Writer Wednesday

Typically on Writer Wednesdays, I like to share a short story, a journal entry, or some general help for writers out there.

Today, though, I wanted to write–well, rant— about something different.

Monday night, Huff the Hubs and I were sitting in the living room, watching The Voice (btw, I’m really digging the new energy Pharrel and Gwen Stefani are bringing to that show). During one of the commercial breaks, there was a short ad for the makeup line, Wet n Wild.

As most of us ladies know, that is one of the cheaper brands of makeup/one of the first cosmetics we ever bought as teens with our own money because we could actually afford the $1.50 mascara and $2.00 lip gloss. (LipSmackers was for the wealthy.)

As I watched the commercial, my first thought was: “Oh wow! Wet n Wild is finally doing commercials! I’ve never seen a commercial for them before!”

Then, as the ad played on, I started to get angry.

Why?

First, the ad starts out with young women wearing skin-tight pleather outfits, clearly in a club. Now, when I was younger, WnW was seen as tween/teen line. That was the makeup before you got older and wised up that other brands were better. So I cringed at the thought of 12 and 13-year old’s seeing this commercial and thinking, “Oh, I want to look like that!”

Then, the commercial continues and we see Girl A looking at Girl B enviously. Girl A starts to do her makeup exactly like Girl B to which Girl B loses her cool and starts fighting with Girl A.

I felt as though this commercial was saying: “Compare yourself to others and try to be EXACTLY like them” as well as “If someone tries to be like you/steal your look, slap them with your purse and start a fight for no good reason because they’re not worthy.”

The ad continued with similar circumstances until it finally came to an end, being replaced by a toilet paper commercial and leaving me with my mouth open and eyes wide.

I don’t know if its my new child-centric brain that I’ve acquired since I had a child, or the fact that I’m still all fired up from Emma Watson’s speech at the UN yesterday, but I feel as though this commercial (among many) is sending the absolute WRONG message to our girls. I’m not calling for a boycott of the products or anything like that. I’m all for the free market and the right to advertise your business. However, I feel as though commercials and advertisements like these are setting us back as a society.

Have you seen the commercial?

Watch the commercial below and give me your take:

 

What do you think?

 

 

Super Bowl Commercials

Happy Monday!

How ya feeling? I’m currently suffering from a wing-ice-cream-cookie-chip-and-dip hangover. But it was totally worth it.

Did you enjoy the stomping game yesterday? To be honest, I didn’t really watch that much of the game. I had to stream it on the Nook because we don’t get Fox for some reason. I was okay with that, though. I was only watching for the commercials anyway! That’s the whole point of the Super Bowl, right?

 

Most of the commercials I saw were…okay. There were, however, some hidden gems that I absolutely loved!

 

Ah, Tebow.

He’s had a heck of a few years, hasn’t he? I thought this commercial was hilarious because it was very cheeky, subtle nod to his professional life. Two thumbs up!

 

The Goldie Blox commercial is, by far, one of my favorite commercials EVER. This commercial really resonates with me. As a kid, I loved playing with Legos, pretending I was a Ninja Turtle with my cousin, and watching Batman: The Animated Series. So I like it when toy companies are like, “Hey, girls can like this stuff too!” (Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Disney princess movies and pink, sparkly things. But its not ALL I like).

 

I don’t even know what this commercial is about. All I know is: Tom Hiddleston is in it. That’s all I need to know.

 

This commercial got me Right. In. The. Feels. You can’t go wrong with a puppy and a horse.

 

And you know I couldn’t talk about the SB commercials without highlighting my Muppets and the new trailer that debuted!

 

 

Super Bowl Ads

So, evidently, there was a big football game last night. Did anyone watch it? I didn’t.

Instead, Huff the Hubs and I watched the tear-jerking film Pan’s Labyrinth. However, I did look at all the commercials online and came up with my favorites (and, to be honest, it was a little difficult).

 

Dodge Ram Trucks – God Made a Farmer

Growing up in an semi-agricultural state, whenever I see anything about farmers or ranch-hands, it gives me chills and warms my heart.

 

Go Daddy – Big Idea

How many of us have been sitting on the couch with our boyfriends, husbands, brothers, dads, uncles and they’ve said those five words that makes every woman roll her eyes: “I’ve got a great idea!”

 

Iron Man 3

Huff the Hubs and I watched The Avengers the other night and made me even more excited for Iron Man 3. This trailer literally made me squeal with glee.

 

Hyundai Sonata—Stuck

I feel like this commercial is basically the story of my life every time I get on the road. Without the ability to go around people.

 

Jeep—We Are a Family

Even though my feelings for Oprah have waned over the years, my love for veterans and the men and women who serve in our nation’s armed forces has not. I love any kind of commercial that recognizes, supports, and thanks our troops for everything they have done and continue to do. *Steps off soapbox*.