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Serena and Venus Endorsing Oreos?

It looks like the Williams sisters are endorsing Oreos. Yes. Oreos. And not just regular Oreos. Double Stuf Oreos. Serena and Venus announced that they're joining the DSRL - Double Stuf Racing League and they're "battling" Eli and Peyton Manning. I'm not entirely sure what this new "sport" is but I'm thinking it has to do with a glass of milk and some twisting, licking, and dunking action. I saw this commercial while watching the US Open and then again during the first NFL game. The ad left me confused. I mean I know these tennis champs can't possibly be enforcing these cookies where the first ingredient is sugar, the second enriched flour, and the fifth is high fructose corn syrup, right? And they sure don't need the money or the fame. Check out the commercial below and tell me what you think. Does this make you feel differently about these female athletes or is this all in good fun?

To hear what the Williams sisters had to say about Oreos and this new campaign


“Oreo cookies and milk were a tradition in our house growing up, and my sister and I fondly remember twisting, licking and dunking them together,” said Venus. “It was only natural to continue that tradition as adults, which is why we jumped at the chance to be a part of the DSRL.”

“And because we love a friendly rivalry, it’ll be fun to show the Mannings what real DSRL competition is like! They’re going down,” Serena said.

tatisugar tatisugar 9 years
its just a cookie! maybe they really like oreos and just because someone is healthy doesnt mean a cookie will automatically make them fat or unhealthy. we need to lighten up, people... i mean is it really THAT serious!?
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i think that it's kind of funny = but oh well...that's just me. i'm all about people endorsing products that you wouldn't really think were a fit and this is just another one - like phelps!
superfoxml superfoxml 9 years
Well, to quote your words that move you for the day.. ""The physically fit can enjoy their vices." —Lord Percival So with that in mind, they are incredibly active athletes. No, this is not the best thing to be eating nutritionally, but they're not sitting over there eating 45 cookies in one sitting. They can probably eat one or two and still stay fit. But the nutritionally illiterate in America..will they take this to mean that you too can be a celebrity athlete if you eat loads of Oreos? Hopefully no one draws that conclusion, but that's just silly. I'd personally eat Newman O's.. But a logical person would know that this ad is just for fun and that they poke fun at themselves too. Plus don't tell me they didn't get paid well for this little sugary gig.
cali_student cali_student 9 years
I think it's fun and it's nice to see these amazing athletes are humans after all too. :)
angelina8023 angelina8023 9 years
It's a freakin' cookie not heroin!!
Choco-cat Choco-cat 9 years
I think the commercial is cute and clever.
melizzle melizzle 9 years
These commercials are so silly. But I loves me some Mannings.. :)
bodiezeffa bodiezeffa 9 years
Ummmm let's see ....a couple oreo's big deal....a pack of oreo's....yeah, that's a big deal! Get over yourselves people, have a couple cookies, it's OK!!!!!
Kristinh1012 Kristinh1012 9 years
I'm convinced that in a few years we are going to have to step on a scale to show proof of being at a chosen weight or under to be able to purchase "bad" foods or order certain meals at restaurants. Because at this point when you can't even have a f'n cookie there is a problem. Lets get serious. People are just looking for a way to blame society on their own faults and short comings. SO, what would have been better if they ran out and got some big fat nobody to endorse their product? Do you really think that it would make a difference of how many people walked into the supermarket and picked up a bag of Oreos to buy? We have become a very pathetic society. EVERYONE is cirticized just as harshly no matter what side of this scale you are on. The magazines get crap because their models are too skinny. Or famous people get crap because they lost too much weight Now McDonalds and Nabisco are not allowed to have well known athletes in their commercials because either the too skinny people or the over weight people think it's wrong. people need to be responsible for their own actions and to stop putting these people on such high pedestals to the extent we claim they are making us go out and buy a bag of oreos that caused them to get fat............
danzerdrea7 danzerdrea7 9 years
It is not up to pro athlete to only promote healthy lifestyles. Parents are responsible for what their children do and grown people can be fat if they want to. Its all a matter of choice... if you make a bad one deal with it.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
Does it matter? I dont' know a single girl that looks at tennis, let alone idolizes it's players. And so what. It's an effin oreo. everyone knows you shoulsn't eat them all the time, and when you do, you should have just 1 or 2. Can we move on and talk about things that matter?
Katikins Katikins 9 years
