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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:02 PM

New WalMart commercial

Last edited Fri Jun 28, 2013, 09:02 AM - Edit history (1)

Has anyone else seen the new WalMart commercial where the WalMart guy is showing the slightly overweight African American woman how she can save money if her family eliminates just one fast food meal a week and replaces it with Walmart food? And he tells her "And they include bacon!" And she cheers.

Is it just me or is this kind of offensive?


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Reply New WalMart commercial (Original post)
proud2BlibKansan Jun 2013 OP
sinkingfeeling Jun 2013 #1
AndyA Jun 2013 #3
Sherman A1 Jun 2013 #2
Go Vols Jun 2013 #4
proud2BlibKansan Jun 2013 #6
Go Vols Jun 2013 #7
proud2BlibKansan Jun 2013 #8
Sherman A1 Jun 2013 #5
Sheldon Cooper Jun 2013 #9
DainBramaged Jun 2013 #14
Sheldon Cooper Jun 2013 #18
DainBramaged Jun 2013 #19
Recursion Jun 2013 #10
PotatoChip Jun 2013 #11
RockaFowler Jun 2013 #12
Lunacee_2013 Jun 2013 #15
Marr Jun 2013 #17
Lunacee_2013 Jun 2013 #13
Marr Jun 2013 #16

Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:03 PM

1. All WalMart commercials are offensive to me.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:05 PM

3. Actually, I think all of Walmarts commercials are offensive...

...because I keep thinking about that $900,000/year per store figure that the American people subsidize Walmart's employees because they aren't paid a living wage.

Corporate welfare, and Walmart is one of the worst.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:04 PM

2. From my point of view

there isn't too much that Wal Mart does that is not offensive, but that's just me.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:07 PM

4. WalMart offends me

Last edited Thu Jun 27, 2013, 10:54 PM - Edit history (1)

but the commercial doesn't.

Edit: Wrong commercial

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Response to Go Vols (Reply #4)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:47 PM

6. That's not the commercial I am referring to

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Reply #6)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 10:53 PM

7. Gotta link?

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Response to Go Vols (Reply #7)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 09:01 AM

8. Found it!

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:20 PM

5. Here is another thing that WalMart is doing that I find offensive

Intimidating Members of a City Council in Ellisville, MO

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1061830

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 09:36 AM

9. I don't think it's offensive. I think it just reflects the current

popular culture obsession with bacon.

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Response to Sheldon Cooper (Reply #9)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 11:15 AM

14. Really?

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Response to DainBramaged (Reply #14)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 01:17 PM

18. Wow, you are easily befuddled.

Several other people in this thread have echoed my comments, so perhaps you should reconsider your adorable little face palm thingy.

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Response to Sheldon Cooper (Reply #18)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 01:57 PM

19. I'm not the one befuddled




Most of us here understand the horrific impact WalMart has on the communities their stores are in and how their employees are so desperately underpaid they must depend on food stamps and medicaid for help.


You sit need to wake up and smell the bacon....

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 09:55 AM

10. I don't know. Bacon is the go-to hipster food nowadays

If they're trying to get hipsters to go to Wal~Mart (opening smaller stores in urban areas, organic/local produce, etc.) it makes sense.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 10:17 AM

11. I agree. It's offensive on a number of levels...

But if I could pinpoint what bothers me the most, it would probably be the assumption on the male character's part that (the generic) anyone is 'eating fast food once a week'. If some random guy came up to me matter-of-factly declaring that, I'd be asking him if he was mistaking me for someone else that he knew...

Seriously, I'd be so confused!

Also, the whole thing just feels condescending somehow.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 10:27 AM

12. I hate all of these WalMart commercials

The same spokesman in each of them tries to make people feel stupid. Did you know you could save money here instead of going to another store?? Really idiot?? I price shop before I buy. I clip coupons. Oh and WalMart lies about the coupons, too. They say they take other store coupons, but this is not true at all. Oh and I buy the items at Publix (let's say) when they are on sale. And much cheaper than they could ever be at WalMart.

Has anyone seen the commercial where this guy brings WalMart steaks to a fancy restaurant. And no-one realizes it's a cheaper cut of beef?? Yeah right. We bought meat from WalMart and Sam's and both cannot compare to Publix or even Winn Dixie. WalMart steaks have no flavor. So, when I see that commercial I knew it was a staged fraud!!

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Response to RockaFowler (Reply #12)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 11:18 AM

15. What about the one with a fruit and veggies stand?

There's no way that one's not staged. Of course they're not going to show ppl!s negative reactions and who's going to give a bad review of something when they're on the spot in front of a camera?

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Response to Lunacee_2013 (Reply #15)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 11:27 AM

17. God, I'd love to see negative reactions in one of those spots.

 

I think it would actually make me want to try the product more. Honesty in advertising is something we don't even consider possible anymore, after decades worth of ever-slicker pitches. A 13 year old these days watches television ads with more skepticism than a 70 year old would have done in 1965.

If there's anything at all that has actually been sharpened in the western mind over the last few decades, it's the ability to sense advertising.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 11:13 AM

13. Ha, almost everyone in this thread already said what I was thinking.

Everything wal-mart does is offensive. But yeah, those commercials suck. All of them. It's like "see we're good to poor ppl 'cause we have cheap crap, (just don't ask us to pay our employees a living wage or give them good benefits)."

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 11:20 AM

16. Not really-- bacon is sort of a "thing" now... kind of like Chuck Norris.

 

I know that sounds stupid, but calling bacon a fad seemed even more asinine, so I deleted it. :/

I'm sure you've seen the t-shirts praising the transcendent perfection of bacon, or seen some of the mountains of internet humor on the subject.

It's dumb, and also, get off my lawn.

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