A real commercial for Trumpybear: your conservative teddy

Grania sent me a tweet with this “Trumpybear” commercial in it and said that it was a real commercial for a real product, as verified by Snopes.

And, sure enough, Snopes says it’s a genuine product for sale. The details:

Exceptional Products, the Texas company that markets Trumpy Bear on television, also uses infomercials and television advertising to promote products like Hairdini, Save a Blade and Plaque Attack.

In October 2017, the commercial began running on 10 TV networks, including Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel, according to the advertising and media news web site Ad Age.

The product consists of the 22-inch tall stuffed animal and a 28-by-30-inch American flag blanket that can be stored in a zipped pouch inside Trumpy Bear himself, according to the product web site. Trumpy Bear costs $39.90, which can be paid in two installments of $19.95.

We asked Exceptional Products about sales of Trumpy Bear, but the company declined to provide any details. Nonetheless, we know people have been buying the toy, in particular as a Christmas present according to several social media posts.

And yes, “President” Trump was born on Flag Day in 1946.

The world has gone insane when you can’t tell the difference between a Trumpybear commercial and a Saturday Night Live skit.

46 Comments

  1. Posted November 12, 2018 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    For the love of Caesar! 😹

  2. Ken Kukec
    Posted November 12, 2018 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Does the price include a box of straight pins and an instruction manual by Marie Laveau?

  3. Nicolaas Stempels
    Posted November 12, 2018 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    I gather the Teddy Bear was named after Rooseveldt, but Trumpy Bear appears in the realm of the puppet Chucky.

    • Posted November 13, 2018 at 4:56 am | Permalink

      Ah, whenever anybody mentions something being named after a Roosevelt, I get the image of Sam Seaborn explaining how the Roosevelt Room in the White House is named after FDR with an enormous painting behind him of Theodore Roosevelt.

  4. Posted November 12, 2018 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    It seems like they are trying to appeal to both sides. The syrupy voice on the video and the Trump-like hair and a tie on an otherwise normal-looking teddy bear make me think this is satire. On the other hand, my guess is that some Trump supporters may not get the joke.

    • Linda Calhoun
      Posted November 12, 2018 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

      “…some Trump supporters may not get the joke.”

      That statement could apply in any number of realms.

      L

  5. Michael Fisher
    Posted November 12, 2018 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Great marketing by sellonTV.com [EPI] of Dallas – as Paul says they’ve driven the ball down the middle – avoiding obvious satire [small paws & orange fur for example]

    Surprisingly dull other products such as the aforementioned Plaque Attack pet tooth cleaner spray

  6. Posted November 12, 2018 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    Is it made in China?

    • rickflick
      Posted November 12, 2018 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

      Sure. The first $19.95 is for the bear. The second payment is the tariff.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted November 12, 2018 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

      Yes it is – it’s a selling point

  7. rickflick
    Posted November 12, 2018 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Seriously? I think it’s serious…aimed at Trump’s core. But it’s interesting to know that it’s so addled, it’s immune being satirized.

  8. Dave137
    Posted November 12, 2018 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    That absurdity has been around for at least two years, since the start of this excremental Administration.

    I remember the first time I saw the commercial; I never knew my eyes could circle 360 degrees.

    • SRM
      Posted November 12, 2018 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

      Yes, commercials for this have been around for a long time now…

      from the start my reaction has been mixed:

      Admiration for those that manage to so successfully extract money from stupid people, and a feeling of general sadness for the country.

  9. Posted November 12, 2018 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Vermont Teddy Bears did all the notables in 2016. Bernie, HRC, Obama, Trump, and even Jeb.

  10. Marella
    Posted November 12, 2018 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    You gotta stop calling these people “conservative”. They don’t want to conserve anything. They are right-wing radicals, and they want to radically reshape western civilization for their own benefit. Unfortunately they’ve been succeeding for many decades. Calling them “conservative” gives them a legitimacy they do not deserve.

  11. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted November 12, 2018 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    If you go down in the woods today
    You’re sure of a big surprise
    If you go down in the woods today
    You’d better go in disguise!

    For every bear that ever there was
    Will gather there for certain
    Because today’s the day the
    Trumpy Bears have their picnic

    Picnic time for Trumpy Bears
    The little Trumpy Bears are having
    A lovely time today…..

