WTF, Skittles?! This Mother’s Day Ad Is the Grossest Thing You’ll See All Day

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We live in a world in which people eat their placentas and make their babies’ umbilical cords into teddy bears, but Skittles has just officially done an even worse thing with an umbilical cord: It made the world’s grossest commercial.

The 2017 Skittles Mother’s Day ad does not feature flowers, or cute animals, or even just putting “I WUV You!” on the packages so they could double as Mother’s Day cards. Instead, they made a commercial in which a creepy looking guy in his late 20s or early 30s is sitting on the couch next to his mother. She is eating Skittles, and each time she eats one, the guy smugly names the flavor.

“Lemon!” he says.

“Uh-huh,” she says.

“Orange!” he says.

“Uh-huh,” she says.

We already know this is going someplace weird, and as the camera pulls back, it reveals the son has a giant, lumpy umbilical cord running out of the middle of his stomach, across his lap, and between his mom’s legs.

He gazes oedipally at his mother and says he loves eating Skittles when she eats Skittles, and she says that she loves that he eats Skittles whenever she eats Skittles. Then she tosses back a Skittle, looks at the camera, and says, “Happy Mother’s Day!” Then they both laugh as creepily as possible, like two actors who know they’ve been hired to be in a gross-ass commercial.

Then the guy suddenly stops and abruptly says, “I miss dad.”

Don’t worry, kid. He’ll probably show up and fire you out of his dick for Father’s Day.


For years I’ve rolled my eyes at the schamltzy cuteness of Mother’s Day celebrations. The crafts, the boozeless brunches, the stupidly saccharine poems written in big, loopy letters over photos of flowers. The sentiment was sweet, but the practice was just so twee. Now that I’ve seen this commercial, I take back everything bad I ever said about twee. Give me saccharine any day.

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