AT&T: Just OK Carnival Safety Is Not OK

The sketchy/unscrupulous carnival worker stereotype is a common one in American culture. In AT&T’s latest from its “Just OK Is Not OK” campaign, a mother and son are about to ride a ride and when mom asks about whether it’s safe, the carny says he assembled it OK. The kid asks what if something bad happens and the worker simply responds “we just move to the next town.” Oof. Judging from the brutal like/dislike rate on YouTube and the angry comments on iSpot, there are a lot of offended carnies out there. In case you were wondering, Matty Cardarople plays the carnival guy, and Anthony Naylor Jr. is the boy. Anyone know who plays the mom? Elsewhere, AT&T has another ad from the campaign featuring crappy “Just OK” bearded movers (Beardos Movers…haha). That one hasn’t gotten angry reactions (yet), so I guess movers are less defensive about their profession.

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Carnival Cruises Are More Enjoyable Than Bear And Lion Attacks

From the commercials I’ve seen so far, 2012 is going to be a funny year. Besides, even if the world ends on December 21, that still gives us 355 days of good times. Looking to take a vacation? Carnival feels that a cruise might be more relaxing than camping.

Haha. The bear/lion part is great enough, but the disclaimer warning is awesome. Like any ad featuring something ridiculous there’s a disclaimer that states “For dramatization only. Do not attempt”. Attempt what? Getting in a situation where you’re cornered by a bear and lion? Good advice. Of course, something like this would probably happen to that hapless cruising couple. And as any Green Bay Packers fan would know, the song at the end is Todd Rundgren’s “Bang the Drum All Day”.

1/14 update: Uhh…this probably doesn’t help Carnival’s argument. Costa is also owned by Carnival.

1/17 update: Just noticed that Carnival took this off its offical YouTube page.

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