Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Commercials Taking It Too Far

I don't know about the rest of you, but commercials tend to fit into one of the following categories:
1. The ones that make you go "awwww" because of children, puppies, or other general cuteness (those toilet paper commercials with the puppies).
2. The ones that you haven't got a clue what exactly they are advertising.
3. The ones that make you blush due to embarrassment (under-clothes commercials or ones for "male" pills).
4. The ones that make you roll your eyes and change the channel.

Recently I have discovered a commercial that very sincerely fits into category number 4: the commercials that have been put out to PROMOTE CORN SYRUP. Have you seen what I am talking about? The commercials that start off with someone making a derogatory remark about corn syrup and then have another person (usually the ones drinking something with corn syrup or eating a popsicle) explain that it is “made from corn and fine in moderation.”

Does anyone else find these commercials completely ridiculous? Corn syrup has gotten such a bad reputation that they have finally decided to come out with commercials PROMOTING the stuff. Why don’t they just have commercials telling Americans to eat more sugar? Americans already consume the stuff [corn syrup] in mass quantities. IT TASTES GOOD. Corn syrup is a sweetener like sugar- it is yummy. You don’t need to tell people to eat it; they are going to eat it because it is pleasing to the palate. Yes, corn syrup has gotten a bad reputation over the past few years, but that is because of the obesity that has been sweeping the nation due to the mass consumption of calories (and trust me- there are a lot of calories in corn syrup).

We have commercials all over the place promoting things that are not good for Americans. “Hearty” breakfasts at Denny’s (with enough calories to satisfy half of your daily caloric intake), beer (an alcoholic beverage that causes 16,000 fatalities per year), and now CORN SYRUP.

Companies are taking it a little bit overboard to have commercials promoting something like that. Ladies and Gentlemen: I’ve seen enough.

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