Nationwide decided to use one of its two Super Bowl ad slots tonight to highlight the lethal potential of preventable child accidents. The result wasn’t exactly festive fare.
Here’s a pretty accurate cross-section of Twitter’s response, which you probably experienced firsthand when the spot came up during the game’s first half.
“We’re Nationwide Insurance! EVERYONE DIES. Enjoy the game! Nationwide.”
— Scott Hanselman (@shanselman) February 2, 2015
My 10 yo daughter: “I don’t think Nationwide is on my side”
— Nole Chick (@nolechick94) February 2, 2015
Nationwide: We’re not saying your kid is gonna die, but you better buy our insurance
— Matt Roller (@rolldiggity) February 2, 2015
“Look how amazing kids can be.” – Microsoft “Unless they die.” – Nationwide
— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) February 2, 2015
The second I see a kid in one of these commercials I immediately assume they’re going to die. Thanks, Nationwide! #SuperBowl
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) February 2, 2015
Nationwide says “Enjoy the Halftime Show!” pic.twitter.com/VGesJZBWlN
— Dan O’Donnell (@DanODradio) February 2, 2015
A parade. Children, laughing. Two teenagers on a first date. Sorry, but the world actually perished in a senseless nuclear war. Nationwide.
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) February 2, 2015
Thanks to that Nationwide commercial this will be the last bath my little dude ever takes. pic.twitter.com/ivFpXXFRcN
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) February 2, 2015
McDonald’s: Your payment is to call your mom and tell her you love her. Nationwide: Your mom is dead.
— Eli Langer (@EliLanger) February 2, 2015
No one in the Nationwide advertising meeting put up their hand and went, “Let’s sleep on this?”
— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) February 2, 2015