A phone for PE teachers? Seriously?

Okay, I wouldn’t normally say anything about an ad, particularly a very stupid ad made by a company that doesn’t even sell into my country, but this is getting very annoying.

Most weekdays I pick up the Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow shows from MSNBC’s website. They’re running on what is known in the trade as interstitial ads, so if you want to watch a segment first you have to watch a 30-second ad.  Fine.

For a week or so now, however, the Rachel Maddow show has been intrusively interspersed with a particularly obnoxious ad.

The premise is “What if delivery people ran the world?”  Well obviously the world would be horrible if that were the case, but what the ad actually shows is people who look like rather dense PE teachers running around shouting into telephones and annoying the children.

It’s annoying enough to watch once–the stupid, brutal, mindless yelling idiot with the telephone, his slack-jawed henchmen and women importing an unwanted and very disturbing air of somnambulence and automatism to teaching.

But this is the problem: the stupid thing is 30 seconds long and is broadcast between every single segment of Rachel Maddow’s show.

Please, MSNBC, stop.  Find an advertiser prepared to make ads that don’t make people want to stab their own eyes out with pencils.