Okay - I live in a "swing state". I've been barraged by ads for weeks and it's really wearing on me. So, to keep from going crazy, I'll share with you the horror that is the political ad which I find most annoying. I'll try to keep my MST3K-style comments will be in parenthesis.
This radio ad is by the Democratic National Committee (thanks, Wisconsin's own Russ Feingold, for your legislation; we now know just who is pissing us off). I hear it about a dozen times while I'm at work. It features two ladies. One lady, fresh from dropping her kids off at school (like they couldn't take the bus or walk), visits her friend at home (just barges in, not even knocking or ringing the doorbell). The home-friend has stacks of political mail piled about the house, and she tells visitor-friend that she and her husband plan on getting to those stacks some evening (this commercial has ran for over a week now, and I'm beginning to think they'll NEVER get to that mail). Visitor-friend says that she's voting for Kerry, because Bush is like a "HUSBAND WHO WON'T ASK DIRECTIONS"! (So that's your whole fucking reason? Because Bush reminds you of a man who won't pull-over and ask a stranger how to drive you to your crappy craft fair?)
The end of the ad comes when visitor-friend says that Bush doesn't care about you "unless you own an oil company or have, like, a gazillion dollars". (Holy shit - this is what the Democratic Party actually says! I always thought that kind of class-warfare was just a little joke, but this is actually being aired. I guess I must own an oil company and not know it, or that a "gazillion" is actually a pretty small number, because I'm not that bad off.)
Mind you, the voice-actors for this have that annoying motherly voice that makes you feel like you're being scolded for not doing your homework, so that goes towards making this ad pretty annoying, too.
Please share the advertisements YOU find most egregious.
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There's a radio ad here (I'm noticing a trend) where it's two men in the most exaggerated southern accents possible talking about Florida Early Voting as a way to make sure you vote and also as a way to "stick it to the Hollywood Elite". Which by the way is a phrase when spoken in the south always makes my Anti-Semetic Sense tingle.
But I wasn't sure if it was pro-Republican or two redneck conservatives being spoofed.
Is it really necessary to say "I'm George Bush/John Kerry, and I approve this message" when they are the only voice heard during the ad and can be seen speaking most of the words on camera? I'm annoyed by the local car dealers who think they are on the cutting edge of satirical hilarity when they end their ads with "I'm *Joe Car Salesman*, and I approve this message" How long'd it take you to brainstorm THAT one, Spanky?
The Bush ad aimed at at "young adults" (I guess) about Kerry windsurfing is extremely annoying. Did they think the young narrator and the hip surf music would attract young voters? It seems geared for those in middle-school, for goodness sakes!
Not really put out by the parties or anything, but the whole ad campaign on MTV bothers me. I don't care that Hillary Duff is "so excited" to vote in a year (I'm sure voting is the first thing on a 17 year old millionaire's mind), or that Tony Hawk wants me to vote, or that Xibit wants to "pimp my vote".
Also: Just last night, I saw the Bob Casey for Treasurer (I think) ad featuring his family. Now I'm sure they're lovely people, but nobody wants to see your bratty rugrat daughters make fun of you in your campaign ad.
Originally posted by Roy.Also: Just last night, I saw the Bob Casey for Treasurer (I think) ad featuring his family. Now I'm sure they're lovely people, but nobody wants to see your bratty rugrat daughters make fun of you in your campaign ad.
I'll second that one. That's nearly as annoying as Rick Santorum's "Pop-Up Video" ad in 2000.
I really hate those stupid fucking wolves.
"It's not a matter of whether the war is not real, or if it is. Victory is not possible. The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous. Hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance. This new version is the past and no different past can ever have existed. In principle the war effort is always planned to keep society on the brink of starvation. The war is waged by the ruling group against its own subjects and its object is not the victory over either Eurasia or East Asia but to keep the very structure of society intact." ---George Orwell, 1984
Originally posted by Roy.Not really put out by the parties or anything, but the whole ad campaign on MTV bothers me. I don't care that Hillary Duff is "so excited" to vote in a year (I'm sure voting is the first thing on a 17 year old millionaire's mind), or that Tony Hawk wants me to vote, or that Xibit wants to "pimp my vote"
The MTV campaign doesn't HAVE to be from any political party.
After seeing the ad where a teen girl asks the guy if he wanted to be drafted...pure idiocy.
Talk about using fear in a campaign...no chance in hell the draft comes back, and the President has said so over and over.
Here in Ohio they aren't annoying, just damn right depressing. One radio spot has Chad Lowe, someone tell me who the hell he is, rambling on about how Ohio was once a beacon of prosperity and in the last four years has become the armpit of the country. Which is kinda true, but DC has been killing us in the name of employing the Chinese and feeding Sam Walton's kin for 25 years now.
Far as national spots, both sides use that sarcastic ass, "oh, REEEEEALLY!" catchphrase to debunk the other guy. Just stupid!
The National Republican, uh, CC is basically pumping Connecticut full of Shitty Political Ad man-fat. Sub-Flash animation, pounding Rob Simmons (I think, it's either anti-him or he's the Republican) for not showing up for Norwich City Council meetings, voting to raise electric rates... It's not the content (animation/music issues aside) from the fact that they're EVERY OTHER FRIGGIN' AD. Not political ads. In general.
Oh, did I mention he's running in the 2nd District? And I live in the 5th District? -_-
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The goalpost haven't moved, I just figured that when people wanted credible connection they were assuming that everyone understood that by "connections" they wanted something that actually meant something.