Opinion: Jeep's Super Bowl Ad Won't Unite Us
Last night’s Super Bowl got out of hand about as quickly as the newsman fight in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.
This meant that I, watching the game home alone since Super Bowl parties aren’t safe these days, turned to the ads to keep myself entertained. Sadly, with a few exceptions, most were as stinky as the game itself.
The ones that were supposed to be funny mostly weren’t, the emotional/inspirational ones were mostly fine but unmemorable, and the one that was so bad that I think it was intentionally terrible for the sake of virality was just annoying.
Sure, a couple of them made me giggle. Cheetos was good – hey there, Shaggy! – and the Bud Light Legends ad made me chortle. There were others I liked, but overall, the body of work from the ad world was bad.
When it came to the car ads, the GM/Norway one with Will Ferrell got a minor laugh out of me, while the Cadillac Edgar Scissorhands spot gets points for effort if not execution. But the Jeep ad was the one generating buzz from the minute it made its way online before the game.
Bottom line: Unity is hard, especially after a presidential election. Some commentator keeps saying, "The remedy is frequent elections", but that's loony talk. As the saying goes, after every election, the country is divided into two opposing groups: those who are afraid the winning candidates won't live up to their campaign promises, and those who are afraid they will.
Tim, Read this post on Monday and have made the decision to stop visiting TTAC. This was the "jump the shark" moment for me. Have been a loyal reader since 2010-11. Watched this site rise and fall, then rise again. Fargo days were a bit rough. Read great articles on the inner workings of the industry. Even sparked an article with a question myself https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/piston-slap-fallacy-believing-engine-hour-meters/ Exchanged emails with Steve Lang about a car purchase and supported Michael Karesh's efforts to track reliability trends. But the best part of this website has been the "Best and Brightest" comments. So many great discussions. Last rides by Crabspirits is worth a shout out https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/last-rides-compilation-album/ The downward trend in quality over the last 2 years has been dramatic, but I kept up hope. The constant pro-lockdown opinion you push almost made me leave earlier. But after reading how you admit to being a germaphobe with your description of trying to stay clean while pumping gas, was entertaining and sad. It must be tough for you being in a pandemic when you are already scarred of viruses. I really do sympathies with your feelings and hope you make it through this OK. Unfortunately it is now time for me to say goodbye. Your use of this site to push your politics is too much for me. Reading through the comments (when I originally read through them there were only 75) you can find many examples of thoughtful insights where members brought up different view points and were tolerant of others. Tolerance can only be achieved when you allow people who you disagree with to continue, tolerating things that you agree with is not tolerance. Read that last bit again and let it sink in. Writing off the fears of others (corrupt election) would be similar to me not respecting your decision to avoid contact from germs. Maybe you have a health condition and are at risk, maybe you are just afraid. Either way I respect and tolerate your viewpoint. I wish you could do the same.
Jeep pulled the Springsteen ad. He was caught drunk-driving in November, apparently.
Perhaps this ad can unite us after all. Most of us can agree that people operating motor vehicles while drunk deserve Society's scorn. Maybe ol' Bruce should get the Gina Carrano treatment. Can't stand him anyway, politics aside. The dude sounds and looks constipated when he sings.