Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Chris Pratt Attached for His Religion

In recent news, Actor Chris Pratt has come under attack by Hollywood and the LGBT community because he's a Christian.  His church is claimed to be "anti-LGBT" which is a pretty broad brush with which to paint.

If his church actually preaches that you should hate people of a different sexual orientation, that's one thing.  However, what they actually preach is that it's a sin.

Like lying.

Or using God's name in vain.

Or sex out of wedlock.

Or any of the other Commandments.

This is nothing but an anti-religious attack.  When "sin" now becomes defined as "hate," religion ends.  

And, it seems to me, that is EXACTLY what some people want.

Surprising as well that nobody asks freshman superstar Rep. Omar what her religion thinks about the LGBT community...

Monday, February 11, 2019

Prince Gives Advice About the Internet

I'm not sure the date of this video (likely early 00's), but truer words have not been spoken.

Heed the message:

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Monday, February 4, 2019

Super Bowl Commercials 2019 - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

I must admit that the 2019 version of Super Bowl ads seemed to lack punch.  Is it because more firms can't justify $5.2MM for a :30 spot?  Especially in the age of social media, where reach can be dwarfed at a fraction of the cost if things even go a little viral?  Perhaps.

I also did appreciate that we were not forced to muddle through a lot of sanctimony.  Given what Gillette just produced, I feared this would be the "woke" Super Bowl, and that is clearly what we did not have, with the exception of the Washington Post ad (yuck).

With that, here's this year's Super Bowl commercial instalment of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly:

The Good

Hyundai Elevator
Probably the winner of the night.  Did a great job of playing off human emotion associated with buying a car and offering a solution.  Funny, memorable, on brand:



Audi Cashew
A lot like the Hyundai ad, just not as effective.  Still, very well done:



Bud Light - Game of Thrones
This one is the hands down winner in terms of buzz generated.  Bud needed to do something with the dilly dilly arc, and for them to take it where they did is remarkable.  I'm not sure I've seen two brands pull off something this aligned, especially two such divergent brands.  This will make for a fantastic business case:



The Bad

Kia Telluride
I have absolutely no idea what they were trying to pull off with this ad.  From the weird voice over to the shots of nondescript citizens, does it make you want to buy a car?  I think not.  Not sure what their agency was doing with this:



Burger King - Eat Like Andy
1) Does anyone that traditionally eats fast food know who Andy Warhol is?  2) Will this sell any incremental Whoppers?  The answer to both is "NO":




The Ugly

Mint Mobile - Chunky Milk
Disgusting, especially considering that most of your audience is eating at the time.  Terrible ad that uses a gross-out factor to try and drive brand preference.  Really

Olay - Slasher
This one is disturbing as well.  I'm not sure how this production is going to lead to a lot more incremental sales.  How does something like this get green lit for a cosmetic?  


Saturday, February 2, 2019

Saturday Song Share: Kevin Gordon - Colfax/Straight Ahead

I have never been a kid in a marching band, nor have I ever been to Colfax, Louisiana but this guy sure paints a picture.

That Ted Nugent line killed me...


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