We care a lot about the N.Y., S.F. and L.A.P.D.
We care a lot about you people! We care a lot about your guns!
We care a lot about the wars you're fighting, gee! That looks like fun!"
Evil, Inc. is catching a lot of flak for bad environmental practices, price-fixing, mistreatment of employees, and all kinds of Predatory Businesses. So what do they do? Make a Public Relations Ad showing how much good they do, and just how much they really care about the Earth/Little Guy/Mom and Apple Pie/what have you. We really do, honest!
In reality, however, this company does not care. It never cares. This company is dead set against caring. The CEO doesn't allow the corporation to take an action that decreases projected profits, for any reason. Period. If it looks like it's bending that rule, you can bet there are a bevy of charts and graphs showing how the PR will pay for the losses.
When the theme is "We care about the environment", this is commonly termed greenwashing.
When the entire company acts like this to everyone, that's Peace & Love, Incorporated.
- The You Don't Know Jack commercial parody. It's also on the "The Ride" version of "You Don't Hear Jack".
- Used in at least one The Simpsons comic with "Globex Corporation - We Dominate Because We Care".
- In Tommy Boy, Ray Zalinsky's big honkin' auto parts ads always end in how much he cares about families. So much so that even Tommy is impressed, despite the fact that Zalinsky's attempting to buy out Tommy's hometown auto parts company just for the name, which would put hundreds (including Tommy) out of work in the process.
Zalinsky: I make car parts for the American working man, because that's what I am, and that's who I care about. Truth is, I make car parts for the American working man because I'm a hell of a salesman and he doesn't know any better.
- In On Deadly Ground, the Big Bad is introduced filming a We Care commercial for his company Aegis Oil, with caribou and seals covered in oil and basically milking it for all it's worth. But the instant the director says "cut," the first words out of the Big Bad's mouth are "Fuck! These animals stink!" and he's yelling at his men to get the animals out of there.
- In Michael Clayton, fictional company United North Cared a Lot.
- In the movie Pump Up the Volume, Hubert Humphrey High School's principal started hanging up posters promoting a student outreach program called BIONIC (Believe It Or Not I Care), encouraging troubled teens to call a phone number on the posters. The posters were nothing but a trap to catch pirate radio broadcaster Christian Slater with a wire-tapped phone.
- In Mr. Mom, Caroline, working for an advertising firm, convinces the head of a tuna company struggling due to a recession to make one of these ads, and to back it up by lowering the price of their tuna to make it easier for struggling consumers to put food on the table.
Humphries: When this crisis is over, we will go back to our regular prices. Until then, remember, we're all in this together. Schooner Tuna. The tuna with a heart.
- Old Saturday Night Live commercial parodynote : "We don't care. We don't have to care. We're the phone company."
- The same bit in The President's Analyst from 1967, where TPC (which literally stood for "The Phone Company") controlled virtually everything, and didn't care who knew it.
- In a 30 Rock episode, a character played by Steve Martin invented a fake company called SunStream. The ads covered up the fact that they didn't actually do anything by simply showing the words "innovation", "tomorrow" and "America" flash across the screen accompanied by inspirational images and music.
- The Wolfram & Hart video from the "Harm's Way" episode of Angel.
- In the first season of Better Off Ted, each episode had a fake We Care commercial for the evil corporation that is the setting for the show.
- One of Craig Ferguson's more common gags is to mock the "CBS note Cares" ads.
- On The Colbert Report Stephen showed this commercial from his sponsor Prescott Oil.
- The plot of one episode of How I Met Your Mother involved a commercial of this kind for the Goliath National Bank, the employer of Barney and Marshall. The latter at first refused to appear in the ad, because of the GNB's evil Mega-Corp status, but eventually changed his mind after he made one employee very happy by firing him.
- A large part of Sharon's job in Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place was coming up with ways to spin the various ecological disasters created by the chemical company she worked for.
- The plastic surgeon in the music video for TLC's "Unpretty" has this as their slogan. Needless to say, that particular facility cares more about its bottom line than its patients. For example, a girl is shown having (perhaps botched) breast implants ripped out of her while she is still awake, causing the Pinball Protagonist to rethink her plans to get breast implants.
- Parodied in Dinosaurs with the "We Say So" corporation.
- Spoofed in Grand Theft Auto III: pay attention to the radio, and you'll hear an Eris Running Shoes ad claiming that nope, their factories ain't sweatshops, no sir, hell no. Then you hear some kids saying "It's fun! We get to play with knives!", "My friend Joey sewed his hands together!", and "Yesterday, I made a dollar!".
- "Spirited debate. It's the cornerstone of our philosophy here at the Hanso Foundation..." One of many from The Lost Experience. Players of the game know how evil these guys are.
- The UAC from Doom 3.
- The Borderlands series: Spoofed to hell and back. There are loudspeakers throughout Pandora, blaring propaganda of the respective gun companies:
- WildStar has Protostar. Protostar: Making dreams come true. For money! (Protostar is not responsible for making dreams come true)
- In Our Little Adventure, Brian Souballo magically disguised himself as an old teacher he failed to recruit to his side, and used the disguise to frame the teacher for destruction and murder at the city of Silverfronds. Right after this mission, Brian ordered his imperial toadies to assist in the cleanup of the damage caused, intending on getting good publicity for his empire.
- Skewered in The Onion article entitled ''GE Ad Trumpets Company's Government-Ordered Environmental Cleanup''
- After the BP oil spill, this became reality: ads reminding viewers that they were working to clean up the spill were all over television. What's worse was that an investigation uncovered that the plans they had written out in case of such a disaster heavily prioritized PR over actually cleaning up the spill. In the wake of BP's oil spill catastrophe, a fake Twitter account popped up, signing off most of its tweets with #bpcares. For instance: "We've created something that will affect your children's children. Can YOU say the same about YOUR life? #nailedit #bpcares"
- This video from H. Bomberguy about "woke brands" goes into detail on this phenomenon, specifically the modern (late 2010s) incarnation of brands attaching themselves to progressive social causes in order to market their products. He feels that, while such branding does have positive value in driving conversation and pushing back against reactionary viewpoints, it also has two ulterior motives: to reorient the brands in question to be more acceptable in a changing social climate, and to whitewash the often exploitative and problematic practices that the companies might engage in behind the scenes, from Third World labor practices to the "pink tax" on female-branded products that are functionally identical to their male equivalents yet still more expensive.
- In Futurama, Mom's Friendly Robot Company is headed by Mom, who's public image is that of a friendly mother. In actuality Mom is an unscrupulous business woman, and all around unpleasant.
- In Batman: The Animated Series Goth Corp's Slogan was "The People Company". The CEO Ferris Boyle (Voiced by Mark Hamill) tried to expel Mr Freeze's wife after he found out that Freeze was using company equipment to cure her fatal disease, an act which killed her and caused Freeze's condition.
- Played with Hank Scorpio in The Simpsons. His compassionate nature and the new job he hired Homer for seem too good to be true. He genuinely is a Benevolent Boss who truly does care for his employees. He also happens to be a Bond Villain trying to take over the world.
- Sheep in the Big City: Bio-Technical Corporate Concern Limited Company. We have no idea what we sell.