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January 17, 2015 3:18 PM   Subscribe

Empowered by cheap car insurance, Dave lets it all hang out. (Single Link Brit Ad YouTube)
posted by Purposeful Grimace (35 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
That is surely not Dave's genuine ass.
posted by kenko at 3:30 PM on January 17, 2015


The ass didn't blow my suspension of disbelief, but being a British ad filmed in Downtown LA did. Looks like 6th and Flower.
posted by chimaera at 3:47 PM on January 17, 2015 [5 favorites]


I dunno, Dave sure looks like a genuine ass to me...
posted by Greg_Ace at 3:51 PM on January 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


Strutting like that in those heels will mean he'll be spending the money he saved on car insurance on medical insurance.
posted by arcticseal at 3:56 PM on January 17, 2015 [3 favorites]


I don't know what they've done to that man's bottom but I don't like it.
posted by glasseyes at 3:56 PM on January 17, 2015


NOW THATS A CAR INSURANCE I CAN INSURE MY CAR WITH
posted by batfish at 3:58 PM on January 17, 2015 [4 favorites]


I could write a term paper on this about White Male Appropriation of Black Female Empowerment Tropes.
posted by emjaybee at 4:00 PM on January 17, 2015 [26 favorites]


Basic car insurance for basic people.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 4:01 PM on January 17, 2015 [3 favorites]


Are you sure he doesn't have Squirrel Girl's tail tucked in there? (You KNOW Marvel's gonna spin off Squirrel Boy if it's a hit)
posted by oneswellfoop at 4:03 PM on January 17, 2015


Y'know, in the 1950/60s there was a lot of concern that advertising was becoming so omnipresent, so sophisticated and developing such effective techniques for manipulating human psychology that sooner or later we'd all be in the thrall of such messaging, helpless to resist.

Instead...
posted by sobarel at 4:04 PM on January 17, 2015 [3 favorites]


brb insuring car
posted by um at 4:31 PM on January 17, 2015 [7 favorites]


I could write a term paper on this about White Male Appropriation of Black Female Empowerment Tropes

Please don't
posted by Green Winnebago at 4:34 PM on January 17, 2015 [17 favorites]


Still, it's nice to see Tobias Fünke getting some work at last.
posted by sobarel at 4:37 PM on January 17, 2015 [8 favorites]


hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars were spent to make that
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 4:44 PM on January 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


The ass didn't blow my suspension of disbelief, but being a British ad filmed in Downtown LA did. Looks like 6th and Flower.

That was weirding me out too: I've never seen any place in the UK that looked like that. Everything about the street looked wrong, except one or two weirdly placed bollards they presumably stuck in as props. Either they used one-way streets or blocked them off in order to park a line of cars on the left.
posted by George_Spiggott at 5:32 PM on January 17, 2015


You don't suppose the people making it thought they'd have more fun filming in LA than, say, Luton do you? And perhaps spent more time thinking of ways to sell that concept to the clients than the whole "perky man arse = cheap car insurance" dealie? And that maybe this also has some bearing on why so many UK ads are filmed in sunny España?

I ask these questions, obviously, in a spirit of genuine inquiry rather than them emanating from a fathomless well of cynicism.
posted by sobarel at 5:56 PM on January 17, 2015 [2 favorites]


Welp..
posted by ReeMonster at 6:04 PM on January 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


Credibility shattered by Mrs Ozzie and a small dog making cameo-money at the end.
posted by arzakh at 6:07 PM on January 17, 2015 [2 favorites]


Was that a CGI ass? Because they could've saved themselves a fortune by just using some butt pads. It looked kind of weird, like his lower body was grafted on.
posted by Ursula Hitler at 6:10 PM on January 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


ok
posted by basicchannel at 6:16 PM on January 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


Well, at least I learned there's a new Squirrel Girl comic. Thanks, foop.
posted by angerbot at 6:18 PM on January 17, 2015


Hmmm. Perhaps the response would have bigger if the ad starred Bumberdict Cuffington.
posted by Twang at 6:27 PM on January 17, 2015


The ass didn't blow my suspension of disbelief, but being a British ad filmed in Downtown LA did. Looks like 6th and Flower.

I knew something felt wrong. Either they imported a right hand drive Prius or just carefully hid the fact that he got out of the passenger seat. But he gets out on the right side of the car on the right side of the street, it felt off from the beginning.

I could write a term paper on this about White Male Appropriation of Black Female Empowerment Tropes.

I'm sure someone at Jezebel will write it for you sometime this week.
posted by MeanwhileBackAtTheRanch at 6:31 PM on January 17, 2015 [2 favorites]


Welp..
posted by ReeMonster


Yes. Exactly.
posted by BlueHorse at 6:53 PM on January 17, 2015


Looks like 6th and Flower.

What are you talking about? It looks almost nothing like 6th and Flower, you silly person.

It's 5th and Flower.
posted by Sys Rq at 8:21 PM on January 17, 2015


They had to shoot it in America because in London nobody would bat an eyelid.
posted by colie at 2:06 AM on January 18, 2015


Several of the money saving supermarket ads are shot in the US. The other awful one with the elephant and the toddler saying "you're so money supermarket" looks like it was shot in the US too. Every single one of them seems to be some sort of awful empowerment trope or cultural misappropriation.

UGHhhhhh I hate these ads so much.
posted by Ms. Moonlight at 2:36 AM on January 18, 2015 [1 favorite]


> Either they imported a right hand drive Prius or just carefully hid the fact that he got out of the passenger seat.

Take a close look and you can see the passenger dashboard rather than a steering wheel.

My first assumption was that it was shot in LA so that the commercial could have decent lighting and blue skies rather than the usual fake-looking color-keyed sky or downright annoying blue gradient lens sky that British camera people seem to love. But if anything it looks like they shot in shadows and greyed out the sky to make it look more British. So, y'got me.

Deals were made, I guess.
posted by ardgedee at 8:05 AM on January 18, 2015


Is the presence of this in MetaFilter some sort of viral advertising? Because I see no other value.
posted by BentFranklin at 8:14 AM on January 18, 2015 [1 favorite]


The value is that I get to feel grateful that I still have functioning ankles.
posted by arcticseal at 11:49 AM on January 18, 2015 [1 favorite]


Deals Mistakes were made, I guess.

FTFY.

Also, dat ass.
posted by ostranenie at 2:59 PM on January 18, 2015 [2 favorites]


Also, I question the necessity of his suspenders.
posted by aubilenon at 4:52 PM on January 18, 2015


Sorry, braces
posted by aubilenon at 4:52 PM on January 18, 2015


No, actually I guess suspenders.
posted by aubilenon at 4:53 PM on January 18, 2015


Suspenders of disbelief?
posted by mon-ma-tron at 5:56 PM on January 18, 2015 [1 favorite]


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