Families who want to enjoy the Super Bowl together might want to turn off the television during the ads. The commercials now get almost as much press as the game itself. But Common Sense Media reports that this year’s ads are “sexy, violent, and shocking.”
With more than 100 million viewers on game day — and ads costing nearly $4 million — advertisers are willing to do just about anything to get attention. A lot of the ads will be fun and light. But many will be wildly age inappropriate for kids.
Here’s just a sampling of what you can expect. Gildan Activewear’s ad shows a man waking up, Hangover-style, confused by the fur handcuffs dangling from his wrist. Anheuser-Busch employs a sequin-clad model to introduce its new beer. And Kraft Foods’ Mio water drops features Tracy Morgan unleashing a stream of bleeped-out expletives that leave little to the imagination.
It’s always a good idea to talk to kids about the ways that ads try to make us buy things we do not really need, even things that are not good for us. But in the case of these commercials, it may be better to skip them entirely.