Tuesday Throwback: The Budweiser Clydesdales Pay Tribute To 9/11

This Budweiser 9/11 tribute commercial was only aired once but it’s a touching piece of work that’s still remembered to this day.

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Remembering 9/11: Spike Lee And Empire State Of Mind

I wrote about this video when it came out. And now, a year later on the 11th anniversary of 9/11, it seems like a good time to revisit. Spectacular work…I love that it doesn’t come across as an ad. The viewer isn’t aware that it was sponsored by State Farm until the last few seconds. And of course, watching this has added significance now that I live in New York City.

Verizon Apparently Lets Your iPhone Get Reception In The Ocean

12/6 update: The official video got pulled and is private now. Presumably because Verizon’s some bitches. So I have this bootleg version…turn your volume up because it’s quiet.

At first, I thought this Verizon commercial was funny. I especially liked the desperate “OK, everybody take your pants off…we’re gonna fashion us a makeshift raft” line. But the more I’ve seen it, the dumber it’s seemed. Some thoughts:

They’re floating in the ocean, do you really think all of their phones would come out unscathed? Also, they all have iPhones?

I’m lucky to have never been in this situation, but when you don’t get reception, can’t you still call 911? When I don’t have bars, that E means emergency mode. That seems like a 911 situation.

Is that Velma from Scooby-Doo?

Jack sounds like he’s making a personal call for someone to get him. I sincerely hope whoever he’s talking to will rescue the others. If not, Jack is a huge asshole.

The Verizon map only shows where you get service on land.

 

Remembering 9/11: Spike Lee And Empire State Of Mind

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. State Farm teamed up with Spike Lee to create this spot. It features diverse locations in New York City while following a group of children en route to a firehouse (actually four different firehouses). It also has the children singing the hook to “Empire State Of Mind”. Stirring and powerful. Of all the 9/11 tribute commercials I’ve seen during a long day of football, this one is the best.

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