I usually don't see commercials because I DVR everything and fast-forward, but this one popped up on sf_drama and pissed me off enough for me to make a separate post about it for one reason and one reason only.
I love Dr. Pepper. It's literally my favorite soda. It's in my pantry and if it's on the menu, it's what I always order at a restaurant. And now I can never drink it again because drinking it would literally leave a bad taste in my mouth. I'm tasting bile right now because of it. And yes, I do have more important things to be thinking about, which is, in part, why this is pissing me off so much. I should be worrying about how my abortion rights are being curtailed. I should be worrying about a GOP candidate who's so stupid that he thinks that the President signs Constitutional Amendments.
Instead, I'm thinking about Dr. Pepper and about how a lot of women are BUYING it "in protest", basically giving in to the reverse psychology of this ad telling them they can't drink it. Which is depressing, because the only way for a company to not do this shit is for people to NOT buy the product. As I am doing. Someone just told me to, "Have fun making absolutely no impact on Dr. Pepper's marketing strategies," which is a fair comment. Dr. Pepper doesn't give a shit about whether or not I buy it - they just proved it with this ad. So the only impact I'm going to try to make here is on my wallet. Every time I see Dr. Pepper on a menu, I'm going to not order it and have water only instead. I'm going to make a note of what it would have cost and stick that money in a jar somewhere. When I would have bought it at the grocery store (along with Mt. Dew, because those are the two sodas I buy when Coke and Sprite aren't on sale), I'm going to save that money too.
We'll see how much adds up in a year.
( Cut for video of the ad. )