Innocently browsing for Greek yogurt coupons while also eating Oikos yogurt — delicious in spite of the use of papyrus in their logo — I happened upon their Facebook page, which has erupted in scandal.
Oikos (parent company is Dannon) ran a Super Bowl ad yesterday featuring John Stamos, in which a coy, flirty couple feed each other yogurt at the kitchen table. But wait! Stamos doesn't really want to share — he wants all the 'gurt to himself. Girl gets mad, and BAM! — she head-butts him. People now are outraged for two reasons: First, because the commercial uses a song eerily like the John Butler Trio's "Zebra"; and second, because the commercial "promotes violence." I remember viewing the commercial during the game, but only because it sparked exclamations like, "JOHN STAMOS LOOKS THE SAME AS HE LOOKED ON FULL HOUSE — HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE?"
Anyway — the song in the commercial is clearly very similar to the John Butler Trio song. As for domestic violence ... I can't really get behind the argument that it promotes it since Stamos pops up without a scratch, and also, this commercial aired during a football game, where players routinely batter each other on the field with absolutely no delicious yogurt at stake.
According to a response on the Oikos Facebook page, they "wanted to entertain viewers with a light-hearted, playful depiction of our product. Our intention was to promote yogurt in an unexpected, humorous commercial, and not to make light of any form of domestic violence or abuse whether the victim is a woman or a man. We're sorry if our ad offended anyone. We take your concerns very seriously and are looking into this matter right away."
You can watch the commercial here and read about how "critics are raving" about it. And for comparison, here's the John Butler Trio song.
Meanwhile, I think it's time for The Great Greek Yogurt Debate. What's your favorite? Mine is FAGE. I like that they separate the fruit from the yogurt so you can more consistently mix it than you can the fruit-on-the-bottom types. Let's just say that if John Stamos tried to bogart my FAGE, I'd head-butt him in that handsome little face of his.