Have you ever seen or heard a commercial that makes you swear that the world would end the next time you see or hear it? Sure, we all do. Maybe it’s a sappy commercial for instant coffee that involves a college kid coming home for Christmas break. Perhaps it’s a car commercial where professional athletes are trying to rap about an assumption that one’s occupation is one’s credit for use to purchase a vehicle. Regardless of what it might be, it is definitely annoying.
For me, here in the Washington DC/Northern Virginia area, it has to be a radio commercial heard early in the mornings while I’m getting ready for work. It’s a touching yarn about a young lady named Nikki Baker who had the deck stacked against her. Then she decided to have a child and she’s trying to hold down two jobs to provide for her and her financial dependent. She’s having a rough time of it, poor girl.
But lo and behold, there is AN ANSWER! If she only applies herself and earns a GED (which stands for General Educational Development) diploma, all of her problems will be instantly solved. Sure, okay, I’ll go ahead and suspend my disbelief that a fake high school diploma will allow her to access all of her dream jobs and be able to scoff at all of those without a GED.
I swear the radio station plays that darn commercial just to annoy me. I can tell just how bad my day is going to be by the number of times I hear “Nikki Baker, come down and receive your GED Diploma.” Its infuriating, I tells ya!
But all is not lost: there is a commercial that soothes the savage beast that is lil ‘ol me, and I can tell how great a day I’m going to have by the number of times I hear it. It’s a commercial about some pirate that is cleaning up the ocean…I think. I’m not really sure as the only thing I listen for is the part where he is announcing the website for which group he’s representing. He can say Whateverthewebsiteis.ORG…see, he’s a pirate, so it comes out as Whateverthewebsiteis.AAAARRRRRGGGHHHH…so funny. Brings tears to me eyes.
What about you? What commercials make you want to wretch and which ones make you wail?