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    AARGHH! That terrible Best Buy commercial "We're looking for the 'you're the best dad ever' " is back this year.
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    Commercials I hate:

    The ones with the guy with the beard that hawks cleaning products by yelling all of his lines at the top of his lungs.

    The reverse mortgage and sit-down tub ads. Am I the only person under the age of 75 that watches newsworld and newsnet on occasion?

    Any commercial that gets shown more than twice during an hour. Get some more advertisers already!

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    oooo...got a headache..."HEAD ON"...Head on...head on...head on....ARGH!

    now they have spinoffs of it...active on!

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    - On American channels - prescription drug ads.

    - Commercials for a product such as a knife, showing how difficult
    it is to do a task such as slicing a tomato or a loaf of bread using
    someone else's product. They probably grind the blades down on the "useless" knives so that they couldn't cut water.
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    Haha, those drug commercials to cure whatever ails you.

    Some may experience [random vital] organ failure, [some form of] cancer, [random] blood disease, or anything pepto bismol is good for as well as sudden weight gain/loss, and dehydration.
    If you are pregnant, may become pregnant, have high cholesterol, diabetes, drink, smoke, had a stroke, overweight, a stubbed toe, bad liver, etc. you should not take this medication. Sudden occurrence of rashes, hives, death, or itchiness may indicate an allergic reaction. Please consult your doctor.

    ^ Remind you of any commercials you've seen lately?

    Another thing I hate about 'just a few' commercials - why do they have to be 50% louder than the actual TV program?


    I don't mind that Best Buy one. Far better than those snake oil ads IMO. I miss those Taco Bell dog ads; at least they gave me a chuckle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 24karat
    - On American channels - prescription drug ads.
    I disagree. Those are the best. Pure comedy.

    Here, let us help you treat your depression!

    Side-effects include fatigue, drowsiness, diarrhea, having yourself allergic to your own skin, sudden death and serial killing sprees!

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    ^ The Viagra ones (any and all of them) with special mention of the "Good Morning, good morning".

    Specialty Channels that repeat the same four commercials over and over again. Including back to back renditions of the same ad.

    The "feminine products" commercials which have stupid tag lines like "have a happy period".

    TV previews which give the whole plot line i.e. the best, funniest, most dramatic parts.

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    That little girl with her imaginary friend Cindy in the Dairy Queen ad is really creepy.

    Those new La-Z-Boy ads really really suck, especially the one with the guy talking to the fly on his nose.

    What's really drawing my ire is Denny Andrews.
    Worst. Elvis. Impersonator. EVER.
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    There's a new road safety one with an injured guy in an ambulance getting asked weird questions. Creepy.

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    Here's one...

    "Remember this name... Clifford Kemp..."

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    Denny Andrews
    City Ford
    Any Wetaskiwin dealership

    Actually, pretty much all of the terrible terrible car dealership ads.

    I also detest the ads that play twice in one break - I would never use any of their products/services for being so annoying.

    Special mention goes to Brian Hall, retire you old git. Not an advert but had to get it off my chest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey
    That little girl with her imaginary friend Cindy in the Dairy Queen ad is really creepy.

    Those new La-Z-Boy ads really really suck, especially the one with the guy talking to the fly on his nose.

    What's really drawing my ire is Denny Andrews.
    Worst. Elvis. Impersonator. EVER.
    Good call on all those, Sonic. Can I add the Scotia Bank one to the list? "I need a second opinion..." <- maybe it's the frequency of the ad but I've really become to detest that stubby little guy.

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    The cat food one where the guys act like a cat...can't stand those.

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    "give like santa and save like scrooge" was used repeatedly by Crappy Tire for years. If they try to resurrect this theme this season then the nuclear option will be on the table !

    I miss Nicky Fordinski, though i see he's been resurrected with another series of commercials (can't remember the name).

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    * Any City Ford commercial...that woman has the most grating voice on the planet.

    * The one for a credit card,whose tag line is "Yup you've got Bankers"

    * I think Canuckian Tire has put that commercial in it's rightful place. They have changed ad agencies. Just pray they don't bring back that Husband and wife team.
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    The obnoxiousness of TV ads for car dealerships pales in comparison to their radio ads. They step up the yelling two notches and seem to actually expect me to believe that the owners want to cut me an exceptionally good deal because they have "too much inventory" or that the $2000 they will supposedly give me for a car that belongs in the junkyard won't be made up somewhere else.

