Sunday, May 29, 2011

Random Thoughts: A Commercial Prop

by Amy K. Bredemeyer

I go through periods where I really enjoy watching commercials, and then periods where I can't stand to watch them. Sometimes, I'll only watch things I've recorded so that I can fast-forward through commercials if I'm just not in the mood. When I was a kid, I thought the smartest thing that I could do was pop a tape into the VCR in the fall, and then record the toys I wanted when their commercials came on, so I pretty much had a video Christmas list. My mom didn't like the idea, so I wrote out my list year after year, though I remember lobbying for my "video list" more than once.

I don't talk about commercials often here, but the subject of today's post comes from an abnormality that my husband and I saw while watching television last week. He noticed it at first, though I was more disturbed by it. It's a commercial for Ross that came out at least a month ago. There are two separate shots of a specific boy with a skateboard. Doesn't sound that unusual... until you consider the surface of the board. It looks like yellow shag carpet. on a skateboard. What's that about?? Have you seen such things? Does it remind you of other strange props in commercials?

If you haven't seen the commercial, here you go... the skateboard kid is between seconds 8 and 12.
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