Ads which actually put you off buying the product
For a while now, I’ve had a fond ambition to start a series of posts which would be titled “Product Boycott of the Week”. Which would be about ads which, far from making you want to buy the product, would make you flee in the opposite direction. Or, sometimes, barf.
In this literal minded age, though, I’m too nervous that it might lead to someone wanting to Sue my Ass. So, Ad Nauseam.
The Toohey’s Travelling Tongue has been the reigning ad in the “that’s so disgusting I can’t even watch it” category for years now. But it may have been toppled from its throne, at last, by the truly retchworthy Mentos ad where a guy’s nipples grow to astounding lengths – they look a bit like snail’s horns – and then he goes about using them to work turntables and so on, as you do.
Can’t find a link to it but it seems to be a ripoff of this Frisk commercial. Look at the way the women are looking at him with such approval, instead of the appropriate “you freak! Get those things away from me!”
Not only does this not make me more likely to buy Mentos mints in the slightest, but JahTeh, a regular customer, is so traumatised she’s going to stop buying them.
Ad people are so clever.