Yes, I know this is supposed to be about dogs and crafts and fun, happy stuff, but sometimes something annoys me so much that I have to share it with as many people as I can. Lately I've been talking with everyone I know about a couple of television commercials that truly annoy me.
The first, and worst, is for Tyson Anytizers, some sort of microwaveable breaded chicken finger food. The commercial shows a band of teenage thugs ransacking a woman's kitchen, going thru the cupboards and refrigerator looking for a snack. They make disgusting remarks about the content of her cupboards and throw food around the room. Then the microwave bell rings and a smiling woman comes in and hands the delinquents a platter of these Tyson treats and smiles lovingly as they devour them.
What is wrong with this woman. Why hasn't she thrown the band of future felons out of her house and made her son clean up the mess they made before being grounded for the next five years? What are we supposed to take away from this commercial and what's worse, what are young children supposed to take away from it? That it's OK and a good thing to act like wild animals in someone else's home? That women are supposed to just smile and wait on the male sex at any age no matter how disgusting their behavior?
I wanted to e-mail Tyson and let them know my feeling about this miserable excuse for an ad, but of course, their web site is not set up for complaints.
The second ad is along the same lines, only the boys are younger. Perhaps it's the same group of boys a few years earlier. In this one a group of young boys are gathered around a table, presumably a birthday celebration. They are all pounding their fists on the table and chanting "cupcakes, cupcakes".
Mom is in the kitchen worrying that the cupcakes won't be pretty enough for the little brats and they will continue to pound the table and chant. PAM to the rescue. The cupcakes turn out beautiful and the brats happily grab them off the plate. Mom smiles and is so pleased.
Will someone please tell me what is happening here. Haven't women gotten beyond worrying about whether the males in their lives will be pleased by their cooking? Has society completely forgotten all about civility and manners. Is it OK for children to behave like Attilla The Hun and his gang while visiting in someone's home?
Are these really the images we want children exposed to day in and day out? Is this how we want children to behave? It's time to start talking back. If necessary, it's time to stop buying from these companies until they listen.
OK, speech over for today.