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Consumerist Nominates Worst Commercials in America




What would you say is the Worst Commercial in America? Consumerist.com asked their readers that very question and, after receiving responses that numbered higher than their credit score from FreeCreditReport.com, they put together a ballot for a vote.

Bad spokespeople and annoying icons filled out most of the list and the insurance industry took the hardest hit with seven nominations. Thankfully, my favorite Gecko escaped unharmed but that deliriously cheerful woman from the Progressive commercials made it into the top five overall worst commercials on TV.

Other categories include “Most Grating Performance By a Human” which includes the 1-800 Dentist woman up against four others I’ve not seen before. “Most Annoying Animated Spokething” rightfully lists those gross Charmin bears that have toilet paper stuck to their butts and the Michelin Happy Roadkill Crew which should have made the list for the “Creepiest Commercial.”  The Old Navy Super Modelquins made the creepy list along with that bizarre Dodge commercial with the business people who rumble as cats. You’ll never convince me that that adman wasn’t high when he came up with that one.

“Duo or Group That Most Needs to Be Broken Up” includes that newlywed couple depositing their wedding checks by phone for Chase. Obviously New Yorkers, as here in California it’s gauche to give checks as wedding gifts. The Capital One Barbarians also took a hit, but they really don’t bother me.

In the celebrity spokesperson category, Dannon yogurt got slammed for both Jaime Lee Curtis and Heidi Klum. Neither of which disturbs me. Jimmy Johnson for Extenze – that’s disturbing. I also despise any celeb who gets sloppy on behalf of Carl’s Jr.. Gross.

One category missing from the poll is the worst pharmaceutical ad. I couldn’t tell you the name of the product, but I’m constantly amazed by the ads for anti-depressants that warn, “common side effect include thoughts of suicide.” Huh? And don’t get me started on those happy birthcontol ads.

That’s it for me. I’m going to go see how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie-Pop. You go vote. The polls are now open and voting ends at 8pm ET on Tuesday, September 28.

What’s your pick for the worst, or most annoying commercial on TV?