Sunday, December 23, 2018
DISH TV Commercial: Dolls- I Hesitate Even to Blog This
DISH has jumped on the creepy doll buggy bandwagon, apparently. See the video below to view “grandma’s dolls”, which are collectible and vintage dolls. I see Ling Ling from Dolls by Pauline in the background, and a nice composition doll, etc.
Personally, I think it’s perverse to take dolls, which are icons of Christmas, and Happy Christmas, at that, and put them in media event that makes them “creepy.” I can laugh at the Halo’s commercial with the sinister sister’s doll collection, and I love the Terror at Skellington Manor doll room, but these are tongue in cheek. Nightmare before Christmas is a classic because of its doll models and characters, and because the toys in it stress the importance of giving.
Christmas with it’s crèche figures, Santas, nutcrackers, dolls, teddies, toy soldier, angels, and more doll motif items is a dolls’ holiday. “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” and other Christmas songs mention dolls, and they are still OK to sing at Winter Concerts in public schools.
Rudolph features “a dolly for Sue”, and Babes in Toyland is all over the concept. Antiques and automatons appear in Albert Finney’s Scrooge. I can go on.
This commercial is as bad as movies that feature Santa as a serial killer. You look them up; I won’t dignify them with the free publicity at this point.
The world is grim enough for kids, just think
Sandy Hook and so many child abduction tragedies and
homicides. So many wars and natural
disasters, it’s the toughest job in the world today to be a child.
Do we have to take away their toys and confidantes, their dreams and imagination, too?