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Worst commercials?

You don't have to hate the food, just the advertising. My nominee is Wendy's.

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  1. The McDonald's commercial that played a gazillion times during the Okympics drove me bonkers. It used Shani Davis to try and show that eating a McNugget was pretty much equal to winning a gold medal.

    1. The Wendy's girl is hot, but they have the most annoying campaigns.

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      1. re: wadejay26

        That girl is so not hot. Katherine Webb in the Hardee's commercial is hot, however.

        1. re: wadejay26

          Hot???! You have got to be kidding!!

        2. The Arby's commercial w/ the Alaska fisherman and the "food detective" who kept questioning that Arby's fish was actually caught in Alaska -- "Really?" Pause. Then, again, "Really?"

          DROVE. ME. NUTS.

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          1. re: HeyImBack

            Honestly all the Arby's commecials are terrible because even on camera their food looks unappetizing.

          2. Tim Hortons. Especially their radio commercials.

            But Wendy's ciabatta series are currently driving me mad.

            1. I'll nominate those horrible KFC commercials for the boneless chicken tenders, which consisted of people freaking out and being sickened when they thought they "ate the bones".

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              1. re: Boston_Otter

                Otter - actually that was sort of cool in a subversive Dada kinda way.

                1. re: emglow101

                  and the chicken enchilada sandwich....revolting

                  1. Is it local to me or is the submarine commercial singing "It's fillet o fish delicious" everywhere for a McDonalds special?

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                    1. re: suzigirl

                      We have that commercial here (Ohio). That sound in the background is THE WORST. I feel like McDonalds thinks they need a catchy fish tune every year now after the "gimme that filet-o-fish" one was so popular.

                      1. re: DragonDrumsticks

                        Good to know I am not alone in my suffering.

                      2. re: suzigirl

                        I love that commercial. Has that 20,000 leagues under the sea thing goin' on.

                        1. re: ClockworkOrange

                          First off, cool name. Secondly, you sound like my bf. He doesn't love it but can't grasp what I dislike about it.

                        2. re: suzigirl

                          I Love that commercial. It totally catches me every time it's on. Too bad I don't like Filet-O-Fish.

                          1. re: dobie_close

                            I hate to admit it, but that commercial is growing on me the more I hear it.

                          2. Any Hardee's commercial that features a woman having sex with a sandwich.

                            1. The two idiots from Sonic sitting in the front seat of the car...I keep waiting for someone to rise up from the back seat with a 2x4 and knock them out.

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                              1. re: cavandre

                                Yes, those Sonic ads are just awful. Their Advertising firm should be fired. Just so ignorant and shallow and STUPID.

                                1. re: cavandre

                                  I've read that they, for the most part, improvise the lines in those ads.

                                  1. re: cavandre

                                    Those commercials are great - they are up there with the old Ernest commercials

                                    1. re: cavandre

                                      I think some of them are very smartly done. Love the "swiss" vs. "swish" one.

                                    2. Hah! The point is to make you remember the brand. And you do! So these are good commercials. The bad commercial is the one you don't remember what it was for.

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                                      1. re: therealdoctorlew

                                        I actively avoid going to a Sonic because of those ads, so it's not working with me.

                                        1. re: therealdoctorlew

                                          Remember when Quiznos was running their bizarre series of commercials with the "Spongmonkeys"? (google it, trust me) ... at the time, they were called 'the worst commercials ever' and Quiznos got a lot of flak for them, but I read an article that made a good point: everyone was talking about them, everybody remembered what was in the commercials, and everyone was going around singing 'DA QUIZNOS SUUUBS"... so they succeeded :)

                                          1. re: Boston_Otter

                                            The singing snot, is what I called it. And I never, ever went into a Quizno's because it was so revolting. I couldn't even walk past a Quizno's without seeing that disgusting image.

                                            Quizno's filed for bankruptcy yesterday.

                                            1. re: Just Visiting

                                              Well, they were small tarsier monkeys with bowler hats and human mouths... dunno about 'snot'. Annoying, sure. Disgusting? Okay!

                                              Given that the commercials only aired for a month or so back in 2004, I think changing tastes in food had a lot more to do with Quiznos' bankruptcy than a short-lived and very effective marketing campaign.

