The Song From Apple Watch’s Doppelgängers Ad

This guy has a doppelgänger. Actually, he’s got a bunch of doppelgängers. They all have Apple Watches, and they’re all using those Apple Watches to do different stuff. The guys all run to the beach, and dive in for a cool dip. The spot’s got a hypnotic and striking song, like many of Apple’s ads. It’s “Toy” by Young Fathers.

Pacifico Beer’s Beautiful Beach Ad

This Pacifico Beer commercial isn’t new…it was released 6 months ago. Still, I just saw it for the first time and I had to include it on here. The story of the son releasing his father’s sand on the Baja beach that he loved is a poignant one. Is it just sand, or is it his father’s ashes too? Seems open to interpretation. And that music is just great. It’s “Your Hand In Mine” by Explosions in the Sky, which is probably best known for its use in Friday Night Lights. Beautiful work from Pacifico.

5/24/20 update: I can’t find the original ad I wrote about on YouTube anymore. But this post has been getting views again, and it’s probably this pretty Pacifico spot.

Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite At The Beach…Featuring A Same-Sex Marriage

This commercial for Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite is getting a lot of attention for its seeming support of same-sex marriage. You know, the viewer doesn’t expect that the guy in the ad will have a husband. But for me, it succeeds because it treats gay marriage as more of a reality, rather than being preachy. The world is changing, and our definitions of marriage are changing. So why shouldn’t advertising change too? Nice job.

Sears Has People Randomly And Hilariously Running Into Appliances On The Beach

Alright, so it’s not really a new commercial, but still a fun one. You gotta love how it starts off as a stereotypical fashion-type ad, with the happy couple frolicking on the beach. And then…BAM! Totally random, and totally hilarious too. Good job, Sears.

Cape Cod Potato Chips Are Delicious, Especially On The Beach With ’80s New Wave Seagulls

Cape Cod is beautiful, and Cape Cod Potato Chips are damn good. Though if you see a flock of seagulls singing A Flock Of Seagulls…that might be a little worrisome.

Get Wet With Crystal Light

“Uhhhhh, the lady says she is gonna get wet while taking her shirt off. I’m sure you will have plenty to say about this.”

Crystal Light is a drink powder mix marketed to women. Really just by looking at the name you can figure out it’s geared toward women. “Crystal” just seems like one of those gendered tipoffs…maybe that’s one reason Crystal Pepsi failed. Gender issues in drink ads would make an good post. I think I’ll write about something like this in the future. But now, the Crystal Light commercial.

It’s interesting to write about this commercial, because it’s so clearly not aimed towards me. I’m not worried about bikini season, and I would like to think nobody wants to see me in one. I tend to write about commercials as I see them, and if I’m watching sports, the ads are typically male-centric. So we’ve got two fairly attractive women on a plane, one drinking Crystal Light. She says it’s almost bikini season, something her friend/co-worker scoffs at because it’s winter and they’re overworked professional women. But since this is a commercial, the unexpected happens. The plane crashes onto a beach, and they miraculously survive (wouldn’t make a good ad if they died in a fiery fashion, right?) Then a hunky beefcake type approaches the women in need of finding water. The Crystal Light drinker says she can help, and yes, she says she’ll get wet while taking her shirt off. I can only assume they got water and then made attractive babies.

So…the reaction? AdFreak likes it. I think it’s cheeky, over-the-top, obviously sexual, but not offensive at all. That’s how it’s supposed to be, and that’s the reason an ad for a non-flashy product like Crystal Light is getting so much attention. The YouTube comments tend me be positive too, with most negativity coming from a “plane crashes aren’t funny” perspective. I feel like women with a sense of humor appreciate this too. But there’s a few groups who might derail the happy feelings: angry feminists and prude conservatives. ANYTHING slightly controversial in a gendered manner tends to get the ire of feminists. Remember that milk campaign? One of the dumbest “controversies” I’ve ever seen, but yet enough bored women cared that the campaign got pulled. And prude conservatives? We live in America, so we all know about them. I have no problem with this commercial, but some humorless people might. Rest assured, it won’t be coming from the beefcake crowd who is “sick and tired of being objectivified.”

And by popular request: the blonde woman is played by Zibby Allen. The brunette is played by Jama Williamson. And the beefcake man is Charles Divins.

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