First was the Mothers Day video that thanked every momma out there for lying to us and making the world a much easier place to live. That brought the waterworks, the sniffles, and a call to our moms to tell her how much we love and appreciate her.
That was only the beginning. Luna followed up his #brandedcontent masterpiee with the gem you see above. This time around, Luna crafts a 2-minute love letter to the immigrant hustle, that fire inside that burns brightly in those who left all they’ve known behind in order to pursue a better world for them and theirs.
Yesterday marked the 55th Super Bowl – a match between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But you’d be forgiven for not knowing that since so many people only turn in for the half time show or the inventive, hilarious, and occasionally bizarre TV commercials.
Thanks to what many pundits are calling a pretty boring football game and a mediocre half time performance, the commercials really seem to be the highlight of this year’s big game. So let’s take a look at some of the best and some of the worst from Super Bowl LV.
Best: Amazon Alexa
PEOPLE’s reigning Sexiest Man Alive Michael B. Jordan stars in the 60-second spot for Amazon, in which he voices — and embodies — Alexa. An executive imagines what it would be like to request favors from the virtual assistant — like adding things to her grocery list, reading her a sexy audiobook in the bathtub, or dimming the lights — if it took the shape of Jordan. The answer? Delightfully distracting.
Worst: NFL “Inspire Change”
The ad itself is inspiring, featuring quotes from former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson’s Hall of Fame speech, played over images of civil rights protests and a graphic noting that the NFL is giving $250 million to fight systemic racism. But the league still hasn’t apologized or publicly made amends with Colin Kaepernick, the onetime San Francisco 49ers quarterback whose kneeling during the National Anthem starting in 2016 to call attention to police brutality ignited a huge controversy.
That ’70s Show costars and real-life married couple Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher reunited on screen for Cheetos. In the Crunch Pop Mix spot, the Black Swan actress refuses to admit that she’s been snacking on Kutcher’s Cheetos, and a number of hilarious encounters ensue, complete with a Shaggy cameo and mini “Wasn’t Me” performance.
Worst: Squarespace “5-9”
OK…I love Dolly Parton. But this commercial just didn’t hit the mark. Dolly and Squarespace retooled her upbeat hit about surviving the workday, “9-to-5,” into a chirpy take on the depressing reality of modern workplaces. It’s a trippy tribute to those who use the website-building company Squarespace to promote the side business they really care about when the clock strikes 5 p.m. on their soul-crushing day job.
Best: Uber Eats
For an Uber Eats spot, Mike Myers and Dana Carvey reprised their roles as Wayne and Garth, respectively, from Wayne’s World, the 1992 comedy film based on a Saturday Night Live sketch. And it wouldn’t be 2021 without a Cardi B cameo.
Worst: Robin Hood Trading App
Yup, the stock trading app that helped fuel the takedown of Wall Street hedge funds over investments in GameStop has a curiously timed Super Bowl ad encouraging average folks to get into the stock market. But Robinhood is also under fire for blocking those average folks from making many of those trades.
Best: State Farm with Drake
“Stand-ins don’t have lines,” Drake is asked to understand in this ad. Why is it so funny to see him in a signature red State Farm polo?
Nothing will ever beat Lil Nas X’s “Cool Ranch” commercial from last year, but this Logitech ad—in which he wears a truly smashing pink pajama set—is a close second.
Best: Budweiser Covid-19 Donation
Okay, it isn’t technically a traditional ad, but it’s powerful nonetheless; this year, Budweiser decided to sit out the Super Bowl ad race altogether, and instead donated the money that the company would have spent to COVID-19 vaccination awareness. Coke and Pepsi did the same, and we’re better off for it.
It’s that time of year again. The time of year when we’re inundated with seemingly endless celebrity cameos on Super Bowl commercials. And, hey–we can’t say we hate it!
And as we all know, superstar rapper Cardi B is all about getting the bag. And if depositing more money in her bank account is as simple as appearing in a commercial or two each year, you know your girl will do it.
This Super Bowl, Cardi B will be appearing in an Uber Eats commercial co-starring Wayne and Garth of “Wayne’s World” fame.
The commercial is a send-up of the famous SNL-sketch-turned-hit movie. Comedians Mike Myers and Dana Carvey reprise their famous grunge-rock fan characters, Wayne and Garth, who host a public access TV show in their basement.
The commercial starts with Wayne and Garth asking viewers to promote local restaurants that are struggling in the pandemic. Then, they say they’re not going to try to play on their viewers’ baser instincts by manipulating them with “shameless” tactics like cute babies or celebrity cameos. And of course, they’re saying all this while they hold up cute babies and bring out Cardi B for a celebrity cameo.
They then say they’d never “jump on the latest trend” to manipulate viewers into eating local–while they do TikTok’s jump and snap clothes-change trend.
“Local eats! Wayne’s World! Yummy time! Excellent!” Cardi finishes the theme song off with her signature “Okurrr” sound.
Sure, the commercial may be over-the-top, but one thing’s for sure: local restaurants are struggling in the pandemic. Before the pandemic hit, approximately 10 million people were employed by restaurants in 2020, according to the New York Times. In the spring, half of those jobs disappeared. By October, 1.5 million less people were still employed at restaurants. So, eating local definitely is a cause worth fighting for.
Both Cardi B and “Wayne’s World” fans took to Twitter to express their love for the cute commercial.