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Started by Verdigris on Dec 25, 2016 10:53:46 PM
Voiceover cuntitude

Your chance to out previously OK types doing commercials for dubious outfits.

Verdigris - 25 Dec 2016 23:01:44 (#1 of 72)

Is that Josh Widecombe on the McDonalds ad? I gave him the benefit of the doubt on claiming pigeon chest as a life threatening disability to get the comedy crip-show gig but this is outrageous!

Moschops - 25 Dec 2016 23:03:57 (#2 of 72)

I was genuinely sad when Victoria Wood did a Sky commercial.

GighaTec - 25 Dec 2016 23:04:53 (#3 of 72)

To be fair, Josh is an utter twat.

JerkinMcGherkin - 25 Dec 2016 23:20:09 (#4 of 72)

He's got a concave chest, not a pigeon chest. Pigeon is when the sternum sticks out.

Verdigris - 25 Dec 2016 23:23:08 (#5 of 72)

But McDonalds don't do either pigeon burgers or concave burgers.

mentranilvavin - 25 Dec 2016 23:24:25 (#6 of 72)

David Mitchell is doing a constantly repeating ad on LBC.


carterbrandon - 25 Dec 2016 23:36:49 (#7 of 72)

I never cared for Apple Computer's perennial use of negative advertising with 'knocking copy', starting with 'IBM are Orwellian tyrants', through the Ellen Feiss 'PCs like my dad's will crash and lose your work', right up to the Mitchell and Webb 'I'm cool and a Mac, he's a dullard and a Windows computer'. A distasteful strategy he shouldn't have got involved in.

AlanII - 25 Dec 2016 23:39:14 (#8 of 72)

They called that wrong anyway. Mitchell would have been the better Mac.

brooklyn - 25 Dec 2016 23:45:30 (#9 of 72)

whatever. I think this is still my favorite commercial of all time.

at least in the US, played just once. during the 1984 Superbowl.

carterbrandon - 25 Dec 2016 23:59:34 (#10 of 72)

#9: The irony of that, of course, is that the central tenet of Oceania's tyranny is that they rewrite history ("We are at war with Eastasia. We have always been at was with Eastasia" And then halfway through, the same thing is said, but about Eurasia.) And do you know who else does that? Not IBM, Apple.

All through the 1980s, Apple boasted of the inherent superiority of the new graphic-only MacOS system, compared to Windows being a front-end for the old MS-DOS text system from the early 80s.

Then Windows was rewritten as a graphical system, and MacOS was replaced by OSX, which consisted of a graphical front-end to a variant of the 70s text system UNIX.

And now the line was reversed 180 degrees, and bolting your graphics onto old text systems was a stable and reliable thing to do.

Also, IBM were never as assiduous as Apple, in building walled gardens for their customers to be obedient in.

To me, your favourite commercial is the very epitome of Apple's brazen, negative, dishonesty. Video production values notwithstanding.

AlanII - 26 Dec 2016 00:05:53 (#11 of 72)

They are just tools, people. Computers are just tools that you prefer to use over other ones.

brooklyn - 26 Dec 2016 00:09:53 (#12 of 72)

<<To me, your favourite commercial is the very epitome of Apple's brazen, negative, dishonesty.>>

very cool, though. and 32 years later, it can still stir up anger and distress!

Bleu11 - 26 Dec 2016 01:41:05 (#13 of 72)

That is the irony, isn't it? 1984 is about being manipulated.

thisonehasalittlehat - 26 Dec 2016 07:21:22 (#14 of 72)

Ridley Scott.

darkhorse - 26 Dec 2016 08:24:44 (#15 of 72)

Jarvis doing Sainsburys!

Mind you, I shop in Sainsburys and I have taken the shilling of retail myself, so I can hardly criticise.

(As a lowly Saturday boy, not a television advertising voiceover).

machiavelli - 26 Dec 2016 09:00:05 (#16 of 72)

I might wrinkle my nose a bit but I sort of understand the temptation of those who, in an industry that can dump them suddenly if public affection wanes, grab a chance to fill the coffers up a bit.

Though Alex James' Sun puff piece for fast food ("backstage" at MacDonalds, FFS) is muy cringeworthy.

invicta - 26 Dec 2016 09:11:21 (#17 of 72)

I never cared for Apple Computer's perennial use of negative advertising with 'knocking copy', starting with 'IBM are Orwellian tyrants',

Now we have a man called Beowulf, ffs, telling us that we could "never do that on a Mac". It's still vexing. I'd have a Surface Pro in a shot if I had the money, and that nonsense makes me less likely to buy one.

HouseOfLametta - 26 Dec 2016 09:34:44 (#18 of 72)

It's hard not to understand, these gigs are paydirt. I bet Jarvis made more from those ads than anything else in the year.

John Peel used to call Griff Rhys-Jones "the man who is taking bread out of my children's mouths" during that period when between them they covered pretty much everything.

frantastic - 26 Dec 2016 12:03:15 (#19 of 72)

I think it's called making a living.

RosyLovelady - 26 Dec 2016 12:09:24 (#20 of 72)

There's an argument that if someone offers you a lot of money for not doing much, you have a duty to accept the offer out of politeness to the idiots.

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