This one, too...
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i think what's weird about this is that any criticisms i've seen or heard of high fructose corn syrup have not been on tv. so that they need to make pro hfc tv ads is a little strange.
That's disgusting. There is a LOAD of evidence against highfructose corn syrup (along with sugars and carbs in general). There should be a counter ad campaign to this crock of bull.
Just from the wikipedia page (which in turn links to hundreds of pages):
A study in mice suggests that fructose increases obesity. Large quantities of fructose stimulate the liver to produce triglycerides, promotes glycation of proteins and induces insulin resistance. According to one study, the average American consumes nearly 70 pounds of HFCS per annum, marking HFCS as a major contributor to the rising rates of obesity in the last generation.
What the agribusiness industry is doing with these "ads," is protecting their bottom lines and profit margins. It's amazing how corn, meat, milk, dairy products--and other mass-produced foods on corporate-owned farm properites--are vigorously defended in farm regions by powerful agri-business interests. I (here in the middle of the midwest) am surrounded by these activities and they make me sick, literally. They believe that healthful food consumption choices other than theirs are cardinal sins. Yeah, right.
Agribusiness has destroyed family farms as we know them. Family farms benefitted communities by producing quality, healthful, chemical-free foods with no additional hormones, that for the most part were sold within the communities they were produced in. If you know of a family farm (There too few that are operating today within range of too few communities) that sells at your local farmers' market and/or co-op, please support them regularly, and often. It's time to start letting the agribusiness industry feel the pain, and they will as people worldwide get sicker and sicker from their junk food-pushing and high-fructose corn syrup poisoning.
I saw those commercials and was so sad. It never occured to me that consuming all of the sweet, sticky, syrupy goodness I want is BAD for me and unhealthy. I'm still gonna sniff those huge magic markers, though, until they have a commercial to tell me otherwise.
She's a demon.
(hat tip to anyone who got that.)
Veronica I. Arreola
c'mon roni, explain!
The actress in the commercial who is in the still played a demon on Buffy...Her character's name was Kathy. She was Buffy's first college roommate and Buffy spent the entire episode trying to convince the rest of the Scoobies that Kathy was a demon. Her evidence? That her toenails grew and she liked Celine Dion (even hung a poster).
and funny that she kinda *looks* a little demonic in the still.
I can't tell what's going on here. I'm a conspiracy theorist when it comes to commercials and print ads. And i do believe my paranoia to be justified, because a commercial has only so many seconds to reach into your unconscious via subliminal cues and start poking around til you go, "Ooh! I need me some _____."
This is why I buy so much chocolate. I think.
Anyway, the very first time I caught this commercial, I was reminded immediately of Dave Chapelle's "Grape Drink" bit, wherein he praises the flavored sugar water on which he was raised over the actual fruit essence white people tend to prefer (you know, juice.). You may recall the famous line "What the f---k is juice??" as his exasperated reply to a white friend's offer of a refreshing glass.
Enter Mrs. White/Juice vs. Mrs. Black/Red Drink.
I wasn't sure if I wanted to be offended at this commercial. Actually, I did. At least, I thought I did, and then I realized...this about as offensive as any Dove chocolate commercial. While we're facing here two stereotypes (which are, like corn syrup, ok in moderation) as opposed to the single stereotype I am about to cite, many may argue that the woman writhing around in sanguine satin sheets reaching near orgasm over a square of chocolate about the size of a postage stamp (perhaps I am a size queen) does not represent all women, maybe not even half of the female population. For instance, my sister can't stand chocolate. And she's even a woman!
So, not all women convulse with pleasure over chocolate, just as I'm sure not -all- white people drink juice and -all- African Americans drink Drink. However, what I find intriguing about this particular advertisement is that Neurotic White Mom is chastising Negligent Black Mom for pumping not only her own children, but apparently, even the unsuspecting white kids (gasp!) full of evil sugar derivatives--and ends up looking like a total jackass.
This woman is the kind of mother who buys her kids Cheezits at Whole Foods. Because if you buy it at Whole Foods, it must be good for you!
So--what both offends me, sort of, and makes me proud of this commercial is that it calls upon American white culture's preoccupation with impressing its values on another culture--here, the African American culture. This commercial just gets me thinking about the valuable, enriching differences the many immigrant and native cultures have brought to this country, and the unfortunate dominance of Anglo-American, once Christian-centered culture.
Boy, am I digressing! What I mean to say is that I'm glad to finally see the subtlety of the minority values being confirmed (albeit via the symbolic Drink War) and the dominant cultural empiricism being exposed.
In its defense, this commercial did make me want to reach into the giant bin at the grocery store and buy one of those colorful little foil-capped barrels and down some of that sweet, corn syrupy goodness that my own Neurotic White Mom never let me have.
As a white girl who grew up in the suburbs of New Jersey and fondly recalls all those lazy summer days cooled off by the infamous barrel drink (the green one was my personal fave), I offer three cheers to Manda's pickup of that lousy stereotype.
I have seen and heard enough people at Whole Foods talk about being "organic" and then buying their kids every processed Whole Foods brand prepackaged granola bar/cookie/fruit leather in the store. We should remember that the people in Whole Foods are CONSUMERS, just like the people at Food Lion, Kroger, etc, and they succumb to the same propaganda in advertising. Just because the organic movement isn't a mainstream "seen on TV" idea, doesn't mean it's not and idea that can be bought into and made into a lifestyle. Shopping for organic goods does not make you a better human being. Frankly, if you're paying 9 dollars a pound for organic grapes from Chile, it makes you a little deficient in the grey matter. And buying red drink for a kid's birthday party doesn't make you satan either. You might have to coax the kids off the ceiling later, but what kid should be deprived of a good birthday party sugar rush?
This whole corn syrup issue just elucidates how ignorant people are about basic chemistry. There is just as much fructose in honey, but because it's bee spit it sits on the shelf with a halo around it. You want to know what's interesting? Check out the label on any foreign-made confection product (cookie, candy, etc). You will see glucose syrup listed as the sweetener. And Europeans are certainly not a wide-assed as we are. But I am willing to bet that because you have to process cane sugar to get simple glucose, it wouldn't be sold at Whole Foods.
If you truly want to be a good steward to your local community and your kids, shop at your local farmer's market, make things from SCRATCH, not out of a box, teach your kids how to buy and prepare fresh food, buy fresh produce, meat and dairy products and teach your children that everything in moderation is ok, including red drink. You can't buy virtue or self righteousness at Whole Foods.
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