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In thinking the undertone to the new M&S advert is verging on inappropriate?

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Passmethewineandstraw Fri 26-Apr-19 12:10:16

I’m sorry if this has already been posted but this new M&S advert is really not leaving a good taste in my mouth.

Yes it’s all very light-hearted, husband has dinner ready for wife coming in for work and wife phones to say she is planning on going for a few drinks with the girls. I guess they are at least trying, in that respect to not gender stereotype but ultimately wife is guilt tripped into not going for a few drinks with friends because her husband had already made dinner and goes as much to tell her friends that she is coming home...

All said in the annoying and vomit inducing, this isn’t just and old food voice.

Am I looking too deeply into this or is it verging on attempting to normalise manipulative and controlling behaviour?

Pyjamaface Fri 26-Apr-19 12:15:05

I saw it yesterday and was very confused why he had cooked and plated up the food before she had even finished work. It'll be stone cold by the time she gets home!

Nicknacky Fri 26-Apr-19 12:18:00

She’s going to have to microwave it when she gets home and then it will be soggy.

InspectorClouseauMNdivision Fri 26-Apr-19 12:20:08

I think you are overthinking this massively.
It's simply about the fish and chips and M&S hoping people will believe their food is lifechangingly amazing imho

Agree with @Pyjamaface tho😂

DobbyTheHouseElk Fri 26-Apr-19 12:20:19

What a strange ad.

Tinkerbellisnotafairy Fri 26-Apr-19 12:21:43

I'd be massively annoyed if any partner of mine DECIDED for me whether or not I could go out. And then proceeded to tell my friends for me!

It probably IS overthinking - but I agree with you OP.

Oysterbabe Fri 26-Apr-19 12:22:17

You're massively overthinking it.

Passmethewineandstraw Fri 26-Apr-19 12:24:20

@Pyjamaface I also thought that, they must love very close to the hospital (assumption from uniform)

AryaStarkWolf Fri 26-Apr-19 12:24:28

Meh you're overthinking it

NoSauce Fri 26-Apr-19 12:25:33

Sorry I don’t understand how this is in any way inappropriate.

The world has gone mad.

ssd Fri 26-Apr-19 12:25:41

It's like they are trying to make a parody of their old adverts but the new ones are even more annoying

Noonooyou Fri 26-Apr-19 12:29:21

Haha crikey people take everything the wrong way don't they! I read your description before watching the advert and your description is way off!
The only thing off with this advert is the fact that her food will be cold.
He didn't force her at all.

Madbengalmum Fri 26-Apr-19 12:29:40

Too much time on your hands?

LGY1 Fri 26-Apr-19 12:33:35

And he has already cut the fish open and started eating it grin

Melonise Fri 26-Apr-19 12:34:10

Let's be realistic if she has only just told him her plans as she leaves work then it makes sense he'd already have dinner on as he's home already (totally agree about the early plating up though!). It's standard in our house that as I'm home first I get the dinner on (DP does this on the rare occasion he's home early) so I would have acted the same way if DP had announced half an hour before he was expected home that he was going out. I would tell him his dinner was ready too! Neither of us like waste!

She didn't turn round and say, "Oh but I really want to go" or anything like that. He just told her dinner was all ready and it was going to be tasty. She made the decision herself.

YABU Massively overthinking.

ghostyslovesheets Fri 26-Apr-19 12:37:31

I can't get passed the fact that it'll be cold by the time she gets home - eww

Magicpaintbrush Fri 26-Apr-19 12:38:02

I thought it was weird that he served it before she had even left work. Cold fish and chips for dinner - mmmmmm.

BeanBag7 Fri 26-Apr-19 12:39:34

She isn't "guilt tripped" into anything. The food looks tasty so she changes her mind.

If he was whingeing about how he had spent time and effort and money making it, shes always out, doesnt appreciate him etc that would be guilt trip.

You're overthinking it massively.

Newnyham Fri 26-Apr-19 12:42:43

Anyone else notice the block of flats through the window?

I think M&S are trying to expand their target market grin

Aveeno2017 Fri 26-Apr-19 12:46:51

Fuck me people read far to much into things!!

SoupDragon Fri 26-Apr-19 12:50:23

Am I looking too deeply into this or is it verging on attempting to normalise manipulative and controlling behaviour?

Yes, you're looking too deeply into it. I'm struggling to work out why you would have thought it anyway.

Here are many threads on MN where the positions are reversed and the man is an inconsiderate arse if he goes out for a drink rather than home to his prepared dinner.

SoupDragon Fri 26-Apr-19 12:50:41

Not here. There ar many threads...

Dowser Fri 26-Apr-19 12:54:31

Was it the fish and chips ad?

I just had to laugh
Said to my husband that m and s would be the last place we’d go for fish on chips.
We have 5 excellent fish and chip shops along our coastal resort and a couple of fresh fish shops

If I can’t get fresh fish I wouldn’t bother

CountFosco Fri 26-Apr-19 12:55:42

Triple cooked chips eh? Is that once by M&S, once by your dopey husband and once by you when you get home from work?

Crunchymum Fri 26-Apr-19 12:55:56

But the man is the one who says "this is sorry girls she's coming home tonight fish and chips"

So it is him making the choice????

Also she does say "be home in 5" which explains the fact he's plated up (except for every nurse I know never, ever leaves dead on time but whatever)

It's a stupid advert. Hadn't seen it until this thread tho.

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