Ad Nauseam

Do Explicit TV Commercials Make You Want to Pay Up or Throw Up?

imageMonique Hawkins
Age 39
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Artist

What's the most disgusting commercial on TV? I think it's called Smart Beep. It's for gas. A woman gets in the car, and while her date is walking to his side, she lifts her behind and passes gas. Also the Boar's Head ad for molded chicken made from things they normally throw away.

Should there be a limit to what's advertised? Yes, but people prefer to take these complicated medications and live with side effects, rather than do something simple like drink a lot of water. The body can cure itself.

Do ads influence you? Food ads tempt me, but I do special-occasion-only junk food.


imageWayne Li
Age 28
Resides New Jersey
Occupation student

What's the most disgusting commercial on TV? The ads that tell women how to grow hair and then how to remove it. I'm from China and American ads are much more sophisticated. In China, they frame it as something educational, speaking to women about their breasts with catchy phrases like "Nothing Can't Be Bigger!"

Should there be a limit to what's advertised? So far I haven't seen anything inappropriate.

Do ads influence you? Yes, this jacket I'm wearing I saw in an ad for Century 21. I bought it two days ago on sale.


imageDavid Aloia
Age 30
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Product Manager

What's the most disgusting commercial on TV? Xenical. It's a fat blocker that promotes weight loss while warning "possible increase in bowel movements and gas with oily discharge. You may experience an inability to control your bowels."

Should there be a limit to what's advertised? No. If the FDA is going to allow pharmaceuticals to advertise, people should know the potential dangers of taking medications.

Do ads influence you? Not consciously. The Internet ads, which are all over TV, haven't yet made me want to order things on my computer.


imageMark Culley
Age 23
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Caterer

What's the most disgusting commercial on TV? Viagra ads, not because they mention erectile dysfunction, but because if you take it you may have a heart attack. If you're a person who runs a risk of dying during sex, why increase it by taking this drug?

Should there be a limit to what's advertised? I'm against the ads that promote a certain fantasy lifestyle, ones that target the sitcom audience.

Do ads influence you? I don't have enough money to buy the things they're advertising.


imageNikki Page
Age 26
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation High school teacher

What's the most disgusting commercial on TV? The hair ads and the allergy ads with people running through the fields. In magazines, the style ads that make you feel like you're a loser if you don't rush out and buy the must-have item.

Should there be a limit to what's advertised? Yes, particularly when they're directed at young women. Anything to do with weight loss. Victoria's Secret Angel ads, because women shouldn't still be having to walk around in their underwear.

Do ads influence you? I'm influenced by the subway ads. I'm convinced that I bought a Guess shirt only because I stared at it in some ad on the train.


imageKatleiah Veridian
Age 26
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Artist

What's the most disgusting commercial on TV? Diaper commercials that show little kids completely naked. It's straight-up exploitation.

Should there be a limit to what's advertised? Yes. I remember when commercials for cigarettes were running and the ads were pretty seductive.

Do ads influence you to buy their products? Yes, although I'm scared off by the disclaimers. If they have to list the side effects, how safe can the product be?


imageMo Keite
Age 27
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Bike messenger

What's the most disgusting commercial on TV? I don't watch them. I change the channel.

Should there be a limit to what's advertised? Beer shouldn't be advertised as long as marijuana is illegal, and cigarettes, which are advertised on the street, are at least as bad as either one of them. I think that toys and video games that promote killing your enemy should be pulled.

Do ads influence you? Pizza Hut and Domino's make me want to get pizza, but they have a monopoly. Smaller pizza places can't compete.

 
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