Taboo!

Just a little Friday afternoon fluff. I’m home early have the TV on, and just saw a commercial I actually like. It’s for Hasbro’s game called Taboo, in which players try to get their teammates to guess a word without saying a certain set of other, related (taboo) words when describing it.

Sadly, I can’t find the commercial online, so I’ll try to describe it. A man and woman are entering their home, straight from a party. They chat about how nice it was, but every time the man tries to talk, the woman silences him with an obnoxious “ANH!” Insert flashback to the party, and we see the man holding the game’s buzzer and buzzing the woman repeatedly throughout the course of the evening, becoming more “in  your face” about it as the examples are shown. The woman looks exasperated with him throughout, for good reason. Cut back to the post-party…and the couple is now in bed. The woman’s on her side, curled up. The man tries to initiate a little somethin’ and is greeted with a loud, “ANH!”

I think I enjoy this commercial so much because there are repercussions to the man’s earlier asshattery. The woman’s annoyed and not afraid to let him know about it, even though he apparently isn’t that quick on the uptake. He should have figured out he wasn’t getting any when she started “anh!ing” him.

Comments

  1. says

    Cool! I haven’t seen it, but from your description it sounds like, instead of relying on stereotypes, they set up a logical situation. One member of couple annoys other member half to death, annoyed member declines sex. No mystery here, no wondering if she’s just PMSing.

    Anyone could relate to either member of the couple, regardless of gender, too.

  2. says

    I have to admit this commercial struck me as odd at first for reasons that have nothing to do with gender, relationships, etc.

    I love Taboo. We play it at our semi-annual family gatherings all the time, and we rarely have to use the “buzzz!” So I spent the first few seconds thinking “What is your problem! You know what words you can’t use; they’re right there in front of you!”

    But thinking about it, I can see newbies messing up a lot. It just threw me off at first so I didn’t notice all the good things about the commercial. : )

  3. sbg says

    I haven’t seen it, but from your description it sounds like, instead of relying on stereotypes, they set up a logical situation.

    Yep. I mean, the woman holding out on the man in bed is such a trope – but here it was clearly explained and totally understandable. Not just the evil woman trying to cut the man off for no other reason than “it’s what women do.”

  4. sbg says

    I love Taboo. We play it at our semi-annual family gatherings all the time, and we rarely have to use the “buzzz!” So I spent the first few seconds thinking “What is your problem! You know what words you can’t use; they’re right there in front of you!”

    Heh. That’s why people say the words half the time, because they’re trying to think of good descriptors…and so many of the obvious ones are staring them right in the face.

    And the man here was being over the top annoying with the buzzer, I have to say. ;)

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