The other morning I had the kitchen television on while I packed my daughter's lunch. I was standing at the kitchen counter, sliced ham in hand, when I glanced at the screen just in time to see a close up shot of a cold sore. I wasn't watching a medical show, this was a commercial for cold sore ointment. I quickly looked away and went back to layering sliced ham on bread, but it wasn't easy with the image of an oozing cold sore burned into my brain. Thank goodness my daughter likes mustard on ham, mayo might have been more than I could handle, just then.
With lunch making duty complete, I sat down to drink some of my coffee and forget the nasty cold sore image. I grabbed the remote, scanned through the preview guide and found a movie that I like, a comedy, so I thought I might watch that for a few minutes. I clicked over to it just in time for a commercial. No cold sore this time, instead, acne treatment. Before I go on, let me just say that I sympathize with anyone who has stubborn acne. Who hasn't had the occasional pimple, right? That said, I could live without images of erupting zits.
Over the next 20 or 30 minutes, I saw plaque along the gum line in a toothpaste commercial, before and after shots of an infected cut in an ad for anti-bacterial cream, cat urine in a commercial for carpet cleaner, nail fungus in an advertisement for anti-fungal treatment, skin erupting into goose bumps in a commercial for peppermint candy and filthy dog teeth in a commercial for canine plaque spray. I won't even mention the number of commercials where people are licking food off their lips, their fingers, or in the case of the Doritos commercial, another person's fingers. All this before 7:00 a.m. When did watching television become so disgusting? I can understand how all of these products work without seeing the oozing, dripping, crusted results.
Maybe it's just me. It's certainly possible that other people aren't as easily grossed out as I am. We occasionally go to a particular restaurant that has big screen TVs mounted above the bar and in different locations around the dining area. Usually, they will have sports or news on, but once while we were there, they had the Dr. Oz show on several of the screens. The topic of the show had something to do with plastic surgery and they were showing the removal of skin tags. I saw people glancing at the screen while they were eating so I can only assume that no one complained or asked that the channel be changed. I couldn't see it very well, but it's not something I would choose to watch during a meal (or at any time, really).
How about you? Do these images gross you out, too?