The Sprint ‘Framily’ ad is frupid. Am I the only one who thinks the new ads for Sprint’s “Framily” plan are stupid and somewhat insulting? Was there any thought put into this commercial? It sure doesn’t seem like it. What it does seem like is someone lost control of a brainstorm. How else can you explain a commercial that has so much junk thrown into it – a girl with cartoon birds flying around her, a hamster father, random family members. We get it Sprint – your plan lets you carry up to 10 lines. And yes, today there is no such thing as a traditional family. But I’m pretty sure no one has a hamster for a father. And even if they did, how is a hamster supposed to dial a phone? And…uh, even if it’s a supercool trick hamster and can dial a phone…they can’t talk! Hello!
Bring back Darth Vader and Clockwork Orange. That was some funny stuff.
How do you help 60+ cats get adopted in less than three months? Know a lot of great people. If you’ve been following along with me over the past few months you have seen the cats over at Second Chance find new homes at a rapid pace. Just as I took a selfish minute to ask for your help, back in January, I’ll take another today to simply say thank you. It’s bittersweet, given how much the volunteers loved those cats and their jobs – and that they were doing it days after losing the shelter’s founder, heart and soul. But they can all take comfort in a job well done.
Are we losing our sense of humor? I feel like so many people are apologizing for so many things on social media…it’s a little out of control. I look this past week at the backlash to Stephen Colbert’s satirical lampooning of the Washington Redskins…and the heat Nick Cannon took with his ‘white face’ promotion. It seems that no matter what, someone is going to be annoyed with something.
But at what point does the outrage and the apology become more of a cliché? I’m not saying you don’t have the right to be offended by something. I don’t think everything is funny and misunderstood. I happen to find Colbert’s skit funny and effective. I don’t think the Cannon move is funny. Or good, for that matter. But do I need him to take to Twitter to demand an apology or someone’s resignation? That’s a time-consuming burden. There are enough users who will find something offensive every minute of every day.
What happened to us? Is this a side effect of simply having the channels to share our thoughts? My grandma used to talk about writing a letter to a company – whether it was the fact that they advertised in Playboy or the fact their product packaging was poorly designed. I feel we’ve become that in a way.
But forget calling celebrities and brands out. What about calling each other out? Everything from timing to tone to visuals can be and usually is questioned. Now, I’m all for thinking when using social media but I do think there is a large contingent of people who overthink everything that is said and somehow feel it is their personal responsibility to correct people for their social sins.
I don’t know. I just don’t like where this is going. Anytime I see something that resembles the thought police, I get a little squirmy.
What did you guys think of ‘The Walking Dead’ season finale? For the first time in the last few finales (mid-season and season) I feel like I did during season one. I’m excited for the next episode. I’m nervous. I’m so nervous to watch one second of the next scene, yet I gobble it up, just like Carl gobbling up a can of chocolate pudding.
So what changed? The characters stopped drifting. Literally and figuratively. The farm and the prison set a slow, painful pace for our characters, drifting in and out of quiet, dull scenes where they exchange a series of constipated looks. Of course these scenes were mixed with enough walkers, backstory bits and Governor to stay interesting – more interesting than your average show. But to fans of the show – and the comic book – the characters weren’t living up to expectations.
That all changed the last two weeks as the gang arrives at Terminus and finally comes to grip with who they are – ‘The Walking Dead’ – and what that means for the life they make for themselves going forward (hint: sorry Hershel, it ain’t as farmers).
‘The Walking Dead’ writers remembered what ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Mad Men’ have known all along – you have some damn good actors cast in incredible roles. Don’t get cute – let them do the work.