    Quote Originally Posted by 24karat
    - Commercials for a product such as a knife, showing how difficult it is to do a task such as slicing a tomato or a loaf of bread using someone else's product. They probably grind the blades down on the "useless" knives so that they couldn't cut water.
    Some of those can be stupid enough to be chuckle inducing though.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barry N
    * The one for a credit card,whose tag line is "Yup you've got Bankers"
    Quote Originally Posted by 53latitude
    The cat food one where the guys act like a cat...can't stand those.
    I kind of like those ones, especially the bankers.

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    ^ Some of these ads are fine, original and "make you look/listen" the first few times but the charm quickly wears thin...which is when I reach for the mute button or become a channel surfer.

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    All commercials that insult my intelligence are bad commercials.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThomasH
    All commercials that insult my intelligence are bad commercials.
    leaving us only to wonder which ones you consider bad and whether they over or under estimated with their insult?

    my own "pet peeve" is the depiction of men as helpless, hapless idiots regardless of the product being peddled. whether it's saucy wings or home renovations or rrsp statements from another bank, if any group other than men was consistently depicted in such a fashion there would be class actions lawsuits from here to timbuktu.
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    duplicate - apologies
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    Quote Originally Posted by kcantor
    my own "pet peeve" is the depiction of men as helpless, hapless idiots regardless of the product being peddled. whether it's saucy wings or home renovations or rrsp statements from another bank, if any group other than men was consistently depicted in such a fashion there would be class actions lawsuits from here to timbuktu.
    On the other hand most household cooking and cleaning ads still depict women as homemakers. I thought the 1950s were over?
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    I detest almost all commercials. Save for the first time I see them. For the most part, a commercial comes on, and its time to channel surf.

    Though, I really dont watch all that much tv anymore. News + Sports... and the occasional documentary... and if really bored, channel surf primetime - buts a rarity

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    I am not a big TV watcher (addicted to the internet perhaps... ) but I am a chronic insomniac meaning that at 2:30 in the morning when my typing fingers and eyes are not working anymore I end up "watching" late night TV -- UGH!

    The same dating services which show teeny boppers in skimpy attire, Viagra, car dealership or money lender commercials over and over.

    I agree with kcantor that men are the only sector that can still be made fun of by displaying them as hapless and needing the "little women's help" thinking of the Swiss Chalet commercials here.

    However, displaying all women as only being "complete" with a partner and someone big and strong to fix that leak etc. is equally insulting.

    These two depictions are insulting as they are so obvious -- no work or effort went into the marketing campaign.

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    Commercial for CLR: It even cleans cement.

    I'll keep that in mind next time I have a dirty bag of cement. Don't they really mean CLR cleans concrete?

    Commercial for Kal Tire - If people had better tires there be less people in the ditch.

    Don't they mean fewer people in the ditch?

    Did these commercial writers ever pass their English exams?
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    ^^^ Those are nothing compared to a print ad I saw in the 1990s that proclaimed that "the sun is a giant ball of oxygen and molten rock". Where do marketing departments get these boneheads?

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    I don't watch much TV but I do listen to the radio, and I really can't stand those Rogers cell phone ads. I also have my hate on for the McDonalds ads about their breakfast sandwiches.

    The Alarmforce ads also have to go, But I do remember their phone number.

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    Those Big Earl ads with the guy dancing and lip synching the words to country songs. Seriously annoying! Those commercials are a little like a car wreck, though--you can't seem to look away no matter how bad it is.

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    I'll keep that in mind next time I have a dirty bag of cement. Don't they really mean CLR cleans concrete?

    FINALLY.... Someone that knows the difference between cement & concrete. It drives me bonkers when I hear someone say they are going to pour a cement driveway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry N
    It drives me bonkers when I hear someone say they are going to pour a cement driveway.
    I have seen some driveways that I am sure were cement..

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    There is a whole genre of ads on tv for the past decade that basically pit doofus husband / inept caveman against wonderwoman / got-it-together-wife.

    The latest of this useless parade of dumb-male sexist claptrap involves a woman learning to manipulate her husband into doing more chores with cheese lasagne.

    This is not what equality is supposed to be about people. Sigh.

    Also, didn't ads from Leon's used to be way better? A lot funnier? I think so. The calibre of their advertising has gone way downhill.
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    My other hated TV commercials include the gum commercials with the guys in Speedos, those Ford ads with that country singer Paul whats-his-name, and the Dodge Caliber ad with the screaming bearded guys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lux
    There is a whole genre of ads on tv for the past decade that basically pit doofus husband / inept caveman against wonderwoman / got-it-together-wife.

