I kind of like these Progresso Soup commercials with their childhood nostalgic use of empty soup cans used as play phone toys. In this particular commercial, a Progresso Soup customer ‘calls’ a Progressive Soup chef about how much she likes the soup, loves her sister (but hates her hideous bridesmaid dress).
This Starbucks “Meet Me” video was filmed at the Kahala Mall in Honolulu, Hawaii and features Filipina American Sherylynn’s Starbucks story. The description: “Without knowing anyone, Sherylynn went to a deaf meet up at Starbucks, where she found a new community that changed her life.”
For the global campaign, called “Meet me at Starbucks,” the coffee giant isn’t focusing on products like it normally does in its ads. Rather, it’s focusing on the brand by chronicling a day in the life of Starbucks through a mini-documentary, shot in 59 different stores in 28 countries, using 39 local filmmakers, 10 local photographers and one director coordinating it all at 72andSunny, the agency responsible for the work. Each part of the ambitious project was shot in the same 24-hour period, producing 220 hours of footage, and features various subjects — from a hearing-impaired group meeting, to a group of women discussing scrapbooking, to elderly couples to teenage friends — going about their business at Starbucks.
When I saw the the adult white male asking for a sick day, one imagines he’s in an office setting asking his boss for a sick day, the same when we see the adult Asian American female asking for a day off from her daughter. Although I’m not a parent, I’m sure all parents know that you never have a sick day when you have to take care of your kids (even when you are sick).
One thing I would like to criticize though is that when a girl asks in the commercial, “Where does Asian American Doll” come from?” Instead of the Mom replying, “She comes from Asia,” I would have much preferred to have the Mom say, “Asian American Doll” was born in America or from Springfield, USA. Though statistically, the Mom is probably right (given the fact due to the last 15+ years of immigration, more than a majority of Asian Americans were born overseas).
And to be honest – to me, the Asian American Doll does not look all that Asian at all. And why does Asian American Doll has blue eyes? (of course, she could be wearing colored contact lenses, but most likely not). I guess SNL found the closest Asian Barbie that they could? Though doing a quick search on Amazon.com, I was pleasantly surprised to come cross a Barbie – I Can Be President Asian Doll! And if you know your U.S. constitution, you have to be born in the U.S. to become president 🙂
But overall, I thought this was a hilarious parody, poking fun at some of the past wrongs regarding Barbie stereotypes as well as the somewhat over political correctness creeping into something like making an “ethnic” doll.
Others, like Joz, didn’t find it as hilarious. “I didn’t find the sketch offensive, but I also didn’t find it funny,” she was quoted as saying to NBC News/Asian American, “Once it got going, I could see all the jokes and stereotypes before they came. Why so predictable, SNL? I guess it’s too much to ask for SNL to do anything more nuanced.”
I caught this commercial Discover credit card commercial recently and found it pretty entertaining, though I’m not surprised the Asian American female office worker had dated a white male co-worker named Gary last year, but admits that he was a mistake and attributes his inappropriate behavior to get her to kiss him by hanging mistletoe above her while she’s one the phone. I just don’t understand why the woman would be calling her credit card company during the holiday party?
I forgot when I first heard of the fashion designer Vera Wang, but I’ve mostly heard of her name associated with wedding dresses. So it came to my surprise to come across this Zales television commercial for her line Vera Wang Love diamond ring collection! By the way, I think finding the right woman is a whole lot harder than finding the right ring!
“For five long years, boxing fans have grown more and more tired of talking about “the fight,” while more casual and general sports fans care only about The Fight. At this point, Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO) is joining the herd in just making a little fun of the situation. Foot Locker’s Week of Greatness campaign features Pacquiao thinking he got the news that he’ll be fighting [Floyd] Mayweather: It’s a fun ad, and it’s nice to laugh about the situation. Most recently, there was a story about there potentially being $1 billion in a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, which is probably a little silly, but then the whole thing is more than a little silly in 2014.”
I know boxing is popular and a big sport with big money for fights, but the idea of two boxers getting paid up to a $1 billion for a fight seems pretty ridiculous to me! In any case, I guess you have to be a boxing fan to get this, what I consider, an inside joke?
I am a Fidelity Investments customer (as well as other financial services) and saw this television commercial the other day. To be honest, I am not sure advertising the fact that Fidelity does 1-second trade executions is that much of a differentiator to really convince others to switch to Fidelity or to execute more trades. Most individual investors are not day traders, and tend to hold securities longer than your average high speed frequency trader… But nice to see an Asian American male portrayed as an every day American individual investor.
“Oakland’s most ridiculous mayoral candidate, Peter Liu, was jabbed by comic Jimmy Kimmel Monday night for his wild take on the digital divide in Oakland. Answering a question about equal access to the Internet for the oakmayor2014.com website, Liu said: “The lesson here is this: When your son says, ‘Mommy, Daddy, I need internet access for homework,’ this really translates to: ‘I am gonna masturbate online while my parents at work yo.’” Kimmel also ripped from a Chronicle interview of Liu, where Liu says he was motivated to run, in part, by a relative who “called me a piece of sh–.””
I know current Oakland mayor, Jean Quan, is running for re-election, and is in a tight and crowded race (with 15 candidates running). My impression from watching the local news and reading the local newspapers is that Quan is not well liked and has a mixed record as mayor. One of Jimmy Kimmel’s viewers sent him a video of one not-so-serious candidate (or a candidate hard to take serious), Peter Liu.
After viewing Liu’s videotaped interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, it is a bit hard to take Liu’s ideas and bid for mayor seriously:
“Peter Y. Liu is a father, service-connected Army war veteran, insurance agent, commercial & residential real estate investor, and rags to riches self-made multimillionaire. Came to Oakland as a poor immigrant in 1987. Went through the Oakland Unified schools at Bella Vista, Edna Brewer and Oakland High. He has a bachelors from the University of California and a journalism diploma from the United States Defense Information School. … “
he’s accomplished quite a bit from humble beginnings for a young 30-something. But I’m pretty sure that Liu won’t be elected as Oakland mayor, or any public office, anytime soon.