Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Wendy's Anti-Baby Propaganda

So, I'm sitting here watching Lost, looking forward to picking my wife and baby up from the airport tomorrow after their week in California. Then the commercials come on. It seems Wendy's is trying to sell some sandwich, with Mushrooms I think, by showing a guy in the middle seat on a plane who is dreading having to sit next to a mom and baby who are walking down the aisle. THat is how the commercial begins. Then they show the sandwich, which I guess has something in the middle that is good. Then it shows the guy in the middle of the plane again--and he is surrounded by two ladies without babies.

It made me wish I could be the guy sitting in the middle next to my family tomorrow, and it made me hope someone kind and helpful sits next to my girls, rather than some mean guy who likes eating Wendy's sandwiches and doesn't like babies. Who wouldn't want to sit next to Hope?

By the way, I am now boycotting Wendy's. For the next four days. Maybe.

19 comments:

robin said...

Thanks for letting me enjoy my sister and my niece for a week. They are a blessing, and my niece is the cutest baby. Ever.

I'm just bummed you couldn't come as well. :-) See you in August?

Kyle said...

Has anyone figured out what a mom and baby, two women without babies, a mean guy, and a plane flight have to do with a Mushroom Burger?

I'd sit next to Hope.

Mark and Stephanie said...

Nope.

sherry said...

I sure like the spicy chicken sandwich.

Rocky and Suzanne said...

This morning, on the Today Show, they gave a survey of fast food restaurants, and Wendy's was #1 overall.

http://www.zagat.com/promo.aspx?pn=37&wid=wb_fastfood_ns&hid=wb_noloc_screen1_ns

I would also sit next to Hope and eat a McDonald's hamburger.

Mark and Stephanie said...

The first time I flew by myself I was going to Washington D.C. on the connection from St. Louis. I was 15 years old and sat next to a 300+ pound man who was very nervous about flying. He sweated and weezed most of the way. He kept saying to me, "How can you be so calm? Do you fly a lot?"

I think Wendy's is a good restaurant. I just hope they don't start removing high chairs from their stores. Babies are great. We were all babies once.

By the way, their flight went great. They had an empty seat next to them, and Hope is a champ of a traveler. It is great to have them back in town.

Rocky "Don't-Put-Me-Next-To-A-Crying-Baby-On-A-Plane" Clark said...

OK. So, here's the connection: They were selling the fact that there is something good in the middle of the burger. I think there might be mushrooms in between two patties or something like that. It wasn't mainly that the women next to him didn't have babies, but that they were attractive. Here's the point: just like the guy all of sudden liked being in the middle of two attractive women, you'll like what's in the middle of the burger. So there's the connection.

As far as being anti-baby, nobody wants to be next to a crying baby on an airplane, even if the baby is as cute as Hope. It's a universal truth. There's not really even anything you can do to help. Think back to your single days, would you have rather been next to 2 attractive women, or 1 crying baby? I know that you Southern Baptists like to boycot stuff, but I'm going to get me a 'shroom burger, and then maybe go to Disney World.

By the way, you're story about the first time you flew on a plane was hilarious

Mark and Stephanie said...

Interesting interpretation, Rocky "I'd-rather-hang-out-with-attractive-women-than-with-Hope." Who said anything about a crying baby? That baby wasn't crying. It seems you are assuming baby's always cry. They don't. In fact, they often do other things, including eating, sleeping, and making everyone around them say "She's so cute." It is a fact.

Also, so the women are the burgers, and the guy is the mushrooms? So were they trying to say the women were lucky to be next to Mr. Mushroom man? The parallel seems to be breaking down.

By the way, if you lay off the 'shrooms, you'll get that last paper done sooner.

Thanks for chiming in. Just for your nasty post, I am extending my boycott to 5 days.

sherry said...

Robin Moore walked into Coffee Depot and a big giant mushroom approached her and asked her out on a date. She said, "Um, no. I won't even date half the guys at Cal Baptist. I'm not one to settle. There's no way I'm going to date a giant mushroom. Shah." The mushroom replied, "Why not? I'm a fungi."

Mark and Stephanie said...

Shah.

Rocky "Spicy Chicken" Clark said...

I'm not saying that it's a great commercial or anything. In fact, the connection is pretty weak. I just had to help you out on your Wendy's commercial hermeneutic (I've officially been in seminary too long). Also, I guess you're right about the whole crying baby thing. With you mentioning a baby on an airplane, I just assumed it was crying. Maybe that's why Suzanne is always telling me I need to be more compassionate. My experience has been that babies don't take too kindly to the change in air pressure. I've seen the commercial several times, but never actually noticed any baby in it at all. Either way, I'm not getting the mushroom burger. I'm a spicy chicken sandwich fan

Mark and Stephanie said...

So now we have two votes for the spicy chicken sandwich. Can anyone think of a good commercial for that?

Ms. McGowan said...

Hmm...Anti-family...anti-family...I've got it!

A man is waiting in line and deciding what to order at Wendy's.

He looks over and notices one woman wearing a conservative outfit and eating a plain ol' chicken sandwich, while feeding french fries to her toddler. He looks away in disgust.

Another woman is wearing a trashy outfit, by herself, eating a spicy chicken sandwich. He orders without hesitation.

I'm grading papers and entering scores in the online gradebook, so I'm too close to the computer for my own good today:)

sherry said...

That was me. Oops.

Mark and Stephanie said...

Here's the deal. WHoever comes up with the best commercial for the Spicy Chicken Sandwich, gets a free Spicy Chicken.

So far we have a clear leader: Ms. Mcgowan. This competition will end on Wednesday.
- Mark

RobinDayle said...

Sherry...thanks for the joke and inserting my name. :-D

Oh, and you're right, I totally would never date a giant mushroom.

Kyle said...

Oh my goodness. Look what I started. I hope that Ms. Mcgowan wins the free chicken sandwhich. Give that cute baby girl a hug from Tasha and I. We miss you guys. You all are silly.

Mark and Stephanie said...

Sherry,
You win. In about one month, you will receive a free spicy chicken sandwich on the us

sherry said...

Yesss!!! Thanks for not sending it in the mail.