I guess Marriott didn’t think about the moms who didn’t choose to travel like that, either, but were likely out of options; do you think we want to travel on a plane with a baby? Do you think we want you to use us as symbols of irritation in your commercial to show how boo-hoo life is for a dude who has to wear an expensive suit and travel? Use first class, man, if sitting next to a woman not unlike the one who gave you life bothers you.According to Marriott’s press release, this video is supposed to make frequent flyers “chuckle,” and poke fun at the supposed lack of control we have over our traveling options. I suppose they didn’t think about women—moms in particular, who are probably the largest consumer group in the country—or children, when they made this advertisement. I don’t think many moms are going to find it very amusing, either. It fits in right with the war on children that many have written about, since society seems to hate them these days—and it reduces mothers from society’s most necessary components and caregivers to a minor irritation during your flight.
I’ve stayed at a Marriott Hotel before. It was nice. I won’t be doing it again, however—especially if we use next year’s tax returns to fund a vacation as we’ve always wanted. I won’t use it for the night of escape and relaxation that I plan on taking myself later in the year, nor with my husband in the summer, either. I don’t like people who mock mothers or children, nor those who make being a successful, privileged man seem like being such a hardship (You have to fly in the air next to children! Oh noes, two whole hours of your life RUINED!). I am betting that many of the men this ad is targeting have children at home, as well, and wives who have to fly without them with said children—and they are not “chuckling.”
No, this summer I’ll stick to my super family Drury Inn. Maybe I won’t get the opulent room I wanted, but I’ll get respect for both my child and myself. Maybe we’ll head to a nice bed and breakfast where we’ll spend a portion of the price for double the respect. Either way, I won’t be giving my money to a company who thinks I’m something to be avoided on a plane because I am a mother.