The Un-Appetizer

If the Internet can customize commercials as you surf, why can't television?

For instance, I lurrrve watching The Food Network.

Yes I AM a Foodie Junkie.

We even own a few celebrity cookbooks. (Okay, I have as yet to actually *ahem* USE them, but that's not important right now...)

Nevertheless, I can't think of anything better than a huge weekend brunch in front of the TV watching show after show from Ricardo, Giada, Nigella ...

... and especially Jamie. Talk about tasty.

Saucy, fresh and full of rich body.


And his recipes look good too.



Err, sorry about that.

But what grinds my gears are the commericals that run at each break. They leave a LOT to be desired:

  • McDonald's
  • Quaker Weight Control Oatmeal
  • Gravol (WTF???)
But the absolute worst?

After watching chef after chef deftly grate huge blocks of hard parmesean, fresh mozerella and aged sharp cheddars all dripping from super sharp metal rasps, THIS is not the next thing I want to see:

Eww, Eww, EWW! After literally grating down the foot, they disassemble the human skin scraper and tap out THE MOST disgusting pile of greyish crap!!!!


I just lost my appetite.

I cannot fathom how the hell this is appropriate advertising.

No matter how cute Jamie is.

29 People would rather be commenting:

Ed (zoesdad) said...

So, will it work on Parmesean?

Janet said...

That is totally disgusting! I watch the Food Network (whilst at the fitness place...go figure) and have never seen that thing, but now I'll be on the lookout for it.

Swubird said...


I share your pain. When I was a little kid commercials were only 30-seconds long. Now it seems like the commercials are longer than the programs. The other night we were watching a movie and the commercials came on every five minutes. It's horrible. And then some of the stuff they advertise is disgusting.

Oh well.

Happy trails

Anonymous said...

Jaime is so hot.

Maureen said...

Lady Banana: I know! I can't watch it anymore.... I must look away.

Ed: Yuck, Yuck, Yuck!!! There goes any craving for Parm now...

Janet: Isn't it? I hope (for your sake) it only appears on Food Network Canada...

Swubird: Yes, I know what you mean. When I see an old ad, I have to giggle at it compared to what's allowed today.

Jen: Agreed, and not just because of all the ovens and such...

Anonymous said...

Somebody either thought that was funny, or they took a quick glance at the pic/write-up without reading it properly and thought it WAS for parmesan!

Anonymous said...

Wow, nothing excites me more than a foot grater!

Unknown said...

All comercials suck. Even if the are for cheese graters. The worst commercials are hemmorhoid creams and Smiling Bob. I hope it goes down and he never gets it up again!

Heather said...

ROFLOL! I know what you mean! Maybe that is a good product (I've heard it is) but the commercials are GROSS, and I sure don't want to watch them on Food Network!

Lidian said...

It really is very jarring, I agree!

Babs (Beetle) said...

My pet hate advertising moments are: When most people are eating their evening meal, they show a little boy sitting on the toilet, holding his nose because of the smell! Female products that are far too descriptive, stuff for diarrhea etc. Why do they choose meal times to show them?

VioletSky said...

Remember when tv shows were sponsored and the actors did the commercials live during the breaks?
No, me neither.

But wouldn't that be a fun option for those specialty channels.

JoJo said...

Yeah that Ped Egg commercial is pretty stomach turning...but at least you didn't get one about feminine odor or male itch or something equally stomach turning. And they always seem to run during the dinner hour.

Babs (Beetle) said...

I have a little something for you at my blog :O)

Unknown said...

LOL! I am never going to be able to watch that commercial again without laughing over this post! I remember as a kid there always seemed to be Preparation H commercials on the news right after dinner. The "foot grater" on the Food Channel surely takes the cake though!

Daisy said...

Yuck-o!!! That is as bad as seeing a commercial for Pedi-Paws when I am watching Animal Planet.

Cherie said...

lmao Ya Know? This occurred to me too! It gives me ne appreciation for dh`s channel surfing during the commercials (if only he would go back before I missed vital minutes of the show I was watching)

Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings said...

Jamie. The Irish one right? Yeah...Yum.....

What? Huh? Oh yeah...pedicure things. Gross. Totally.

Think of good food instead. It will make you happy.

Maureen said...

Jay: Gad I hope not... just imagine WHAT hey could do. No, better NOT to imagine....

Rusty: Ha! Excited isn't exactly the word I'd use!

Ettarose: OMG I HATE smiling Bob too... what the hell are advertisers thinking? (I guess they aren't).

Heather: I know! Why not put those during soap operas or late at night; when *I* don't have to watch them!

Lidian: It's not enough they have to show the package; to actually demonstrate it is really, really uncessary!

Babs: Perhaps they believe they have a "captive" audience; which makes me think I should be TIVO'ing everything so I can skip the commercials!

VioletSky: Actually I AM old enough to remember that! And yeah! Why not advertise Jamie's pots and pans???? Now THAT would make sense!
(and I would get to see more Jamie!!!)

JoJo: Agreed. A good method for weight control... no?

Aw, Babs! You are too sweet! Thank you!!!

Carole: "Takes the cake" is right!!!

Daisy: Hahahahaha!!!! So right!

Cherie: OMG... YOUR husband too??? That drives me bonkers. What IS it with men and remote controls????

Johnny's Mommy: Think food. Okay. Think Jamie. Better....

Bruce Johnson said...

This sort of sums up why the wife and I don't watch television much anymore:

1) The Food Network (whats next, the watching paint dry network?)

2) Commerical for personal hygiene that I just don't want to know about (erectial dysfunction, when you erctor set doesn't work anymore?)

Anonymous said...

Ewwww! I have an aversion to feet anyway, so yes, that commercial would definitely be unappetizing! I wish executives would just use their brains. Food programming = kitchen wares commercials --- not foot scraper commercials. Simple really. Doesn't even take that much of a brain. :)

Anonymous said...

Hey, they had to show it worked. You just gave me a lovely idea for a prank.

toners said...

ROFL!!! Is it Jamie's British accent that you like? :)

Anonymous said...

And the Food Network dose Jenny Craig commercials because...?

My favorites are the erectile dysfunction drugs during college football games. Just to emphasize the fact that you can't score on or off the field.

JD at I Do Things said...

Gross me out with a slotted spoon!

I watch the Food Network occasionally, but I've never seen the grated foot commercial. Is it worse than the toe fungus one? 'Cuz that one is nauseating.

(Love the segueway from grating cheese to grating feet.)

JD at I Do Things

Paul Eilers said...

My wife and I have seen that commercial, and she said, "That doesn't work."

But I ordered it anyway.

Naah, but still, I hate shaving, especially mah legs, and if there was any way to make things easier on my face, I sure would love to know about it.

Irene said...

I agree Maureen, that is pretty disgusting. I don't know why the makers of that commercial would think that was appealing to the watchers of the show. Of course, they're aiming for the all women audience, but grating dead skin is not very appealing after having watched yummy cheddar cheese being grated. Men who make commercials like this place us in the lower intelligence quotient. I suggest many angry letters to the TV station. I do have some tough callouses that need to be grated, though. Do you think the cheese grater will work? I don't want to draw blodd.

Jo Beaufoix said...

Euwwwwwww. Cheesy feet.

And hope the updating is going ok. :D

Jill said...

OH YUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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