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Friday, January 26

I'm Loving Subliminal Advertising


There's been SO MUCH hullabaloo over this supposed "subliminal advertising" catch on a recent Iron Chef America taping that I sort of tried to avoid talking about it.

It's been covered in basically every major TV, radio and Internet outlet, so there's really no point in providing a link... just turn on the radio right... now... and they'll be talking about it. I heard about it on NPR this morning.

In case you don't follow the news and simply read Food Network Addict, I must congratulate you. You haven't really missed anything. Quick update: War is still going on, da Bears are going to the Superbowl, the War is still going on, and McDonald's uses subliminal advertising!!!!

Actually, no it doesn't. I don't know why, but when I saw the video early this week I didn't get crazily up in arms. It just seems like an accident.

I suppose it's because it's McDonald's. It's the largest restaurant chain in the world. Regardless, I'm sure the Food Network or Iron Chef producers or McDonald's aren't really complaining. As they say, you can't buy press like this.

There was another story that came out this week that I chose not to cover, as well. I just don't buy it, and it's not really anything to make light of.

What I like to make light of is Alton Brown, who would never take offense:


Look at this weirdly astral pic of Mr. Brown. It's better than his smoking one a few days ago. Still, I'm thinking Alton might make a good astronaut or planetarium guide.

I'm Lovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvin' It! Have a great weekend!

PS- How many times must I see the 6-piece chicken McNugget commercial? It's on the dollar menu for about a week. Is there a reason it ever cost any more than a dollar?

PPS- My mom used to tell me movies showed subliminal ads for popcorn and hotdogs and stuff, which I thought was so cool. It reminds me of the subliminal message episode of Saved by the Bell.

PPPS- My sister used to pride herself in eating her McNuggets slower than I did when we were kids. I'd be done and she'd gloat about having just one left-- taunting me all the way. I got smart once and put one under the table real quick before we started eating. Boy, was she surprised when I showed her I had one more than she did!

and I just embarrassed myself:-)

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At 1/26/2007 9:28 PM , Blogger Jennifer said...

I noticed some of the advertising going on too...but I didn't really think much of it! How funny!

I love Morimoto! He cracks me up. Who won anyhow? I missed the outcome! :(

At 1/27/2007 1:07 AM , Anonymous Conrad5 said...

Iron chef Morimoto got lightly beaten by Homaro Cantu. Chef Cantu (who I think used to work under Charlie Trotter) has this bizzaro restaurant in Chicago called Moto. It’s part restaurant and part high school science experiment. I haven't been able muster up the courage to eat there yet, but several people have told me that if you can get past the circus tricks, the food is actually very good. BTW, is McDonald’s sponsoring Iron Chef sort of like Wal-Mart sponsoring Project Runway? It seems bit incongruous.

At 1/28/2007 1:28 PM , Blogger Jennifer said...

Thanks conrad! Cantu definitely had some interesting concepts there, I have to give it to him...but I still love me some Morimoto!

At 1/28/2007 6:00 PM , Blogger Ole de Cronche said...

Love the Morimoto pic!

Cool site,I'll have to bookmark it and come back. I have a Good Eats/Alton Brown blog myself!


At 1/29/2007 5:59 PM , Blogger amanda said...

my brother and i used to have slow eating contests, too! there was nothing worst than finishing my wienerschitzel meal and look over to see him still chowing on his hot dog and fries. i thought we were the only ones that did that!

i love the subliminal advertising. i do want some chicky nuggies right now. maybe i'll make that for dinner instead of ray ray chicken thighs & roasted potatoes...oh, wait, she probably doesn't make those thighs anymore since it's dark meat. shame on her!!!


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