Nice stems

While the radio coverage of That Game wasn’t that good, it enabled me to avoid both the halftime show and the overwrought advertising. Still, I tried my best to keep up with the tweetstream, and several women I follow were happy to denounce a spot by Teleflora, calling it even more sexist than the latest offering from GoDaddy, if you can believe that. The complaints went something like this:

Teleflora’s “big game” ad essentially suggested there are women out there who will prostitute themselves for a nice bunch of flowers.

So after that, I had to watch the silly thing, and while Adriana Lima always brightens up the scene, the quid pro quo premise rubbed me the wrong way, so to speak.

It did not help that a couple of hours earlier I’d seen “Secret of My Excess,” in which Spike’s avarice runs amok: the little so-and-so even steals leaves, fercryingoutloud. If a baby dragon can learn that it’s better to give than to receive, so can your average davenport tuber watching football.


  1. fillyjonk »

    8 February 2012 · 8:07 am

    Heh. From now on I am going to see everyone expressing an expectation of gifts on various holidays as Spike after his birthday. (one year the local news-anchor-lady, on the morning show on V-day, actually complained that she hadn’t been given anything by her sweetheart…I was quite gobsmacked at that open display of avarice.)

  2. CGHill »

    8 February 2012 · 6:52 pm

    Megan McArdle of the Atlantic tweeted thusly:

    So teleflora commercial more or less explicitly says Valentine’s flowers=getting laid. PSA: this is not even remotely true.

    I figure the least I can do is to pass that information along.

  3. fillyjonk »

    9 February 2012 · 8:07 am

    I would hope that most guys who have made it over the age of 25 have already figured that out for themselves. Then again, what do I know?

  4. McGehee »

    9 February 2012 · 9:25 am

    It’s not the flowers, it’s who you give them to. And whether your credit card information accompanies.

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