"Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public."--H. L. Mencken
The collection of idiotic American advertising across various types of media has been a hobby of mine for years. This past time is a guilty pleasure, though not a very challenging one, as specimens of the "art" of stupid advertising are plentiful-if not ubiquitous. A wonderful feature of free market economics.
In addition, I am not a huge fan of attorney/law firm advertising in most forms-buses, billboards, TV, internet. Nearly all such ads are stupid (see previous paragraph) pandering, and some, in my humble opinion, unethical. And lawyer ads certainly are misleading. No one above the age of 5 really believes Keebler cookies are made by cartoon elves. However, there is a great likelihood that your Chips Deluxe came from an oven in a hollow tree than that the lawyer on the bus, billboard or commercial will ever take a personal or professional interest case he/she wants you to hire her/him to handle.
Anyway, a recent search for stupid adverts led me to this particular find, which combines both stupid advertising and bad legal advertising all in the same computer screen. The attorney ad is only funny based on its placement. However, it is a cautionary tale to those of us who may be offered internet advertising, allegedly "targeted", by some complex algorithm, to our prospective client audience.
The site, YouTube. The video-"Americans will buy anything 1! Top 10 Worst Infomercials".
By the way, the name and facial features of the attorney have been skillfully altered. Here goes:
Kush (the comfortable night time companion) supplying breast support for women sleeping on their sides.
Uro Club for bladder control problems on the golf course. “The discreet sanitary solution for your urgent relief.”
Comfort Wipe-the sanitary extension arm and holder. “The first improvement on toilet paper, as we know it, since the 1880s.”
Tiddy Bear eliminates all those annoying shoulder strap problems. I am sure the sound of the product’s name and the fact that the face of the Tiddy Bear is facing the lady’s body is mere coincidence.
Aspray—no further description needed or desired.
I began this post with a quote from H. L. Mencken. I'll end it with a few more.
"Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket."--George Orwell.
"Advertising is a valuable economic factor because it is the cheapest way of selling goods, particularly if the goods are worthless."--Sinclair Lewis
"Advertising is the life of trade."--Calvin Coolidge