It’s time for another edition of Unintentionally Funny Local Commercial—the original LWB feature where I find commercials that are so bad they are actually funny.
Today’s commercial comes from Great Neck Nissan.
Joe Valentino, the owner of Great Neck Nissan, is really excited to tell people how they can get FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS CASH if customers find a better deal. In fact, he’s so excited that he’s going to continue to scream about it throughout the duration of this commercial.
Like a Black Eyed Peas song, this commercial will stick in your brain for hours to come. His voice, if played continuously, would probably make detainees at Guantanamo Bay talk. Once you hear him yelling about FIIIIIIVE HUNDRED DOLLAHHS CAAAASH you will not be able to get it out of your head. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Check out the video.
There are many questions that come to mind when seeing this commercial such as: Why is he yelling so much?…Why is he sticking his middle finger out at us?…and why couldn’t he button up his shirt before he started to film?
However, the biggest puzzle to me is the appearance of the poster hanging over Joe’s right shoulder portraying Lou Holtz coaching at Notre Dame.
Is there some symbolism behind this poster? Does Lou Holtz represent the quality service that Great Neck Nissan can provide customers? Or is Joe Valentino just a big Notre Dame fan?
Whenever I see this commercial, despite Joe yelling in my ear, all I can think about is that Notre Dame poster. What were Joe Valentino’s intentions?
It’s like when you’re in high school and your English teacher asks you to assess the symbolism in some classic novel. You wonder if the writer intentionally tried to make the novel symbolic or if the symbolism is purely coincidental.
A writer over at The Slightest expresses some profound thoughts on this mystery as well…
“Where does it all go wrong? It’s not the out-of-place Lou Holtz/Notre Dame poster hanging over Valentino’s right shoulder — even though it’s strange in the way that the poster splits the viewer’s attention between the Nissan logo to Valentino’s left and this piece of Fighting Irish nostalgia on his right, I guess visually it does its part to help frame Joe Valentino. That said, while I understand why Notre Dame is popular — I cried watching Rudy, too! — the Irish haven’t been relevant for quite some time, having lost nine straight bowl games until finally getting their mojo back in 2008’s Hawai’i Bowl; hearkening back to this bygone era seems like a mixed message of sorts.”
Sadly…we may never know it’s true meaning. Joe Valentino, if you’re out there…please enlighten us.