It runs in the family

My mom is starting to make funny observations. I’m beginning to think it runs in the family seeing as my observation about Brawny paper towels caused a little bit of a stir on Twitter.  

We were watching a commercial for “Head n’ Shoulders”. The commercial featured the beautiful Sophia Vergara speaking with her son talking about the wonders of this shampoo. Somewhere in the middle of the commercial we see Ms. Vergara shampooing her hair; or so we think. Suddenly my mother says, “Her hair is dry.” I’m thinking, “Of course it is, she dried it after shampooing.” (I wasn’t looking up when the commercial was on.) When the commercial ran again, there Sophia Vergara was, standing behind a supposedly steamed up shower door massaging her scalp with dry hair gently going up and down. Not to mention, her face was fully made up. It was so blatantly obvious her hair was dry and the scene was faked.

You would have thought the creators of this ad would have come up with something witty for her to say about her hair being picture perfect within 5 seconds of jumping in the shower.


Come to think of it, when I was a teenager my grandmother always made funny observations too. The one she made that cracked me up the most involved a commercial for hemorrhoid cream “Preparation H”. The set up was simple, a man comes walking out of the doctors office buttoning up his shirt. She furrowed her brow and asked, “Wouldn’t he be walking out buttoning his pants?” Amongst all the hilarity of this thought, she was right. Usually a patient goes in and the first thing the doctor (or nurse) checks is their vitals. At the end of the visit, depending on what you’re being seen for you would probably be leaving buttoning or straightening something else.

I know the people who create these ads are trying to save money, but does nobody care about authenticity anymore? The commercials are supposed to be telling us a story of how important it is we use their product. You would think they would at least stick to a sensible storyline while doing so.

I imagine my grandmother was hoping for more from the commercial. You would think the ad people would have had more of a visual or explanation. I’m not saying they have to show us the what everything looks like but they could set up a scenario and take away the mystique of what happens behind that closed door when that guys is getting his check up. For instance, you could set up the scene like this:

We see the face of a man as he’s propped over the examination table. The doctor is in the background with a headlamp on.  

     “Well sir, it looks like I’m going to have to call world renowned astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson to take a look at this. I’ve never seen anything like this before.”

     The man with a worried look on his face says, “Why?”

    “Because sir, it looks like you have a case of “Ass-teroids” and rings around “Uranus”. Luckily there’s something to help, “Preparation H”.”

This would have made more sense. Rather than some sketchy guy walking out of a clinic buttoning his shirt when we ALL know he should be buttoning his pants.  


What commercials have bothered you? What ones have been blatantly inconsistent that you have noticed



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