked for it on YouTube. Since YouTube never, ever lies, I guess it really was made in Australia. Still, I can totally understand why Lays thought it would work very well here in the States.
It seems like an American commercial, because the kid is being an absolute nasty ass for no reason whatsoever (unless "because she can" counts as a reason.) She can see that the creep across from her is hungry, or at least so stoned that he can't tear his eyes away from her potato chip, and her response is to tease him with it. Not give him a chip, not change seats, not tell him to act like an actual grown-up and use his voice or to stop staring at a little girl he doesn't know and her snacks- just to act like a jerk. Yep, totally American.
But you can tell it's Australian because it features a commuter train which looks like it might actually be somewhat comfortable, and which seems to be traveling at a reasonably fast speed. Comfortable, High-Speed Commuter Rail? That's about as Un-American as it gets.