Today protein, tomorrow SLAP CHOP!

Days of Our Product Placement

I've said time and again, I don't watch much regular TV.  I watch a lot of clips on the internet, and DVR'ed episodes of shows that I do enjoy.  I am weird.  I like commercials.  I often wonder how they are targeted for the audience that might be watching the show in the area I am in.  It's very interesting to me.  What's Really Interesting are the ads that come on the local New Hampshire and Rhode Island Channels after the news.  "Hi, Want To Chat With Local Singles?"

I have never enjoyed "soap operas."  I don't understand them, they are beyond my scope of social understanding.

There's quite a history, however, of the Soap.

Recently, some soaps have been called out on obvious product pimping.  (Not unlike The Biggest Loser, which I don't watch at all, but when I do, it's to see the product whoring.)

Check these for example, WITH FULL COMMERCIALS WRITTEN INTO THE SHOWS:

All of these products, found at Wal-Mart!  Bing!

Who do they think they are kidding?  Or does it matter?  Do women (target soap audience, young stay at home women… older women that have been watching since the beginning of time…example, my husband's 70something year old aunt, watches one of these soaps daily, tapes it on the VCR we gave her like 12 years ago…) take this literally?

But, perhaps it's because the soap hasn't been infiltrated yet?

"Derided by critics and disdained by social commentators from the 1930s to the 1990s, the soap opera is nevertheless the most effective and enduring broadcast advertising vehicle ever devised. It is also the most popular genre of television drama in the world today and probably in the history of world broadcasting: no other form of television fiction has attracted more viewers in more countries over a longer period of time."  (Allen)

Is this cheaper than placing an advertisement during the show?  

OR — is this BECAUSE everyone DVR's and fast-forwards through the commercials?  

I understand that the companies might want to get the products out in front of more eyeballs, since typical commercials during daytime shows are ignored, but PLEASE.  Really?

Is there not a smoother way of sneaking your whole grains into TV time?  I mean, as a blogger, I am inundated with offers to promote the same products, from the same companies, including Cheerios, but we are required to make disclosures, and separate the fact from the fiction.

What if they did this during the Superbowl?  COOL!  Everybody stops on the field, to drink a Bud?  And, then, FLASH MOB?

Today protein, tomorrow SLAP CHOP!

What if You Ate Only What Was Advertised on TV?

In the land of obesity it's not that far off to suggest that many of us DO EAT WHAT IS ADVERTISED ON TV.  Think about that for a second.  I don't right NOW, but it's very easy to slip into a pattern of  fast food, microwaved meals, fast food, quick-serve meals at The Olive Garden, repeat!  TOO EASY.

What If You Only Ate What Was Advertised On TV ? TIME

It should come as no surprise that the typical American diet isn't exactly brimming with healthy goodness — rather, it's laden with fat, sugar and salt. And now new research published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association points to a troubling reason: TV ads for food may be skewing our decisions on what we eat in powerful ways.

A roll of glossy, grey duct tape.

I am posting a sort of naked photo, so you better be nice.

A roll of glossy, grey duct tape.Image via Wikipedia

I went shopping today to find an outfit or two to wear to the Obesity Help SO CA Weight Loss Conference.

I had promised that I would do a live product review of the Slimpressions "The Have Nots" Body Shaper.  I have to tell you - 

I need MORE Slimpressions.  

All of them.   I want my WHOLE BODY COMPRESSED.  I felt 100% more secure once my extra skin was, you know, IN PLACE.  Not that I haven't had, you know, my belly squished into Spanx, but this was different.  My arms were compressed, as well as my sides, back, belly and hips.  And, it, um, gave me boobs.  I'm a 36A.  This made Things Appear Larger Than They Actually Are.

Here is the product on a model on the website:

 
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Um.  I took a blurry iPhone photo in the dressing room before I tried on an outfit, in only the shaper. Don't laugh, because I'm likely to delete it and run and cry.

At the risk of making my daughter hate me: BIEBER FEVER!

Lyrics:

Hey yo, its me again. Im everywhere and 
Im still rockin lesbian hair

Im on your T.V. Im on your phone
I declare this world a Bieber zone

Im made of cupcakes, ice cream, and flowers
Young girls are helpless to my dark powers

They cant stop screaming they dont know why
They pee their pants then they fall down and cry

Chorus
All these shorties got Bieber Bieber Fever 
They love me like Milfs love Derek Jeter

I got em drooling like golden retrievers
They all bow down to me cus I am their leader

SCIENTIST 
It starts with screaming, and OMGing
Followed by weeping and lots of tweeting

Once theyre infected they are insane
The only cure is to disable the brain

JASPER
I hate this pop crap, I like to rock
Hes worse than Backstreet Brothers on the Block.