  12. mikeyc
    Posted November 12, 2018 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    WTF did I just watch?

    • Ken Phelps
      Posted November 12, 2018 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

      A snippet of a society that is beyond parody.

  13. Posted November 12, 2018 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    The motivation behind this clip isn’t ideology. It’s to go viral with free advertising. It seems to be succeeding.

    However, the should include a warning not to get it wet.

    • BJ
      Posted November 12, 2018 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

      Yep, absolutely right. It’s actually quite brilliant.

      “However, the should include a warning not to get it wet.”

      That made me guffaw.

      • Posted November 13, 2018 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

        It’s a brilliant piece of marketing, appealing to both the hopelessly deluded Trump people and the alienated, ironically minded GenX — and just in time for the gift-giving holiday season.

  14. Christopher
    Posted November 12, 2018 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    And continuing our stranger/stupider than fiction…republican in a runoff against her black democrat opponent has made a joke about public hangings…I’m sure she’ll still win, in spite of, or perhaps because of it, as she’s in Mississippi, the Land of Lynching (not their real nickname but…).

  15. Posted November 12, 2018 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    The guy who appears in the ad and identifies himself as a “veteran” is named “Warholic”?

  16. BJ
    Posted November 12, 2018 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    “The world has gone insane when you can’t tell the difference between a Trumpybear commercial and a Saturday Night Live skit.”

    Exactly what I was thinking before I got to that sentence!

    • rickflick
      Posted November 12, 2018 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

      I suspect that the target demographic of the ad whouldn’t know that SNL was satire either.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted November 12, 2018 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

      I’ve been predicting la morte de l’ironie (and of satire, too) at least since election night ’16. What’s left of political humor now is broad farce and parody.

      • BJ
        Posted November 12, 2018 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

        So true. On rare occasions, I pass The Daily Show while flipping channels. Just a few years ago, the writing was so sharp and incisive, but now it’s just Trevor Noah mugging and saying exaggerated things that Trump might say. How many times can people laugh at him saying, “it’s going to be the biggest, the best, believe me, it’s going to be amazing,” etc.?

        It seems like comedy, like media and, increasingly, pop culture generally, is becoming less about enjoyment, structure, wit, and intelligence, and more about making one side clap and cheer. Every joke on The Daily Show and Samantha Bee’s program isn’t designed to make you laugh by way of some brilliant punchline, but to make you shout “yeah! Those other guys suck! You tell ’em!” That’s not comedy; it’s cheerleading.

        Bill Maher, for all his faults, still does actual jokes most of the time, and I like most of them. And there are still plenty of great standup comedians out there. It’s just the popular stuff that has gone down the tubes.

        And, like you said, irony and satire is a hell of a lot harder to do when the world has become a parody of what it was just a few years ago.

      • BJ
        Posted November 12, 2018 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

        Hey, did you check out that Youtube channel I recommended? What did you think? I’m assuming you did, since I recommended it and I’m so great and so you obviously felt compelled to watch everything they’ve ever posted because I’m just that great.

  17. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted November 12, 2018 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Holy Jesus Christ on a bicycle. Is that for real? How OTT can you get?

    It’s a classic poe, anyway.

    As a couple of commenters said, even if it is satire, some tRump supporters will doubtless miss the joke.

    I think somebody should submit it to Cute Things Exploding.

    cr

  18. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted November 12, 2018 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    I bet made in CHinah (as the orange one would say).

  19. harrync
    Posted November 12, 2018 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    The way things went on Wall Street today, it may not be long before “Trumpy Bear” refers to the stock market.

  20. mordacious1
    Posted November 12, 2018 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    Does it come with a free steak?

  21. W.T. Effingham
    Posted November 12, 2018 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    Only in ‘Murka. Land of the free, and the home of the perpetual supply of blokes with more dollars than sense.

  22. Posted November 13, 2018 at 2:30 am | Permalink

    I’m not American, but isn’t using the American flag as a blanket a rather serious breach of the flag code? Not to mention storing it wadded up inside a plush toy?

