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Nationwide's 'Dark and Depressing' Super Bowl Commercial Apparently Not Winning Over the Masses

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"I couldn't grow up because..."

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A Nationwide commercial for the 2015 Super Bowl was called "dark and depressing" and drew a ton of negative online reaction Sunday night.

The spot started off in a whimsical way, with a boy riding his three-wheeler: "I'll never learn to ride a bike," he said.

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"Or get cooties," he added as a girl leaned down to kiss him on the cheek on a bus.

"I'll never learn to fly..."

"Or travel the world with my best friend..."

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"And I won't ever get married..."

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And the reason?

"I couldn't grow up because I died from an accident."

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Ugh.

The commercial cut to shots of household accidents: an overflowed tub, a raided cabinet under a kitchen sink and a huge TV that had crashed to the floor.

The narrator concluded: "At Nationwide we believe in what matters most — protecting your kids. Together we can make 'safe' happen."

Super Bowl viewers far and wide gave the clip a big thumbs-down:

Here it is:

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