Viral Ad Offering Car to ‘Date Our Son’ Sparks Questions

A brand new commercial providing a automotive in alternate for relationship somebody’s son has appeared throughout social media, prompting questions and hypothesis.

The commercials, which characteristic an previous automobile, states “Need a car? ‘Date’ our son” have appeared on a number of completely different social media websites, together with Reddit and Facebook.

“He’s smart but socially very shy. ‘Date’ him and bring him out of his shell before he leaves for college. In exchange, we’ll give you a 2004 Buick Regal. Clean, rust-free, 40k miles. Serious inquiries only: [email protected],” a submit on the Facebook web page, “Date” Our Son, said.

"date my son" ad sparking reactions
A brand new commercial providing a automotive in alternate to this point somebody’s son has appeared throughout social media.
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It appears the “Date” Our Son workforce is anticipating to make an announcement in simply two days. In an e-mail despatched to Newsweek, the “Date” Our Son workforce mentioned, “Hiyaa! Thanks for your interest in “relationship” our son. We have had a lot of responses already, but plan to make our final decision Thursday, March 9th. We’ll be in touch soon! Allison & Laird.”

Various social media customers initially shared the commercial and questioned what it might be.

“What is up with the Reddit Ad asking redditors to date their son?” One Redditor requested within the r/outoftheloop subreddit.

On the identical subreddit, one person responded and mentioned, “Answer: Just got a reply from Reddit admin team confirming it’s a stunt ad for No Hard Feelings…” No different info was made accessible concerning the commercials and Newsweek reached out to Reddit through e-mail. Newsweek was unable to independently confirm that the commercial is for the film talked about within the Reddit remark.

A photograph of the commercial was additionally posted on Instagram by the account @whatisnewyork. The picture seems to be taken from a digital commercial stand in New York City.

Twitter person Jake Hubble shared a screenshot of the commercial and mentioned, “This is the most prominent ad on my Reddit feed. This can not be legit. Thought this might be a KellyBlueBook ad or anything else, but it appears to be what it is…parents who made a #dateourson ad. This is the plot to an early 2000’s movie.”

“Now I’m hearing this is an ad for a movie coming out. Clever,” Hubble wrote in a subsequent tweet.

However, another Reddit commenters questioned if the commercial might be for human trafficking. “Answer: Its an ad for sexual solicitation and should be removed. If its an ad for a new tv show/movie then it is done in poor taste. Its currently making its rounds through reddit as people keep sharing it and are shocked by it. Probably the intention of the advertiser,” one Reddit commenter mentioned.

According to IMDB, No Hard Feelings is an upcoming film the place, “[Jennifer] Lawrence’s character portrays the ‘ne’er-do-well’ who answers a Craigslist ad that was placed to hire a date for an introverted and socially awkward teen boy, by his mother and father, who also just so happens to be preparing for college soon.

Lawrence is known for her roles in The Hunger Games series, American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook. Some other stars listed on the film’s IMDB page include Matthew Broderick, Natalie Morales and Hasan Minhaj. Newsweek reached out to reps for Lawrence via email for more information.

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