Mano a Mano en el Bano: A Recap from RedHeadedGirl

It is a total freaking shame that I was at the Costco all afternoon waiting on my tires, which were being changed, rotated, massaged with hot stones and eucalyptus oil, and then waxed in intimate places, or at least I assume so because it took a long ass time, during which I contemplated the possible need for a 48 gallon drum of ketchup. I missed the Old Spice Guy vs. Fabio showdown – but fear not. Red Headed Girl was there to watch the whole thing:

Look guys, it’s no secret that I have a soft spot for Fabio.  Maybe you didn’t know that, but I didn’t keep a secret, I just didn’t mention it.  Which is totally not the same thing as a secret.

However, I adore the Old Spice Guy. He gives me tickets to that thing I like!  And diamonds (which I could totally sell and pay for my stupid legal education, or at least get a decent pair of boots)!  So this whole duel thing- Fabio as the New Old Spice Guy?  I’m concerned, in a Tin Gunn kind of way.  I’m not entirely sure Fabio can pull off a swan dive without breaking a hip or something.

Besides, I distrust men that think they have better hair than me.  And my hair is GREAT. So as far as I am concerned, Isaiah Mustafa is the One True Old Spice Guy and Fabio is That Guy.

So first we have a video from Isaiah saying that yes, this is potentially the greatest internet duel of the 21st century, and given the pathetic showings of duels from the 17th, 18th, 20th, 19th, 16th and 13th-15th centuries, this could be the Greatest Internet Duel of All Time (or GIDOAT).  And Fabio gets props for being the only person to EVER challenge the Old Spice Guy to anything. So there’s that.

(The Old Spice Guy doesn’t sleep, he waits.)

Old Spice Guy sets the rules here:

You vote by clicking on buttons on that video, and/or by “liking, sharing, commenting, tweeting, posting, or other things all smart internet people do.”  AND THEN THERE IS A NIGHT VISION TOP HAT which is something I didn’t know I needed, but now I clearly cannot live without one.

(Also the Old Spice Guy’s towel looks so soft and fluffy.  IT’S SO FLUFFY I CAN’T STAND IT.)

….And then Fabio calls the Old Spice Guy gross (…).  And welcomes the Old Old Spice Guy to “your nightmare.  Starring Fabio.  Written by Fabio. Directed by Fabio.  Stunts done by Fabio, and catering of homemade treats and sliced fruits done by, of course, Fabio.”

So there you have it.  Not quite an Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny, but I’ll take it.  MAY THE BEST TOWEL WIN.

(And to cut the Team Bruce people off at the pass, I have nothing against Bruce Campbell.  I just adore him where he is- blowing shit up and chewing scenery on Burn Notice, as God intended.  Plus he never got me tickets to that thing I like, or presented me with puppies, or was ever, as far as I know, on a horse.  (moo.)  Or cow.)

Sarah adds: Ok, now that I’ve watched both videos, can we discuss how PERFECTLY ROUND and ALARMINGLY SHINY Fabio’s mantitty is? It’s only 2:29pm EDT and Fabio has 2045 dislikes vs. 330 likes, while Old Spice Guy Isaiah Mustafa has 4106 likes vs 21 dislikes. Looks like Fabio is having his hair, chest and ass handed to him.

ETA: And now Fabio and Isaiah are doing fan response videos one after another. Fabio empties a cup of ice over a model of a city.

So let me ask you this: are you in any way more likely to buy Old Spice anything at this point? I confess, I may go sniff it in the grocery store, but if memory serves, I don’t think it’ll be a good scent for Hubby. Or me.



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    Best intro ever to a blog post. My car went to the Costco Spa recently and I know whereof you speak. Oh, and I vote Isaiah. He can rotate my tires anytime.

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    DreadPirateRachel says:

    Fabio is incredibly creepy and almost incomprehensible.

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    DreadPirateRachel says:

    Team old Old Spice Guy all the way. Isaiah is welcome in my shower any day! I also think it’s hilarious that Fabio has a terrifyingly luxurious bathroom, while the old Old Spice Guy’s bathroom is… normal.

