Chevrolet Already Has a Malibu Commercial Based on Those New Facebook Reactions
Wow, that was fast.
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Chevrolet is one of the first brands to capitalize on Facebook’s tacit acknowledgement that not every response is as simple as liking or disliking something, and that in fact, human beings are complex creatures with a whole range of emotions.
Five emotions, to be exact; all of which can be expressed in emojis. The most powerful of these emotions—which include “haha,” “wow,” “sad,” and “angry”—is the heart-shaped “love,” and according to Chevrolet, what the world needs now is (Facebook) love, sweet (Facebook) love.
Decrying the overabundance of “likes” in our universe, the commercial encourages people to engage in sincere expressions of love. Not just for any old Instagram photo of artisanal donuts or video of a dog befriending a kitten, but for important and life-affirming events, like the birth of a child, or the purchase of a reasonably priced mid-sized car.
“Timing couldn’t be more perfect for Chevrolet to bring the all-new 2016 Malibu and Facebook’s new Reaction buttons together,” said Chevy marketing VP Paul Edwards. “The midsize segment has traditionally offered many options to ‘like’, but only the new Malibu inspires the emotion to ‘love’.”
Unfortunately, YouTube has not kept pace with Facebook, so this 2016 Chevy Malibu commercial is currently disliked by one person and liked by 38 people, but loved by no one:
Something about this makes me terribly [crying emoji].
Patrick Grieve was born in Southwestern Ohio and has lived there all of his life, with the exception of a few years spent getting a Creative Writing degree in Southeastern Ohio. He loves to take road trips, sometimes to places as distant as Northeastern or even Northwestern Ohio. Patrick also enjoys old movies, shopping at thrift stores, going to ballgames, writing about those things, and watching Law & Order reruns. He just watches the original series, though, none of the spin-offs. And also only the ones they made before Jerry Orbach died. Season five was really the peak, in his opinion. See more articles by Patrick.