Look, I can’t say for certain that the couple in the ‘Catch Jeremy’ commercials are Jewish. All I can say is that they commercials are as annoying as any commercial in my lifetime. But you have to wonder – is T-Mobile trading off of Jewish stereotypes of parents being super stingy with cell phone bills? Is that even a stereotype about Jews? Is every parent stingy about it? Or is it just every Jewish parent that is stingy about it, and that’s why it’s no longer a stereotype?
The earliest terrible phone commercial I remember was for ATT Collect. It was about a guy who was calling his parents to tell them he had a baby boy. The problem was that the son was a cheap asshole (was he ALSO Jewish?). When his dad received a call, it was a collect call from ‘WEHADABABYEETZABOY‘. This new series takes the bait as stupidest.
It’s day 10 and the bill has reached $4,243 in overseas data bills. One photo he shared were two eggs. What’s next? Bread and butter? T-Mobile’s nationwide network just went global…
How stereotypical can it sound? Are we ‘catching’ Jeremy to send him somewhere dark and scary? (His Mom’s basement, not the Holocaust, jeez.)
I hope the Grand Prize is eternal happiness, or at least your parents being eternally happy with you.