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Christopher Guest Directed the Controversial Groupon Super Bowl Ads Posted: February 8th, 2011 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
While there were plenty of great commercials during the Super Bowl, the most controversial ones were courtesy of Groupon, which had celebrities talking about serious global issues, before explaining that they only care about saving money. Timothy Hutton spoke about Tibet, Elizabeth Hurley discussed rainforests, and Cuba Gooding Jr showed concern for the whales. After the commercials aired, many people went on Twitter to express their disgust. But there is more to the story. It turns out that the entire idea came from the mind of Christopher Guest (A Mighty Wind, Best in Show), who directed the PSA-style commercials, and Groupon will help each cause with massive donations. It seems that the whole thing was innocent, but people are still upset about the approach. Check out the commercials below and let us know if you find them offensive.
Timothy Hutton - Tibet:
Elizabeth Hurley - Rainforest:
Cuba Gooding Jr. - Whales: Source: Groupon
24 comment(s) Profanity:
minkowski writes: on February 8th, 2011 at 6:26:32 PM
And? So Hollywood is full of moneyhungry whores? So what? *yawn* Call me when someone says something I don't know.
DavidsoMighty writes: on February 8th, 2011 at 6:48:45 PM
Oh man, Christopher Guest is amazing. Just top notch comedy there.
trailertrash writes: on February 8th, 2011 at 7:03:43 PM
Elizabeth Hurley posh totty , Nice
secondbest writes: on February 8th, 2011 at 7:04:11 PM
What it comes down to is that people need to lighten up.
minkowski writes: on February 8th, 2011 at 7:26:11 PM
Oh, I get it. Groupon = Group + coupon. And here I was thinking it was short for Grey Poupon.
Kept wondering what the f*ck a rich white man's mustard had to do with whales, trees and Cuba Gooding.
NatG83 writes: on February 8th, 2011 at 7:40:00 PM
How dense can people be that they do not realize these were satire?
Hurley did look good, though.
The Skippy Spartan writes: on February 8th, 2011 at 7:42:57 PM
1. Why is Elizabeth Hurley getting nailed by Shane Warne?
2. The Cuba Gooding Jr one made complete sense actuall!
nuttie30xx writes: on February 8th, 2011 at 7:46:49 PM
its America do we need to say more most of the are dumb muther f*ckers who else would make bush president im just suprised he was not in one of them
Max Rockatansky Junior writes: on February 8th, 2011 at 7:48:08 PM
They keep hiring Cuba Gooding Jr. ?
Why ? Was Don Cheadle busy ?
Max Rockatansky Junior writes: on February 8th, 2011 at 7:52:53 PM
lay off the plastic surgery. You're starting to move into Sly Stallone/Joan Rivers neighborhood there.
trailertrash writes: on February 8th, 2011 at 8:05:00 PM
The Shane Warne/Elizabeth Hurley was just rumors wasn't it.
The Australian Cricket Board made that up so he had a good reason not to come out of retirement and play in the Ashes, lol
BadChadB33 writes: on February 8th, 2011 at 8:44:54 PM
hardcorehogan87 writes: on February 8th, 2011 at 8:59:38 PM
There's a word for people who found these commercials offensive -- starts with an "f" and rhymes with maggot.
minkowski writes: on February 8th, 2011 at 9:17:43 PM
You mean the one that starts with a CH and rhymes with hey?
Mudders writes: on February 8th, 2011 at 10:28:51 PM
cuba gooding jr...its more fun watchin them jumping....that just tickled my fancy!
liz hurley is just forever bangable!
tim hutton....wheres he been! i mean seriously...where has he been??
boogiel writes: on February 8th, 2011 at 10:40:17 PM
Meh! Maybe next time Groupon can do a commercial about native Americans being wiped out by Europeans, that will be in very interesting.
WV-Films writes: on February 8th, 2011 at 11:13:12 PM
HideousSecretion writes: on February 8th, 2011 at 11:43:22 PM
Christopher Guest? No wonder they were funny. At least better than the other commercials. And they take a swipe at liberal bugaboos hence the uproar.
Ranger writes: on February 9th, 2011 at 12:26:52 AM
Plus Christopher Guest has been nailing Jamie Lee Curtis for decades, so good on him (good in her).
The only thing that is working out is my d*ck.
As for this, and people not taking it as the satire it was intended, Mel Gibson added:
'You can all GET DOWN, SMILE... and FUC*N BLOWWWW MEEEEEE!!!'
Freudian_Nightmare writes: on February 9th, 2011 at 8:44:37 AM
Considering how must people don't get irony, it was quite ballsy to air that commercial on Super Bowl.
ShizPaf writes: on February 9th, 2011 at 9:23:33 AM
I am not offended. Probably niether were the Tibetans the rainforests, or the whales. Whales don't watch the superbowl. They like reruns of Everbody Loves Raymond.
Guest is a genius. Waiting for Guffman, Mighty Wind and Best in Show are crazy good. Spinal Tap is a classic. I say turn those commercials up to eleven.
technoreaper writes: on February 9th, 2011 at 8:50:29 PM
I thought they were funny. Who cares.
japaninmotion writes: on February 10th, 2011 at 12:36:10 AM
what the whale numbers are dwindling? I had no idea