There’s a new Geico commercial that features Pinocchio as a motivational speaker. And it really pisses me off.
It begins with a father and son hanging out on the couch playing video games. Then the obligatory reference to “15 minutes could save you 15% on car insurance” and responsive “Everybody knows that.” Then dad says “Well, did you know that Pinocchio was a bad motivational speaker?” We next see Pinocchio giving a motivational speech to a group of people. “I look around this room, and I see nothing but untapped potential.” As he is looking around the room, he addresses individual members of the audience. “You have potential!” Pinocchio points out a man in the crowd “You have potential!” And then Pinocchio’s nose starts to grow. Noticing his very public misalignment, he says, resignedly, “You have… oh boy.” The man he pointed to dejectedly bows his head, now having confirmed the awful truth, that he has no potential. Continue reading