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  1. wzolotovskaya
    wzolotovskaya February 4, 2013 at 8:08 am |

    I have mixed feelings about the use of Sasquatch/Yeti in commercials. Part of me is hopeful that this could indicate more public acceptance that these creatures could exist, but I do worry that these funny commercials perpetuate the idea that Sasquatches are a joke and not to be taken seriously. It appears the folks who made the Wheat Thins ad decided to just make their Yeti look like the Bumble because there is no reason to do any research on a creature that, in their opinion, doesn’t exist. I’m sure they are influenced by the information put out by the media, who like to use the word “mythical” to describe Sasquatch and claim there is no real evidence while only reporting on and sensationalizing things that only deserve recognition as a bad example in order to get more viewers or a more hits on their websites. Now, the ForteanTimes cover could be a stab at humor to set the tone for their “Russia’s Yeti” article, but I couldn’t say for sure because, sadly, I do not have a subscription to that magazine (a little too expensive for me here in the States). Thanks for the article, I usually only think about the way news organizations portray Bigfoot, but you’ve got me looking at how entertainment can influence people’s perceptions of Bigfoot as well.

  2. poeticsofbigfoot
    poeticsofbigfoot February 4, 2013 at 9:14 am |

    Didn’t a Cyclops in one of those old Sinbad movies look kind of like the horned Yeti? If so, it’s a sort of pop-culture derivative of an earlier pop-culture image, which is what’s been happening with our North American Big Hairy Dude ever since Patty. To me, that’s one of the most interesting aspects of cryptozoology.

  3. Tria MacLeod
    Tria MacLeod February 4, 2013 at 9:15 pm |

    I’m actually amazed at how much mileage advertisers have gotten out of Bigfoot. The game cameras made sense that is an obvious tie in. But the “messing with Sasquatch” came out of left field, however their commercials are really well done and have a plausible looking Sasquatch. I will be curious to see how they end up influencing future sightings. I doubt we’ll hear of many albino yeti as the people who would normally see a Yeti are either native to that area or researchers and are very unlikely to be influenced by a commercial. But the jerky commercial THAT one will probably be coloring sightings for many years as youngsters who have seen those commercials now have that image in their minds when anyone says Bigfoot or Sasquatch.

    @Poeticsofbigfoot – Yes, I thought the same thing. The shape of it’s head is what caught my attention, I knew I had seen it somewhere before and knew it was stop action animation. I couldn’t place the film but I think you are spot on.

  4. DWA
    DWA February 6, 2013 at 10:06 am |

    Well, one can play the pop-archetype thing for all it’s worth.

    Then one can read lots of sasquatch reports, and see that the animal people are describing looks a lot like Patty.

    That those folks are making this up, or being influenced by pop culture, presumes a mental superiority to them that I think unseemly.

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