The over all tone of your reply was condescending. My saying “fools and idiots” in my reply was an allusion to the fact that anyone has a right to their opinion, it was not meant as a direct comment on that commercial.
Now as to your point of commercials being to get people talking I think you are partially correct. Most companies advertise to entice you into buying something not just talk about it.
GM learned that the hard way by inadvertently providing the most talked about ad in Mexico and South/Central America in decades. It caused a huge loss of sales but it was certainly talked about. Turns out ‘Nova’ essentially means “no go” or something equivalent in Spanish. So their commercials for their (at the time) best selling car caused it to become the worst selling car in Spanish markets.
You also asserted that you felt the majority of people would find the commercial enjoyable etc. That is possible, I have no idea. All the folks I have shown it to so far have had at best ambivalent reactions while most have just said something to the effect of “whose kid filmed that”.
So if it is Wyze’s intention to sell products with that ad let’s hope for their sake that the majority of the camera buying demographic agrees with you.
Personally, I consider 95% of all ads to be tasteless in some way. They are an assault on our senses to try and get our attention. On Facebook, I would have just hidden this ad by habit and then said “No longer show me any ads by Wyze.” Not because I dislike Wyze or their ads. It is just what I do with every Ad that Facebook shows me. None of them are worthwhile.
Interesting. It seems like a pretty good, self-regulating conversation among adults. I know there are potentially “I take offense” flags invisible to us until some threshold is crossed, so I guess that’s what you mean. It was fun and productive while it lasted.
Just popping by to say that I’ve been sharing information about this conversation with the marketing team. And while this thread has gotten pretty close to going off the rails and a couple of posts were edited, people have generally been able to keep to the spirit of conversating while disagreeing.
At this point I won’t close this topic unless @SPC wants me to but we are keeping an eye on it.
Humor involves so many subjective issues it almost always fails to hit the mark as intended. The more something appeals to the baser parts of the human psyche the more likely it will anger/please an audience. The trick is to have your desired audience agree with your desired interpretation. Nothing in the ad falls into the truly awful or morally reprehensible areas.
In the end the market will determine if the ad was overall a good thing or not for Wyze. But it is educational to see the interplay in threads like this. People tend to get upset and respond in that vein as opposed to what was actually said. That fact is humorous in a whole different manner.