Monday, May 7, 2012

Why I Hate That One M&M's Commercial

If you are a parent,  you probably already know which M&M's commercial I'm talking about it.

It's this one:




OK. So it's funny. I laughed. The song is catchy. I get it.

But why. WHY. Do we need to market candy with sex?

WHY?

My kids see this commercial on tv all the time. And they laugh. And now my seven year old knows the word sexy. No, he did not know it before. There is no reason he should. Sexy is an adult word. It has nothing to do with anything that a kid needs to know about it. Call me old fashioned. Call me strict. I DON'T CARE.

I'm really tired of our culture over-sexualizing everything. (Shut up little red squiggly line. Over-sexualizing is a word today.) It's unnecessary. It bothers me.

Sending the message that getting naked and dancing about being sexy in a group of people is not ok. Even if they are just candy. Especially because they are candy.  No, candy is not just for kids. But airing that commercial at all times of the day knowing kids are watching it is not ok with me. Funny or not. I'm not calling for a ban on M7M's in protest. I'm not going to get all loud-mouthed and obnoxious about it. But I don't like it. So I thought I'd say so.

And that's how I feel about that.

3 comments:

  1. Here, here Tasha! I didn't even laugh the 1st time I saw it because I just kept thinking, "Oh my Gosh, my 3 yr old LOVES m&m's, but there is NO WAY I can let him see this!  And now they're using sex to sell candy!  SHEESH" It's hard enough to protect the innocence of our young men, and try to teach them how to treat women with respect....I don't need Mars/M&Ms to make it even more difficult!

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  2. I agree. It's obnoxious and unnecessary.

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  3. ThriftyfrugalmomMay 9, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    THAT is one of the reasons we don't have a TV.  And no, you are not old-fashioned or strict.  It's simply pathetic how sexualized our culture has become. 

    I highly recommend contacting M&M's and letting them know how you feel.  It is only by doing that that anything will change.  Most companies do care what their customers think.

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