Advertising to Boys and Girls

I utterly despise advertising and advertisers. Utterly. The skill to make people fret about what they don’t have, and consume things that they neither want nor need is no skill that the Earth needs at this point.

I like to rant in particular about the image of women in advertising, and how they are portrayed in any of three ways: sexy, virginal, or pregnant. And always in need of something to improve themselves, because they are never good enough.

And now I discovered a sketch by my favourite duo, Webb and Mitchell, that encapsulated this wonderfully.

Now off you go and consume something pointless for Christmas, or else nobody will love you. And especially not me.

/ Paddy

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9 thoughts on “Advertising to Boys and Girls

  1. It’s messed up isn’t. Did you watch “The more you subtract, the more you add”? It’s interesting. And the woman talking about it is funny. I should watch it again.

  2. The skill to make people fret about what they don’t have, and consume things that they neither want nor need is no skill that the Earth needs at this point.

    I think that might be the quote of the month. Well said. And thanks for the M&W chuckle.

  3. I don’t know about Swedish television. Do they have it? But in the UK the number of actors whoring themselves in adverts is amazing.

    I remember a comedian called Bill Hicks who died in the early 90s. He would poke fun at any “celebrity” who made adverts. “Suckers of Satan’s cock,” he would say. And now, they all do it!

    “My wife bought a Dell laptop at PC World,” says Marcus Brigstock.

    No she didn’t and aren’t you supposed to be a green activist in your spare time???

    • The public service channels are (mostly) ad-free. Although if you waste your life watching TV you deserve to be advertised at, if you ask me.

      Hicks was king. And he was right. I’m so arse-over-elbows glad that Tiger Smarmy Woods is in such trouble, the soul-selling moron.

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