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13 Hilarious Super Bowl 2017 Commercials That Leaked Before The Big Game

Face it, some of us only watch the Super Bowl for the commercials — oh, and the halftime show.

I’m not a sports aficionado (I just Googled: “What teams are playing the Super Bowl?”), I do, however, get pumped about watching the biggest brands in the U.S. pour millions into a highly-produced, 2-minute marketing story.

With all that’s happing in the world, this year I desperately need to be entertained, and these commercials are the best of the best, which will undoubtedly make you laugh, cry, and certainly wow you.

While we know there’ll be surprises come Sunday, we’ve rounded up some of the coolest commercials you can expect to see.

1. Audi joins the feminist movement.


The huge attendance of the Women’s March movement proves how much people care about women’s rights, and equal rights for all. That’s why this Audi commercial about a young girl racing among boys is so poignant. The girl’s father contemplates whether his daughter, and the world, will make her feel less than because of her gender. You might need a tissue for this one.

2. Melissa McCarthy saves the world in a Kia.


A growing theme this year is definitely social justice, and Kia is going big with their commercial featuring Melissa McCarthy. The ad answers a simple question: how can one person be involved in various social justice issues like saving the whales and protecting the planet? Kia can help you do it, so says Kia.

3. Spuds MacKenzie is alive!


The first dog to ever rule a beer brand is Spuds MacKenzie (circa mid ’80s). Well, he’s back! Sort of. The ghost of Spuds MacKenzie is featured in this Bud Light commercial which shows what it’s like when you’re chillin’ at home and your friends are having a good time without you. This ad is like “A Christmas Carol” minus beer.

4. Buick features Cam Newton and Miranda Kerr.


This commercial reminds me a little of the hilarious Snickers ad in which people (usually celebrities) turn into someone else because they’re hangry. This commercial tells the story of a dad cheering on his little son during a football game when a Buick pulls up in the parking lot. The dad cannot believe that the convertible is a Buick, and says “if that’s a Buick then my son is Cam Newton.” The little boy then becomes Newton and plays among the little boys. It’s pretty funny, but the Miranda Kerr transformation is funnier.

5. See Nintendo’s new Zelda experience.


Nintendo is up to a lot of cool things and this new Game Boy takes it to another level. Nintendo now allows you to easily take your game to go, but it lets you play on TV without ever stopping the game. Obviously, the visuals in this ad are insane.

6. Adam Driver and Snickers?!


As we mentioned earlier, Snickers gets the big stars for their commercials, so we’re kind of surprised to see Adam Driver starring in this very hyped Snickers commercial. However, we have no idea if this is all Snickers is packing in their Super Bowl ad since we have to wait until Sunday to see the big debut. All we know is that it may involve a horse. We’re excited for this one.

7. Jon Lovitz hypnotizes you into eating more avocados.


Not that we need more of an incentive to eat avocados, but comedian Jon Lovitz attempts to put us in a spell in this ad for Avocados From Mexico. Hey John, you had us at guac.

8. Try not to dance to this Lexus LC ad.


One of the slickest ad’s has to be the commercial for the 2017 Lexus LC. The ad features dances moves by Lil Buck Da Legend, music by Sia and voiceover by Minnie Driver. You had us at vroom.

9. Justin Bieber wants you to get funky.


Since we’re talking about dancing, Justin Bieber’s ad for T-Mobile is kind of mesmerizing. The pop star in a buzz cut and glasses wants to see how your version of classic football dance moves by using the hashtag #UnlimitedMoves. Get it, unlimited data, unlimited moves? Yeah, it’s a little cheesy but watching Bieber acting silly and dancing like a weirdo is enough for me.

10. Jason Statham and Gal Gadot’s mini action film.


Have you heard of Wix.com? Neither have we, but after you watch this big-budget commercial featuring Jason Statham and Gal Gadot it’ll definitely be hard to forget it. The story revolves around a restaurant owner who has to deal with Jason and Gal destroying his business in an all out feud with some bad dudes. The point of the ad is even if your company is dealing with troubles, Wix.com will keep your page up and running.

11. Secret society reveals a huge secret about avocados.


The secret’s out! People outside the secret society are learning that avocados are actually good for you. But what does this mean for the secret society? Watch and learn…

12. “The Jungle Book” meets Old Spice.


