Friday, January 21, 2005

Creepy Commercial

I was minding my own business, watching the Apprentice (the only reality TV show I tolerate), and cutting up little pieces of fabric when out of the blue I saw the creepiest commercial.

A group of boys playing in the park looks up to see a minivan pull up- ok, innocent enough so far. Music is playing…I recognize it as “Stacey’s Mom” by Fountains of Wayne. Excellent, I think, the music doesn’t suck.

The driver (mom to one of the kids, we assume) gets out and is shown in slow motion sauntering over toward the boys, a knowing smile on her lips. She stops and pushes the button on the automatic side door opener over her shoulder and the van opens. Inside, we find a cooler full of big-name soft drink.

The boys run to the van, grab a soda, and stand around oogling this mom. Mom stands there with a soda, too, and gives what I thought was a not so innocent look back to the boys. It was then that I thought- “Oh my God, those poor kids have just been lured into the hands of Mrs. Robinson!”

Maybe it was the package of the visual with the music- I don’t know. But I really did find it creepy.

Did anyone else see it?


Anonymous said...

I have seen it, but the thing that bugged me was that there was no girl in the commercial (since they were singing about Stacy 's mom)! Very stupid, I know. Now that I think back on it, the mom did have kind of a leering expression on her face. I now have the song going through my head on endless repeat.

dish said...

I did think about there not being a girl, also- just forgot to mention it in the post. Thanks for reminding me!

Anonymous said...

I had the same reaction! I like the song, no problem with the content of the song either - everyone had crushes on people's parents/other adults when they were kids, right?! I wondered if maybe it was the vacuous look in the mother's eyes, or the way they managed to make it actually sexual seeming rather than innocent childhood crush that was creepy?

Swarmy said...

Swarmy here - hiya, Dish!

The commercial used the song and the slo-mo mother to make us think it was her the kids wanted, but then redirected the lust to the soft drink. After the product hits the screen I thought the mom was kinda out of contention for the affection of the kids. Maybe I didn't watch it well enough - it is just TV, ya know.