Forty plus years and counting and Sesame Street is as relevant as ever. With a great line up of celebrity guests, often showing their soften side, to their grasp of pop culture, it remains a hit with young and old alike.
They’ve struck a pop culture chord again with their latest video, starring none other than Elmo, I’m Elmo and I Know It. A parody of LMFAO’s hit, I’m Sexy and I Know It.
Having spent my life with dreams of becoming a singer and loving anything that displayed real vocal talent, I fell in love with Glee during its first five minutes. My love waned as the show just became way too campy for me and I, like the character Mercedes, wanted more focus on her great talent.
Then there’s Sesame Street, a show that has been alive as long as I have that has touched millions of children and has managed to somehow keep up with the times.
Put them together and you get an awesome parody. Every character is perfectly captured as they discuss the various sounds of the letter ‘G’ with the great vocals Glee is known for.
Maybe it’s the fact that I am up late every night so I have the benefit of catching almost every informercial out there, but it is interesting to see how many products are being invented for women to strap their jiggly parts in and lift their saggy parts up. So I bring you just some of these items for your viewing pleasure…
BareLifts– The Invisible Solution for Perfect Support
Lift your saggy breast without that pesky bra.
Booty Pop– Aren’t blessed with a booty, your panties could be.
These even come with a warning sign so watch out!
Kymaro Body Shapers– The fastest and safest way to take off inches in all the important places where we can’t seem to lose the weight
Now I will be the first to admit that I have fallen prey to some of these ads (don’t try the Kymaro body shapers, they are uncomfortable and hot); I don’t need the Booty Pop at all, but the BareLifts sound great (if they actually work).
This all leads me to think, are we so insecure as women that we’re an easy target for these inventions. If you look at these items as a whole you will notice that the majority are geared towards us and towards improving something we don’t like. Sure there are fitness programs geared towards both men and women, but men don’t get commercials for items that help them fake slimmer hips or hide that beer belly. The only things that men seem to fall prey to, and this is an assumption based on the fact that one sample of this item still has ads on TV, are pills that make certain things bigger.
Says a lot about our differences, doesn’t it?
The bigger question, would they sell if we weren’t buying?
The Kleenex brand of facial tissues had a marketing campaign for 2007 that struck a chord with me. They toured various cities asking people on the street random questions. Questions such as “What have you been holding back?” in NYC and “What makes you laugh out loud?” in Las Vegas.
Now, while I’m not a fan at all of marketing campaigns and people tugging on the heart strings to take my money, I was sold on this campaign. I hadn’t thought much about the commercials in a while but I just caught one and it made me think. “Let it out!” What a great concept.
One of my favorite tag lines “My tears do not diminish my strength” came from a response one of the people on the street gave to the moderator in one of the commercials. I am a big baby. I know this and have learned not just to accept this, but to be embrace it. I’ve realized that while it may take strength to hold back your feelings, it also takes strength to allow yourself to share and therefore be vulnerable.
I recommend you check out the site, ask yourself some questions and even if it’s the privacy of your own room…cleanse yourself and “Let it Out!”