Hotels.com is known for its comical Captain Obvious commercials, but its newest ad crosses the line and is completely irresponsible.
The offensive commercial begins with two friends who are on a play date with their children at a park. The women are bundled up in winter attire while one mom pushes her daughter on the swing as the other mother is on her phone looking at social media while her baby is in the stroller beside her. Their mutual “friend” posts a picture of herself posing at a resort poolside on yet another warm-weather vacation. One mother sarcastically responds aloud while typing: “Wow, so happy for you! Smiley face emoji.” Then Captain Obvious responds: “Funny how the words you type don’t reveal the jealousy you actually feel.” She replies to him with the famous tagline, “Thanks, Captain Obvious.”
Then her friend chimes in, “How is she there, and we’re here?” Captain Obvious glances at the baby in the stroller and the child on the swing, then very matter-of-factly says, “Condoms.”
Disappointed and envious, the moms nod their heads in agreement, and one responds, “True.”
This inappropriate commercial is airing during prime time when children are likely watching television. When this type of commercial airs too early in the evening, family viewing time is ruined. Can you imagine how this commercial makes children feel? Children are a blessing from the Lord, but according to Hotels.com, they are an inconvenience.
However, Hotels.com is not worried about the message it is sending, nor does it consider the fact that children often repeat what they hear. There is nothing funny about kids repeating the word “condoms.” Hotels.com should be ashamed!
Hotels.com will push away customers if it continues advertising in a repulsive manner that offends parents. Hotels.com needs to know that parents do not approve of its advertising tactic! If you are as passionate as One Million Moms is about removing this offensive commercial, please share this with your family and friends.
If you agree this commercial is inappropriate, please sign our petition urging Hotels.com to pull its condom ad immediately.