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    Sprint ran this commercial repeatedly during NCAAs. Now correct me if I missed it. Please, sometimes I get way off.

    There is a little blonde girl at piano. Mom arranging flowers. Grand dad is an older black man doing yoga. There appears to be the older hipster brother with a Gen Y look. Also another clean cut looking boy.

    Who is Dad?

    Dad is a moronic Gerbil who says he does not like combining words, like their Framily. As in connect Friends and Family thru Sprint.

    The little girl corrects the Gerbil Dad with "brunch".

    Why is the Dad, who would be a white guy portrayed as an idiotic Gerbil?

    Seems to me like white dads have become the punching bags of all tv commercials.
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    Yeah, I don't get the gerbil either. Joke over my head. Separately, yes, men, particularly men as head of household, has been turned into comic relief in a lot of advertising.

    What stuck out to me is that we went from multilingual "America the Beautiful" to multilingual Motley Crüe.
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    Dads in general (not just white) have been a willful participant as comedic spark plug for media for a long, long time.

    To your second question, it's a pretty cruddy attempt at irreverent humor, certainly nothing to read too much into.
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    Well, you remember it and are discussing it, so cleary an effective ad.

    Also, if the dad is a gerbil, how do you know he's white?
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    Probably the voice actor.

    But the reductive mockery of fathers as mattering much in marketing isn't really unique to white fathers at all.
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    Personally, I assumed the dad was Jewish based on the voice.
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    what is with the girl singing in french and playing motley crue?
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    I think the ad team was probably just riffing on Wes Anderson movies and viral videos.
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    That ad is just creepy. I didn't even know who it was for until it was mentioned on this thread because I change the channel when it comes on.
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    at least it wasn't another Crapital One commercial!
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    The Dad is white because the girl is very blonde and very white....as is the Mom.

    So it implies that the Dad is also white. Doubtful he could be other.

    Yep, Dads, particularly working Dads who support families, raise kids, sacrifice, etc are typically portrayed as buffoons.
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    It's weird. Don't get it at all. Seems like the creative team was jut "throwing chit at a wall".

    But nothing, and I mean NOTHING, is as bad as the Tony Siragusa Depend/"Guard Your Manhood" commercials.
    1. Even if I did have to use men's underwear liners for "leakage" this commercial would not make me feel better about it. Certainly not more "manly." It's patronizing and insulting, IMO.
    2. And speaking of "manly," I have leakage problems. I'm not gay! So what's with the overcompensation of "manliness?"



    Take a look at this thing. Just a gem in terms of badness and "manly" overcompensation. We have Tony Siragusa (oh, that's manly). The changing out of the pink toilet seat with a nice manly wood grain (so, you drip and now you take it out on the wife?). Some fish of no particular species being hung on the wall (with the dipshit approving it's placement), a Moose Head (yes, Moose Head) over the toilet (directly. So, it's basically in your lap while taking a dump), and of course, a flat screen TV where the mirror should be. Of course, one would have to avoid the Moose Head while craning to see the TV. . . .

    Last but not least, we have the Tony Siragusa bobblehead soapdish. Okay, not that you put that on the counter, I don't feel nearly as gay.
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    Yeah, the Siragusa commercials are soooooooo cringe-worthy in every way. I thought the cialis/ED commercials were bad, but that's just attractive old people running around on beaches in white linen and pretending they are 25.
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    The animated blue birds twittering around the girl are a definite tip -of- the- hat to Disney and Snow White movie. Other than that,it was too Gen X for me
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    but the dad is also a gerbil so wouldn't that imply he were gay?
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    I'd like to see a product advertised for ED and leakage too. They could call it High and Dry, but with a warning that if you don't leak for more than five hours, see a doctor.
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    No. Just their victim.

    Seriously, you think the gerbils volunteer for that chit?
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    No but in the end they are covered with it anyway..:D
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    I don't buy products from companies with politically motivated ads. And I do remember them.
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    Wes Anderson may have an affinity for the French but Motley Crue?

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