Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The 12 Ads of Christmas #1 - Reality Check

by Katrocket from Rocketradio

Only 23 more shopping days until Christmas, and we're waist-deep in holiday commercials, arguably the worst kind of commercial an agency will ever be asked to make. Competition is fierce, and companies are desperate for your hot cash injection (especially during a recession). They will stop at nothing to persuade you to buy things you can't afford, so the Baby Jesus can guilt you into giving those things away to other people.

My goal for FTA this month is to write twelve posts about Christmas ads, but given my fear of commitment, holidays, and the Partridges, this idea is likely ill-conceived.

On the first day of Christmas, FTA gives to you: A Reality Check

Sometimes men believe that the awesomest gift they can buy for their special lady is lingerie, since it should logically lead them to a hidden prize showcase in the bedroom. Not so.

This agency should be fired for convincing men that women want this:

And this agency should be highly commended for revealing the truth:


Anonymous said...

Yeah all those lingerie and jewelry ads make me homicidal with rage every year. I don't know a single woman who's all "OMG I must get really uncomfortable underwear and butt floss for Christmas!"

I guess that's what male ad execs think ladies want. Idiots.

red said...

I wouldn't mind any of that stuff from VS...or in that second commercial. I actually really need a new vacuum.

SkylersDad said...

My God I love that second ad! The whisker device in the side of the dudes head is just a little wonderful!!

Poobomber said...

I sure wish *I* was getting lingerie for Christmas.

Some Guy said...

I think the only way Victoria's Secret is able to stay in business is by somehow convincing men that the models are included in their purchase.

BeckEye said...

I think all that VS ad convinced men to do was to go jerk off. Not that they needed convincing, but sometimes it's nice to make them feel like it's not always their idea.

The Imaginary Reviewer said...

It didn't seem that strange until the bit with the model in Santa Hat Underwear was walking down the street. She had to be freezing.

Snooze said...

That VS commercial was pathetic. I couldn't stop laughing. I love lingerie, but that stuff was ridiculous.

The second commercial is great, although I would love those shoes.

Douchegirl said...

That second commercial was amazing!

I wouldn't mind getting lingerie, but getting a vacuum? Come on.

pistols at dawn said...

My main problem with lingerie commercials - other than the obvious fact that the women won't sleep with me - is the ridiculous places the models always are.

"Hey, how's it going, random viewer? I'm just walking down the street in what's probably supposed to be New York in my unmentionables."

"Oh, hi again. I'm apparently in a church, in front of a huge stained glass mirror and huge HMI lights, just slinking around in some expensive underwear, the way everyone hot should go to church."

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go to church for some reason - and not for my usual reason (claiming sanctuary).

ÄsK AliCë said...

I wouldn't mind some sexy lingerie for Christmas. I don't need gorgeous girls traipsing around in it to convince men that that's what all women look like in lingerie first though