Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bailey's Chocolate Cherry

I don't know what annoys me more about that stupid Bailey's commercial that comes on Pandora: the fact that it assumes all women are exclusively Sex-in-the-City watching, girl's-night-having consumers of sugary chocolate and fruit shots*, or the fact that despite this it still sounds kind of tasty.

*(I realize it's like a 15 second commercial and doesn't explicitly assume anything of the sort, but somehow the woman's tone implies to me that Bailey's believes that (a) all women like drinks like this and not real liquor like whiskey or gin and (b) no men like sweet cream liquors. Neither of these things, I should not have to point out, are true.)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Is It 1880?

I am watching the Hawks-Stars game and this commercial came on:


It's for Union Pacific. The railroad. I don't get it. Who is this for? According to Wikipedia, Union Pacific does operate some Metra rail lines, but they are largely freight shippers (because Amtrak took over passanger transport). So your average hockey viewer is not a direct consumer of Union Pacific services. Presumably we are all indirect consumers, and so I guess this is just about making the company look good?

I know railroads are still a backbone of goods transport in this country, but they are so under the radar that the whole concept seems anachronistic. It makes me want to send telegrams and install spitoons and shout about the gold standard.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014