Will man ever be able to communicate with animals? According to Old Spice, yes. This hilarious commercial shows just the kind of conversation that man and animals will have. Let’s just say it gets real basic, but it’s an essential conversation.

13. Who is the real John Malkovich?


John Malkovich makes a return to the small screen in a big way in this commercial for Squarespace. The intense actor is trying to start his own website to launch his men’s fashion line, except his domain is already taken. How can there possibly be two John Malkovich’s? It can be, and our beloved John is seriously pissed. Do not get on his bad side.

What is your favorite part of watching the Super Bowl?

READ: this super bowl commercial hasn’t even aired yet and people are already divided over it

A Man Was Arrested By ICE After Criticizing Their Policies So Two NFL Players Bailed Him Out

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A Man Was Arrested By ICE After Criticizing Their Policies So Two NFL Players Bailed Him Out

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Three months ago, we reported the ICE arrest of immigrant activist José Bello. Bello arrived in this country when he was just three years old, but he isn’t afraid to speak up and advocate for change. Bello has become a powerful activist in the undocumented community and used his poetry to criticize U.S. immigration policies. He did just that at a public forum at the Kern County Board of Supervisors by reading aloud his poem titled “Dear America.”

Less than 36 hours later, he was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and taken to the Mesa Verda detention center. The ACLU has represented Bello and contested the arrest as a violation of first amendment rights under the grounds that his arrest and the high bail bond was a “retaliatory” response from ICE to his poem. After 89 days in detention, unable to hold his son, NFL players Josh Norman of the Washington Redskins and Demario Davis of the New Orleans Saints teamed up with the New York Immigrant Freedom Fund and the National Bail Fund Network to pay Bello’s $50,000 bail.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) separated him from his son just two days after he recalled telling his son, “We will never be apart, chiquito.”

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Bello’s poem effectively tells America that immigrants aren’t out to get them–they’re here to “work hard, pay taxes, and study”… and build a safe home for their families. Here’s an excerpt:

“The fight has begun
‘We will never be apart chiquito,’ is what I promised my son.
Y’all can try to justify your actions. Try to make excuses.
The bottom line here is that at the end, the people always triumph and the government loses.”

Bello is a 22-year-old father of one, a farmworker, and Bakersfield College student.

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The ACLU also points to his $50,000 bond as a retaliation attempt by ICE given that he makes just $20,000 a year. During his 89 days of detention, he said, “I could see my whole future going out the window.”

“Those three months that I was detained, I just felt like it was cruel,” Bello told The Washington Post. “I couldn’t hold my child. I would have to push him away from me or I would get in trouble. I don’t think any parent should have to experience that. How do you do that to a child? I feel guilty about that, and I’m trying to make up for that time I couldn’t spend with him.”

Bellos said “it seemed like a dream” that NFL players were bailing him out.

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Above is an image of Bello reunited with his chiquito niño–finally able to give his son a hug, free from ICE. “To me, it seemed like a dream,” Bello told The Washington Post. “It’s like something that you hear about in movies. I watch football, and I know how much attention and how famous those people are, so just the fact that they would look into helping me out, it was a great honor. I know who they are. I was shocked in a good way.”

Washington Redskins’ Josh Norman and New Orleans Saints’ Demario Davis made his release possible.

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“Jose Bello was exercising a fundamental right that we pride ourselves on as Americans,” Washington Redskins player, Norman, told ACLU. “If he was detained for reciting a peaceful poem then we should really ask ourselves, are our words truly free? This is America right? Where the 1st Amendment is freedom of speech unless I missed the memo somewhere. He was exercising that right.”

New Orlean Saints player, Davis, remarked, “We’ve seen ICE round up nearly 700 people in Mississippi and leave their children without parents, we’ve seen them turn away asylum seekers who will face certain death in their home countries. Is this America? We must say no, and we must start by helping our most vulnerable.”

Norman and Davis are both members of the independent “Players Coalition,” which “exists to end social injustices and racial inequality so future generations have opportunity to thrive without barriers.”

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The Players Coalition was founded in 2017 by Anquan Boldin and Malcom Jenkins. The Coalition also has a Task Force Board of 12 voting members, all of whom are NFL players, with the money and social influence to effect change. For example, Davis also helped push through LA House Bill 265 which expanded voting rights to returning citizens and Chris Long gave his entire year’s salary to educational initiatives.

Listen to Jose Bello’s “Dear America” to see why ICE retaliated.

