My 5 of the dumbest television commercials are spots (or series of them) like male enhancement ads which insult the intelligence of viewers whether they know it or not. These ads have aired over and over again on a wide spectrum of channels. It’s like there is no escape from these 5 of the dumbest television commercials. My choices are in no particular order.
5 of the Dumbest Television Commercials Number 1: Any Male Enhancement Advertisement
These are the most disgraceful commercials ever to air on television. Not only do these sick advertisements air en masse like a plague of locusts, but there is a subtle message in these shameful spots: that a man being able to keep his “primary brain” erect at will is the all and end all of existence, the meaning of life. Since this “problem” has been solved, why then is the world still far from perfect? One cable/satellite network refuses to air this garbage, RFD-TV. You can currently view the “President’s Promise” to not air male enhancement commercials at the network’s homepage here.
5 of the Dumbest Television Commercials Number 2: The Charmin Bears
One of the greatest ad campaigns of all time was using Mr. Whipple to patrol the aisles in order to make sure no one squeezed the Charmin for too long. Here’s the YouTube video of that here. Yet this ad campaign has deteriorated to where animated bears have been shown with toilet paper bits on their butts. How intelligent is it to associate a product used for the crapper with the rear ends of bears?
5 of the Dumbest Television Commercials Number 3: Flo the Progressive Girl Spots
So, do you want to buy auto insurance from a company that uses the ditzy “Flo the Progressive Girl” character, played by Stephanie Courtney, according to Wikipedia? The character appears to have taken her make up lessons from the late Tammy Faye Bakker Messner. The most idiotic of her commercials is when she’s giving a tour, and some middle-aged momma’s boy asks her, “What if mother won’t let me drive?”, to which ol’ Flo gives some ambiguous smart alec answer about having an accident. Well, if the guy can’t drive, why is he on a car insurance tour then?
5 of the Dumbest Television Commercials Number 4: Zappos.com Airings
Who were the geniuses who came up with the ad spots for this company, which sells various wares like clothing and household items? Many spots I’ve seen show puppets calling in to puppets that look like displaced hippies to return or exchange something. It doesn’t matter if there are reps at Zappos.com 24/7 or if exchanging an item includes free shipping. Why would I want to buy something from a company that I’ll end up returning anyway? And I’m not that crazy about having a phone conversation with a puppet either.
5 of the Dumbest Television Commercials Number 5: Staples “Wow” Ads
This company should be ashamed of itself for not only annoying people, but also causing potential accidents and injury. Your TV sound is at normal volume when all the sudden you hear those jerk “customers” scream out, “Wow, that’s a low price!” repeatedly. What if someone is carrying food or drinks and is startled, dropping the items? I have Asperger’s Syndrome, and loud startling noises really jar my nervous system. Do the powers-that-be who make these dumb commercials really think about the consequences of airing such annoying stupidity? My reaction to Staples is this, “Wow, I’m not buying anything from your stores, you inconsiderate clods!”
Sources for this article about 5 of the dumbest television commercials :
Flo (Progessive Insurance): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo_(Progressive_Insurance), Wikipedia