Wednesday, February 14, 2007


(click images for closer look)
Reminiscent of a classic scene from The Jerk (the "chair" line is about 3 minutes in), these guys don't need to take anything from the office when they retire...except their chairs. Sometimes, the second visual in a campaign can clear up the confusion that the first one caused...not this time. Ameriprise Financial, you want me to trust you with my nest egg when your advertising effort is plain cuckoo?
(thanks to MTLB for finding the Ameriprise Dennis Hopper TV spot, which also features The Red Chair, on the beach in the background—looking very, very lonely.)
previously in questionable business ads:
1. Fake Chairman of the Board.
2. Rest now, Bling Bling...
3. The Good Hands, Bad Taste People.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuck that red chair.

And fuck the people who came up with/approved this for thinking that red chair would mean anything to anyone.

1:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DON'T JUMP. 3 V-DUBS FOR $17,000!

1:41 PM  
Blogger Maulleigh said...

I wish those guys were standing on Bridges in Boston. Now THERE'S a campaign we can all be confused by!

4:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All these old-folgy ads are a notorious form of propaganda:

They convince young(er) people to waste the best years of their lives working 60-hour weeks so they can scuba dive when they're seventy.

Fuck that!

There's a 9 in 10 chance that I'll end up looking like George Burns, not Burt Lancaster.

Plus, that wrinkly old fuck won't be nabbing any beach honeys.

It's better to enjoy life before you need Cialus.

5:16 PM  
Blogger RFB said...

Disagree with anon hater above. These guys are smart as hell and retired at 53, when their wangs might still work and their dreams didn't retire.

Dreams of beaches, deserts, cameras, wetsuits and red chairs.

It's not too late, Anon. To whip it. Whip it good. Leave your funk behind and start planning for retirement. Otherwise, you're an old tired bastard dreaming of the old days, when you still had dreams.

I'm going out now to buy a red chair.

6:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Sr. Jetpacks...

Point taken, and to each his own. That's we will live in a free (hack, cough) country.

But, realistically, what percentage of people get to retire at 53?

When I'm old, I hope to have far more great memories than dreams.

9:48 AM  

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