GEICO is running a commercial with an animated pig sitting in an airplane seat while holding a smartphone and talking about the insurance company’s new app that does, well, I don’t know what it does, but at one point, when the phone is turned towards the camera, a little disclaimer shows up at the bottom of your television screen: “Screen images simulated.”
Evidently, someone at the insurance company, or the ad agency, or the legal department, felt they had to advise us that what we see on the screen isn’t reality. While we’re watching an animated pig talk to us, for which there is no disclaimer (“porcine images simulated”).
The worry was that we’d see the phony phone screen image, believe it was real, download the app, discover that it doesn’t look exactly like the one in the commercial, and file a lawsuit against GEICO? But they’re apparently not worried about a class action case for trying to convince us that pigs can talk and fly — in first class!