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February 3, 2013

Oh the drama! Super Ads go epic

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NEW YORK —

GoDaddy.com’s ad was one of them. It showed a close up, extended kiss between supermodel Bar Refaeli and a nerdy guy wearing glasses to illustrate GoDaddy’s combo of “sexy” and “smart.”

Some viewers thought the ad was too explicit for the Super Bowl.

“I don’t care who wins the game. I just don’t want to see that commercial again, ever,” said Stephen G. Smith, 63, an editor at The Washington Times in Washington, D.C.

Stephanie Malone from DeKalb, Ill., agreed: “GoDaddy should be ashamed.”

Striking a less controversial note, Best Buy’s 30-second ad in the first quarter starred Amy Poehler, of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” asking a Best Buy employee endless questions about electronics.

“Will this one read ‘50 Shades of Grey’ to me in a sexy voice?” Poehler asks about an e-book reader. Then, when the staffer says no she asks, “Will you?”

M&M’s spot showed its red spokescharacter singing Meatloaf’s “I Would Do Anything For Love,” and wooing beautiful women. But the M&M stopped short when the women try to eat him.

And Oreo’s ad featured a showdown in a library between people fighting over whether the cookie or the cream is the best part of the cookie. The punch-line? The fight escalates into thrown chairs and other destruction, but because the fight is in a library, everyone still has to whisper.

The ad directed users to follow Oreo on Instagram photo-sharing site, where they could continue the “cookie vs. cream” debate. Meanwhile, Oreo was quick to capitalize on the blackout that hit the game for about 30 minutes in the third quarter. It tweeted a picture of an Oreo in the half-dark with the words: “You can still dunk in the dark.”

 

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