Three TV commercials I can’t stand:
1. Budweiser Select: Could there be a duller spokesman than August Busch IV? Does monotone sell beer? It’s enough to make me run screaming for Pete Coors in the Rockies.
2. Coke: I’m thinking of the one with polar bears and penguins. Don’t they know that polar bears live in the Arctic and penguins in the Antarctic? This is biological illiteracy.
3. MasterCard: The ads with Peyton Manning, who won’t be appearing in this year’s Superbowl, are funny, as he acts like a crazed fan cheering on everyday people as they perform ordinary jobs. The one where he asks the grocery store stockboy to sign a loaf of bread for his little brother is especially funny. But these commercials also leave a bad taste in my mouth. They show a football superstar mocking the enthusiams of his fans, and suggest that grocery store stockboys are less worthy of applause than sports jocks. There’s something fundamentally arrogant about this.