I’m not a big television watcher. Just a couple shows a week tops. But, in the relatively short time that I watch television, I’m shocked at how frequent the theme of commercials centers around bad marriage relationships and hinting at infidelity.
Personally, I don’t find it funny at all. I’ve been married to my wife for almost 8 years now, and it’s a commitment I take very seriously. It’s a fundamentally important aspect of my life. Why would I find it humorous to watch a commercial about a crappy marriage?
AT&T has a new commercial out where the husband excitedly comes and tells his wife that he just signed the family up for unlimited mobile to mobile minutes. The wife clearly assumes this will cost a fortune which leads you to believe she probably doesn’t trust him, and her attitude alludes to her not even really liking him. She verbally treats him like garbage, then says in front of him “… my mother was right. I should have married John Clark”, who clearly is someone else. What is funny about that, and how does it make me want to look into AT&T’s plan? Well, for me it doesn’t. It’s depressing and discouraging. I don’t want to see that crap.
In a society where importance of marriages is on the decline and infidelity and divorce are ever on the rise, is it really a good idea to keep engraining this stuff into the millions of television viewers out there? I certainly don’t think so.