I saw a commercial last night that left me scratching my head. It was for Oreo’s new Triple Double Oreo cookie. Has anyone else seen this? It kind of like a Big Mac for cookies. Basically, it’s a regular Oreo squished together with a chocolate Oreo.
But it’s one cookie. Aside from the fact that there seems little point to this cookie other than trying to be extreme in nature, and that it has joined the ranks of KFC’s Double Down and Wendy’s Quadruple patty burger monstrosity in the Hall of Fame for food ridiculous-ness, the thing that struck me the most was not the cookie at all.
Watch this commercial for Oreo’s Triple Double cookie and see if you see the same thing I did.
Did you see it?
Did you notice who all four of the spokespersons were? Yup, they were all world class athlete’s.
Tennis star Venus William’s
New York Giant’s quarterback Eli Manning
Olympic Speed Skater Apollo Ono
And retired basketball great Shaq
Four athletic greats pitching a processed, fatty, sugar laden cookie.
Does that seem wrong to anyone else?
Shouldn’t athletes be hawking vegetables or fruits or a good solid breakfast? Shouldn’t they be encouraging people to eat things that can actually help them be healthier?
I find this kind of thing pretty frustrating.
Now I’m not saying that someone could never eat a Triple Double Oreo (although the thought of it makes my stomach turn a little), or other junk food for that matter. But it’s frustrating that athletes and celebrities see a pay check, join forces with a cookie mascot, and lend their name and influence to something that is made of complete crap. Especially when many kids look up to them.
On a completely unrelated note, it’s been shown that even more than cartoon mascots, celebrities and athletes, parents and other influential adults have the greatest impact on kids and their eating habits.
I’ll let you connect the dots on this one.