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Old 08-03-2005, 09:17 PM
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Hey, JC Penny: Nice back-to-school commercials!

No, really.

Last year they had a commercial with some suburban school kids dancing in a classroom to a reggae-inspired song (Rock Your Body, maybe?). The song was good and the kids' dancing was fun to watch. There was this one little white girl who was, as my husband put it, fuckin' it up (don't worry, that's good thing). She was a lot of fun to watch.

This year, same deal, except they've expanded the dancing locations (school bus stop, kitchen in the morning, outside of school) AND they're dancing to Black Sheep's The Choice is Yours. I love that song.

I'm not going to start shopping there or anything, but I do dig those commercials.
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Old 08-03-2005, 09:30 PM
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I like the "I like back...packs and I cannot lie" commercials. Don't know who the ads were for, though. Some effective advertising.
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Old 08-03-2005, 09:31 PM
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My favorite back to school commercial is the ad where dad is waltzing through the store, gleefully picking up supplies as the kids stand sullen. Classic!

I'll have to watch for the Penney's ad. They don't dress the kids up like hookers and gang bangers, do they? I hate that.
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Old 08-03-2005, 09:44 PM
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I like the "I like back...packs and I cannot lie" commercials. Don't know who the ads were for, though. Some effective advertising.
Target. The New York Post recently had an article about bad song choices for advertisements, and this reworked version of Baby Got Back was the impetus of the article, pointing out other offenders as well (Royal Caribbean using Lust For Life, Wrangler using Fortunate Son, Mercedes-Benz using Mercedes-Benz, etc.)
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Old 08-03-2005, 09:50 PM
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I've been hanging out at the Stormfront website (because I believe in "Know your enemy") and recently read a thread on Most Hated Commercials. Half of it was what you get here...complaints about the Pepto Bismol dancers, that sort of thing, and half was what you'd probably expect. Anything involving interracial couples, commercials where the black guy was smarter than the white guy, and so on

Anyway the one that kept getting mentioned over and over was JCPenny's. Because it had white kids acting "black" and dancing to "black" music. At the time I didn't even know the ads they were talking about but if it pisses off those people they must be doing something right.
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Old 08-03-2005, 10:19 PM
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My favorite back to school commercial is the ad where dad is waltzing through the store, gleefully picking up supplies as the kids stand sullen. Classic!
Is that the one for Office Max or Staples and the dad is Alice Cooper? One of the kids says to him, "I thought you said school was out forever."

Alice Cooper says, "No, that's 'school's out for the summer'." Then he continues on his merry shopping way.

It's a great commercial, but I have always been bothered because I seem to remember that in that song, there is a lyric that says, "school's out forever".

But anyway...
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Old 08-03-2005, 10:28 PM
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My favorite back to school commercial is the ad where dad is waltzing through the store, gleefully picking up supplies as the kids stand sullen. Classic!
Isn't this the one with the Christmas song? "It's the most wonderful time of the year..."
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Old 08-03-2005, 10:35 PM
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Gah I hate those commercials, mainly because I hate that stupid little girl. She always has some dumb look on her face. Bah! I've tried to find a picture for the last 30 minutes (I know..I know), but I can't find one. Trust me. She always looks stupid.

And I also find it HILARIOUS that "Baby Got Back" is used to sell school supplies to children. My favorite commercial is the one for Staples or Office Depot where "Rubber band man" is playing in the background-- that one is a lot like dad floating through the store buying things. Love those both.
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Old 08-03-2005, 10:50 PM
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I haven't seen the new one but I disliked the old one. The little girl popping her backside out seemed to be too suggestive a dance for someone that age. I bet a lot of pedophiles enjoyed that commercial.
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Old 08-03-2005, 10:55 PM
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...The little girl popping her backside out seemed to be too suggestive a dance for someone that age. I bet a lot of pedophiles enjoyed that commercial.

Boy, I'm glad I hardly ever watch TV anymore.
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Old 08-03-2005, 11:03 PM
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My favorite back to school commercial is the ad where dad is waltzing through the store, gleefully picking up supplies as the kids stand sullen. Classic!
That reminds me of when I was a kid. The only time in my life I developed asthma, was in August when they started showing the back to school commercials and mom started talking about having to get around to that.

Hell, I'm forty years old and I still feel a wave of anxiety when I start seeing the back to school commercials. Don't have asthma though, and the commercial you mention sounds pretty funny. Now.
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Old 08-04-2005, 12:54 AM
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And I also find it HILARIOUS that "Baby Got Back" is used to sell school supplies to children.
They aren't. They're selling school supplies to parents.
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Old 08-04-2005, 08:40 AM
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Hey, I like the JC Penny commercials. Those kids can really move. Weren't they in some Missy Elliot music video? And I swear I saw some music video for a Mexican? Spanish? song that had these kids ballroom dancing and breakdancing and it was all kinds of cool.
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Old 08-04-2005, 08:45 AM
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I seem to remember that in that song, there is a lyric that says, "school's out forever".
It's both. I haven't seen the commercial, but I think that's the joke.

I think the Baby Got Backpack commercial is very funny. If you didn't know, you'd think it was perfectly innocent. And it is a really catchy song.

