Every night between 6 and 7 p.m. I cook dinner and watch the news. Otherwise I would have no idea what is going on in the world.
I have noticed something strange about this particular time period.
Every commercial during the nightly network newscast has something to do with being old. The target audience is all men with erectile dysfunction and women who wet their pants.
I wish I were kidding.
I find this commercial to be particularly annoying:
So the subtext here is that if you wear Tena adult diapers when you are singing obnoxiously loud in the car or laughing like a hyena in a theater, it won't matter if you wet your pants.
There's another commercial where a bunch of people are parading around the streets in their undies, celebrating wearing diapers and living life to the fullest.
And all these obnoxiously singing people or dancing people are IN THEIR THIRTIES. I'm sorry but if you are that young and you need diapers, you need to get medical help, not magic undies.
The Cialis commercials are a bit more subtle but what horrifies me is the language at the end.
"Side effects may include headache, upset stomach, backache or muscle ache." What if you have all the side effects? Yikes.
"To avoid long-term injury get medical help right away for an erection lasting more than 4 hours."
As one of my guy friends said "If I have an erection lasting more than 4 hours I'm calling all my friends and throwing a party!"
The visual there is frightening to most women.
But what if you have loss of hearing or vision, or rash, hives, swelling of the lips tongue or throat? That will REALLY kill the mood, huh?! If you experience those, or "...difficulty breathing or swallowing, STOP TAKING CIALIS."
Is there anyone out there who would keep taking a drug that renders you unable to breathe? Forrest Gump isn't that dense.
When I was a kid, I would run out of the room in embarrassment if a Tampon commercial came on the TV. Nowadays there are no limits, and it's scary.
There's a new show on TV about couples who have sex in a box and then talk about it. I WISH I were kidding. 'Sex Box' a Reality TV Show is on a network that's an offshoot of American Movie Classics. It's imported from Britain.
I am OK with importing costume dramas like Downton Abbey -- even though I don't watch it. But importing tacky, raunchy shows about people having sex... UGH.
The sad thing is that it seems to me TV crossed a line sometime ago, and there is no more good taste in TV programming. I feel so blessed that I grew up watching Mary Tyler Moore, and Carol Burnett, and All in the Family - shows with talented people involved, and some creativity. I think sometime in the 80's it all started going downhill, and I started watching less and less TV. The last show I watched pretty regularly was Ally McBeal, and it was so unrealistic I snorted derisively many times per episode. It was fun though.
I want more dancing babies and Brits in costume, and less talk of adult diapers and erectile dysfunction!
Here endeth the sermon...