Things I'm Sick of Seeing in Commercials!

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I'm disgusted! Photo by anankkml at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Remember when products used to try to come up with their own unique commercial? Nobody copied each other, because they wanted theirs to be different. Not anymore! It seems to me they all copy whatever the other guy is doing and here are some examples. I am not going to go into brand names but I'm sure most of you will know the commercials I'm referring to.

DANCING

The first complaint is dancing. There is the diet plan commercial where they are going to be hot and skinny the next time you see them and they all do a dance after they have lost the weight.

There are several food commercials, that are set in offices, where everyone has to get up and dance after having whatever food they're pushing. These are just a couple of examples, there are many more!

I don't mind dancing...in fact I love dancing, but these people can't dance. I think they are suppose to be good in the diet commercial, but almost all of them aren't. Most of the other commercials have goofy dancing, obviously going for the humor. Sometimes it can be funny, but most of the time not. I'm a little tired of seeing people make fools out of themselves. It loses the humor along the way.

SPEEDING CARS

Car commercials almost always have people driving very fast and adventurously. It seems to me this is a bad image to be projecting, especially to teens. Now, we all have maybe dreamed of driving like that, but in reality, not such a good idea.

I would like to see more responsible and practical driving in these commercials. Maybe even something that gives you the idea that if you drive this car you will have a pleasant, peaceful trip. Wouldn't that be nice? I guess danger and excitement outsell peace these days.


MAKING MESSES


The science project goes awry and spews a volcano of goop...can you imagine cleaning that up?

The little girl is getting her turn at using the electric beater and tilts it so the contents in the bowl go all over the kitchen...ugh. The father even holds up a paper towel over the baby in the highchair, smiling the whole time!

The mother playfully turns the kitchen sink sprayer on her son after he sprays soda all over the place...what a mess.

We're suppose to think this is cute, i guess! Maybe I'm too serious or a neatnik, but all I can think of is the incredible mess this would make and how absurd the commercial is. A roll of paper towels is not going to clean up these messes! Not to mention how far-spread the goo would go and how you'd be finding it stuck to things forever.

If it's a single spill, like a glass on a counter, fine, but stuff that flies everywhere is just too much!

CLOROX

I will mention one brand name and that is Clorox bleach. Watching the grandma dangle chickens from poles, a guy cleaning a fish on the counter top, the child having used the tub as a toilet, the other child spilling urine from his potty across the floor...I find these commercials disgusting. I don't know what Clorox is thinking!

DRUG ADS

We are barraged with commercials for different drugs for everything from dry eyes to arthritis to heart diseases. I personally think the drug companies are doing themselves more harm than good. After hearing the possible side effects of most of these drugs, who would want to take them?

But my main objection is that we are constantly being reminded of what we might get. Our world these days is so full of worries and anxiety that this certainly doesn't help. And what is the deal anyway with "Ask your doctor if (insert drug name here) is right for you." Shouldn't my doctor be telling me about the drug and suggesting it? I don't get it. I have to tell him which drug I want to take? Hmmm....

Well, these are just some of the things that really bug me about commercials these days. A silly subject maybe, but one I wanted to vent about! Please tell me what bugs you!




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Alphadogg16 profile image

Alphadogg16 3 years ago from Texas

This hub made me laugh, but I'm right there with you. If one commercial does well, everyone copies it in some form or fashion. No originality. Thumbs up on your hub.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I don't watch a whole lot of commercials, but they can get very annoying, that's for sure. With those drug ads, the side effects sound so scary, why would anyone want the drug after that? LOL. Neat hub. I enjoyed it!


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tirelesstraveler 3 years ago from California

It is frequently difficult to figure out what commercials are selling. Some of them drive me crazy.


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South Author

Alphadogg16, thanks for your comment!


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South Author

Victoria, I'm glad you enjoyed it and thanks for stopping by.


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South Author

tirelesstraveler, I couldn't agree more! There are still a couple that I have never figured out what the heck they are selling...crazy!


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

I have to say, I agree with you 100%. My husband doesn't mute the commercials; he gripes about them, most particularly about how many there are and how frequent the commercial breaks that turn a half-hour show into a 15 minute show, or an hour show into a 40-minute show. It is most irksome. (I "mute" them in my mind by zoning out, doing something else, or just plain ignoring them, and petting the cats.)

