By Grand Rapids Anonymous
This is something that ISN’T a hoax.
I was watching the NCAA finals on TNT when a commercial came on that to me, as a white person, was offensive, racist, and unnecessary. It was from Nationwide Insurance and went like this:
A white couple in their 40s was sitting at the kitchen table.
"Maybe we should discuss retirement," says the husband.
"Yes," says the wife, "except I have to wash the tub right now."
In a few seconds they wash the tub, the car, the cat, fertilize the yard—anything to avoid talking about retirement. Funny premise.
From there, you see them get more and more frantic and idiotic in the front yard.
Pan to the neighbors’ window, where looking out are a black couple with their Nationwide agent. They disapprovingly look at the clownish whites and get back to doing the intelligent thing (that the whites are too scatterbrained to attempt). I was offended at the racist aspect of this ad... and if it wasn’t meant to be a putdown of whites, then why not have two couples of the same color in the cast? That’s not the way this was played, and I for one think a boycott of Nationwide Insurance would be an appropriate response.
N.S. I recently saw the same spot, and had the same reaction.