2012 Super Bowl Ads Still Not Ready To Grow Up
There are two reasons people watch the Super Bowl every year. Mainly, the championship game is the centerpiece for diehard football fans. For those casual watchers of the sport, the expensive and typically entertaining commercials in between happen to be the draw.
Over the years, some companies have pandered to the mostly male audience with images that gratuitously cater to the oversexed nature of our world today. However, some noble attempts were made to steer away from the typical fare offered on Super Bowl Sunday.
Ronald McDonald House Charities offered a moving commercial centered
on a family rallying around a young boy who is suffering with leukemia. With images flashing of the boys family members all showing support as he goes through therapy in images, the clip ends sweetly with the young man backed with love, as he should be.
Another great commercial
was that of perennial tough guy Clint Eastwood and his classic gruff voice talking about Americas resolve in tough times for Chrysler Auto. One of the longer commercials at just over two minutes, the impression left behind is lasting.
A nice change of pace was Kia Optimas Dream Car For Real Life spot
in where the mythical sandman comes in to sprinkle dream dust on a sleeping couple. While the figure douses the wife just a dab of the magic powder, an accident has the sandman dumping half a bucket on her husband. The result: the husbands macho dreams are amped up to ridiculous levels while his wifes dreams are sweet and simple. A neat twist was at the end; the husband breaks past his dreams to crash his wifes serene party and whisks her off into the sunset all while driving the Kia, naturally.
According to Boston ad agency Mullen and their fourth annual Brand Bowl
, Go Daddy was the least liked brand shown during the Super Bowl. The Internet domain name provider applied its typical lowbrow antics, employing longtime spokesperson Danica Patrick scantily clad in a version of heaven most likely conjured by the dream of high school aged boys. Once again using sex to sell its product, Go Daddy saw a huge number of negative tweets with replies growing tired of the companys shtick.
Go Daddy has the dubious distinction of using a word in their company name daddy and cheapening it to the point that it nearly derails the power of the title. Real daddies dont sit around objectifying women at every turn or are consumed by lust. Some daddies are content to save that energy for the woman they love and to share only his best for his children. Instead of Go Daddy, perhaps more Stay daddy in the mainstream could help eliminate some of the negative connotation that the company applies to the word.
Lets hope next year that companies like Go Daddy realize fathers are at home watching the game with their families, and perhaps use their platform for something other than cheap visual gags and silly humor.