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So, I loved the above Ontario tourism commercial the first five times I saw it. It features a catchy tune sung by a Canadian songstress called Molly Johnson and an assortment of lovely, airbrushed, and presumably Canadian folk of every color under the rainbow.
I won't lie. The first five times I saw the ad, it made me desperately want to go to Canada and not because MP happens to hail from Ontario. I wanted to go to Ontario because, as Molly Johnson sang, "There's no place like [Ontario]," and who doesn't want to visit a place where everyone has clear pores, good laughs, and limitless happiness (so is the brilliance of tourism ads, no?). Sure, MP declared that the ad was full of cookie-cutter wankers and that he isn't the biggest fan of his home province but, dammit, I wanted to experience Ontario anyway. I was virtually packed and ready to go to the land of Molly Johnson and open spaces. I was ready for a vacation.
But then I saw the ad a sixth time...and then a seventh. I saw it again and again and again. During the span of a single weekend, not only did I see the commercial three times on television--and I don't watch that much television, folks--I heard it on the effin' radio, not once, but twice! And then it got worse. I saw it again. And again. And again. That commercial--as lovely and selling as it once was--became such an annoyance that, honestly, I don't know if I want to visit Ontario, after all. I'm sure that wasn't the response the Ontario tourism board was hoping for, but there you have it folks. There you have it!