We’re not just talking about bad ads, but those that make you jump for the remote and find something else to watch.
My nomination: the really depressing one showing puppies at animal shelters, with Sarah McLachlan in the background:
*In the arms of an angel fly away from here
From this dark, cold hotel room, and the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage of your silent reverie
You’re in the arms of an Angel; may you find some comfort here *
I lole dogs., and have two of them, including a rescue. I’m a member of the Humane Society of the United States. I can’t bear to watch the puppy beating commercial, and I flip the channel whenever I hear “In the arms of an angel”.
There’s a car commercial I keep seeing that advertises 0% financing. It really gets to me, because the jingle sings zero as “zeeee ro” over and over. I don’t know why it annoys me, but it’s like nails on a chalk board, and I literally do lurch for the remote whenever it comes on tv.
Mac/PC… Stupid strawmen, a pompous asshole being presented as the ‘right’ choice, while the ‘wrong’ choice is a pleasant fellow (even when they go out of their way to make PC look like an idiot and/or megalomaniac, he comes out looking better than Mac)… I either change the channel or mute the TV.
The Sarah McLachlan one just about kills me. I’ve never watched it all the way through because just the first few frames of it make me want to vomit. I don’t only change the channel for that one–I refuse to watch the show it’s interrupting. I’m a good human with a houseful of rescued dogs, so why are they torturing me?
I hate Billy Mays, the Vonage chick, and Kenley (heh) from the Progressive commercials, too, but the one that makes steam come out of my ears is the kid from one of those expensive acne treatment commercials who says something like, “I put some of that on when I go to bed, and in the morning you don’t have acne!” GAH! I didn’t have acne when you went to bed, you little dipshit!
On the flip side, I kind of like the Shamwow guy. I’d like to see him quietly slap the crap out of Billy Mays.
I cannot stand the Alltel commercials. Being a geek myself, those commercials have dissuaded me from considering their services. Watching those commercials makes me annoyed enough that I want to change the channel immediately.