This commercial seemed to steer clear of racist representations focusing instead on a car-full of enthusiastic, elderly friends enjoying a kick-ass night on the town. The ad, however, felt "wrong" for reasons that I'll lay out below.
The Super Bowl reminded me that we're all working towards what we see as our top goal, our end result. As we continue to reach for those goals and realize those dreams, the stakes get higher and the obstacles far greater.
Over the years, it seems as though Beyonce has gotten lighter as she has gotten older. No, this is not genetics and let's not act pretend her skin color in her first Destiny's Child album cover matches that of her latest album 4.
Like most teenagers, I sat down this year with my family to watch the Super Bowl. As the game wore on, and woman after woman strutted across the screen in her underwear, I became disgusted at what I saw.
Dissing nerds is as American as apple pie and NFL football. Sadly, I have a feeling that Walter is going to make a return at next year's Super Bowl. In the meantime, I won't be visiting the Go Daddy site anytime soon.
My boss, W. Kamau Bell and the folks at Totally Biased let me put together a response to the less gay-friendly members of the San Francisco 49ers.
Here was a woman having a tongue-to-tongue kiss with a man on a program that is watched by millions of children. I know my children were watching and I felt uncomfortable.
These commercials are costly to produce and the Super Bowl slots are expensive to buy. Are advertisers so shaken by the money they need to dole out that they can't see the world around them, the world of today?
Are you more or less likely to buy the product? Hyundai draws the strongest reaction: 15 percent are more willing to buy the car and 20 percent are less willing to buy the car.
I want my son to be able to retain his innocence for a while, and I want him to be able to watch sports without having to cover his eyes. Sports is about the thrill of victory. The agony of defeat. Teamwork. Excitement. Competition. Not advertisements intended to shock.
We know the "sad tale" of "Runaround Sue," but what about her side of the story? Maybe Sue just wasn't that into you, maybe she had her eye on Mustang Sally the entire time, or maybe, just maybe, she was sick of being your little, baby candy girl angel with the luscious peaches.
The Student Government of RIT was told by representatives of the NFL that they could not hold a "Super Bowl Party." The reason for this objection to a seemingly innocuous student event was that the term "Super Bowl" was trademarked. Now RIT students are nothing if not creative, so they held a "Superb Owl" party instead.
I must say I was excited to watch the game on my tablet. We should be able to watch everything on live on tablet.
The challenge that we face as a society, as citizens and as entrepreneurs is how to take advantage of the benefits of a more connected culture technologically without disconnecting ourselves as citizens.
When something unscripted happened, very few brands were prepared to join the conversation. And those that did were warmly welcomed and richly rewarded with tens of thousands of retweets and mentions, not from $4 million ads but from free tweets.
How could an ad celebrating the American farmer paint such a distorted picture of the people who actually work on farms today? The reality is that farmworkers are systematically underpaid and under-appreciated.