Polo irritates, Consol jars
UNFORTUNATELY I don’t have DStv so I cannot comment on your Nasie in Gesprek topic (March 18), though you do make some valid points.
I am just puzzled by the VW Polo Vivo TV ad that is flighting at the moment. A son and his parents are jubilant about his getting his driver’s licence. There is joy and dancing and we all can relate at this point. Then the boy suddenly appears in his new Polo Vivo and, with a shrug of the shoulders, speeds off, leaving his parents stunned and stranded.
Is this supposed to be humorous? One assumes that this young man was given this new car by his parents. Is this how he repays their kindness?
I know there is a slogan at the end about the “freedom of the citi”, but this sense of youthful liberation leaves an irritating aftertaste.
It perpetuates the perception that the now Generation Z is selfabsorbed and spoiled.
VW is known for its heartwarming and delightful campaigns, but this one is a huge disappointment.
Love your column.
I OFTEN see the Consol Glass advert on DStv and not only do I cringe inside, but I get angry. The advert is trying to be sweet: A little girl catching children’s laughter on a playground in a glass bottle, to later let her blind Gogo hear it when she opens the bottle next to her ear. All very sweet, but really! The little girl is on a playground – on the slide, with a glass bottle; on the swings, with a glass bottle; and, of all things, on the roundabout, with a glass bottle. This is just asking for trouble. Where are the parents? We have all been taught not to run with a glass. Consol has no issues about encouraging it on a playground. When the bottle breaks kids playing barefoot will get glass in their feet. She will cut herself while on the swing or jungle gym after dropping the bottle. Children are impressionable: Can you imagine lots of kids running around with glass bottles on the playground because Consol Glass endorses it?
Wow, really not well thoughtthrough. The advert irritates me so much it deters me from Consol Glass.