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted November 13, 2018 at 3:12 am | Permalink

      I’m UK, but I’ll have a go… Under the first amendment you can cut, disfigure, burn whatevs the US flag. There have been many attempts to enact a ‘Flag Desecration’ amendment [by the usual suspects normally] & it’s failed to pass up to now. At the state level there’s a handful of states with laws HERE’S FLORIDA RULES for example. No idea how this can be the state rule when it goes against 1st amendment…

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted November 13, 2018 at 4:19 am | Permalink

        Those rules relate to the Florida flag* or the CONFEDERATE flag. No mention of protecting the US flag… 😎

        * Which, btw, has a saltire on it just like the Confederate flag, what a surprise.

        cr

        • Michael Fisher
          Posted November 13, 2018 at 4:36 am | Permalink

          Thanks, I mis-linked – here are da roolz in Florida for the US flag:-

          256.05 Improper use of state or United States flag, or other symbol of authority.
          No person shall, in any manner, for exhibition or display:
          (1) Place or cause to be placed any word, figure, mark, picture, design, drawing or advertisement of any nature upon any flag, standard, color, ensign or shield of the United States or of this state, or authorized by any law of the United States or this state; or
          (2) Expose to public view any such flag, standard, color, ensign or shield upon which shall have been printed, painted or otherwise produced, or to which shall have been attached, appended, affixed or annexed any such word, figure, mark, picture, design, drawing or advertisement.

          256.06 Mutilation or disrespect of state or United States flag.
          No person shall publicly mutilate, deface, defile, defy, trample upon, or by word or act cast contempt upon any such flag, standard, color, ensign or shield.

          256.09 Penalty.
          Any person violating the provisions of s. 256.05 or s. 256.06 shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.

          SOURCE

          • infiniteimprobabilit
            Posted November 13, 2018 at 7:17 am | Permalink

            Oh, I missed that. That’s an awful lot of rules about flags, isn’t it? They were very exercised that someone might disrespect some flag or other.

            cr

            • Michael Fisher
              Posted November 13, 2018 at 7:24 am | Permalink

              Tere’s five states like that & it’s the usual southern conservative constituency I’m guessing.

      • Jenny Haniver
        Posted November 13, 2018 at 9:52 am | Permalink

        “Under the first amendment you can cut, disfigure, burn whatevs the US flag. There have been many attempts to enact a ‘Flag Desecration’ amendment [by the usual suspects normally] & it’s failed to pass up to now.” I read the same thing in Wikipedia; but then I see this: regarding penalties for flag desecration https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/700

        How then to reconcile this? If it had been abrogated, I think Cornell would have noted that fact. During the Vietnam war, I recall people being arrested for desecrating the flag; and even now that occurs (whether legal or not). But I also see the sons and daughters of those who supported the Vietnam war and were rabidly against any use of the flag other than its proper display, wear the flag or parts of it a fashion statement — leather jackets, pants, you name it.

        • Michael Fisher
          Posted November 13, 2018 at 10:15 am | Permalink

          But then under the “Notes” tab of your link: U.S. Code › Title 18 › Part I › Chapter 33 › § 700 – Desecration of the flag of the United States; penalties
          I see this:

          Constitutionality

          For information regarding constitutionality of this section as amended by Pub. L. 101–131, see Congressional Research Service, The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation, Appendix 1, Acts of Congress Held Unconstitutional in Whole or in Part by the Supreme Court of the United States

          • Jenny Haniver
            Posted November 13, 2018 at 11:12 am | Permalink

            I forgot to click “Notes.” People are still being arrested, but settlements like this http://chicagoist.com/2017/09/19/man_arrested_for_burning_flag_gets.php (incl. legal fees) should be a deterrent to overzealous law enforcement officers. And, of course, when ‘patriots’ cut up the flag or reproduce parts of it for a fashion statement, that’s another matter altogether. Nobody’s arresting them.

            • Michael Fisher
              Posted November 13, 2018 at 11:50 am | Permalink

              very true

  23. Posted November 13, 2018 at 4:11 am | Permalink

    Professor ceiling cat’s birthday is barely a month away…I think he’s dropping us all a hint about what he’d like to receive

  24. Posted November 13, 2018 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Commercialize everything! The American Way!

    (There are lots of wonderfully good things about the US and Americans, but this is not one of them. ;))


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