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Today, inspired by the ad campaign for Dr Pepper 10 -- which he says "tastes fantastic," by the way -- John Seaborn Gray talked sexist commercials.
Commenter Helen wrote in to say that the Dr Pepper spot doesn't bother her:
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The advertising is so over the top ridiculous and tongue in cheek (and yes, a total rip off of the Old Spice campaign), that this particular ad doesn't bother me. It's not as sexist as it is silly. So silly, you just can't take the 'men only!' message seriously.
I suspect this was purposeful. I heard about Dr. Pepper 10, not from the commercial, but from the blogosphere talking about the commercial. I fast forward through commercials. Everyone I know fast forwards through commercials. It's the PETA strategy. Controversy gets people talking. The product is in your consciousness. You see it in the store, so you try it. Why not? Next conversation you have about those ads you say 'hey, I tried it! It's pretty darn good!'.
I did try it. It's pretty darn good.
That Dodge ad makes me stabby though. If I start ranting, I won't stop. So...
Helen, are you stabby, or suffering from PMS? You might want to get some milk on the way home... (Also, WTF? Milk???)