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The Strange Allure of the Progressive Insurance Girl (The One You Mute)
Austin 360.com ^ | 10/20/2008 | Austin 360.com

Posted on 05/17/2010 8:56:38 PM PDT by Dallas59

"Flo"



Stephanie Courtney



She's bubbly and beaming, high-volume, with a flip of dark hair and a face like a lollipop. She irks as she endears, bemuses as she bewitches. She's a bundle of energetic contradictions, bursting here, retracting there. Her expressions blink and change like a neon sign. Her eyes are popping globes. And she just sold you a bunch of car insurance.

Flo is her name. She's the spokeswoman for Progressive Auto Insurance, lighting up televisions in a series of commercials in which her perky cashier pitches the money-saving merits of Progressive to customers. She works in a sterile, all-white big-box store, and her florid makeup stands out like paint spilled in snow.

First she caught our eye; now she's snatched our heart. Viewers are smitten. They're crushin'. They want to know: Who's that girl?

From a recent blog at HoustonPress.com, with the headline "The Cult of the Progressive Car Insurance Chick":

"Am I the only one completely and totally enamored of the woman in the television ads for Progressive car insurance? You know, the ones starring that babelicious brunette named Flo with her 'tricked-out name tag' and her '60s style eye makeup and her kissable red, red lips?"

No, sir, you are not. There's more where that mash-note came from, out there in the blogosphere's infinite confessional space: "She's hot." "She's weird but, God, she's fine!"

(Excerpt) Read more at austin360.com ...


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: flo; insurance
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You either like her or wanna drive her over a cliff into a bottomless lake without insurance.
1 posted on 05/17/2010 8:56:38 PM PDT by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59

She’s like my best friends goofy kid sister.


2 posted on 05/17/2010 8:58:53 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear (Does not play well with others.)
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To: Dallas59

She makes me change the channel. Insufferable character and a despicable corporate philosophy behind it.


3 posted on 05/17/2010 9:01:22 PM PDT by Mr. Jazzy ("I AM JIM THOMPSON and moderates make me PUKE!!!")
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To: Grizzled Bear

Or an aunt that sells Avon and Tupperware and always has cookies in the kitchen.


4 posted on 05/17/2010 9:01:27 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: Dallas59
You either like her or wanna drive her over a cliff into a bottomless lake without insurance.

LOL!

I wouldn't take "progressive" insurance if YOU paid the bill, but I gotta admit that I do like Flo.

5 posted on 05/17/2010 9:01:37 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Dallas59

Doesn’t George Soros own Progressive Insurance?


6 posted on 05/17/2010 9:01:38 PM PDT by unkus
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To: Dallas59

My 18 month old stops whatever she is doing when she comes on and runs to the TV..


7 posted on 05/17/2010 9:01:44 PM PDT by cardinal4 (In Obama Land, it is racist to be white..)
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To: Dallas59

Sorry I’m programmed not to trust or buy into anything named “progressive”.


8 posted on 05/17/2010 9:03:10 PM PDT by bleach (Sarah, Wake me in 2012)
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To: Dallas59

You know — I like her & think that she’s a great pitch(woman), but I’m gonna’ stay with GEICO :)


9 posted on 05/17/2010 9:03:22 PM PDT by Kramster ( I've learned so much from my failures --- that I'm thinking of having some more)
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To: unkus
Doesn’t George Soros own Progressive Insurance?

No, but close enough. The name is no accident. The owner is some big time Dem donor whose name escapes me..

10 posted on 05/17/2010 9:03:32 PM PDT by cardinal4 (In Obama Land, it is racist to be white..)
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To: Dallas59

You either like her or wanna drive her over a cliff into a bottomless lake without insurance.

not me, I love her....great merchandising...cute, sexy but not provacative.....very well done commercials. The owner of the company is a socialist idiot, but his advertising department is great........does the word “progressive” ring a bell???that’s him.


11 posted on 05/17/2010 9:03:40 PM PDT by terycarl (4)
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To: Dallas59

Interesting question—where did they find this comedic talent, and why hasn’t she been seen anywhere before? She reminds me a lot of the “madcap” comediennes of the movies in the thirties—like Jean Harlow, Eve Arden...


