Maxwell the GEICO Pig and Bestiality; what next, Topo Gigio and “kiss me good night Eddie”?
Just when you think you’ve heard it all, along comes something that just makes your jaw drop. Ain’t life great? The creative folks over at GEICO Insurance, not happy merely with a gecko who speaks with a cockney accent, have produced a series of ads featuring Maxwell the pig. In one he gets pulled over by a Sate Trooper for having a tail light out, in another he hangs out the back window of a moving car with a pin wheels making a wee wee noise “all the way home”
But the ad that has some people in a flap has Maxwell in a car with a woman; the car has broken down in an out of the way place and she hints that they can pass the time until the service truck arrives – nudge, nudge, wink, wink. He misunderstands her subtle come on and thinks she wants to play video games on his phone. At best a cute ad, at worst a dumb ad; but to think it promotes bestiality is almost incomprehensible. Yet that is exactly what many people thought of the ad. Bestiality? He’s a pig puppet who shows his innocent side, and she’s girl supposedly on a date with him – with the puppet. The video is below.
I shudder to think what people who find this offensive thought about the late Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop, considering where Shari had her hand? What about Miss Piggy and almost any male guest? Roger and Jessica Rabbit (she’s not bad, she’s just drawn that way)? Ed Sullivan and Topo Gigio (kiss me goodnight Eddie)? And God only knows what Captain Kangaroo and Dancing Bear got up to when the cameras were turned off.
I imagine GEICO is pleased with the buzz this is creating. I wonder if they had an ad with the gecko carrying a assault rifle if there would be such a reaction.