I just saw a commercial for “Mr. Clean” that shows Mr. Clean at various points throughout his life. You can click here to watch it.
I have some thoughts, because of course I do.
First of all, call me old-fashioned, or crazy, or both, but seeing animated characters mixed in with real live people still weirds me out a little bit. Just a little, but enough that after a few minutes I’m like, “okay, can we…not?”
(“But Roger Rabbit!” you say. I guess. But that’s clearly a cartoon. I’m talking these really lifelike, “hey wait a minute, is that dude real? Yeah, that’s definitely a real – oh wait, what?!?”-type animated characters.)
Second of all, Mr. Clean clearly has a medical condition; he hasn’t had a single hair on his head for his entire life, and the eyebrows he does have have always been white. So we’ve turned a guy who is both an albino and has alopecia into a symbol for cleanliness. Did he have a choice in this? Look at that little boy cleaning his window; did he pick that up because he loved the view, or because all the other kids made fun of him so he spent a lot of time in his room?
Seeing that commercial, I feel bad for Mr. Clean. Not bad enough to buy his products, but still. Poor guy.
(Look, it’s late. These are the things that come to mind and then don’t leave for a really long time.)