When we first saw this ad from Subway, touting its new pepperoni lover’s meals, we though, “Gosh that’s offensive to Italian people. All they need is a guy in cinderblock shoes and a woman hanging laundry across an apartment building.”
Then we got to the end.
We suppose any ad about a phallic meat like pepperoni is bound to have a gay subtext. And it’s not that this commercial is especially homophobic—the humor comes from the presumably straight guys’ fears about their own sexuality.
It’s that it’s just not funny. What do you think—giggle or groan?