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March 8, 2011

The Virgin Mobile "Crazy" Girl Should Become A Sparkly Vampire

Can someone explain to me why the girl in this commercial is "crazy", but Edward Cullen is the dreamy romantic hero of the century?

Same lurking, creeping, and nonconsensual nighttime visits, am I right? She's a lover, not a stalker!

[Cross-posted on ESC TV]


FilthyGrandeur said...

because only lady stalkers are crazy!

honestly, i don't get it either.

Maria said...

She's not even, you know, beating him or demanding he not talk to girls she doesn't like (regardless of knowing there's nothing wrong with them.)

Just sayin'.

Kari said...

Actually, I'm not going to lie, I think they are both creepy...
Edward is weird and abusive and sneaky, and virgin mobile girl is a creeper.

WingedBeast said...

Short answer is the target audience.

Edward Cullen is a weak little puppy put in vampire clothing for an audience of tweens who want to feel danger without actually being in danger. It's a target audience that wants the looks and feel of a vampire but the safety, cuteness, and devotion of a puppy that wuvs them soooo much.

That's why Edward isn't dangerous. Not because he's a guy but because he's obviously an immature fantasy.

My thinking on this commercial is that the joke wouldn't work if it was a guy doing the stalking. Not that men are more dangerous, just that we, as a society, are more ready to see men as truly threatening (in an immediate sense rather than a "they'll overturn society by wearing pants" sense).

If she wasn't a joke, but an immature tween boy's fantasy, she wouldn't be truly dangerous either, just utterly devoted.

Had those commercials been voiced by men, society at large would be much more creeped out and there would be much more vocal response from groups who find it reprehensible to downplay the real danger of stalkers.

Either way, I find the commercials somewhat funny and a little annoying for how the humor does seem to veil that they're actually telling stalkers how easily their product helps stalking.