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Reason #372 I Don’t Watch Much TV

16 November 2009

Last night the Consort and I watched the New England Patriots/ Indianapolis Colts football game. If we ever watch football in this house, it’s the Patriots (although I cannot stand Tom Brady, both in his professional and private life, so me being me, I can’t help but throw out snide comments throughout the game).

Yes, it was worth watching; yes, the Patriots had some awesome runs; and yes, it was a difficult defeat (35-34, with the Colts winning in the last 3 minutes or so of the game). But how can we be surprised after that stupid decision to run the 4th down rather than kick a field goal? ( <—- an example of my typical anti-Brady banter.)

Really, though, I pay more attention to the commercials than the actual game play much of the time. And last night I added two companies to my "Do Not Spend Money With These Douchebags" list.

First, GEICO Insurance. Let’s set aside the fact that the gecko now sounds more Australian or New Zealander than British (that’s just tone-deaf Americanism, both on the part of the ad creators and the viewers). The commercial that put GEICO on the Douchebag list is this one: [youtube video].

Really, GEICO? The pothole just “happens” to sound like a Southern Miss? Really? Hmm, I wonder how many of your clients are female, GEICO. And I wonder what made you think that most uninsured drivers are women? I can find statistics online that show percentages of uninsured drivers per state, but a quick search hasn’t turned up any info on the breakdown of male vs. female uninsured drivers. (Although it seems pretty clear that way more men DIE in car accidents than women — if you piss off female drivers, GEICO, then they won’t renew with your sexist complany and your rates are going to go up, up, up. Doesn’t seem like smart business to me.)

The other one that caught my eye was a Ford car sale commercial. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to track it down online. So a brief description: Two twentysomething women are talking with a salesman in the background, while an Everyday Joe is narrating in front, telling us about how one of the women texted her friend that she needs a new car ASAP, so they went to Ford, LOL, … etc., playing with all the texting acronyms, blah blah, blah. And then Everyday Joe rhetorically asks what the women thought of the great deal they could get on a Ford truck — we see the women standing next to each other, smiling and lifting their cell phones — he turns to us and says, “They’re texting each other” and lays on one of those supercilious asshole smirks.

Really, Ford? YOU are the future of American cars? You’re the only one that hasn’t taken bail-out money? You expect me to want to buy one of your pieces of crap? Absolutely not. I haven’t made a secret of the fact that I would love to have a Prius. The Consort has mentioned that maybe we should wait and think about buying an American car. Hmm, let’s see, American car companies haven’t stopped pushing TRUCKS over more reasonable CARS. And on top of that, they are trying to sell those trucks by mocking women? I believe my answer is:

NO.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. 16 November 2009 5:04 pm

    Yeah, that Geico commercial is bizarre; even my almost 92 year-old mother picked up on its mysogynistic tone. I bet in some parts of the southeast, though, it’s considered hilarious.

  2. 16 November 2009 7:58 pm

    Annoying commercials aside, we’ve had our Prius since January 2005 (it was bought in anticipation of Sylvia’s arrival that May) and we love love love it. Jan is 6’1″, and it’s the first car he’s owned in which his head doesn’t touch the ceiling when he sits in it. It has a lot of room (it’s passed the schlep-giant-boxes-home-from-IKEA-test with flying colors) but doesn’t have a huge footprint. Oh, and we usually get 50+ MPG in the winter. 🙂 (For what it’s worth: if you buy a Prius today, it will have been made in the USA. So buying a Prius is already sort of like buying an American car, in terms of manufacturing/sales/service jobs provided. And you get the added benefit of not contributing to poor management and practices that required bailouts…)

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