1. The McDonalds ad where the smarmy reporter goes looking for the "truth" about what's in McDonalds' crappy burgers. I hate you, McDonalds, for pretending that all the claims of your revolting practices cough*shit in the meat!*cough are totally groundless and I especially hate you for pretending that anyone who thinks otherwise is a smug arrogant fool who really just wants to eat a burger and perhaps most of all, I hate you for the way the gormless worker says "uh, do you want fries or a salad with that?" because there's nothing crappier than McDonalds pretending that they always offer healthy food, and that doing so is the norm for them.
In conclusion: McDonalds, fuck off.
2. More ads! God, I hate advertising. The media is evil! Except when it's paying me to do my job. Ahem. Anyway! I hate the new TK Maxx ad that goes "There's a new Santa in town.....and she's not paying full price!" Cut to "sexy" dark-haired lady in red driving around in a red sports car, laden with festive gifts. Why does it annoy me so? I don't even know! But it does. I think it could be because what it represents is a Santa.....with attitude.
3. And perhaps my greatest irritant is anything.....with attitude. The expression itself makes me want to hit someone, but it's much worse in practice. The posters for the new Five Children and It film irritated me not just because they represented a film which was obviously nothing like the book, but even more because they clearly depicted a Psammead.....with attitude. Standing legs and arms akimbo, his head cocked on one side, the Psammead was obviously meant to look (sigh) "sassy". He just looked punchable. As indeed do all things....with attitude.
I think that's it. I realise that I may be giving the impression that I am in a constant state of rage, or at least irritation, which isn't really true. I don't actually like being enraged by stuff like this, so I think I should take pains to avoid most of it. And as a large amount of what irritates me turned out to be TV ads, that shouldn't be too hard