Burger King Explains Net Neutrality With The Whopper

The end of net neutrality made major headlines last month, but it hasn’t really been discussed since. A lot of people don’t even know what net neutrality is. It’s probably because of the crazy current American news cycle, but it’s still an important issue. And now, Burger King of all companies has made a video showing the real-life implications with “Whopper Neutrality.” Want that Whopper quicker? Try paying $26. It’s a fascinating and unlikely ad, created by David Miami.

The Volkswagen Tiguan Meteor Commercial

In a case of bad timing, this Volkswagen Tiguan spot debuted on January 13, the same day that a false missile alert shook Hawaii. Although a meteor is an external event coming from outer space, while missiles/nuclear warfare aren’t, the sense of panic considering current events probably explains some of the negative feedback this ad has been getting. I don’t really have a problem with it…the question of “what would you take in an emergency?” is one that comes up on occasion, and this commercial does a somewhat amusing job of demonstrating just how much can fit in a Volkswagen Tiguan. Regardless, I bet the meteor kills them. Allegra Masters is the wife…anyone know who plays the husband?

Burger King Visits Death Row In This Whopper Of An Ad From France

If you’re on death row and ask for a particular item to be in your last meal, it’s a weirdly powerful statement. You’re basically saying “I’m about to leave this world and want the happiness and comfort of this food I like before I go.” I always thought having a particular restaurant featured in a last meal would make for an intriguing advertisement. Of course, due to the seriousness of capital punishment, food brands have strayed away from this topic. But in this new spot from Buzzman Paris, we see a condemned prisoner about to chow down on his last meal: a Whopper and fries. There’s a twist though…it’s completely ridiculous, but nonetheless entertaining.

Geico: Washington Crossing The Delaware Turnpike Is Surprising

This is post #1000 on Commercial Society. Initially, I wanted to write a more special post for this momentous occasion, but I ultimately decided to go for a tried-and-true entry: a Geico commercial. George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River was an iconic moment in American history. But if he was around in the present-day and crossed the Delaware Turnpike with his band of men, it would be decidedly less legendary and result in a lot more honking. Washington is played by Jim Meskimen.

 

TurboTax Says “At Least Your Taxes Are Free!”

TurboTax only advertises heavily for a few months each year, so it makes sense that they’d go all in during that time. A few days ago, I wrote about a TurboTax ad starring a dancing teddy bear that’s been getting great feedback. Now they have a campaign featuring people who find the silver lining in the worst situations. You may have fallen overboard off a cruise ship or had a car fall on you, but hey, at least your taxes are free!

New York Lottery Shows An Ursa Major Fan At A Planetarium

The New York Lottery had a much-loved holiday commercial that was sweet and sentimental. Now the holidays are over, and they’re getting back to the lighthearted kind of advertising that’s more typical for a lottery. This one takes place at a planetarium…specifically the one at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY. During the show, a man let’s out a cheer for Ursa Major. He must be an Ursa Major fan, right? The planetarium presenter is surprised and then delivers the memorable line “anyone wanna give it up for Cassiopeia?” We find out, of course, that the guy cheered Ursa Major because he won something on a New York Lottery scratch-off during the show. Haha.

The New York Times: “He Said. She Said.”

This strikingly simple spot from The New York Times will debut during Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, where it’s sure to get a big audience. It merely has the words “He said.” followed by “She said.” Those words are repeated, but then “she said” comes up much, much more. It’s a powerful ad in the wake of the Me Too movement…one that will surely get people talking. Here’s more from Adweek.

TurboTax Uses A Teddy Bear To Show That Doing Your Taxes Isn’t Scary

I’ve done my own taxes ever since I was 16. It’s one of those things that seems daunting at first, but really isn’t that bad. One of the reasons it was easier for me is that I used TurboTax, which did most of the work for me. I just inputted the numbers from my returns, and TurboTax did the rest. In this new ad, TurboTax nails down the point that there’s nothing to be afraid of. A woman is cowering in a closet, while foreboding music plays. A shadowy figure approaches and she opens the door in terror. Why it’s just a small teddy bear dancing around! That’s not scary. Though some might argue that a squeaking, dancing teddy bear is a tad bit creepy. The woman now just looks confused more than anything. It’s a funny spot that’s getting rave reviews online. Anyone know who plays the woman?

Renault Reveals Saucy Secrets In These Ads From Italy

One advantage European ads have over their United States counterparts is that since European society is much less prude, their commercials tend to push the envelope more than the ones we have in America. Sure, our ads are often suggestive, but something as blatant as this hilarious Italian campaign for car company Renault would never fly. In them, sexy surprises are progressively revealed as different pairs are driving in crucial situations. A different safety feature of the Renault Scenic is featured with each reveal, as they’re the types that would take your attention off the road. The featured song is “Stuck in the Middle with You” by Stealers Wheel, which fits but is pretty overused in pop culture. They’re quite amusing ads, created by Publicis Italy in Milan.

Get The Office Kleptos Meal At McDonald’s!

McDonald’s is revamping its Dollar Menu once again with the “$1 $2 $3 Menu.” In this new campaign, men in unfortunate circumstances come to McDonald’s to put together a cheap meal. There’s the “my office is full of kleptos meal”, purchased by Paul, who’s had his work lunch pilfered. The “we haven’t been to the grocery store in weeks meal” is bought by a man who passes out after sniffing his long-expired milk (his roommate has done the same). And the “save the tailgate meal” for football fans who lost their grill after making a sudden turn. So even when life goes wrong, you can sadly eat McDonald’s. Yeah!

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