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Nationwide had a surprisingly sad commercial during Super Bowl XLIX.

By Extra Mustard
February 01, 2015

Nationwide had a surprisingly sad Super Bowl commercial that drew the ire of Super Bowl viewers Sunday night.

The insurance commercial begins with a young boy struggling to keep up with his friends on a tricycle. After lamenting, "I'll never learn to ride a bike," the boy begins a day dream that sees him hang gliding while his voiceover adds a series of similar "I'll never learn to..." fears.

Then, the boy says, "I couldn't grow up because I died from an accident."

Next, the text on the screen reads, "The number one cause of childhood deaths is preventable accidents," followed by a series of scenes depicting bleak household tragedies.

An adult voiceover ends the commercial, "At Nationwide, we believe in protecting what matters most -- your kids. Together, we can make safe happen."


Stunned by the abruptness of the commercial, Twitter responded in force.

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