How do you feel about elves? If you think they’re terrifying and creepy you’re not alone. So do the people who made Best Buy’s Kenneth the Blue Elf series. The spots feature a Santa Claus who sounds like he smoked his way to emphysema and some haggard, nervous-looking elves.
Clearly, better drug testing is needed in the North Pole.
Snorting powdered sugar at work is unacceptable.
I believe this Folgers commercial started running last year, but it’s on heavy rotation right now. It’s about a guy who arrives home from “west Africa,” which has apparently run out of coffee. He’s greeted by his sister who is really happy to see him and he gives her a present wrapped in some Afro-centric wrapping paper. Ever since this ad first started airing, I’ve found it a little… creepy. Judging by the number of incest-related comments on YouTube, I’m not the only one.
“Finally, real coffee. Africa was all out.”
Also creepy and uncomfortable… the Kay Jewelers storm commercial. In this ad, a man and a woman look out the window of a cabin while a storm rages outside. Thunder and lightning frighten the woman who seeks refuge in the arms of her big, strong man. He holds her, looks deep into her eyes, and threatens to never leave her, in that terrifying way that some men have about them. He’s the kind of guy who says things like “I’d die without you” and “if I can’t have you, no one can.”
Every kiss begins with Kay and ends with dismemberment.
Do you like Chex Mix? Me neither. I’ve only had it at bars during happy hour when I couldn’t afford an app. According to television, however, this is a big thing that people do during the holidays: make all sorts of variations of Chex Mix by microwaving it or covering it in powdered sugar and making it not only dry and mealy, but sticky and warm, too. Instead of showing a Chex Mix commercial in which people microwave a bowl full of salty snacks, I’m going to show you the World’s Most Obvious Product Placement.
In this clip, Chex Mix plays a character on Days of Our Lives that gets in between Sami and EJ. But don’t worry, the evil Chex Mix can’t keep these two apart and only succeeds in bringing them closer together. Soon enough, EJ’s shirt is ready to come off, thanks to the deliciousness of Chex Mix. It all makes perfect sense when you watch the clip.
Hold it up a little higher… we can’t quite see it.
There ya go. Nice and subtle