For this exchange, students from Stanford and the American University in Cairo posted and commented on each other’s analyses of political cartoons and advertisements.
This clip is an insurance ad portraying a middle-aged man pretending to be a teenage girl. “She” gets a text message from her friend Becky stating that she has “kissed Johnny.” This would upset a teenage girl who “likes Johnny.” This causes “her” to become “emotionally compromised.” She throws the cell phone into the back seat and accidentally hits an innocent woman’s car in a parking lot and speeds away indifferently. This is funny because it contrasts the stereotype of a teenage girl with a middle-aged man. The characteristic speech, pink SUV, and sparkly cell phone are incongruous with the man’s suit, tie, and maleness. Humor is created in this ad by popular stereotypes in juxtaposition.