What’s gnu? I don’t know, what’s gnu with you?

That scenario, thus suggests a new TV commercial that absolutely screams to be written about and commented upon.

It features two gnus, or wildebeests, if you prefer, discussing the possibilities of getting across a river full of crocodiles safely.

Anybody who has ever watched any African safari movies, or African documentaries from public television, knows about the annual migration of the wildebeests and their annual proclivity for falling prey to hungry crocs.

The pair, facing the annual trek through the river filled with gnu-eating crocodiles, seem like they’re opting to take a bridge, spanning space in the background. In real life, of course, there’s no convenient bridge.

I don’t know who thought this one up. I don’t even remember what it advertises. But it’s genius at attracting attention.

The main thing we all have to say about television commercials is that we’re all looking forward to Nov. 6. After that day, we won’t have to see political entreaties anymore and that will be a blessing.

To the many of us who have zappers on our television sets that day is already here.

Browsing back through the latest TV ads we come across a guy who’s tired of conventional banks and has joy in finding a bank that is actually a café.

Have you actually seen a bank lobby tricked out to become a café? Let me know.

Featured, not in that café, but in another, is the guy in the T-shirt that’s only half-washed.

The attractive girl who is his understanding companion seems not to mind that he looks so “comfortable.”

Tell me please what guy in his right mind would go out on a first date with a pretty girl dressed in a V-neck T-shirt to begin with? Half-washed or not, his attire is entirely inappropriate, even in this sloppy day and age.

There’s a long, involved scenario, featuring one of the latest in cellphones, which has people taking selfies and making really bad mistakes over and over.

The ad implies that with their super-duper cellphone camera, all the selfies ensconced in your file would be beautiful, with everyone looking sane and presentable.

Not true.

And back to animals in commercials, not limited to gnus.

In a setting full of cubicles, a familiar sight to most office workers, a girl is talking on the phone, gossiping, and popping up and down throughout the background are dozens of meercats. I think they’re eavesdropping.

Because of “The Lion King,” and all those African documentaries, most of us are familiar with meercats and their proclivity for popping up and down.

I don’t know what this one advertises, but it’s a treat.

Cathy Gillentine is a Daily News columnist. She may be reached at cgillentine1@sbcglobal.net.

(4) comments

Michael Jozwiak

Why don't you write about something important? Your stuff is more suitable for Facebook friends.

Jim Forsythe


When you see a story by Cathy Gillentin do yourself a favor and do not open it up, as it will not be what you think news should be. She will not miss you as a reader.

Carlos Ponce

Michael, Cathy's columns fill a niche many appreciate. I don't read the Horoscopes, Dear Abby nor National sports but there are people who do. I read some of Cathy's columns and some I do not. The GDN should cater to a variety of tastes. If not yours, skip it. There's more than one page.

Jarvis Buckley

When ms. Cathy talks about her life's experiences . You would do well to read it twice. She is one of the most articulate lady's you will ever read.
She is not an enabler , she speaks her mind. I don't always agree , but I'm always respectful. She has been down life's highway. 🌹

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