12 posted on 05/17/2010 9:03:42 PM PDT by Mamzelle (Cameras, cameras--never forget to bring your cameras)
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To: Grizzled Bear

I vote on the 2nd choice - wanna drive her over a cliff into a bottomless lake without insurance.


13 posted on 05/17/2010 9:04:08 PM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: Dallas59
Morons like her just fine.

No shortage of those I'm afraid.

14 posted on 05/17/2010 9:04:27 PM PDT by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: Dallas59

Can’t stand her mouth or looks!


15 posted on 05/17/2010 9:04:42 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: cardinal4

Peter Lewis. Lewis, but Jewish. LIke the other Billionaire progressives...Soros, the Sandlers, and Geffen.


16 posted on 05/17/2010 9:04:47 PM PDT by Mamzelle (Cameras, cameras--never forget to bring your cameras)
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To: cardinal4

Screw Progressive.


17 posted on 05/17/2010 9:04:51 PM PDT by unkus
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To: Dallas59

I despise that broad.

Besides for her idiotic comments and the fact that she’s way, way, way to overplayed, we won’t go in to the “enough lipstick to choke a goat” problem...
This thread alone is making the hairs on the back of my neck stand up! Seriesly!


18 posted on 05/17/2010 9:05:13 PM PDT by djf
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To: Dallas59
She’s like fingers scratching against a blackboard.

By the way, Peter B. Lewis, the founder of Progressive Insurance, is an ally of George Soros.

Whether you like Flo or not, I suggest you find another vehicle insurance company.

19 posted on 05/17/2010 9:05:46 PM PDT by bwc2221
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To: Dallas59

I’ll take the drive over the cliff option...


20 posted on 05/17/2010 9:05:57 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: djf

Lol!


21 posted on 05/17/2010 9:05:59 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: Dallas59

...I think you need to ping Laz to this thread.


22 posted on 05/17/2010 9:06:04 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: cardinal4

Doesn’t George Soros own Progressive Insurance?


No, but close enough. The name is no accident. The owner is some big time Dem donor whose name escapes me..


The CEO of Progressive raised more money for democrats than anyone else in the 2000 elections. He is a big-time liberal.

I wouldn’t have Progressive or Geico (not after Warren Buffett) supported obama.


23 posted on 05/17/2010 9:07:35 PM PDT by boycott (CAL)
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To: Dallas59

She’s like a Tim Burton creation. Sexless and irritating.


24 posted on 05/17/2010 9:08:22 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 ("You seem to believe that stupidity is a virtue. Why is that so?"-Flight of the Phoenix)
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To: Dallas59

i like flo. there is something kinda 60’s kitsch about her. she beats hell outta those stupid cavemen anyway.


25 posted on 05/17/2010 9:09:32 PM PDT by madamemayhem (defeat isn't getting knocked down, it's not getting back up)
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To: OneWingedShark; Lazamataz

I think Laz would probably hit it.
Then he would kill it.

I might have the order reversed...


26 posted on 05/17/2010 9:09:45 PM PDT by djf
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To: Dallas59
If we have to go Liberal insurance spokeswomen, I'll take Erin Esurance


27 posted on 05/17/2010 9:10:48 PM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: Mamzelle
She reminds me a lot of the “madcap” comediennes of the movies in the thirties—like Jean Harlow, Eve Arden...

Imogene Coca

Imogene Coca
Imogene Coca Pictures

28 posted on 05/17/2010 9:11:11 PM PDT by this_ol_patriot (I saw manbearpig and all I got was an autographed picture of Helen Thomas.)
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To: djf

LOL


29 posted on 05/17/2010 9:11:26 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Dallas59

No Thanks


30 posted on 05/17/2010 9:12:09 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions: $1 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: this_ol_patriot
Hey, you're on to something--

Anyway, the ability to grate or enchant but always attract attention--interesting.

31 posted on 05/17/2010 9:14:55 PM PDT by Mamzelle (Cameras, cameras--never forget to bring your cameras)
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To: Dallas59

Annoying as hell. But there IS a fascinating brilliance to the characterization.