                                          2. re: therealdoctorlew

                                            I have never purchased anything because I liked a commercial; however, I refuse to purchase anything represented by a commercial that irritates/insults me. I make it a point to remember the product so that I don't accidentally purchase it.

                                            1. re: Pwmfan

                                              There are too many products that I have bought for years that have really bad, annoying commercials; I'm not about to give up using them simply because of the advertising agency these companies employ. And with the advent of DVR, streaming TV sites, etc., do we really need to be watching commercials anyway?

                                              1. re: ttoommyy

                                                I can't imagine being so affected by a commercial that I'd either be pushed to buy something I didn't want or be driven away from buying something I might have tried.

                                                1. re: Boston_Otter

                                                  I have been so affected once. There were these commercials for Joe's Crab Shack where they would repeatedly scream take your top off! It was vile. I'm no raging feminist but this disgusted me so I would never go there

                                          3. Worst commercial of ALL TIME was the Chock Full O Nuts commercial in the 1980s featuring Paige Black (married to the owner and about 60 years old) dressed as a Swiss miss and "singing" to Pinocchio - I still have nightmares about it.

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                                              1. re: NE_Wombat

                                                Thanks for bringing back that memory! lol I like it... in a campy way!

                                                1. re: ttoommyy

                                                  YES indeed. But the rabbit and the deer who pop up in the kitchen windows in one of the commercials are reassuring.

                                              1. I'm going with Little Caesar's "combo mambo" ad. Enough already!

                                                1. Carls Jr. for their idiotic and erotic commercials geared to attract low class slobs.

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                                                  1. re: mucho gordo

                                                    I agree. I despise the Carls Jr ads. Especially the one for their new grilled fish sandwich. Watching the model lick her fish covered fingers makes me gag.

                                                  2. Reeeeeeeeeeed Robinnnnnnnnnnnnn!

                                                    Yum!

                                                    I didn't mind so much until our RR went way downhill so it is never yum.

                                                    1. Currently the Wendy's ciabatta commercials. Most annoying on tv right now.

                                                      1. Any and all Applebee's or Chili's or Olive Garden commercials.

                                                        I cannot get over how unappetizing they manage to look what we all know is pretty revolting on its own.

                                                        You'd think they would try and at least make it look palatable.

                                                        But shit drowned in yellow glop (aka "cheese" "sauce") or brown glop (god only knows) or red glop (aka "chili" or HFCS "sauce) just doesn't quite appeal.

                                                        I'm one of the few, however, who positively loved the Quizno sock monkey or whatever the hell they were.

                                                        Not that I've eaten at any of these places.

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                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                          Spongmonkeys and me too. I also loved the singing kitten commercial. I had to eat there about once a month because a customer I have makes the lunch request( she's a shut in and I indulge her) and she loved the Asian salad. They no longer make it and I haven't been since.

                                                        2. 'Bar-B-Chew'? and "baby back, baby back, gimme some baby back ribs" anybody?

                                                          or any of the creepy Burger King ones, especially the one when he turned up in someone's bed. it'd be like finding Divine or an especially weird Phylis Diller next to you at 3 AM (wow do I need cut back on the hard stuff) actually Phylis would probably be a hoot.

                                                          1. I don't pay attention to most commercials but I happened to catch a commerical this morning at the gym and it really just rubbed me the wrong way. I think it was for Honey Maid graham crackers and as described by E online "the ad features, in order:
                                                            A gay couple
                                                            Another gay couple (an older gay couple? Hard to tell. Maybe it's just the one)
                                                            A dad with tattoos
                                                            A single father
                                                            An interracial family
                                                            A military family
                                                            Lots of graham crackers

                                                            The tagline says, "Honey Maid, everyday wholesome snacks for every wholesome family."

                                                            It's not that I have anything against the ad or the above parties but it just seemed out of place in regard to graham crackers.

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                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                              I liked this commercial but when I saw it I thought right away about the cheerios commercial and how maybe they are trying to get extra press

                                                              1. We have a DVR.

                                                                Ironically your post piqued my curiosity and now I may actually *watch* some of those commercials.

                                                                Are any especially insipid/hilarious that I should note?