I might be a bit late getting on board this train, but you must forgive me; my insufferable yuppie-ness meant I refused to buy a TV for the past four months, since I sold Garry's old 200-pounder and moved to my tiny studio. So I have been living in a cave, or under a rock, for a while. I finally got this giant 40" Samsung on Black Friday, which looks totally out of place but has nevertheless become the focal point of the whole apartment and gives me strange comfort when feeling lonely at night.
The channel I've been watching the most is, of course, the Food Network (followed closely by the Style network, but they are not quite as good-natured). In fact, we did not once step out of my apartment the entire day on New Year's Day, opting instead to watch about 10 hours of the "Who Will Be the Next Iron Chef?" marathon (I was rooting for the crazy-eyed Indian guy who was super creative).
ANYWAY. Today, while watching Alton Brown's Good Eats (of all shows!), I saw this absurd commercial sponsored by the Corn Refiners Association as part of their "Sweet Surprise" ad campaign:
My eyes nearly bugged out of my head - I thought it was some kind of sick joke. Were they kidding? "It's made from corn, doesn't have artificial ingredients and, like sugar, is fine in moderation."
Now I am not one to support refined sugar either, but this was ridiculous. I love the tagline especially: "Get the facts. You're in for a sweet surprise!" It sounds like a pedophile luring unsuspecting youngsters into dastardly deeds. At least the actresses were good (great comic timing!).
Besides, everyone knows a Mexican Coke just tastes better because it's made from sugar instead of that nasty high-fructose corn syrup.
In case you haven't gotten enough of the sweet surprise, here's Ads 2 and 3 from the campaign: