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Posts Tagged ‘Alex Hagon’

Chicken + Football + Couches = Couchgating

Couchgating isn’t a word, and the idea that friends join together to sit on couches and eat mystery meat chicken on football Sundays has been around for quite some time. However, anachronism aside, KFC’s new “Couchgating” spot is worth a watch. Draftfcb Chicago produced the ad, which shows a few gridiron junkies talking smack about why more people need to sit on their lazy asses eating crispy strips.

Is KFC food disgusting? Yes. Will it lead to an early death? Probably, depending on genetics. But, the dialogue in the commercial is completely irrelevant. Draftfcb created a successful ad because of two things: slow zooms and an NFL Films soundtrack. I could listen to that music for hours regardless of what’s on the screen. All that’s missing is some John Facenda or Harry Kalas voiceover. If we could see Terry Bradshaw throwing a wobbly Super Bowl touchdown and then chomping on some Yobogoya, that would be even better.

Although going for two might take on an entirely new meaning… Credits after the jump.

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Carlsberg Fans Break Free of Spa in ‘The Crate Escape’

In Fold7’s latest spot for Carlsberg, a group of men unite to bring beer into an oppressive health spa they’ve apparently been forced to visit with their girlfriends. “The Crate Escape” is a play on 1963 movie The Great Escape, featuring similar scenes and the same Elmer Bernstein soundtrack.

Ryan Newey, founding partner of Fold7, explains: “For a global ad, you need an internationally [recognized] scenario that translates across all markets. The difference between the way guys and their girlfriends like to spend their time is universal. It plays perfectly to Carlsberg’s characteristic humor and the proposition of the beer as a reward for achievement and stepping up and doing something when it needs to be done.”

Beer as a well-deserved reward, fine. But playing to gender stereotypes? Ugh. This theme is tired and potentially alienates a large group of Carlsberg fans. After all, if men are accompanying their girlfriends to a spa, women are also watching the Euro Cup in pubs, drinking beer. Branding women as one-dimensional control freaks and men as helpless followers-cum-surreptitious rebels reinforces boring, outdated roles. I don’t expect every “humorous” 90-second spot to be an example of perfect gender equality, but this ad could benefit from broadening its view. For example, if the girlfriends walked in at the end of “The Crate Escape” to partake in Carlsberg’s refreshing taste, this spot would be more satisfying.

Credits after the jump.

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