The first time I sat down to watch French television I was:
1. dissapointed (I couldn't understand a damn thing back then)
2. surprised by the sexual inuendo in the most random commercials.
Yes, the French take ‘sex sells’ to a whole new level. Whereas it’s usually reserved for pop stars and prime time television in the U.S. -here sex is used to sell every day products, like….milk.
One of the first commercials I saw when I arrived here consisted of a couple of cute adolescents rolling around in the grass, making out. Why?
Because they drank milk, ofcourse!
Then there’s coffee. One of my favorites are the Carte Noir commercials. Basically they all feature a young man and woman who have sexual fantasies whenever they sit down at a café. (There must be a name for this condition) Their bodies might be drinking java. But their minds are doing all sorts of unseemly things.
I was lucky enough to catch the back end of a publicity run for sugar when I first arrived. The catch phrase was ‘Sugar. Exterior sign of beauty’
Basically we follow a sugar cube as it rolls down a naked women’s body. Then she plops it into her coffee. (I know. I had to be reassured by my French friends that it wasn’t common practice to rub a sugar cube on your body and then serve it to your guests)
But the most weirdest I’ve seen recently are for insurance. A couple of people with dog faces (yes, they actually have dog faces digitally animated in place of their real heads. Don’t ask me why) are about to get busy. Sometimes it’s in a car. Or a bed. And then they’re interrupted by a man with a bear face selling them insurance.
Yeah. I don’t get it either. It's like a bad dream.
Hope everyone has a great weekend!