The throat cancer guy may have finally met his match. For those of you not familiar with him, the throat cancer guy is easily the most irritating presence on TV.
He stars in commercials that feature his robotic-sounding voice and implore viewers not to smoke cigarettes and end up like him, an obnoxious, in your face guy who's had his larynx removed (but, still somehow speaks with a Spanish accent). That last part continues to befuddle me.
Anyway, the throat cancer guy appears to have some solid competition on the airwaves: Toyota's "Saved By Zero" campaign.
Like the throat cancer guy, Toyota's campaign has apparently pissed off a large number of people, yet, at the same time, appears to be working. It's been linked to a definite uptick in car sales. I guess people are able to get past the nausea and somehow focus on savings (it just shows how tough the times really are).
Since the throat cancer guy and Toyota's Saved By Zero moron both air repeatedly during sporting events, I think it's safe to say Thanksgiving Day will be a mini Super Bowl of sorts. Who will succeed in pissing off more viewers: the obnoxious throat
cancer guy who walks around a swimming pool lamenting his inability to dive in (someone should really push him) or the monotone Saved By Zero moron imploring people to lease or buy Toyotas? Actually, it's not a level playing field since Toyota can track car sales on a daily basis while I would think the CDC or anti-tobacco groups track trends over months, if not, years.
Still, there is one recourse for dealing with both advertising fiends: the mute button. And, it's somehow comforting to know that thousands, if not millions, of fellow football fans will be hitting the same mute button as me as we down our turkeys and dodge the throat cancer guy and Toyota moron one more time.
Thanks to Andrew Stein for the idea.