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Jack in the Box commercial about menopause--funny or offensive, or a little of both?

By Expert HERWriter May 6, 2009 - 10:39pm
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I was watching TV the other day and saw an ad for Jack in the Box that stars a menopausal woman and Jack. I have to say, I don't think I've ever seen an ad for a fast food restaurant that stars a woman in menopause.

If you want to view it, go to www.jackinthebox.com and then click on "commercials" on the left and it should be the ad on the far left. You can see the lady in her pink dress.

Frankly, I wasn't sure whether I liked it or not. I thought they were making fun of menopausal women. My take was that menopausal women are not taken seriously because we're just hysterical. But it's no laughing matter as I know first hand that very few people take us seriously and that it's a real problem for lots of women.

This may be because I've lived it and seen and heard too many women who are silently suffering that it's hard for me to find the humor in it. But it goes to show you how many women are menopausal when Jack in the Box dedicates a commercial to it.

Then again, I have a dear friend who saw it and thought it was really funny. But she's a bit younger and hasn't hit menopause yet so maybe that's the difference.

I'd love it if you'd follow the link and watch the ad and then post your thoughts below. Is it funny to you, or offensive, or somewhere in between? Michelle

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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I did too.

June 2, 2009 - 7:23pm
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Being a menopausal woman myself, I feel entitled to comment and I think the commercial is hilarious. Yes, it may evoke memories of June Cleaver and Donna Reed as the quintessential wife and mother, perfectly dressed and coiffed, smiling through it all. But think how far we have come -- even 10 years ago menopause was not a subject for any TV ad. Do we suffer with hot flashes, night sweats, disruption of sleep, difficulty thinking and concentrating, dry skin, hair where it shouldn't be? You bet -- but let's lighten up a bit. Laugh a little at ourselves and the situation. If we can't do that, we might as well return it to the "not to be discussed" subjects. Besides, if we can't laugh at ourselves and the situation, we're making ourselves more miserable.

May 31, 2009 - 11:44am
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Having been there myself and being surrounded by friends that are going through menopause; I think it is hilarious and my new favorite saying. There are many women who suffer and turn to HRT as an answer. Please research your options. There are some great alternatives out there without side effects or Cancer causing drugs.

I love the humor and think it is a good way to get the word out that this is a life-changing phase of our life. It can bring out the best in us as we embrace it.


May 29, 2009 - 10:19am
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This is a commercial people. Get over it! it is intended to make people laugh, and there is always a butt to any joke. If we constantly pick at comedy, what are we going to laugh at? My creed and class in life is constantly poked at, and I still find it funny. Just enjoy life and enjoy the laugh. If you can't do that then turn the mirror on yourself to discover what is wrong in your life. My point is... Have fun with life or we are all just going to be a bunch of oversensitive babies.

May 28, 2009 - 9:04pm
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I find the commerical very offensive. Maybe we should have a few commericals featuring balding men with comb-overs or erectile dysfunction as the focal point of the humor.

May 25, 2009 - 3:04pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

They have commercials like that. You would also be complaining about them if you were a balding man with a comb-over and erectile dysfunction, because you're offended by this one. People like you LOOK for stuff to be offended by. Your life must just be miserable if all you do is find offense in a satirical commercial. There's a reason Saturday Night Live has been on TV for 30+ years-- poking fun at stuff is FUNNY.

May 26, 2009 - 11:48am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

You don't effin know me.....just to clue you in......my life is far from miserable. Looks like people like you LOOK for was to annoy others.
Get a little education. You COMPLETELY and TOTALLY missed the point.

Successful comedy writer

May 29, 2009 - 8:53pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Apparently, Successful Comedy Writer is only 12 years old, because only junior-highers retort to internet-message boards with pseudo-swear words, slams against a total stranger's intelligence, and getting defensive about how un-miserable your life is BECAUSE OF A FRUIT SMOOTHIE COMMERCIAL!

Maybe you should chill, and get some smoothies because you seem to be street-rat crazy.

I have to laugh at this thread... it's completely hilarious how defensive people are about how much they hate this commercial. I've actually been grinning at every reply, good bad or in between.

My point was this: They DO have funny commercials about impotent men (IMPOTENT, not important) and they do have funny commercials about balding guys with comb-overs, and the advertising industry makes fun of most people.

You'll only notice and be offended by the ads that seem offensive to your personal category. Otherwise, you should be crusading on the behalf of all slighted butts of satirical ad campaigns, and not just this one.

(By the way, if you want to talk about education, I caught at least two spelling mistakes in your replies about how successful and non-miserable you are.)

May 30, 2009 - 10:03am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

My my my....you seem to be an internet troll. Don't you have anything better to do other than critize others for expressing THEIR opinion? If they side with YOU are THEIR comments OKAY?
You're an idiot....what other ads, and yes you moron you said ADS,(hint: the 's' makes it plural), were mentioned as offensive?
If you weren't so busy trying to bring people down to make yourself feel better you would know the reason no other commercial was mentioned was because the question asked was about the JACK IN THE BOX commercial.
Which catagory are you in...balding with a comb-over, IMPOTENT or both? You seemed to take those comments quite personally.
One last thing before I go....since you are a TROLL I will not indulge you again. Unlike you I have a life. Your opinion means nothing to me.
Now, go back and crawl under your bridge pathetic troll (Or should I say EFFIN pathetic troll?)

May 30, 2009 - 7:50pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Actually, both of you are pretty lame. I must say though, I have laughed harder at these posts then the commercial. Thanks!!!

May 31, 2009 - 12:35pm
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