Once again, the ad folks for Carl’s Jr. have come up with yet another classic politically-incorrect commercial to rustle the feathers of all the usual uptight people. This time, they have not only infuriated all the usual feminists and socialist-type people that they usually infuriate with their “sexism”, but also the Republicans and the anti-immigration folks, with this instant-classic ad for their Tex-Mex bacon thickburger!
In this commercial, it features gorgeous bikini-clad supermodels playing volleyball over a fence at the Mexican border. Funny stuff.
According to People, the models include Elle Evans, Bryana Holly and Ashley Alexander playing for Team Tex, and Kara Del Toro, Alejandra Guilmant and Brittny Ward for Team Mex — but I thought Ward was an American?!
Now, of course, people north of the Mexican border are all up in arms claiming this ad “sexualizes” the important issue of Mexican immigration. Carl’s Jr. is claiming the ad is simply sexy and not about politics. Right!!
I personally think it’s fun, and funny. I think its whole point is to poke fun at these people who are getting too worked up about Mexico and the immigration issue, and maybe take them down a notch.
The real message: people are getting way too wound up over Mexico and about walls-at-the-border. Everyone needs to chill out, because this outrage directed at Mexico is getting to be over the top. Time to relax and eat some burgers.
Well, that is it and that is all. Mad Men is history after last night’s final episode on AMC, an episode dominated from start to finish by Coke.
Heck, it even had a scene with Joan doing cocaine. Ha ha ha.
And of course, it was a very Coca-Cola ending, which anyone who paid attention to all the Coke references in this and other episodes surely would have seen coming.
I dunno, though. This episode carried the weight of high expectations, and a lot of people seem let down by it. I get the feeling people wanted a far more exciting finish, with a lot more blood and guts. I think people were falling for all these conspiracy theories about how the show would end with Don Draper supposedly falling out of a window to his death or something like that.
Well, he did take the “drop”, all right, as in “drop out.” In a truly weird turn of events, Draper ended up joining this hippie commune where he meditates on the side of a hill — where, so it is implied, he comes up with the idea for one of the most iconic commercials in history:
So this is how Mad Men ends — with the hard-smoking, hard drinking grey-flannel suit era giving way to peace, love and Coca-Cola. The Sixties really are over, man.
Gonna miss this show.
Yes, it’s Commercial Sunday here again, and since we’re celebrating 1969 — or trying to, anyway — we might as well celebrate the Year of Apollo 11 and space travel, and astronauts on the moon and all that.
Tang was all the rage back then, because the astronauts drank this stuff on their space flights and people thought it was cool, so they drank it, too. I didn’t notice the link between Tang and astronauts until much later — when I was a kid I thought Tang was just another drink for breakfast.
Anyhow, here are a couple of ads for Tang. There, that ought to get peoples’ minds off of the Raptors losing.
It’s Mad Men night here at the blog! With all the nerve-wracking playoff games and tornado weather today, it sure makes you want to reach for the antacid. Today’s ad from 1969 is the famous “spicy meatball” commercial from Alka-Seltzer, a commercial that starts out seemingly as a meatball ad but ends up being something quite different. A perfect ad for a day like today. Enjoy, ad fans.
Sorry, folks, but I am not in the Olympic mood that all the other Canadians are these days. Count me as one of the people sick of those Olympics TV ads. We really are getting the Canadian nationalism shoved down our throats. And from all these global conglomerates, too. Like, for instance, Visa. And Coca-Cola. And my personal favourite: McDonalds.
Now I like McDonalds food and Ronald McDonald like everyone else. But don’t you find it odd that two companies under fire over obesity and high-fat and high-sugar foods and the like, namely Coke and McDonalds, are associating themselves with athletics? I’ll bet you these Olympic athletes are eating and drinking their product every day.
Same for Tim Hortons and all of their donuts. They may not be an official sponsor of the Games but that has not stopped them from shoving the Canadian flag down our throats.
It is not just during the Games telecasts that you are getting this jingoism — it is all the time. Just on the weekend, I was at the movie theatre and had to sit through a half hour of Olympics-themed ads. You could not escape them. In fact, the Bell ads in particular almost had me convinced that they were still the TV rights holders for the Games, which they are not.
