In other very important icon news, we've got a list of the icons some of our readers find extra creepy. (In honor of this great post from last year.)
No surprise here. And I said all I needed to say about this monstrosity here.
Texas Instruments' "It's the mirrors" girl
Reader Mike Mcglinn writes: "As soon as one of the commercials hits the screen, I go through this paranoid thought sequence, 'Why'd they make the little girl creepy? She doesn't have to be creepy. Isn't this creepy? Doesn't anyone think this is creepy?! Why'd they decide to do this?! It's so creepy! Quick, I've got to change the channel before she finds her way through the TV and into my home!'" Yes, Mike she's creepy. Not only does she hang out with an elephant, but she can't pronounce the word mirror correctly, either.
Sorry. He just looks creepy. I can't stand him.
While I do think they're charming, I must admit that rat-shaped things shouldn't be used to sell food.
The Mucinex Mucus blob
Writes Dawn Halbert: "He even has a son. I can't believe that they made a character out of snot."
An unexpected entry to be sure, but as Bob Shiffrar puts it: "Imagine a 50-year-old man wandering around a supermarket, sidling up to you, then squeezing your toilet paper."
Well, when you put it that way, Bob . . . Then again, after watching a few of these old spots, I think the ladies so intent on public squeezing of toilet paper might actually be creepier.
Six Flags' Mr. Six
Ah, yes. The Pied Piper of Perversion.
Consider this a Hindu's revenge for all those hamburgers you've eaten. I don't know if this qualifies as an icon, but the poster child for McDonald's in India should have been thrown out with the bathwater. I'm no clownophobe, but this is enough to give me nightmares.