Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Or you'll what?

I'm sure everybody's seen this annoying Arby's commercial:



Here's my question: When the bank robber says "Do as I say, and nobody gets hurt," what does he have to back up that threat?

"Nobody gets hurt"? Hurt with what, Mr. Bank Robber? You're completely unarmed! The Arby's spokes-goofball at least could throw his chicken sandwich at you.

What kind of fruity California ad agency bank robber crashes through a door on a motorcycle and issues grim threats in a German accent without being armed with so much as a Nerf gun?

22 comments:

Nathan said...

But Tam, there was at least one other motorcycle...and that guy probably had the black gun :)

wv: nonin. A pacifist masterless samurai.

Brigid said...

There was probably a water gun full of some eye burning Horsey Sauce.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the second robber was going to rev the motor on his bike, producing huge ammounts of hydrocarbons and greenhouse gases that would destroy the planet!

The horror, the horror.

Gerry

Nathan said...

After mature reconsideration, I'm guessing they decided that actually showing eeeeevil guns would have been politically incorrect for their target demographic...

Ferret said...

The folks in the bank were obviously model citizens of our modern society, conditioned to instantly comply with any orders given, whether lawful or not.

docjim505 said...

Tam - "Nobody gets hurt"? Hurt with what, Mr. Bank Robber? You're completely unarmed!

Just like everybody else in the bank and, since it's California, probably everybody else for a ten mile radius (police and criminals aside).

og said...

1940's krauts, I'd worry. Todays krauts, I could probably kill with my B.O.

fast richard said...

I had not seen that commercial. Apparently, Arby's thinks just being German is scary enough for the robber to get what he wants. I haven't had a TV plugged into anything but a dvd player in a couple of years. Looks like I'm not missing much.

Tam said...

fast richard,

There are some genuinely entertaining ad campaigns out there. This is not one of them.

(Actually, Arby's previous ad campaign, which featured a talking oven mitt, was pretty sucky, too. I don't know why they don't fire their ad agency.)

Divemedic said...

This commercial is the anti-gunners' dream society. If guns were illegal, no one would have them, and we would be able to foil bank robberies by sharing our food.

After all, people are only forced to rob the evil banks because they cheated us out of our money.

DirtCrashr said...

New to me, Arby's is still around?? Not here it aint. Judging from the big guy's haircut it's a Wisconsin ad-agency, or one from Minneapolis-St.Paul maybe.

SoupOrMan said...

After this, the bank patrons all called their congressmen to demand the regulation of unlicensed assault accents. Eet ees fur zee cheeldrun!

TheAxe said...

Maybe the other motorcycle is ridden by Hans Gruber.

Bubblehead Les. said...

So are you one of those people who only watch the Stupid Bowl for the Commercials and run to the Kitchen when there's action on the field, like me? ; )

FWIW, I think Arby's is part of the "Yum Brands" Restaurant Conglomerate, and is being sold off or has been sold off.

Still like their Jamocha Shakes, though.

DirtCrashr said...

Evidently there are some Arby's still here in California, they just don't run the ads on broadcast TV.

Matt G said...

Gunny that I am, I can't help but think "Damn, that's a bitty sammich!" You'd think that they'd want to get a smaller guy to take the sandwich; it looks like I was holding it.

See how much being a gun nut interferes with our enjoyment of things? For example, I don't know what bugs me more: That Rhihanna's '28 Thompson has the bolt forward most of the time during this bank robbery (who's she gonna shoot that way? It fires from an open bolt), or that at least once, the bolt is actually back during the same robbery.

jimbob86 said...

"What kind of fruity California ad agency bank robber crashes through a door on a motorcycle and issues grim threats in a German accent without being armed with so much as a Nerf gun?"

The kind that makes a career preying upon the Eloi.

"1940's krauts, I'd worry. Todays krauts, I could probably kill with my B.O."

If todyay's krauts are anything like the late 80's krauts, I doubt your B.O. would faze them a bit.... I think deodorant, razors, daily bathing, etc., were unpopular, if not unknown, at least in Baden-Wurtemburg and Hessen..... Just my experience.....

docjim505 said...

Divemedic - After all, people are only forced to rob the evil banks because they cheated us out of our money.

BINGO!

Sort of like the plot of the movie "In Time" currently in theatres.

See it for Seyfried and (briefly) for Wilde. Or Timberlake if your tastes swing that way. See if for the action scenes.

But for pity's sake, DON'T THINK ABOUT THE PLOT, or you'll come out of the theatre swearing that an alien got mixed up and is about to bust out of your skull.

Six said...

Wearing black while speaking with a German accent and riding a motorcycle is worth plus 10 hit points and an increase in intimidation factor to 'panty wetting'. Opposing forces must acknowledge the Awesome Superiority status of the higher level player and immediately begin throwing large bags of cash.

Jerry said...

Gaa, I watched it. Curse you Tam

deadcenter said...

Obviously, he was interrupted by Sandwichman before he could open his overcoat and display his Billy Connolly Vest-o-Guns a al Boondock Saints.

Drang said...

I like Arbys. roast beast sammich with horsey sauce, mmm, too bad they don't put bacon on them.

Haven't seen this ad. Am I the only one who thinks German d00d looks like Vlad Putin's little brother?

Disgusting ads? Pretty much everything Burger King has cranked out since the creepy king first appeared.

Jack In The Box, OTOH, has had great ads pretty much ever since Jack blew up the Board of Directors.