The Super Bowl XLIX is just around the corner, and NFL fans are eagerly awaiting the match-up between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots. Let’s be clear, though – the Super Bowl is in no way just a football game like any other. It’s an event.
Many people who watch the Super Bowl have some interest in football, whether they’re die-hard fans or not. However, there’s a reason that more people watch the Super Bowl than regular season games and it’s not just that the stakes are higher (though that certainly doesn’t hurt). Simply put, it’s all the extras – the Super Bowl is a spectacle of epic proportions, both for the amazing athletic feats and for the equally amazing entertainment.
There are some individuals who only watch the Super Bowl for the half-time show, eager to see Beyonce stomping down a stage surrounded by pyrotechnics, or to see a beloved classic rock band jamming out once more to the delight of music fans worldwide.
And then, there are people who are more interested in what happens during commercial breaks than in the program itself. Super Bowl commercials are a big deal – since so many people watch the big game, companies shell out millions of dollars for 15 or 30 second commercials. There are several iconic Super Bowl commercials that no one will forget – Terry Tate’s office linebacker, Cindy Crawford with the Pepsi can, Adriana Lima with the football. Whether it’s because the commercial is funny, quirky, or stars a gorgeous supermodel, there are some commercials that just did everything right and captured everyone’s attention.
And then there are the ones that no one will forget for all the wrong reasons. Here is a list of 15 of the worst Super Bowl commercials of all time.
15 15. Chevrolet Apocalypse
14 14. Fred Astaire Dirt Devil
13 13. Budweiser Black Crown
12 12. Dorito Felon
11 11. Doritos Berlin Wall
10 10. LeBron James and Dwight Howard, Basketball Fools
9 9. Jason Alexander Sells Weird Burgers
8 8. Go Daddy's Sexist Marketing Department
7 7. Sobe Strangeness
6 6. Holiday Inn Transvestite
5 5. Hyundai's Angry Bosses
4 4. Budweiser Creepy Clown
3 3. Macintosh 1985
2 2. GM's Suicidal Robot
Cars are machines, robots are machines. We're trying to sell machines. So let's make a commercial that stars a robot who becomes suicidal and flings himself off a bridge. That's the best way to sell our product. Suicide. This commercial is horrendous.
1 1. The Sales Genie Pandas
There's offensive, and then there's this commercial. Sales Genie decided it would be a genius idea to create a commercial that consists almost entirely of offensive stereotypes, from the bamboo hut to the pandas to the awful, awful accent. There's just no understanding what was going on in the minds of the people who created this commercial.
It's hard to imagine how the board room thought this was a good idea. It's as if they were thinking: "let's offend a huge chunk of the world and hope they'll use our product."
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