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December 25, 2007

The Worst Holiday {retail} Commercials of 2007

Filed under: Christmas,commercials,J.C. Penney,Target — Anita @ 4:49 am

I actually woke up at 4 a.m. Christmas morning, and remembered I wanted to make this post for quite a while now.
This year was not a good year for the holiday commercials it seems. Every retail one seemed half-rear-ended or had very annoying music. Like, for example J.C. Penney and Old Navy holiday spots, both using a very whiney and breathless singer. Don’t get me started on the Old Navy one with the chick who is just walking around in bootlike slippers, a tanktop and underwear. God, I hate Old Navy so much….especially since I heard they only stock plus size clothes online now. Why don’t they just put a sign up at the door that said, “No Fatties”. Target needs to put the same sign up, because their plus size section is not even the size of my bedroom….

ok. I veered off topic.

But, speaking of Target, boy was their ad disappointing this year. It started out promising with the after Thanksgiving day sale commercials (although that game on the website related to that ad was a pain to navigate), but went downhill with this jarbled up advent commercial spots. At first I thought I was watching a credit card commercial the um….first 50 times I saw it. TruFax.

(these commercials are not mine, I found them off of YouTube)

2007 Target Christmas Spot {1}, {2}, {3}

At the moment I can’t find a video of the J.C. Penney spots with the whiney warbely singer. I did however, find one that aired around the last minute of the holidays. The “Kelly is a Boy’s Name Too” spot. J.C. Penney saved themselves with that one.

A commercial that riled up a lot of people over at the Television Without Pity Commercial boards was the Burlington Coat Factory spot where a girl tells an adult party guest, “I believe in cashmere.” Unfortunately I can’t find that one at the moment.

The WORST WORST WORST!! ones were for Kohls (another store I don’t like due to their crappy plus size selection, and the whole Keeping Up with the Jonses suburbanite feel of the store), and their take on the most annoying song in the universe, DeLovely. Commercial. This is from the same guy who uploaded the Target commercials, AnthonyL001.

I wish I had been able to upload some more of my commercials * this holiday season, but due to moving, I couldn’t.

Ok, back to feigning sleep for a few hours.


  1. Thanks for the roundup.

    Saw the Kohl’s ad.

    Everything shore is purdy . . . But in 1950s parlance, the dancing, skating dark haired hostess is on “diet pills”. Very Stepford.

    Think Kelly in the JCPenney ad should buck up, spray paint some Eddie Van H. stripes on his pink Daisy Rock acoustic and figure how to use the doll with some pyrotechnics in his stage show. All the same, certainly the most funny/least scary ad of the season.

    Comment by Kevin Seward — December 26, 2007 @ 11:57 pm | Reply

  2. The J.C. Penney warbler is none other than John Lennon. I guess Yoko needed some cash so she pimped out Lennon’s demo version of “Real Love”. Your blog is a great resource, by the way.

    Comment by Inger — December 28, 2007 @ 1:25 am | Reply

  3. I agree with you that Christmas commercials from just this past Xmas sucked, too.

    Youtube just rubs it in for me so much how retail Christmas commercials were much better years ago, every time I browse that site to watch older commercials.

    Comment by Allan — January 24, 2008 @ 5:06 am | Reply

  4. That really disappoints me. Those Target commercials are really lackluster, a far cry from the commercials of the past. And their downsizing of the plus sizes…blllltt! 😡

    Comment by Thema — January 31, 2008 @ 9:05 am | Reply

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