I think the car commercials think they have covered their bases by including a disclaimer at the bottom of the screen (in low-contrast type, too small to read, and left up too short a time to read) that says something like, "professional driver on closed course." How is that in any way relevant to the driving experience of the consumer???

And the drug ads--ohhhhhhhhhh boy! You are so right!! With all the potential side effects, thanks, but I'll keep the original problem. The thing that really irritates me about these though, is their statement, "Be sure to tell your doctor about all your medical conditions...." HELLO!! It's my DOCTOR!! Isn't this the person above all who should already KNOW my medical conditions??? If they don't, I think I'd be shopping for a new doctor!

Voted up, interesting and useful.


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South Author

DzyNsLizzy, thanks for stopping by and you always give me a good laugh! I don't think doctors know their patients anymore...they don't even look at you anymore...they are too busy typing on the computer. I know this is frustrating to some of them too, but honestly, it's so annoying! The last time I went to the doctor, he said to me "Oh, you're taking 20 mg of that?" I told him yes, that's what you prescribed the last time I was here....hellllllo?

Thanks for stopping by!


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bac2basics 3 years ago from Spain

Hi Cat.

I agree with you, sometimes I have no idea what the commercials are supposed to be promoting and I hate that the volume is turned up when they are shown too. TV companies say they don´t make them louder than the programmes you have watched before the commercial break but this is obviously not true and my theory is it´s so people can still hear them from the kitchen which is where a lot of people myself included go to use the break in films etc to make a drink or get something to eat. We have one commercial here on Spanish TV that gets up my nose every single time I see it. It´s promoting kitchen paper and shows a young boy skidding into the kitchen on a skateboard, he knocks the rubbish bin over and leaves muddy handprints all over the kitchen doors and wheel skids on the floor. His mum and the other woman in the kitchen just look at him with smiles on their faces " yeah right" like you wouldn´t dream of telling your kid off for making such a mess, apart from that he´s as clean as a whistle so where the hell did the mud come from on his hands and the wheels of his skateboard and who has a rubbish bin full of mud in their kitchen ? I think it´s one of the most irritating ad´s I have ever seen. I do like the one promoting dental chew sticks for dogs though, all the dogs have had dentures superimposed over their mouths and it´s hysterical when they all appear to smile and reveal them. No matter how many times I see that commercial it makes me laugh.

Hope you are keeping well cat, winter is not the best time for some of us , even here in sunnier climes. keep warm and remember winter doesn´t last forever. Sending a big hug your way :)


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South Author

bac2basics, thank you for your kind words and big hug! You are so sweet.

Yep, the volume in commercials is terrible and I never thought about it from your angle before...about being able to hear it in the kitchen! I'll bet you're right! Very clever on your part!

The messy commercials probably bother me the most. Especially the attitude, like you said, that it is okay that the kid made such a mess. And we wonder why children can be such monsters these days!

I also love the doggie denture commercial. I love animals so I like most animal commercials and they have come up with some really cute ones.

Stay well and I'm sending a huge hug back to you.


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WiccanSage 2 years ago

Very good... I will also add that the food commercials bug me the most. It's not something I need to be thinking about 24/7-- I don't want to be tempted with fast food or chocolate cake and then go without it. But the bleach really gets me too- how gross. Great hub.


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catgypsy 2 years ago from the South Author

WicaanSage...haha, good point about the food commercials! Thanks for reading!


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

A great hub I can relate to. Voting up and wishing you a Happy New Year.

Eddy.


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catgypsy 2 years ago from the South Author

Thanks Eiddwen...I appreciate you stopping by to read! Happy New Year to you too!


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Great hub. Yes I do find adverts bothersome, especially when they are of the flashy moving variety. It had happened to me in the past that I by accident clicked on them and then I lost the page I was interested in. That does not happen anymore, but I don't know how people manage the internet on a small cell touch screen. I see that this hubpage has only one ad. Not to bad.


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catgypsy 2 years ago from the South Author

Hi Nadine! I was talking about commercials on television, but I agree with you about some of the ads on computers, which is what I think you were referring too. Thanks for stopping by!

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