I gotta say, this is all pretty much a non-issue with me. I mean come on - would you rather have the Mannings or the Williams' endorsing alcohol or something else that kids really shouldn't be thinking is ok to use until they are of age? I know that obesity is just rampant in this country, but we have only ourselves to blame for getting lazy and like a lot of people have said, all adults need to take responsibility for their own choices, and give their kids the foundation of healthy choices as well.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
I think it's about star athletes endorsing a classic snack and having a little fun. I'm all for eating healthy, but I'm not ready to sacrifice Oreos! Haven't people ever heard about moderation? People should lighten up!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
I absolutely agree with you jkat. Well said.
LuvLeoDiCaprio LuvLeoDiCaprio 9 years
Ur kidding right? Everybody enjoys a cooking now and then I am sure even athletes.
jkat jkat 9 years
I don't think athletes have any obligation to the public to endorse only "healthy" products. First of all, they are professional athletes, not roll models, as Charles Barkley once pointed out. Children should be learning about nutrition from their parents, and maybe in school as part of health class, and adults should have the personal responsibility to monitor their own food choices. I also agree that we need to stop labeling foods "bad." One oreo is not going to kill someone. Exercising moderation and portion control are effective strategies to maintain a healthy diet while still enjoying some tasty baked goods every once in a while. I am so tired of people not owning their own decisions. It's McDonald's fault, and cigarette companies fault, and now athletes' faults that people are fat, or sick or fat (again). How about, don't buy cigarettes, don't eat fast food and don't eat Oreos if you don't want to? Take the time to learn about your health and make your own decisions!
esweet esweet 9 years
Fit, did you see the first commercial? I think this one is playing off of it. The first commercial was only the Manning brothers talking about what they were going to do in the off-season while they were not playing football, and they came up with a new "sport." The end of the commercial had them sitting at a table in the middle of an empty football arena with only their parents in the stands, and one brother (can't remember who) assured the other brother that the sport would catch on with the public. It was cute. Now, since they had the brothers, they snagged the sisters to also endorse. I personally think it's a cute concept! Plus, there are a LOT worse things they could endorse. I have no problem if they want to sell Oreos!
katyharper katyharper 9 years
Also - remember when the word "epidemic" was used for TRUE epidemics - like, oh I don't know, The Plague? Yes, obesity is a huge problem, but you CAN do something about it. Whereas, with The Plague, as Monty Python taught us, your loved ones just had to load your dead body into a cart every morning. :) So, to recap: Plague=epidemic. Obesity=proble.
SweetNGlow SweetNGlow 9 years
Whis is everyone down on the Venus and Serena Williams, but not on football stars Peyton and Eli Manning, who are endorsing the same product in the same ad? A big chunk of many athletes' money comes from product endorsements. Who are we to judge them? And an Oreo cookie is not much worst than a sugar-laden Kashi bar or a bowl of Fruity Pebbles.
NLM1212 NLM1212 9 years
Maybe people will realize that by being an athlete and working your butt off, you can indulge in the occasional oreo! It's the vilifying of certain foods that cause some people to restrict to a certain point that a binge on them is inevitable!
meshele meshele 9 years
I think this is great! I think it's a positive choice for these siblings to sponsor the cookies. Yes, we all know Oreos are unhealthy and that we shouldn't eat them, but don't we also know that exercise is good (based on these athletes' success stories)? Do we workout or train as much or as hard as they do?? No. We don't. It's all about moderation people. You can have a little bit fun in your diet as long as you remember to maintain healthy lifestyle choices like working out and stretching your muscles as well. Besides, an Oreo or five every once in a while isn't going to kill you. My little sister used to eat an entire BAG of Oreos a week when she was a kid and the little brat STILL fits into a size 3!
fatfighter fatfighter 9 years
With the obesity epidemic as bad as it is, I wish athletes would just stop endorsing junk food. I like an Oreo now and then, too, but this ad campaign will just make it harder to get kids to stop eating the junk. The only thing it's good for is the bank accounts of the athletes and Nabisco.
millarci millarci 9 years
I'm riding the fence on this one. Although I don't think a sport athlete should endorse junk food, I also think we are thinking too hard about this one. I really believe that Serena and Venus are doing it for 'fun'. Also, like they said, they grew up eating oreos as a kid. Who hasn't?
darkoblivion darkoblivion 9 years
Of course I don't feel differently about them. So they're endorsing a cookie that's unhealthy... I'd be more annoyed if they swore they'd never eaten one because I know that would be a lie. I agree with katy... it's just a cookie.
katyharper katyharper 9 years
I wish we could get off foods being "bad" if they contain sugar, HFCS, etc. They're just cookies, people! Just like cookie monster now says, "Cookies are a sometimes food." it's OK if you want to have a cookie now and then!
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