    The latest of this useless parade of dumb-male sexist claptrap involves a woman learning to manipulate her husband into doing more chores with cheese lasagne.

    This is not what equality is supposed to be about people. Sigh.

    Also, didn't ads from Leon's used to be way better? A lot funnier? I think so. The calibre of their advertising has gone way downhill.
    Yes... some of the old Leon's were great. Their campaign at Christmas was probably the best,. Currently the one featuring an airline employee that is trying to stop smoking is priceless[ especially when she yells at the passenger that the seat belt light is still on ] or flinging luggage across the terminal because of the carry on policy.
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    Default Aveo commercial

    There are a lot of commercials that are annoying yes, But there are a few that made me lacugh, Like:

    The old lady driving the yellow Aveo, where she is invisioning being young again. Hilarious.

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    My other hated TV commercials include the gum commercials with the guys in Speedos, those Ford ads with that country singer Paul whats-his-name, and the Dodge Caliber ad with the screaming bearded guys.
    I agree, Ford is about as bad as it gets; Paul Brandt and Lion Man? Just about the 2 most annoying in advertising; even worse than the Bell beavers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lux
    Currently the one featuring an airline employee that is trying to stop smoking is priceless[ especially when she yells at the passenger that the seat belt light is still on ] or flinging luggage across the terminal because of the carry on policy.
    ^ Yes, angry Deb is one of my favourite ads as well.

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    ^ Air Canada ad?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey
    ^ Air Canada ad?
    Nope........Nicoderm
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    I know, I was joking.
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    ^ Would be funny if it were not so indicative of AC...

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    yet again, i've only had good times on air canada and the only miserable flight experience i've had was with westjet.

    i dunno, it must be one of these stats things? i'm a statistical irregularity?

    i like AC and vastly prefer them to westjet.
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    No more Kirstie Alley doing the Jenny Craig ads please. Now Valerie Bertinelli on the other hand - wow she's lookin fine!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey
    No more Kirstie Alley doing the Jenny Craig ads please. Now Valerie Bertinelli on the other hand - wow she's lookin fine!
    Ain't that the truth!!

    Also get rid of that stupid screaming elephant commercial.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lux
    yet again, i've only had good times on air canada and the only miserable flight experience i've had was with westjet.

    i dunno, it must be one of these stats things? i'm a statistical irregularity?

    i like AC and vastly prefer them to westjet.
    I have had more problems with AC over the years than any other airline and since I have probably been on most that is saying something.

    They do have good pilots and staff I will concede that but their customer service from reservations through to flight attendants has always been sporadic IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 24karat
    Also get rid of that stupid screaming elephant commercial.
    Is that the ScotiaBank ad? yeah, that elephant is annoying.
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    OK, that recent anti- Dion Conservative ad is really upsetting me...what the heck already...that is a childish ad...
    Tired of being taken advantage of .

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    I think that the anti-Dion ads would make a lot more sense if they replaced the "not a leader" tagline with "not an arrogant *******". They have done nothing to lower my opinion of Stephan Dion but much to reinforce my feeling that Stephen Harper must not to allowed to lead a majority government.

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    The Mazda CX-9 commercial where the daughter in the backseat asks, "Mom, what does 'spoiled' mean?"

    I hate that snooty commercial. I want to see the next scene where she stops at a light and a squeegee kid wipes her SUV windshield with slop water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardS
    OK, that recent anti- Dion Conservative ad is really upsetting me...what the heck already...that is a childish ad...
    me too - and sent the following because of it:

    "for context, i have been a long-time supporter of the conservative party, a some-time supporter of the reform party and a long-time supporter of mr. harper.

    having noted that, i find the latest "attack ads" on stephane dion to be nothing more or less than insulting and embarassing at the same time.

    i am tired of trying to distance myself from this kind of "attack ad" and would hope that they will disappear and not be replaced or updated with anything like them, forthcoming election or not.

    if there is any such thing as a "sympathy vote" in this country, they certainly are doing a fine job of sending ballots to the other side. if the liberals or the ndp or the bloc choose to campaign in this manner, so be it but much of the prime ministers support has always been able to rely on his being principled and these ads do nothing to reflect that.

    i would not like to see a reversion to american campaign strategy where from the start of the campaign to the counting of ballots there is nothing of substance and nothing but slander and accusations and negative ads put forward. votes should be earned - and the prime minister and the party have earned them. to squander that in this fashion is disgraceful."
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    I love the Pedigree dog food ads. Makes me wish I could get a dog (not feasible for me for various reasons).
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    Seen on the Survivor: China bumper from the third episode on:

    "Just like we like it on Survivor, nice and wet!"