32 posted on 05/17/2010 9:19:14 PM PDT by greene66
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To: Dallas59

I don’t know about their insurance, but I’ll take the AMICA ad girls any day.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMe96QM0Y_0


33 posted on 05/17/2010 9:20:28 PM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: Dallas59

Much cuter without all that makeup. Can’t believe she’s 40!


34 posted on 05/17/2010 9:22:24 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Don't care if he was born in a manger on July 4th! A "Natural Born" citizen requires two US parents!)
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To: Dallas59
I like the commercials, but wouldn't buy the insurance because of the political philosophy of the owner. Same reason that although I live in Texas, I laugh whenever the Dallas Mavericks get bounced from the playoffs.

That said, last year a woman ran a red light and hit my wife. She had Progressive Insurance and they were the best people I've ever dealt with as far as handling a claim (except for my own State Farm agent.) Anyway, they paid us sixteen hundred over retail for our car and had the check ready in two days. No hassles at all.

35 posted on 05/17/2010 9:22:28 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: Dallas59

Not sure which is worse, “Progressive” insurance, or “Government Employees...” insurance. Progressive or GEICO....


36 posted on 05/17/2010 9:24:11 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: Dallas59

37 posted on 05/17/2010 9:26:56 PM PDT by Pylon (Tagline: (optional, printed after your name on post):)
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To: ltc8k6

State Farm may screw over everybody and everything, but they’ve been good to me and don’t advertise, thank God.


38 posted on 05/17/2010 9:30:22 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: Dallas59

She is the exact type of lady I chased after in college.

Goofy to a fault, but such a sweetheart. Not proper or prudish, but not a tramp.


39 posted on 05/17/2010 9:33:33 PM PDT by VanDeKoik (Iran doesnt have a 2nd admendment. Ya s ee how that turned out?)
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To: Dallas59
"Where's the love...."


40 posted on 05/17/2010 9:38:33 PM PDT by avacado
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To: terycarl
sexy but not provocative.....

I take it you haven't seen the commercial where she admits
to a liking for "riding the pink pony".....

41 posted on 05/17/2010 9:39:06 PM PDT by Cyber Ninja (Rebuke, Renounce, Repeal, Repeat,...)
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To: Dallas59

Since Billy Mayes assumed room temperature, Flo is now the most annoying voice on television.


42 posted on 05/17/2010 9:41:53 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Will the last American to leave California please bring the flag??)
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To: Dallas59

Besides, she has an enormous ass...


43 posted on 05/17/2010 9:42:30 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Will the last American to leave California please bring the flag??)
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To: Dallas59

I have Nationwide which has an even more annoying spokesman. I can’t stand that guy with the blue phone!


44 posted on 05/17/2010 9:47:47 PM PDT by Greg123456
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To: Richard Kimball
She had Progressive Insurance and they were the best people I've ever dealt with as far as handling a claim (except for my own State Farm agent.) Anyway, they paid us sixteen hundred over retail for our car and had the check ready in two days. No hassles at all.

I have to agree with your comments. I used to have Progressive and they handled any claims very well. Switched to State Farm because I wasn't going to feed a lib Dem owner any further money.

45 posted on 05/17/2010 9:48:42 PM PDT by A message
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To: Bean Counter

she could play Abby Schuto’s ( NCIS ) bigger sister in an episode......lotta writing possibles


46 posted on 05/17/2010 9:52:01 PM PDT by advertising guy (Consumer Of Confiscated Liquers Czar)
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To: Dallas59

I’ll take “Drive Over a Cliff” for $200 Alex....lol


47 posted on 05/17/2010 9:52:10 PM PDT by justkillingtime
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To: Greg123456

The Hartford has a nice stag.


48 posted on 05/17/2010 9:54:23 PM PDT by Magic Fingers
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To: Dallas59
Progressive Funds Leftists!

:}

49 posted on 05/17/2010 9:57:44 PM PDT by AwesomePossum
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To: Magic Fingers

I like the Geico gecko, but can’t stand the stack of money with the eyes.


50 posted on 05/17/2010 9:58:42 PM PDT by Greg123456
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