This was a leading entry in PepsiCo’s Super Bowl commercial contest. When word leaked out about it, the Catholic Church went bananas.

Pepsi has been trying to squash every occurrence of it on the Web; so, I don’t know how long this will be up.

  1. chris says:

    I love it!

  2. nicktherat says:


  3. Number 3 says:

    well the Catholics should emulate this commercial not be offended by it

  4. FRAGaLOT says:

    Catholics and nearly every religious group are offended by anything. If they are portrayed by a different group in any form, they will be offended.

    Yet aren’t Christians supposed to be the ones who are tolerant and forgiving. load of bullshit.

    Besides Doritos RULE!

  5. lki9un 'g says:

    1. Stupid commercial
    2. Not even a funny stupid commercial
    3. Offensive to any Christian group who practices communion. Catholics don’t have “pastors”, or black ladies with big hats.
    4. Try something like that with Jews, Black Baptists, or Muslims and see how long it takes for the politicians to get involved.
    5. I won’t be buying any Pepsi products again, and they sell lots of stuff and I’ll be watching for them.

  6. lens42 says:

    I’m more than ready to laugh at any joke at the expense of any religion, but this ad kinda sucks. It’s awkwardly done. The “joke” too obvious and labored. It’s like a 9 year old kid saw a Stella Artois commercial and tried to copy it.

  7. bobbo, the evangelical anti-theist says:

    The only function/measure of an ad is how much it increases sales. Much like holding mass in that respect.

  8. chris says:

    #8 “Try something like that with Jews, Black Baptists, or Muslims and see how long it takes for the politicians to get involved.”

    You think American Christians are not a politically active group? Sez who?

    I would recommend a book called “The Family” by Jeff Sharlett. It traces the rise of evangelical Christian groups to the top-tier of American politics.

    #9 “Otherwise, I’ll join any boycott, its absurd they target any group…”

    Wouldn’t you be targeting somebody by boycotting their products?

  9. Mr Fog says:

    Welcome to the Alfie thread. By the way Alf there is no fire at the center of the earth. Whether your science “informs” you or not. There is immense heat and tremendous pressure. There is no fire.

  10. FRAGaLOT says:

    #7 I said any religion, dipshit

  11. FRAGaLOT says:

    vote progressive party! Their platform is progressive soup in every pantry!

  12. The Pope's Hot Altar Boy says:

    Why is it that religious people have free reign to criticize and pass judgement on others, but when a little commercial comes along and pokes the slightest bit of fun at their practices, they have to get all anal about it?

    Yawn. Silly Catholics think they are the center of the universe.

  13. Father Ted says:

    Anyone who believes they are “saved” is so full of shit their eyes automatically turn brown as they age. Even those who think they have blue eyes.

    Makes as much sense as any of the religious crap stinking up this conversation.

  14. If all religions made an effort to be more accessible – and less elitist – the world would be a much better place.

    Certainly there are boundaries that need to be drawn in civil society, but this isn’t one of them!

    Nice work.

  15. NextQuestion says:

    Hey #4 – Don’t give it away…
    A fire and brimstone ad is coming soon for for the salsa dip.

  16. eastcoastcrackpot says:

    Monsanto Corn is in all of these products.
    MSG is in the Doritos
    Aspartame is in Diet Pepsi

    Death to the New World Order!!!

  17. IntrepidExplorer says:

    People who are offended by this is are most likely a threat to the planet.

  18. msbpodcast says:

    Basically, it was as funny as a shark attack.

    It shows you how insensitive and morally bankrupt that ad agency is.

    Take it from this recovering Catholic, religion is never funny.

    The ad wasn’t sick enough, not as sick and twisted as you must be to worship some guy nailed to two pieces of wood, or however your messiah got atrociously murdered.

    The wasn’t very effective because there are too many external references which bring in all kinds of noise.

    The take-away from this ad is that PepsiCo had (I’m sure someone got fired over this,) an employee with no common sense.

    Can you imagine doing the ad with a mosque for a set (though that would dispose of the “big black church lady with the lousy fashion sense” in the piece. [I wouldn’t want to be a Taliban comic, know what I mean?”])

    The fatwah declaration would occur before the thing was even finished recording.

    Buddhists are the only ones who’d hair wouldn’t get in a knot over crap like this.

  19. msbpodcast says:

    #14 Alfred Persson said: “Or Sex Ed, that was supposed to lessen teen pregnancy…it did precisely the opposite…so what’s the progressive solution…more sex ed.

    Uh, the old methods weren’t working either.

    You know, back when we just called the pregnant teenage girls names.

    Yes, lets bury our heads (in between their boobs?.)

    Sex ed worked. It worked a lot better than the alternative.

    Actually giving a shit and spending time with your kids has always worked best of all.

    At least the Muslims take care of the problem.

    They kill their daughters for bringing shame upon the family by letting themselves get raped.
    (I could see the outline of her ankle through her burka, so me and twelve other guys raped every hole she had and then we cut her a few new ones too.)

  20. msbpodcast says:

    #14 Alfred Persson said “Its completely absurd how Trillions have been spent over 40 years on a war on poverty…only to make the problem worse.


    Show me a single line item in any Federal budget passed since WWII that says “war on poverty”.

    Poor people have never mattered, don’t mater now and will never matter, unless and until the uprising and these poor people bring back the Guillotine.

    The streets are paved with the broken promises to, and the broken bones of, those poor people.

    Self-righteous twit…

  21. foobar says:

    It is a boring commercial.

    BTW, what is the “Progressive Religion”? Are naughty underpants and gobs of hickeys involved?

  22. Dallas says:

    I like it and I’ll be switching to Ranch Doritos. However, a cooler commercial would involve a bunch of bored sheep.

  23. Shubee says:

    # 5, I am a Christian and I’m not offended by the commercial. Frankly, I don’t think it went far enough. It would have been more relevant if the priests at the end morphed into laughing demons who would boast triumphantly how they are encouraging unthinking Christians to eat genetically modified corn.

  24. tcc3 says:

    Alfred is sometimes amusing as a sideshow, but he doesn’t hold up as the main event. At what point is he just spam?

  25. God says:

    I don’t get it. (crunch, crunch, crunch). Was that meant to be funny? (crunch, crunch) What, you think compressed wheat and rotting grapes describe me any better? (crunch, crunch) Hey, these are pretty good. (crunch, crunch, crunch)

  26. Olo Baggins of Bywater says:

    Progressives have no sense of humor, the dish it out, but can’t take it.

    So, SNL is right-wing? Colbert? South Park? Dude, you need a reality check.

    Ran the ad past some Catholic friends, and while opinions on the humor vary, nobody was offended in the least.

  27. Rider says:

    Wow a too hot for TV ad, no one has tried this little bit of viral marketing before.

  28. God says:

    Alfred, the laddie doth protest too much, methinks.

  29. foobar says:

    This was a big, bloated conservative company and their ad agency trying to be hip and funny.

  30. Skippy says:

    While the ad wasn’t particularly well done, anyone who gets offended by it really needs to get a life. No religion is above ridicule. In fact, they all deserve it, what with their fights over who has the better imaginary friend and raping of altar boys and claiming to have a monopoly on morality. We need more ridicule of religion, not less.


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