Not only do I find these ads to be jingoistic, I also find them to be boring. It’s not like what you get during the Super Bowl when the ad agencies are killing themselves to out-do each other to come up with the most original ads. Nope. Here, it’s all “cheer on your country” all the time, repeatedly. I guess I am simply not all that big of a patriot.
Honestly, I’m at the point of exhaustion with these ads and cannot wait for the Olympics to end. Not only will we then be rid of these Olympics ads from TV but we’ll also get the NHL back on TV. To which I say good, their beer ads are funnier.
Yes, Nixon. Heck, I needed to end this Mad Men season with something.
I haven’t done one of these retro commercials for a few weeks, but I stumbled on an old RC Cola ad from the Sixties featuring Meredith MacRae, and since it fits in with the whole Mad Men era and all that I thought I would post it here.
Now a confession. I had a big crush on Meredith MacRae as a kid!!!
She was one of the three Bradley sisters on those reruns of Petticoat Junction that used to run on my local TV station in the afternoons. You know — that show that featured the three girls who took baths up in the water tower during the opening credits? Yes, that’s the one. Petticoat Junction was a great show — it was absolutely loaded with girls.
This photo brings back all kinds of memories and only re-confirms what I always thought about beautiful Meredith MacRae: that she was such a babe. (Brunette Lori Saunders was cute, too.)
RC Cola also ran a bunch of TV ads in the late Sixties and I thought I would show this ad featuring another hot blonde babe in her day, Nancy Sinatra.
This commercial ran during her TV special Movin’ with Nancy that ran in, yes indeed, that famous year 1968. Have fun, folks.
This week, I’m putting up yet another classic car commercial, this one from the “The Beat Goes On” campaign from Plymouth.
This one is from 1968 — the current year of the current MAD MEN season, by the way — and features British pop singer Petula Clark singing “And the Beat Goes On”; meanwhile, the band is using various car parts of a Plymouth Fury as musical instruments!!
Honestly, I don’t know what they were thinking of here, but it is a catchy tune so I’m sure it got peoples’ attention.
And this one is in honor of Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York who doesn’t like these soda drinks. Times have sure changed — soda pop is the new evil these days.
It is MAD MEN week here at the blog, and in honor of the return of the TV show, as well as some people I know who are flying off to Mexico, I am putting up this ad for Braniff International.
Braniff was, of course, a well-known Dallas-based carrier that flew a lot of flights to international destinations, especially to Latin America. There are two things people remember Braniff for today: (1) all those news images of those very-colorful but very-grounded Braniff planes at airports all over America when they went bankrupt in 1982, and (2) all those great TV commercials from the Sixties that made Braniff look like the coolest airline ever. They had ads with Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol and other cool people.
This particular ad that I am posting from the Sixties is The End of the Plain Plane. It gives you a really good idea of what this airline was like in its heyday. Have a good one.
Well I am ticked off that the latest Mad Men season is wrapping up tonight — mad, because I missed all the highlights of most of this season because I don’t have an AMC subscription and am too cheap to pay to download any episodes.
Instead, I am watching the usual junk-food network TV. I guess I’m getting what I’m paying for. Nothing.
In honor of the conclusion of Season 5 I thought I would, as promised, go into the vault and run some good commercials from the Mad Men Era of television — back when both television, and commercials, were good.
First, here’s a classic Braniff ad that featured Salvador Dali and Whitey Ford that really captured, in my view, the cutting-edge kind of feel of the era.
I suppose Braniff was trying to establish itself as the coolest airline ever — for all the good it did them, because the airline eventually went belly-up.
Next, here’s a Hertz commercial. This was back in the days when Hertz and Avis were duking it out and Avis was telling everyone “We Try Harder.” Obviously, they didn’t try hard enough.
Later this commercial got spoofed in the movie Good Neighbor Sam in a hilarious sequence in which they show them shooting the ad for TV and they end up botching it up several times.
Last but not least, we end with a car ad, and for who else? Of course: Volkswagen. Here is their famous “Snow Plow” ad.
That is all for now.