CHET
Hes aint so bad, he could be worse. (He becomes hypnotized)
I think I love him. 

JASPER
(Hes now hypnotized as well) Hey, I saw him first!

SCIENTIST
If your daughter catches Bieber Bieber fever 
Chop off her head with a meat cleaver 

REPORTER
Can adults contract Bieber fever?

SCIENTIST
Yes! But its mostly single moms and substitute teachers.

Lil Wayne
Weezy F. Baby and you know Im paid
I dont want to drink no Bieber Kool aid

I sip on syrup and smoke that Cheeba
Im way too gangta for Justin Bieber

I dont want to do a do a duet 
This little motherfuckers gonna ruin my rep

Every rapper has to do a song with this cutie
Its the hip-hop version of jury duty

Ill never sell out, cus Im little Wheezy
Im feeling light headed and a little queasy

Wanna carry you around on my shoulders
And tattoo your name up on my shoulders

You could be my little caucasian brother
If we go to the movies do we have to bring Usher?

I got a baby mama but I want to leave her
Cus I gotta bad case of the Bieber Fever

BIEBER
Bieber Bieber Fever
Now the whole planets got Bieber Fever
The streets will flow with blood of the non-believers

Theres no defense against Bieber Fever 

LIL WAYNE
Bieberback, Bieberback. Bieberback, ribs. Yummy.

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The Apple Jacks are sending me a subliminal message.

It's the last day of school vacation, and I need groceries.  Dad's working, and I have completely OCD'ed on Peapod again.  I always do this, I fill my cart and quit, because it kills me to see the price in advance, I have the whole cart > estimation thing down pat, but I am still one cheap mofo. 

I'm up to $300.00 and it's making me want to tip it over and go to Wal-Mart.   (I did.  It timed out on me, and I gave up.)

BUT –

I am distracted.  I keep following the pattern of ads above the categories.  You want veggies?

 
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Soy milk?

 
Picture 64 

Tofu – you say?
 
Picture 61 

How about brown rice?
    
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See?  I search for what I want, get distracted, and I'm thinking, "OH, POP-EMS!  Those used to be FUN!"  Advertising doesn't work?  HA.

   
Frosted Pop'ems 

*No, there's none-of-that in my cart, but I'm still not wanting to check out.  :P


 

Lane Bryant Says Fox, ABC Censored Spot but not Victoria’s Secret

Lane Bryant Says Fox, ABC Censored Spot  

Lane Bryant is up in arms that two networks — Fox and ABC — have resisted airing a sexy lingerie ad from the company in time periods where the networks have broadcast other racy fare.

In a post on LB's Inside Curve blog, the company complains that "ABC and Fox have made the decision to define beauty for you by denying our new, groundbreaking Cacique commercial from airing freely on their networks." The ad, which was initially available on YouTube and at lanebryant.com/sexy, has since been removed. It was created by Omnicom's Zimmerman.

The post also claims that ABC "restricted our airtime" and refused to air the spot during Dancing With the Stars, while Fox "demanded excessive re-edits and rebuffed it three times before relenting to air it during the final 10 minutes of American Idol, but only after we threatened to pull the ad buy."

The post continues: "Yes, these are the same networks that have scantily-clad housewives so desperate they seduce every man on the block — and don't forget Bart Simpson, who has shown us the moon more often than NASA — all in what they call "family hour.'" 

The ad depicts several attractive, plus-sized models in the latest line of Lane Bryant lingerie. Ample cleavage-which Bryant says was a problem for the nets-is on display in the ad. "The networks exclaimed, 'She has…cleavage!'  Gasp!'' the blog post states. 

"While it's no secret that Victoria's Secret 'The Nakeds' ads are prancing around on major networks leaving little to the imagination, steaming up TV screens and baring nearly everything but their souls, our sultry siren who shows sophisticated sass is somehow deemed inappropriate … Does this smack of a double standard?  Yep. It does to us, too," the post continues.

Not surprisingly, comments from readers on the blog support the ad and chide the networks. "I have been advocating for curvy girls for about 20 years now … and STILL there is bigotry against women of size. We're deemed inappropriate, unintelligent, and we're shunned. This happens to us on a daily basis!," wrote one responder who identified herself as Willokeays. 

"What is wrong with people? She looks gorgeous," added another writer, responding as Marycontrary.

Reps at the two networks could not immediately respond to the client's complaints about their treatment of the client's ad.