The Six Creepiest Food Commercials of 2011

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Yes, it's true: The original Ronald McDonald was played by Willard Scott.
Food commercials have been unintentionally (or, in some cases, intentionally) creeping us out since the original Ronald McDonald was introduced to audiences in 1963. That's him over there to the right, providing what would eventually become the template for John Wayne Gacy's "Killer Clown" get-up. Who wants a Happy Meal?

Sometimes, restaurants will admit when the ads their agencies crafted are just a bit too creepy, and the ads are sadly taken down. Take, for instance, the famously retired Quizno's "rats" (which I happened to think were fantastic).

Another, more timely example is last year's Jack in the Box ad that somehow equated Jack's father's erection issues with the chain's "two breakfast croissants for $3" campaign. That spot was named one of AdWeek's "freakiest ads of 2010," and -- as a result -- has been completely erased from sites like YouTube and instead replaced on TV with a comparatively boring commercial of Jack falling down a staircase. (Still not getting the breakfast croissant connection there, guys...)

But for every pulled ad, an equally creepy ad is still around on TV, forever reminding us that ad agencies are the number one consumers of LSD in America (citation needed).

6. Snickers: The best part about this creepy sharks-eating-humans ad isn't the fact that this great white liked his human best because the human had just eaten a Snickers candy bar. It's the fact that it aired right after a trailer for a movie in which a young girl's arm was eaten by a shark.

5. Coors Light: On one hand, it's nice to see that Jean-Claude Van Damme has a sense of humor (and still rocks a wicked mullet). On the other hand, I never want to think of his rock-hard...ahem...anything, ever again. Neither, I suspect, do most of the men to whom this ad was questionably targeted.

4. Gushers: My mother reads this, so I'm not going to elaborate on the varied and truly disturbing sub-genres of pornography this commercial brings to mind. In fact, I'd rather forget I ever had to watch this ad at all.


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13 comments
Zoe
Zoe

Is it me or does the woman in the shark commercial bear a strong resemblence to Katharine?

Jasonofthesea
Jasonofthesea

The small pic in the banner (or whatever it's called) is from twin peaks, isn't it? love it!

Kelli
Kelli

How did you forget that creepy ass Quizno's commercial with mouse/rat/human mouthed animals singing?  Eeeewwwwww.

MadMac
MadMac

Um, does the photo and arrow mean to imply that mom is in the sausage?

Josh
Josh

I can't believe you missed the snickers commercial with the kids dressed up as the woman who appears to be wearing a 1930s burn victim prosthetic face. I want to kill myself every time it airs.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

I swear, do commenters EVER read the posts before commenting??????

Please see paragraph #2:   "Sometimes, restaurants will admit when the ads their agencies crafted are just a bit too creepy, and the ads are sadly taken down. Take, for instance, the famously retired Quizno's "rats" (which I happened to think were fantastic)."

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

I had entirely forgotten about that one until now. *shudder* Thanks for the nightmare fuel.

csoakley
csoakley

They are not rats, they are spongmonkeys and they are wonderful.

csoakley
csoakley

Show me a double rainbow with a pepper bar and I may come around to your way of thinking. Until then I'm sticking with my deformed troubadors.

Jalapeno
Jalapeno

The rats are in the article.  Second paragraph.  And yes, they were nasty.  I haven't been to a Quizno's since then without thinking of them and singing "they have PEPPER BAR" in my head.  Both times.

Kelli
Kelli

They are not wonderful sir, they are creepy.  Double rainbows are wonderful.

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