    Can't Global, which overrides the CBS signal up here, come up with better than that? I know I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey
    I Hope they paid Andy Kim a lot of money for his music.
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    Have you seen those stupid "Help, help, he's hurting me" Mr. Sub commercials?

    Yeah, that's going to make me crave for a Mr. Sub sandwich.
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    Anyone mention those damn singing Mini Wheats? I'd love to make it through an Oilers game without feeling the need to bust a cap in their frosted, strawberry a**!

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    I'm trying to decide which Pizza 73 I'm more sick of, the one at the airport security (both versions) or the one at the antique show (ditto, both versions).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey
    I'm trying to decide which Pizza 73 I'm more sick of, the one at the airport security (both versions) or the one at the antique show (ditto, both versions).
    Yes, both are sheer awfulness. However, the Best Buy commercials top the annoying category and they tend to manifest visions in my brain of bazooka-ing the tv.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey
    I'm trying to decide which Pizza 73 I'm more sick of, the one at the airport security (both versions) or the one at the antique show (ditto, both versions).
    Really? As dumb as they are I especially love the Antiques Roadshow one. The "owner" nearly gets clipped in the head by the "expert" when he flips the lid open...his dopey smile as he gawks to the camera and the unreciprocated high-five at the end all put a smile on my face. The little sparkle/jingle (as they do in the real Antique Roadshow) of Pizza 73 is a nice touch.

    The airport security one makes me smile when the guy rolls is eyes exclaiming, "oh, what was he thinking" or when she cuts the guy short and says, "sir, we have a job to do".

    Yeah, I know I'm probably in the minority for liking such commercials but I think they are well done because everything is understated at the same time over-the-top. To me, they're funny in a SCTV kinda way.

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    I like those Pizza 73 commercials as well, and I like the A&W guy.

    I think the Arbey's chimps doing the River Dance was pulled way too quickly, as it was quite funny. The second monkey from the right was really grooving.
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    Hey, I'm not saying that the Pizza 73 ads suck. But they are so overplayed right now that I am sick of them. I mean, do we have to see them virtually every commercial break? Keep this up, local broadcasters, because your actions seriously move me closer and closer to canceling my cable and selling my TV set.
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    ^ WHAT & miss the Yule Log?
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    I'm really starting to get sick of those commercials that use Christmas carol tunes for their advertising messages. Jenny Craig and Canadian Tire are examples.

    Speaking of Canadian Tire commercials they had a bearded know-it-all guy who was voted as the most hated person on TV.

    So they switched to a couple of bimbos who can't get anything right.

    They need a new ad agency.
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    City Ford's TV spots just reached a new low with the lame spoof of the IKEA "start the car" ad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey
    City Ford's TV spots just reached a new low with the lame spoof of the IKEA "start the car" ad.
    Amen,brother. I saw it last night. That woman is irritating enough but now this blatant rip off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by soycd
    Can I add the Scotia Bank one to the list? "I need a second opinion..." <- maybe it's the frequency of the ad but I've really become to detest that stubby little guy.
    The "onion" one is particularly iritating. Who leaves their daughter alone with such a creepy guy anyway?

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    I like the onion one lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moahunter
    Who leaves their daughter alone with such a creepy guy anyway?
    Hahahaha....no kidding!

    Glad someone bumped this thread...my latest beef...

    RBC. Last year we saw Fred or Frank, or Bill or whatever make a girls dressing room out of a broom closet at the local rink and he was rewarded for his efforts. How come we haven't seen anyone new this year? Is this a scam?

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    The new one for i think it was some brand of tires is really funny i thought. it is the one where the referee is explaining stuff about how the fans hate him and he has to make a quick getaway, so he hops in the car and drives off as angry fans come out of the building. The only person i could think of on that one was Mick Mcgoo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry N
    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey
    City Ford's TV spots just reached a new low with the lame spoof of the IKEA "start the car" ad.
    Amen,brother. I saw it last night. That woman is irritating enough but now this blatant rip off.
    There is a TV version of that crap???? The radio one makes me want to commit road rage...redrum...redrum...
    Tired of being taken advantage of .

