At the drug store the other day, this caught my eye:
“I HAVE seen that on TV,” I thought to myself – that box was totally right! Looking at the list of wonderful things about the My Pillow:
- Dust mite resistant
- Built-in cooling effects (whatever the hell that means)
The list was long and impressive. But, I can’t purchase this pillow, and here’s why:
I just think a grown man with a mustache shouldn’t be lovingly cuddling a pillow on the box. This seems very obvious to me, like marketing 101: “no one with a mustache should be affectionate with the product on the packaging.” I’ve never taken a marketing class, but isn’t that the first or AT MOST the third thing they tell you?
And then I couldn’t stop thinking about how much this man loved this pillow, and then I started to worry about what would happen if they had a baby together, and now this haunts my nightmares:
And now I’m not sure I can even have any pillows anymore.
P.S. I’ve had to send my stupid brand new laptop off to be fixed so there won’t be a Super Friends this week for those of you who read them.
29 thoughts on “I may not be able to use pillows anymore.”
In the stationery/party industry, moustaches are EVERYWHERE. I even had to write a stupid feature story about them and they freak me the heck out. So creepy.
You had to write a feature story about mustache use in marketing for the party industry? Is this also a post on your blog and if not, why? I want to read it.
Sad about the super friends, but this was hilarious all the same. And pretty true; creepy pedo mustache is not really a great selling campaign.
Kind of reminds me of the Netti-pot adverts from a while back. Additional rule with the mustache – a non-emotive lady with a bizarrely unisex hair-cut is not allowed to demo your product on the commercial. People will think she’s the start of the robot overlord race. (just in case we’re not on the same page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9i6x6uGm2k)
Any and every neti pot demonstration makes me laugh. It looks like something aliens would do and we’d all freak out about. That particular lady was a top-notch demonstrator in that regard.
What if it had been Ron Swanson in the ad?
There’s an exception to every rule.
Yeah, seriously. He looks like a pedofile. A pillowfile if you will. Not ok.
Totally a pillowfile and he seems happy about it.
I didn’t know anyone had used mustachioed men as product models for anything other than hunting goods since 1982. I stand corrected and disturbed.
Yes, I’ve seen plenty of mustaches in my old catalog perusing, but that is with in the correct era. This just didn’t seem right.
I can hear this guy calling this product by name in my head. “My peeeeellow!” It’s the “my” that’s off-putting. Also that I apparently make up voices for people in advertisements.
How does this cooling technology work? Is the pillow coated in Bengay or Icy Hot or something? Is there a little fan in there? I’m perplexed.
That is also exactly how I imagine it – “peeeelowww!”
I guess it has something to do with weaving, something about the way its weaved.
I immediately spotted the trouble area… but I’m with Christian on Ron Swanson. He’s the only man who could pull it off.
But he would never be caught cuddling a pillow, unless it was filled with meat.
Or if he was drunk with a little party hat on.
Yetserday I stopped in a wal-mart for soemthing and walked by that bin that has the $3 pillows. we could use a couple of new ones but, like you, I’d seen this ad and wondered “these pillows may have dust mites or hiding moustaches.
wait, how do you feel about beards. Your boy here has a beard…and not the Katie Holmes kind.
It’s the old school mustaches, and this one in particular I take issue with, beards are definitely case by case. I’m sure yours is fine.
Agreed. Even with the mustache, however, I don’t think I’d purchase the pillow. Something about that dude’s facial expression just seems off.
Yeah, there’s definitely a look in his eyes that is troubling.
But…but…it has cooling effects!
Ok…I’m with you. Mustaches are creppy 99% of the time.
All my pillows have cooling effects in the form of flipping them over when they get too warm on one side.
Are you sure the mustachioed pillow isn’t lamenting the upcoming lack of super friends?
Awwww. Maybe. Although it would disturb me to know that that pillow reads those posts.
OK, I agree this dude is creepy, HOWEVER, it’s not only the hairy lip that’s troubling, but there is something seriously off-putting with the eyebrows. Almost Jack Nicholson-esque. And I’m wondering, what if it were Tom Selleck on the front? Just sayin’…….
Tom Selleck can also properly carry a mustache. Maybe it’s the length of this one? Not enough space between his upper lip and his nose? I’ll stop talking about it now.
Those marketers should be fired! Not even in 1979 would that ‘stache be ok. It is the stache of creepy child stealer nightmares, not of sweet dreams
I can deal with the mustache if I have to. What I can’t deal with is the $59.99 price tag for the pillow. For $59.99, that pillow damn well better cook my breakfast for me.
Actually, I’m pretty sure that man and his pillow DID have a baby together. And based on this old pic I found of my mother, I’m pretty sure it’s my dad. -http://static.neatorama.com/images/2011-09/portrait-pillow.jpg
WOW. So I guess there’s a long tradition of mustached-people-pillow relations I’ve totally overlooked. I love learning new things.