The fight isn’t over. While Bello is out on bond, he’s still facing a judge’s decision about whether he will be deported or allowed to stay in America. ICE claims his arrest was the result of a DUI four months prior. ACLU suggests the timing is far more likely tied to his activism.

READ: An Activist Read A Poem Criticizing Inhumane Immigration Policies And ICE Arrested Him Two Days Later Now His Community Is Standing Behind Him

Simone Biles Slayed During The U.S. Gymnastics Championships And Made History Twice And Here’s Why It’s A Big Deal

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Simone Biles Slayed During The U.S. Gymnastics Championships And Made History Twice And Here’s Why It’s A Big Deal

To say, American gymnast, Simone Biles can’t practice her athletic art form under pressure is to completely misunderstand her strength. The 22-year-old from Colombus, Ohio, has already accomplished what many can’t even fathom. This week the Olympic gold medalist made history on the competitive mat just a couple of days after she confronted the USA Gymnastics for failing to protect her, and more than 150 women, from a sexual predator. 

On August 11, Simone Biles landed perfectly after doing a triple-double at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City. 

Let us break down what that actually means because it truly is a thing of beauty. Biles successful jumped into the air and completed two flips and three full twists and stuck the landing. She tried to do this exact move on Friday but failed on the landing. This time, however, Biles landed it amazingly. She’s the first woman to have ever completed this move. 

This move is no easy fete for the 4’8 gymnast. As someone on social media noted, Biles, at the peak of her jump, is close to 10 feet off the mat, which is two feet higher than the high jump world record. Insanity!!

On Friday, she also made history by pulling off a double-double dismount off the balance beam. 

That means she did two twists and two somersaults like its no one’s business. All of these historic firsts garnered Biles a record-tying sixth all-around title at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships. So who could possibly have the same title as Biles? No one in the past several decades, that’s for sure. In the 1940s and 1950s, American gymnast Clara Schroth Lomady also received the same honor of sixth all-around. 

After her historical landing, Biles was quite pleased with her performance. 

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“That feeling when you make history…. twice,” she said on Instagram. And this is all build-up to the main event. Biles, of course, is headed to Tokyo next year for the 2020 Olympics, where’s she’s naturally going to add on to her gold medals, but no pressure. (!!!)

Her incredible routine is quite impressive when you consider that the star athlete is competing for organizers who were enablers in her own sexual abuse.

Last year, a Michigan judge sentenced Dr. Larry Nassar, a physical therapist, 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing more than a hundred gymnasts some were as young as six years old. The abuse lasted for decades, and Biles was one of his victims. 

On August 7, Biles told reporters that it was the U.S. Gymnastics Championships and other institutions that assisted Nassar in his abuse by protecting him.

“You had one job. You literally had one job, and you couldn’t protect us,” Biles said in her addressed statement to USA Gymnastics, according to CNN. ‘It’s hard coming here for an organization, having had them fail us so many times. We had one goal. We have done everything that they asked us for, even when we didn’t want to, and they couldn’t do one damn job.”

Despite Biles’ horrific abuse she endured, her moves on the mat show her incredible strength and dedication to the sport.

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The Texan native said she wasn’t sure if she’d succeed in those now-groundbreaking landings. She said, however, that she was striving for ultimate perfection, even if that meant failing the first time. Sounds like she’s a firm believer of the motto, “if at first, you don’t succeed, pick yourself up and try again.” 

“I feel like I compete for perfection,” she told the Olympic Channel days before her competition, “so whenever I don’t do that, it really irritates me.” 

Biles also told the network that she doesn’t even think about her titles and records until someone brings it up to her in conversation. Talk about humble. If Biles doesn’t do the bragging, her friends and fans will do it for her. 

Several fans, including celebs, touted her magical moves on Twitter.

As for the future of gymnastics in the U.S., and their beloved athletes, Li Li Leung, the president, and chief executive of USA Gymnastics, told CNN, that understand they are to blame for their part in their abuse and are doing everything they can to change the culture of silence. 

“One of our goals is for our athletes to feel comfortable in speaking up and sharing their opinions, and we are listening to what they have to say,” Leung said. “We will continue to work hard to demonstrate to Simone and all of our athletes, members, community, and fans that we are working to foster a safe, positive and encouraging environment where athlete voices are heard.” 

Now on to the Olympics!

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