Spotify Seal The Deal Ad

Creepy Spotify Ad Wants Teens To Seal The Deal With Music

This Spotify ad gives me the creeps.

Spotify Seal The Deal Ad

I can’t tell if it is supposed to be making fun of teenagers making out or is seriously telling teenagers that the right playlist is all you need to “seal the deal.” She does not look like an adult to me, but I’m willing to conceded that I could’ve crossed the too-old-to-tell line. However, if she’s a high school girl and if it’s not a joke that I’m missing, I feel like the concept unhelpful, ill-timed and out-dated.

Instead of this ad, we should be telling our teenagers: Use your words, like your parents taught you at the age of two, to ask if taking the next step of having safe sex is appropriate and seek enthusiastic consent rather than finding Barry White on Spotify. Or go home because if you’re too immature to have a conversation with your partner about sex, you are definitely too immature for sex.

Perhaps, the ad caught me on a bad day — some people certain thought I took the Multigrain Cheerios TV ad about a mom so excited to fit into her teen daughter’s jeans too seriously — but I hate how many lies we perpetuate around sex and consent and rape and healthy relationships and marriage and falling in love and staying in love. A romantic or sexy or fun playlist is nice but to get into someone’s pants? That’s ridiculous if you haven’t both decided the pants should come off before the playlist begins.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on LateEnough.com, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

3 thoughts to “Creepy Spotify Ad Wants Teens To Seal The Deal With Music”

  1. “Or go home because if you’re too immature to have a conversation with your partner about sex, you are definitely too immature for sex.”

    This^. A thousand times, this. I’ve said this to my own teenage daughter so many times that she’s like, “Mom, I get it.” Especially when she balked at the prospect of buying her own pantyliners. “It’s embarrassing.” Dude, if you can’t buy THOSE without being embarrassed, you are most definitely not ready to buy condoms. Which means you are not ready to have sex. Period.

  2. I thought I was the only one who ranted about commercials! I don’t have any in my blog, but I have some in a journal (because this was pre Internet, or at least before my parents could afford it). I love that you have strong opinions and aren’t afraid to share them. And yes, that ad is gross.

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