Personal ban of Carls Jr.

I decided on this a couple of weeks ago. It was a long time coming and surprisingly didn’t come because of the Paris Hilton ad that people were upset about (although it is syptomatic of what bothers me). What did it for me was that they started re-airing a TV ad with a somewhat overweight groggy looking young man who is “on his own” for the first time and can’t even open a bag of cereal (and ends up spilling it all over the place). The ad has the tagline “Without us, some guys would starve.” (It’s part of a series.)

What I realized after seeing this ad is that I’m sick and tired of Carls Jr. treating us (the people viewing the ads) like stupid cattle. Every ad they do is demeaning to all people treating us like we’re oogling, naive, hormonally driven apes. It’s just disgusting. Just to list a few:

– “If it doesn’t get all over the place, it doesn’t belong in your face” series
– “Without us, some guys would starve” series
– “GET OFF” (the freeway) billboards
– Sexy women riding bulls and cars (washing anyway) eating oversized burgers they can barely get in their mouth

And I really do mean EVERY ad. I challenged my brother last weekend to come up with an ad that they’ve done in the last five years that wasn’t demeaning. He was unable to name one.

So here’s the challenge: if you can tell me about an ad that they’ve done in the last 5 years that wasn’t demeaning, I’ll end my ban. I’m pretty sure I won’t be eating their anytime soon. And if you can’t think of an ad that isn’t demeaning, you should personally ban them too.

3 Responses to “Personal ban of Carls Jr.”

  1. Ken's Brother Says:

    ummm, I haven’t thought of an Advert that *you* wouldn’t find offensive, but I saw one last night with a bunch of chickens talking trash to cows about how they were tastier that I thought was pretty funny.

  2. Ken Says:

    I haven’t seen that one. From your brief description it sounds hopeful. I did see the one where they’re telling the chicken to do certain tasks (catch the ball, juggle, colate, etc.). Not their worst comerial, but still treating people like morons.

    And to be clear, I didn’t say their comercials were offiensive. Many of the comercials are not offensive but degrading. And I don’t mean degrading in the “I’m offended” way. I mean treating the customers like idiots. Like people who are stupid enough to ask a chicken to juggle.

  3. Ken's Brother Says:

    Have you ever seen a chicken juggle? It’s one of the coolest things ever. And I mean ever. It’s up there with watching a monkey bowl!