You’re familiar with the song “Father Christmas” by The Kinks, yes? Of course you are. It’s a disturbing song about poor kids mugging someone with asking for money and a job for his dad. You know all those kinds of things we like to ignore at Christmas.
So what kind of jerkwads would use the song about poor kids at Christmas to sell Chromebooks at Christmas? I guess that would be Google. Now, I am someone who has pretty much sold my soul to Google. Well, 1/3 of it at least. The other 2/3 belong to Apple and Amazon. Whatever. And I’m over rock & roll songs I love being used in commercials. I get it. It’s hard to make a buck these days and if Passion Pit wants to take Taco Bell’s money in exchange for using “Take a Walk” to sell Doritos tacos, good for them.
But really? This song. THIS SONG? This song is actively against what you are trying to do. . . sell shit for Christmas.
Amy, one of my Twitter pals, thought perhaps this was just a case of a stupid ad agency not listening to the lyrics of the song. But if you want the video you can hear very clearly that at the very end, the song doesn’t sound quite right. Why is that? Because they edited out the line “save all the toys for the little rich boys.”
The outrage burns bright & strong this morning. Also, Google should get their money back from the ad agency who thought this one was a good idea (but just for this one commercial, usually the Google ads are pretty great, says the woman who watches commercials like they are the entertainment).