Thursday, November 19, 2009

Great Moments In Product Placement History

Even shows I like deserve to get skewered for shameless product placements/production subsidies. Today's G.M.I.P.P.H. comes from last night's episode of Glee. In the episode "Ballad" Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith) is having trouble expressing his feelings to his pregnant girlfriend. The lunkhead doesn't understand sperm actually needs to enter the woman to get her pregnant and his best friend is the father. But that's a conversation for another time. So Finn does the only natural thing -- he sings to a MacBook Pro a playing a (QuickTime?) video of the sonogram.

The only thing that could make this worse (or better if you're Apple) is if he'd recorded this using GarageBand 2009 and then played it back on iTunes.

I'm a Mac. And I'm a PC. And I'm the winner of this week's (cue echo) GREAT MOMENT IN PRODUCT PLACEMENT HISTORY!!!


Marjorie said...

This is probably just some rumor I heard, but I was lead to believe that Apple rarely - if ever - pays for product placement, simply because shows will include iPods, Macbooks, etc. without demanding payment for it. Case in point: the iPod featured in the Christmas gift exchange in The Office.

Has this policy of Apple's changed, or was I just misinformed to begin with? [probably the latter]

Anonymous said...

I have heard the same as well. In fact, somebody told me that THE O.C. actually stopped featuring Mac products because they wanted to use a company that would pay them.

Anonymous said...

Was that your product placement for Dashboard Confessional and Thrice tempx? ;)

Anonymous said...

Little did we know that the unborn baby he was singing to was this:

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