What annoys me: commercial edition

Boys, this rant may not be for you. This is about the commercial for Mirena. You know, the IUD birth control? I’m all for it. Birth control for all!! The commercial? Wow, does it ever annoy the piss out of me.

Take a quick look:

*head desk*

First, what woman lets their kids run amok through a grocery store? And me, personally, if I saw my kids doing that with watermellons galore, I’d have a bit of a different look on my face. Most likely it’d be one that looks like this:

Wait, no. That’s not right. Imagine my face scrunched up a bit more and not looking so ‘special.’ Perhaps my hands would be doing the same thing. And I’d probably look really angry. I mean, super mad. Ah hell, look at my step brother and go from there.

Any who.

Who in the hell allows their kids to play with water balloons in the house? And seriously, how long does it take for her to bring the groceries from the car into the house? Lastly – why are the kids not helping bring those groceries in? Back in my day, Mom would grocery shop, park the car, get out, go inside, yell for us kids and we’d bring them in. That’s the way it works, people! Parents – we have kids so that they can do our grunt work. End of story. (I mean, c’mon. Claire even carries bags in. She’s not even 3!)

Now, I never knew that if your IUD device were to come out, that I’d have to use back up birth control. Never a thought in my head. Just kidding. Sad part is, there really ARE people who don’t realize that, and if they failed to mention that in the ad, then guess what? They’d get sued. Yup. Pretty sure they’d get sued.

Next, we get a lovely scene where the dad is leisurely sitting, enjoying a beverage and some jelly beans reading a paper. So, while his kids, previous to sneaking up and stealing said jelly beans, were running mad in the house wielding water balloons and terrorizing the mother in the grocery store, he’s getting a break. Because, you know, life’s hard with two kids. I’d NEVER know that. And what does he do while his kids are breaking the rules? Shakes his head and smiles. Your kids don’t need sugar! They need Ritalin and perhaps some discipline! (By the way, you’re totally good looking.)

“Oh I think two’s plenty. Maybe.” – Girl, it better be! Those kids are devious and will end up being self-righteous and think that the world owes them something.

Naw, go ahead and have some more. It’s your call. But seriously, get them under control.

And I know, I know. This is totally a commercial to show, rather drastically, about a woman who really doesn’t want to have more kids. Understood. If my kids were that unruly (and perhaps it was caught on a bad day,)  I’d be done, too. Who knows! Maybe mine are just prime for all that. I’ll have to raid the closets for water balloons. But seriously, wow. I mean, wow. I get the fact that they are trying to prove a point, but wow, does that actress Mom really have egg on her face. Perhaps a dozen’s worth of egg on that face. Scrambled. Or sunny side up. I’m more partial to over hard. (Naughty!…but seriously, true. I don’t like dippy eggs.)

So every time this commercial comes on, Matt turns it up and says, “Gosh, isn’t parenting so wonderful? This commercial totally embodies all the awesome reasons why I’m glad I procreated. Not to mention, this totally looks like a normal day for us, doesn’t it? Boy, I DO LOVE this commercial.”

And I tell him to shove it.

Ah, young love.

*disclaimer* I am not in any way, shape, or form a perfect mother. However, if my kids were to ever, and I mean EVER, do anything remotely close to what those kids were doing, they’d get such a time out that all of time would stand still. Then they wouldn’t get their after dinner desert. And no tv. See, I know how to discipline. Even if I’m not perfect.


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Posted on September 30, 2010, in Cassie, Over Dramatic and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. I have to agree with you. The previous Mirena commercial showed more, ahem, mature parents, that wanted to do lots of things, like vacation and boating, etc. I do not like the commercial above for all the reasons you listed. “Use birth control so you don’t have any more bad kids. Heck, it’s a lot easier than actually parenting them.”
    Of course, if we consider the demographic that this commercial is possibly aimed at. . .well, it’s still a bad commercial. I will say that I do see kids like that out and about all the time. Not my kids. My kids only act like that at home!

  2. If only the IUDs worked retroactively…

    I’m with you, Cassie, as per usual. Parents at fault there, totally. You can’t just flip a switch when kids become teenagers and expect them to act right. It starts in early childhood… the setting of the boundaries of what is acceptable behavior and what is not.

    If I ever acted like the kids in that commercial, I wouldn’t have seen my 5th birthday. (Not without a sore ass, anyway.)

  3. I’m a big believer in Ritalin blow darts. But then, I’m not a parent.

    I blame all this on the E.D. commercial with the couple in matching clawfoot bathtubs on a hill watching the sunset. That never leads to good things.

  4. TOTALLY agreed.

    And I would just like to make it known for the record that I plan to put the fear of God into my kids ASAP. My parents did it for me, and I think I turned out pretty well, all things considered.

    I mean, I was never afraid they were going to kill me or anything, but if my mom threatened a spanking, I got a spanking. If she threatened to ground me for six weeks, then I knew I was going to be the world’s loneliest and most bored kid for a month and a half.

    It’s amazing what a little follow-through will do for kids’ behavior.

  5. You are spot on. Commercial makes it seem like kids are supposed to be that way. They are only if you let them. If I behaved that way in public or even in the house, I wouldn’t have been able to walk for a week. And that’s how I tried to raise my kids. Sadly, too many parents act like such behavior is acceptable and as a result we are surrounded by generation of over-indulged, hyperactive hellions. And don’t even get me started on the ED commercials. We need to go back to banning medical commercials. Doctors should be the ones making the right recommendations. My sister-in-law is a doctor and she gets it all the time with patients wanting a particular medicine just because they saw it on TV. Often it is the wrong medicine for them and 10 times more expensive than the normal treatment for their condition. Crazy.

    • I’m SO with you about medical commercials. Not only that, but how much do you think it cost just to make those lame commercials? Time to put the trust back into your doctor and see what they think is best for YOU. Not what some commercial tells you to!

  6. Cassie, what really gets me about this commercial are all the disclaimers. They take up 3/4 of the thing. It sure would not have enticed me to try it were I still in the baby-making phase. I had three kids—just enough. And I would bet that your children are well-behaved and if they acted like these brats, there would be some serious repercussions. You go, girl!

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