Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tina Turner 'What's Love Got To Do With It'

I must admit something… I watch a lot of television. I know that for a lot of you, it’s a complete shock. I wouldn’t say that it’s an addiction. It’s just because I like television as a medium. And as much as I love it, I never felt compelled to work in that industry. I guess that my love for music outweighed my love for the boob tube. Unless, of course, someone’s actually showing boobs on my TV.

As much as I try to watch my favorite programs as they air, I find myself relying more and more upon the DVR or watching them online. I’ve found that I prefer to watch my programs those ways because I can zip through the commercials. And when watching online, I’m only subjected to one 15 or 30 second commercial for every break.

I’ve found that a little time can be saved by watching that way. I end up saving about 15 minutes on an hour program and about 8 with the half-hour programs.

But every now and again, I’ll watch television as it airs… Like last night with Chuck and 24. I usually find something to do while the commercials play… Like lessening my bladder, respond to a text message, or throwing acorns at the neighbor’s dog.

I sometimes have nothing to do while the commercials roll and fuel my fears about lagging behind the Joneses, so I watch. Like everyone else that treads through TV land, I like the creative and funny commercials. But there’s one that I just don’t understand… It’s the latest Friskies cat food campaign.

It’s like a Prince video during the psychedelic period of the ‘Around The World In A Day’ album… And I have a few problems with it.

Who exactly are they advertising to? The cats or the cat owners?

I haven’t quite figured that one out yet. But I can easily see how cats could live in a psychedelic world like the one shown in the commercial. They’re always staring off into the distance or looking at something with that steely gaze perhaps seeing something that we just can’t comprehend. Cats can seem a little freaky, ya know?

Felines do enjoy a little catnip from time to time. And I’ve always heard that catnip is like marijuana for cats. They like to sleep a lot and stare outside at things, so it’s not beyond the realm of possibilities that cats are probably in a constant state of euphoria. Bottom line… Cats like to trip.

So maybe that’s why cats are always killing everything they can possibly get their hands on. They’re tripping like Woodstock hippies on the brown acid and see every other animal or insect as something out to hurt them. They’re just on a bad trip, man.

But the cat in the commercial doesn’t seem to be on a bad trip when turkeys surround it or when the chickens roll out the red carpet for din-din. I would say the cat is on a good trip which is something the advertisers are trying to get across with their message.

Take a look for yourself right here and draw your own conclusions.


  1. http://www.slate.com/id/2249121/?GT1=38001

    someone else is wondering...or reading your blog hmmm.


  2. http://www.slate.com/id/2249121/?GT1=38001

    someone else is wondering...or reading your blog hmmm.


  3. I've been talking about the crazy ad for what seems like a month. That one was dated the day before. I had no knowledge of that page and I'm sure no one else (other than the people that I bored to tears) had no idea about my thoughts.

    Interesting, Clay. Thanks for the research!