Tuesday Throwback: Pepsi’s Awful Kendall Jenner Commercial

All of the protests and unrest currently going on reminded me of Pepsi’s Kendall Jenner ad from 2017. It was a prime example of a #brand completely missing the point and making a mockery of a social movement. I don’t need to go too deeply into detail since you probably remember it, but have you ever seen a “Join the conversation” sign at a protest? After backlash occurred, the ad was quickly removed and Pepsi apologized. It now serves as a case study for brands as what not to do when wading into the murky waters of social consciousness. One small bright spot: If you can separate it from the commercial, the song used (Skip Marley’s “Lions”) is pretty good.

This Commercial Sucks: Nissan Sentra And Brie Larson Tell This Woman Not To Compromise

It’s never a good sign when a video on YouTube has comments turned off. And as of now, this Nissan Sentra commercial has 4.7 thousand likes and 33 thousand dislikes. Oof. Anyway, the woman in this ad (played by Alyssa Limperis) is getting a performance review over tacos. Her nerdy, white male boss says that they’re holding on a promotion this quarter. Just then, Brie Larson dramatically rolls up in an orange Sentra and tells her to drop the taco and get in the car. Brie starts giving her a pep talk of sorts, asking if this Sentra feels like a compromise. Clearly it’s not a compromise since this is a Nissan Sentra ad of course, and she shows off some of the car’s features. In conclusion, if the Nissan Sentra isn’t going to compromise, why should she? Sure…that’s a great comparison. Eye roll. She then comes back to her boss, newly empowered and ready NOT to compromise. #Feminism, right?

 

This Commercial Sucks: Liberty Mutual’s Annoying Ventriloquist Dummy

Liberty Mutual released this commercial on Halloween, but I somehow just saw it now. And the grating interaction between Kristen the ventriloquist and Aunt Lil the dummy is haunting my soul. She’s single, folks! Gahhh.

This Commercial Sucks: Riding A Peloton Bike Changes This Woman

The woman here is very attractive (she’s played by Monica Ruiz), but this is quite a dumb commercial. Her husband gave her a Peloton bike last Christmas, and she starts to ride. A lot of YouTube comments wonder why she looks so nervous about riding a stationary bike in her own house. And who exactly is she talking to? But she sticks with it…and a year later, it’s apparently changed her. Yeah, the cringe is real. The song playing is “She’s So High” by Tal Bachman.

This Commercial Sucks: Flipp Gets Depressingly Millennial

YouTube comment: “Something about this commercial is off”

And I’ve gotta agree with that. We meet a woman (who appears to be a giant) who sits down in a chair and talks about how at her age, her parents owned a house. But times have changed. After making dinner for the kids, she kisses them goodnight and leaves for her night shift. She checks the weekly ads on Flipp during her lunch break. She never shops without it. While she doesn’t own a house like her parents did, she can save money on her pajamas. And…that’s it. The commercial ends. I don’t know if they were trying to be witty or just very real, but it comes off as depressing. So, so depressing.

 

This Commercial Sucks: The New York Lottery Food Song

I’ll start with the disclaimer that I typically love New York Lottery’s commercials. I’ve covered a bunch of them on here and they’ve been adorable, funny, beautiful, and just plain delightful. Good stuff. But this one, a ukulele-backed ode to food, is just irritating and terrible. And it’s on all the time. Looking at the YouTube comments, it looks like I’m not alone in my opinion of this one. Ugh. So to Kristen E. from Clifton Park: Spending your theoretical Cash4Life winnings on trying all the foods isn’t a bad idea. I just wish you got a better commercial.

 

This Commercial Sucks: Little Caesars Has People Straight Up Fainting

The Little Caesars 5 Meat Feast apparently has so much meat that it causes people to faint right there, right then. As a YouTube commenter notes “Fainting or having a cardiac episode from eating like that??” It’s all so stupid. Boo on you, Little Caesars!

This Commercial Sucks: Cricket Wireless Says “Hiyeeee!”

Hiyeee! There isn’t much to say about this Cricket Wireless commercial, other than that it’s really, really annoying. Biyeeee!

 

This Commercial Sucks: GMC Goes “One For You, One For Me” On Black Friday

When the revolution comes, I swear it’ll be in part buoyed on by ridiculous ads like Lexus’ “December to Remember” and this GMC Sierra spot. Do normal people buy cars for themselves and their spouses during the holidays like it’s a rational, ho-hum event, and not a big-ticket purchase that requires a lot of planning and conversation? Though judging from the size of their house, maybe buying two GMC Sierras wouldn’t even make a big dent. Of course, if they keep spending like that, maybe they won’t be in that house for too long. Who are they even targeting this commercial to? Ugh, ugh, ugh. If you’re wondering, the husband is played by Daniel di Tomasso, and the wife is Morgan Matthews.

 

This Commercial Sucks: Trelegy And “ABC”

Well, this Trelegy ad did succeed in one aspect: it made me look up and pay attention to a boring pharma ad. But to take the classic Jackson 5 tune “ABC”, remake it in a Kids Bop-esque manner, and use it in a commercial for COPD medication? Ugh, ugh, ugh.

 

 

 

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