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Old 08-04-2005, 09:44 AM
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I saw the Penny ad last night and was entertained. I'm not really into dancing and can't do it myself (not for lack of wanting to, I've got a bad back and leg) but I can appreciate that others have the skill and flexibility.
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Old 08-04-2005, 10:42 AM
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Hey, I like the JC Penny commercials. Those kids can really move. Weren't they in some Missy Elliot music video?
I never saw it, but my husband said the girl I mentioned in the OP was in one of Missy's videos.
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Old 08-04-2005, 11:07 AM
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She's actually in two Missy videos: Work it and Gossip Folks. She was also in Eminem's Just Lose It video and some Spanish video I can't remember.
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Old 08-04-2005, 12:48 PM
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I see occasional national back-to-school clothes ads. The funny thing is, I don't think there's a school that doesn't have some sort of uniform in this entire state. Are they trying to taunt the kids with the cool stuff they'd get to wear anywhere else or something?

I'm not really pro- or anti-uniform, but I do feel bad for the more fashion-conscious kids when I see that sort of advertising.
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Old 08-04-2005, 01:10 PM
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I just think it's absolutely hilarious that they had to edit the hell out of "Rock Ya Body" to eliminate the line metaphorically comparing his lust for the object of the song to his desire for marijuana.

And they didn't even edit well.
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Old 08-04-2005, 01:49 PM
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This year, same deal, except they've expanded the dancing locations (school bus stop, kitchen in the morning, outside of school) AND they're dancing to Black Sheep's The Choice is Yours. I love that song.
I also love that song, and thought "wow, what a weird choice" when I saw the commercial. The song was from when I was in High School/College, the kids in the commercial are far too young to have heard it, and if they did hear it, they'd think "oldies" and quickly dismiss it as not cool. So I thought "marketing mistake."

Then I realized that they aren't advertising to the kids - they're advertising to their parents. To me. That I'm supposed to see this commercial, be filled with nostalgia, and go buy my school-age child's back-to-school clothes at JCPenney's.

So now, it just makes me feel really, really old - and spinstery (since I don't have the school age child). I hate that commercial.
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Old 08-04-2005, 02:17 PM
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There are no JC Penneys in this state
i wish they would stop showing them
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Old 08-04-2005, 05:02 PM
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My current favorite ad is one I saw for the first time last night: Donny Osmond is sitting with the Sprint PCS guy (played by Brian Baker, my future ex-husband), and Donny starts listing the members of his family who he can call with Sprint's plan. When he says "Tito," the Sprint guy says something like, "Um, you guys don't have a Tito" and Donny looks all confused. Made me laugh out loud!

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My favorite commercial is the one for Staples or Office Depot where "Rubber band man" is playing in the background-- that one is a lot like dad floating through the store buying things. Love those both.
Same here.

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The little girl popping her backside out seemed to be too suggestive a dance for someone that age. I bet a lot of pedophiles enjoyed that commercial.
Comments like that are one of my pet peeves: kids don't have to be suggestive for pedophiles to "enjoy" them ... they just have to be kids. I agree that it's distasteful for children to act like adults in commercials, but it bugs me when people seem to think that no pedophile is going to notice the pretty little girl on TV until/unless she does something suggestive.
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Old 08-04-2005, 07:43 PM
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I'll have to watch for the Penney's ad. They don't dress the kids up like hookers and gang bangers, do they? I hate that.
I thought the Hookers and Gang Bangers look was the "in" thing with those young whippersnappers these days.
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Old 08-05-2005, 12:26 AM
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She's actually in two Missy videos: Work it and Gossip Folks. She was also in Eminem's Just Lose It video and some Spanish video I can't remember.
I believe she also does a bit on the Disney channel named “Mike’s Super Short Show”. She plays a sister to a little boy that rates Disney movies. It’s about a 1 to 2 minute bit and is supposed to look like a talk show type setup. If that’s not the same girl, then she has a twin sister.

After googling her I find out that she is the one and the same.

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Old 08-05-2005, 12:54 AM
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Isn't this the one with the Christmas song? "It's the most wonderful time of the year..."
Yes! I'd forgotten the music, actually. Now I really want to see cruel butterfly's Alice Cooper commercial, that sounds hilarious.

tracer, the hooker and gangbanger look are still in, it's just that JcPenney is banking on parents not knowing the look has actually been altered slightly and then copyrighted by Bratz and Bratz Boyz (which if you catch a gander, also explains their new line of Bratz Babiez). Poor parents, they'll go to Penney's and buy hooker 'n' pimp clothes without the all-important Bratz logo, and their whorish and hoody looking children will be ashamed for all time. There's a difference between urban and nasty, people. It starts somewhere around buying your six year old a jeweled thong to peep above her low riders.

I love the Rubber Band Man.
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Old 08-05-2005, 10:23 AM
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Wait a second... I've seen the JC Penny commercials and I don't think the clothes are really bad. They're pretty standard kids clothes from what I remember.
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Old 08-05-2005, 10:27 AM
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Wait a second... I've seen the JC Penny commercials and I don't think the clothes are really bad. They're pretty standard kids clothes from what I remember.
They're not bad at all. But since the commercials feature rap songs, surely the kids must be all gansta and shit.
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Old 08-05-2005, 10:28 AM
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I believe she also does a bit on the Disney channel named “Mike’s Super Short Show”. She plays a sister to a little boy that rates Disney movies. It’s about a 1 to 2 minute bit and is supposed to look like a talk show type setup.
Sorry for going off-topic, but Disney can market the hell out of themselves, can't they? Since Disney Channel is a pay station in most areas, they have no actual advertising, and where regular commerical breaks should be, they advertise their own programming and everything else Disney. Goodness, they are big.
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Old 08-05-2005, 10:45 AM
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Mercedes-Benz using Mercedes-Benz, etc.)
Janis, by the way, drove a Porshey. Old 356 Speedster. Nice mural on it, too.
http://www.officialjanis.com/porsche.html

I think she had it at the time she wrote the song.
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