Recent years have seen a trend in which teenagers post videos of themselves, asking viewers if they are “good looking” or “ugly”. This clip was one of the first to gain popular media attention, getting numerous comments and being picked up on mainstream news shows. An article in the Huffington Post described that, “The sheer number of these videos, and how regularly their creators reference other ones, suggests that a virtual community has formed around the concept.”
This commercial for Amp'd mobile aired on television and online in the mid-2000s. The setting appears to be an office bathroom – an Asian male sings quietly in the mirror before breaking into a heavy rap song, thinking he is alone. He stops short when a colleague walks up to wash his hands. The funny video went viral on the Internet.
Ask Amy is a web series produced by Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls Network, with new episodes appearing approximately twice monthly. It features writer/producer/actor/comedian Amy Poehler reading aloud a letter from an adolescent female fan and dispensing advice. The video’s low production values and Poehler’s thoughtful, direct-to-camera delivery convey the sense of conversing in the same room with the self-styled mentor. Published online on September 9, 2012, this installment of Ask Amy entitled “Bodies” was an immediate sensation and, one year later, had garnered nearly 375,000 views— more than 7 times the average number of views per Ask Amy installment. In “Bodies,” Amy advises a body issue-beleaguered letter-writer to regard her body with gratitude and to speak to herself as if she were speaking to a beloved daughter or younger sister. See the full transcript here.
First appearing on the Season 3 premiere of Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer on April 21, 2015, this sketch adopts the frame of a prescription drug commercial to tackle the issue of birth control access. The sketch opens with Amy completing a frenzied morning routine while the voiceover assures “busy” viewers that the “last thing [they] want to have to worry about” is their birth control. Despite this acknowledgment, the voiceover urges audiences (and Amy) to consult one male figure after another to “decide if birth control is right for you.” Viewers follow Amy as she confronts her doctor, her boss, her boss’ priest, a Boy Scout, and a mailman to get their take on her situation. From here, the voiceover asks viewers “why [they] insist on having sex for fun.” When Amy finally reaches the pharmacist, she learns that her prescription does not cover refills and that she must repeat the entire process over again next month. Once Amy leaves the pharmacy, a small boy approaches the counter, asking for a gun. The pharmacist happily complies, calling after the kid, “Remember, that’s your right.”
Starting in 2008, Ashton Kutcher has served as a spokesperson for Nikon Coolpix. In this commercial, Kutcher uses a long zoom lens to take pictures of beautiful women on the beach. Some of the women also take his picture. A man, carrying a very large set of binoculars, is with one of the women and becomes angry when he notices the woman flirting with Ashton. The song in the background of the commercial is “Close To You,” sung by Karen Carpenter of the band The Carpenters. At the very end, all of the women have posed for a picture with Ashton while he plays a ukulele.