You mean it won’t actually cause me to sprout wings?

6 Nov

One thing we’ve been noticing when we watch TV in Canada is that the ads they  run tend to have a lot more disclaimers than the same ads in the U.S.

The best examples have been Red Bull spots which I’m used to ending with the slogan “Red Bull gives you wiiings.”

But when I’m watching Canadian TV “Red Bull gives you wiiings” is immediately followed by, “actually Red Bull helps to temporarily restore mental alertness and wakefulness when experiencing fatigue or drowsiness.”

Whew! They definitely CY’ed their own A’s on that one.

19 Responses to “You mean it won’t actually cause me to sprout wings?”

  1. ratmando November 6, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

    ROFLMAO, and by A I mean armrest, because anything else would need further justification and qualifiers

  2. Debbie M. November 6, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

    That’s interesting. I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before we have them too:)

  3. Jennie November 6, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    Behind our peaceful and friendly demeanours, we Canadians are a litigious and vindictive people (comes of dealing with the Great White stuff nine months of the year). Leave out your disclaimers and despair, Red Bull!

  4. Luca November 6, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    that reminds of the time that I got a 4 hour warning on a spam message for cheap prices for Viagra.

  5. Jacque Sue Roycroft November 6, 2011 at 8:37 pm #

    you mean it won’t make me grow wings? well that sucks, bites and blows.

  6. electrictree November 6, 2011 at 9:19 pm #

    I wonder if the excessive disclaimers are the result of us being more gullible or trusting…or paranoid…

  7. Chris November 6, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

    We’ve had those for a few years now, at least, and I always assumed that they were the same in America. When the ads first came out, they didn’t have the disclaimer, and I often wondered what had changed that made it necessary to include the extra bit. Had someone tried to recreate one of the commercials?

    • Chris November 6, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

      Wait. Does this mean American Red Bull actually gives you wings?

  8. Koshka42 November 6, 2011 at 10:00 pm #

    I think that every single time I see a Red Bull commercial!

  9. Tammie November 6, 2011 at 10:28 pm #

    What is going on up there? Did a lot of stupid people migrate there at some point? Perhaps they have even more frivilous lawsuits than we do in the US?

  10. MARTA(BcN) November 6, 2011 at 11:50 pm #

    creo que en españa se queda solo con el redbull te da alasssss lol
    have a great week!

  11. Nick Schaedel (@nshady) November 7, 2011 at 1:42 am #

    Does this mean since you’re in the area you’ll be able to cameo on Fringe again soon!? I love that show so much and can’t wait to see Alcatraz too!

  12. Don Pinsent November 7, 2011 at 7:19 am #

    Really? You guys don’t have that added disclaimer? With as sue-happy as American culture has become?

  13. Suzie Q. Wacvet November 7, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    Damn. I was only buying it for the chance of having those wings.

  14. Jeff November 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

    I consider “Further Dispatches” to be addictive. Perhaps the Canadian government can help you create some sort of disclaimer.

  15. Patty November 7, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

    Dang, there’s something witty and fowl perched on the tip of my tongue…

  16. leendadll November 7, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    There’s currently some 1800-LAW type commercial that ends with the voice over saying, “I am a paid endorser” even though there’s no actor anywhere in the commercial – just graphics & voice over. I’ve been trying to figure out the reasoning for it.

  17. Lex November 9, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    Just you wait till the Super Bowl in feb.. its very disapointing but no american commercials for you just the canadian ones or the ones the canadian broadcast system decide to show us.

    And about the snow.. you never know.. you might get some this year in N van!

  18. Ded November 12, 2011 at 11:44 pm #

    It may just be here in New York, but our RedBull commercials do indeed have those disclaimers on them. I hear that they are formatted for a wide screen and if you have a standard television, it gets cut off at the bottom… Cheers!

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