The ad consists of a series of static shots of miserable-looking men looking at the camera as the narrator lists a number of hellish chores they'll have to suffer through today (like "cleaning the sink after shaving" or "getting to work at 8 a.m."). We're not sure what the DSM-V classification for the perception of common politeness and regular human behavior as torture is, but it's somewhere between "Andie MacDowell being forced to fly in coach" and "Patrick Bateman."
Dodge You could be forgiven for thinking this is an ad for a cologne called Ennui.
Why "Patrick Bateman," you ask? Well, because the complaints we hear narrated over these sad-ass dudes bizarrely shift from focusing on petty day-to-day work/life annoyances to being specifically angry at a female significant other. They're not even reasonable complaints -- literally the first one is "I will take your call," as if deigning to answer your phone when your partner calls you is going above and beyond the scope of what should be reasonably expected in an adult relationship.
Then, as the list of grievances begins to narrow in scope from "I will listen to your opinion of my friends" and "I will be civil to your mother" to "I will put the seat down" and "I will put my underwear in the basket," the camera suddenly begins zooming in to the strained, suffering eyes of a man in an expensive suit as he struggles to retain his grip on sanity. This is a man who is a remark away from killing someone with his bare hands, and as Dodge's helpful narration has informed us, that someone is definitely a woman.
Not to worry, though! Dodge defuses the situation by announcing that, because of the litany of noble sacrifices these droopy-faced men are making, they will be allowed to drive the car they want to drive. BOOM! A Dodge Charger speeds into view, coming to save everyone's penises as the slogan "MAN'S LAST STAND" explodes authoritatively on screen
Dodge It's about ethics in automotive journalism.
It's disturbing enough that "getting to work on time" and "cleaning up after yourself" are presented as acts of heroism, but the fact that the ad abruptly shifts gears to start ranting about women being the source of all men's misery is downright chilling, because the only consumers who fit into both the "have enough money to buy a new Dodge Charger" and "have an irrational hatred of women" categories are wealthy opportunity killers.
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