It takes a special kind of annoying to make me want to write about a TV commercial. But McDonald’s has achieved specialkindofannoyingness with its “Random Red Couch” spot. Haven’t seen it? Prepare to rip your brain out and give it a solid wash:
It certainly is random. And here I am talking about it. So is Twitter. Of the hundreds of tweets I scanned, I found exactly ONE positive reaction to the commercial. As for the rest, it’s an intoxicating mix of bewilderment, annoyance and rage. But, as McDonald’s ad agency is probably telling them, any publicity is good publicity, right? For example, I don’t even remember the last Burger King spot I saw, but I’m sure it made me feel nothing at all. McDonald’s though? Top of mind. Top of puzzled mind.
To the Twitterverse!
The McDonalds #RandomRedCouch makes me wish the Nazis had won.
— Capt. Steve Rogers (@drunkcap) May 7, 2014
Is it just me, or does a “random red couch” sound like something that might give you crabs? #randomredcouch
— Louis Muggles (@LouisMuggles) May 7, 2014
Is #RandomRedCouch the worst commercial ever or the most terrible commercial ever?
— Sure, Not (@Coganuts) May 5, 2014
For how much longer do we have to deal with this #RandomRedCouch nonsense?
— Daniel Friedman (@DFriedmanOnNYI) April 23, 2014
Looks like there’s lots of positive feedback to our #RandomRedCouch spot. You’ll be happy to know hipsters in ad were paid in gift cards.
— Ramblin Grimace (@RamblinGrimace) May 4, 2014
— Mike Murphy (@SieveOfDaNation) May 7, 2014
That’s a stupid ass commercial #randomredcouch
— Tuukka for Vezina (@liz4043) May 7, 2014
— Rich Randall (@rich_rand) May 6, 2014
— MC Wateva (@MCWateva) May 4, 2014
— Jason (@JSINmartini) May 4, 2014
#RandomRedCouch song has inspired no less that 194 mass shootings.
— BostonDave in TX (@orion99da) May 4, 2014
— Jeff (@UndeadPriest) May 3, 2014
I’ve got a #RandomRedCouch Don’t ask me why I hear voices when I sit on it They tell me I’m going to die
— idiot failure man (@smallupsetter) May 3, 2014
What the fuck is this #RandomRedCouch commercial?
— chicago bias (@Chi_SportsTalk) May 3, 2014