When you gathered around the television on Sunday night to watch the Patriots take on the Seahawks, you probably expected funny, sweet or even sexy commercials.
However, it seems no one expected Nationwide to produce an ad quite like this one.
After the ad hit the screen, many viewers took to Twitter to talk about its dark twist.
After its debut, Nationwide released the following statement:
“Preventable injuries around the home are the leading cause of childhood deaths in America. Most people don’t know that. Nationwide ran an ad during the Super Bowl that started a fierce conversation. The sole purpose of this message was to start a conversation, not sell insurance. We want to build awareness of an issue that is near and dear to all of us-the safety and well being of our children. We knew the ad would spur a variety of reactions. In fact, thousands of people visited MakeSafeHappen.com, a new website to help educate parents and caregivers with information and resources in an effort to make their homes safer and avoid a potential injury or death. Nationwide has been working with experts for more than 60 years to make homes safer. While some did not care for the ad, we hope it served to begin a dialogue to make safe happen for children everywhere.”
The commercial took a much different turn from the company’s previous spot, featuring Mindy Kaling.