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    ^^ Yes....... sadly it has made it's way on to TV. Just watch Global dinner news or I suspect even CFRN for one hour and you will see it. It can compared to a small town commercial in Podunk,Wyoming.[ no offence to the good citizens of Podunk]
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    There is a reason why I've never ever ever ever set foot in that dealership, and they just keep giving me reasons.
    Tired of being taken advantage of .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry N
    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey
    City Ford's TV spots just reached a new low with the lame spoof of the IKEA "start the car" ad.
    Amen,brother. I saw it last night. That woman is irritating enough but now this blatant rip off.
    just like the end of the leon's commercials ripping off dairy queen's...
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    I'm really starting to hate the Wal Mart "It's true" commercial.

    Man, if people in blue smocks were appearning everywhere I'd seek mental help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MylesC
    I'm really starting to hate the Wal Mart "It's true" commercial.

    Man, if people in blue smocks were appearning everywhere I'd seek mental help.
    and can you just imagine how low their prices could get if they didn't have to pay fourteen people to follow everyone around that left with two tiny plastic bags... always wondered what could be in those two tiny plastic bags that would be worth that much and could still be bought at walmart.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MylesC
    I'm really starting to hate the Wal Mart "It's true" commercial.

    Man, if people in blue smocks were appearning everywhere I'd seek mental help.
    Look at it as a warning to protect your personal information. The more "they" know about you, the more they can lay in wait for you. Never give them your real name, phone number or address

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    The worst ad on TV right now? The Campbell Soup one with the screaming woman.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey
    The worst ad on TV right now? The Campbell Soup one with the screaming woman.
    Well, the air-guitar screaming clerk in the Future Shop commercials comes a close second.
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    With provincial election on the horizon,some of the PC spots are pretty suspect. The one with Stelmach in a restaurant talking to customers,is something that looks like it was written by someone in community television 15 years ago. Pretty weak,now where is the remote?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry N
    With provincial election on the horizon,some of the PC spots are pretty suspect. The one with Stelmach in a restaurant talking to customers,is something that looks like it was written by someone in community television 15 years ago. Pretty weak,now where is the remote?
    still not as offensive as the entire "no plan" campaing and at least you know who really sponsored/paid for it.
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    ^ Yes, the ' no-plan' ones are darn offensive.
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    I don't know if they're offensive, but man are they ever cheesey. The whole "noooo plaaaannnnnn" whisper in the background is unintentionally hilarious. It's like they're trying for subliminal messaging or something.

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    Cheesy is not even the beginning. A pathetic attempt at a smear campaign and disguising them as "Albertans for Change"....just say brought to you by local 343...
    Tired of being taken advantage of .

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    well, the PC's admitted to having no plan. so as far as smear goes--it isn't that. the style of the ads and the "hidden" backing are a bit objectionable but these are no where near to being as annoying as the mop commercials.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grish
    well, the PC's admitted to having no plan. so as far as smear goes--it isn't that. the style of the ads and the "hidden" backing are a bit objectionable but these are no where near to being as annoying as the mop commercials.
    some would strongly disagree that an admission to what may have been the case prior to the last leadership review remained so afterwards. one need only look at a wide range of examples - from royalty reviews to the teacher's unfunded pension liability to long-term municipal funding to capital region planning issues - to see what has changed in the past year. you may not agree with how any of these - or any others for that matter - have been resolved but it's hard to say there was no plan to address them or that they were not dealt with. and from too many years of experience and disappointment, campaign promises do not a plan make - it's really easy to make promises when you are not accountable for their implementation, their consistency or their results.
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    changes--yes. plan--no. all of these were done with an election in sight. so yeah, the plan has been to not loose the election, but how many of these were long-term pc party plans that were just coming to fruition? none. everything that the PC's had put forth (things like the med plan etc) was done without prior consultation and as such getting really bad reviews as things that were just slapped together for the election promise. the pc's were caught by surprise and are now scrambling to catch up in everything from housing to road work to health to environmental issues and everything in between. had they a plan--we would be reaping the benefits of it by now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kcantor
    Quote Originally Posted by grish
    well, the PC's admitted to having no plan. so as far as smear goes--it isn't that. the style of the ads and the "hidden" backing are a bit objectionable but these are no where near to being as annoying as the mop commercials.
    some would strongly disagree that an admission to what may have been the case prior to the last leadership review remained so afterwards. one need only look at a wide range of examples - from royalty reviews to the teacher's unfunded pension liability to long-term municipal funding to capital region planning issues - to see what has changed in the past year. you may not agree with how any of these - or any others for that matter - have been resolved but it's hard to say there was no plan to address them or that they were not dealt with. and from too many years of experience and disappointment, campaign promises do not a plan make - it's really easy to make promises when you are not accountable for their implementation, their consistency or their results.
    While I dislike the ads, I do tend to agree that there still really is no vision for Alberta's future coming from Stelmach. Yes he's addressed a lot of issues in the past year or so, but I still don't see a singular, unified vision of where he wants to take the province in the next 5, 10, or 20 years. Most of what I hear coming from the PC's is very much a "govern for the sake of governing" election platform.

