I’ll be the first to admit that I, like many parents, am far too comfortable discussing my child’s bathroom habits. It’s a sad but true fact that changing diapers removes the taboo that exists in society regarding poop talk. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as children’s bowels do odd things and it’s reassuring to talk to other parents and know that your child doesn’t need to be rushed to the hospital before something horrifying and irreversible (possibly involving a colostomy bag) happens.
Advertising executives are aware of this crucial time in parents’ lives and (being the soul-sucking bottom-feeders they are) they do their best to capitalize on it. I’m not fond of this. As relaxed as I am about describing the consistency of my son’s last bowel movement, I balk when I see an ad that features the word “poo” in large bold letters.
The latest offender:
Give Poop a Chance? Seriously? I’d love to know how many hours went into that slogan.
On second thought, maybe I don’t want to know.
*Random thought: Do you think the ad campaign was thought up by an ad exec while he/she was sitting on the toilet?
**This ad was in the Reader’s Digest. My love for that magazine just keeps growing.
***If I see one more commercial for the remake of Footloose, I will stab someone. Is nothing sacred?