    That said, I think that can be said about the other political parties as well. There's really no inspirational, visionary leader reader to drag Alberta into the new millenium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardS
    Cheesy is not even the beginning. A pathetic attempt at a smear campaign and disguising them as "Albertans for Change"....just say brought to you by local 343...
    I know what you mean! Kind of like taking an Alberta oil company PR consultancy and disguising them as "the PC Party"...
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    Quote Originally Posted by lux
    Quote Originally Posted by RichardS
    Cheesy is not even the beginning. A pathetic attempt at a smear campaign and disguising them as "Albertans for Change"....just say brought to you by local 343...
    I know what you mean! Kind of like taking an Alberta oil company PR consultancy and disguising them as "the PC Party"...
    nothing like a discussion about the actual issues and positions being taken or the alternatives being proposed and their alternative impacts on our lives or the lives of our children, none of which has anything to do with "tv commercials that make me reach for the mute button".
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    Right! Sorry...I've gone off topic in a way you don't agree with. A thousand apologies.

    Ummm...commercials...let's see...bad commercials....hmmmm...

    Can't stand "United Furniture Warehouse" jingo.

    Or did you want to debate policy?
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    This thread is hysterical and a lot of the commercials I have not seen. That may be because I don't have a TV but............only kidding

    The one that does my nut in is the AMAAAAAAAAAAAAEEEEEEEEEEYYYYYYYYYYYY

    Ads like that when they can't sing and the tune is awful makes me cringe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lux
    Right! Sorry...I've gone off topic in a way you don't agree with. A thousand apologies.

    Ummm...commercials...let's see...bad commercials....hmmmm...

    Can't stand "United Furniture Warehouse" jingo.

    Or did you want to debate policy?
    we've managed to stay a bit more on topic at http://www.connect2edmonton.ca/forum...?p=85632#85632 but haven't gotten much into policy yet...

    agree on the jingle by the way.
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    A lot of commercials bother me, but the only one that makes me turn the channel is the one where the girl slips and spills a boiling pot of grease on her. It's some sort of workplace safety commercial or something....I'm never able to watch it long enough to see what it's for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindseyT
    A lot of commercials bother me, but the only one that makes me turn the channel is the one where the girl slips and spills a boiling pot of grease on her. It's some sort of workplace safety commercial or something....I'm never able to watch it long enough to see what it's for.
    Again, I have not seen this. I honestly don't think we all get the same commercials. Hhhhmmmm....

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    I'm finding the Full House Lottery ad kinda grating with the gospel music and the phony "soul sista" voice-over.
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    Those *&%# Brand Power adds!

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    Any maltesers commercial...
    On the radio I can't stand the Spence Diamonds guy, or the new drug vocabulary/language commercials... I think the people that thought up those ones are out of the drug vocabulary loop more then most parents would be. I did enjoy the parody that sonic did with the old people and the internet/technology things though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindseyT View Post
    Those *&%# Brand Power adds!
    You are so right. Worst. Commercials. Ever.

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    The Subway commercials have strengthened my resolve to boycott that chain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by LindseyT View Post
    Those *&%# Brand Power adds!
    You are so right. Worst. Commercials. Ever.
    many like them coz of the girl's, you know, big.....eyes. my wife changes the channel every time she pops up on the screen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hamilton515 View Post
    Any maltesers commercial...
    On the radio I can't stand the Spence Diamonds guy, or the new drug vocabulary/language commercials... I think the people that thought up those ones are out of the drug vocabulary loop more then most parents would be. I did enjoy the parody that sonic did with the old people and the internet/technology things though.

    I agree. The Spenth Diamonds guy is truly annoying.

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    Commercials for Lazy boy furniture are really getting to me lately, especially the "OOH! AH!" one.

    Gotta keep that remote handy!
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