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    Anony Miss says:

    I have bought Old Spice deo since these ads began. And I feel incredibly awesome every time I use it (works pretty well too).

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    Ana Farrish says:

    I’m totally digging this showdown and I think it’s pretty brilliant marketing. The only reason I won’t buy Old Spice is that my dad wore it, and while the scent is very nostalgic and comforting for me, the association is too strong to want my husband to wear it.

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    Karmyn says:

    Fabio is starting to look like a really bad aging drag queen that let their beauty regmin fail them badly.

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    Miri says:

    I agree with the comment about the bathrooms. Isaiah looks like he could be standing in my bathroom, (don’t I wish) while Fabio looks to be on stage at Caesars Palace.
    I must admit I have a soft spot for “The Fabs” being a romance fan who came up in the 80’s. When that fan started blowing his hair around I peed laughing.
    I’m torn between nostalgia and eye candy.  Must we choose. Is there not enough Old Spice to go around?

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    Wren Truesong says:

    Best blog post ever! I love your writing style. *grins* And yes, totally Isaiah all the way.  Fabio really did seem kind of creepy, but I was too young to read romance novels in the 80s, so he doesn’t get my nostalgia vote.

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    Heather says:

    I’m sooo Team Isaiah. And the very end of his video is absolutely hilarious.

    As for Fabio: if you look at just his torso, he looks like a woman. A woman who takes care of herself, of course: she works out at the gym, she goes jogging in her tank top. But yeah, The Fabs looks like a she.

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    OK, the minute I heard Fabio was trying to advertise for Old Spice my first reaction was an immediate “Wow, that spice is old!”

    Team Isaiah.  All. The. Way.

    spaminator: short69

    Hey, I’m 5’ 3”, ok, 5’ 2.75”, but still that’s not too short!

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    Erin Griggs says:

    Ana, when I first started dating my husband, he wore Old Spice deodorant, and I made him get new deodorant tout de suite—not because I don’t like the smell, but it my dad’s everyday aftershave, and…um. No.

    He was amenable when I showed him my…persuasive rationale.

    I am totally Team Isaiah, but I think the marketing plan is genius; I like that they are both showing a good sense of humor about it, even though it’s gotta be hella scripted.

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    JamiSings says:

    I stick with Team Bruce. If the advertising people had been smart at the last second Fabio and Isaiah would have been crushed to death by Bruce’s chin.

    Face it, Bruce is better looking, a better actor, plus faithfully married to a woman he adores – which makes him all the hotter.

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    Amy says:

    I had to buy deodorant today for my 13-yo son to keep in his locker at school. (It is ON THE SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST, you guys. Those poor teachers.)

    Yes, I bought Old Spice, just in honor of Isaiah. I have to say this is a pretty brilliant marketing campaign because even though I knew I was being affected by the advertising, I didn’t care.

    And thumbs up on RHG’s comment on the Bruce. I LOVE him, but I love him better on Burn Notice. (As God intended…heh.) Isaiah pretty much rocks the Old Spice Guy. (Fabio just creeps me out and isn’t even a contender!)

    captcha: “data93”—I was in grad school in 93, and probably still have my experimental data from that year somewhere on my hard drive…

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    TracyS says:

    I love the commercials but I won’t buy anything Old Spice. Hubby wore the deodorant while we were dating. It didn’t really work very well LOL so he switched.

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    Since the Old Spice Guy’s commercials, I have started buying Old Spice. (They even have new scents.) I bought my brother the Old Spice gift set for Christmas (deordorant, body wash and soap on a rope) and he was thrilled. (He likes body washes.) I also just bought my husband Old Spice sport scented deordorant. Not to mention, they have coupons in the paper.

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    Julie Brannagh says:

    My husband uses Old Spice deodorant. He doesn’t look like Isaiah Mustafa.

    I think there should be federal legislation requiring Mr. Mustafa to wear nothing but a towel on a daily basis.

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    Jocelyn Modo says:

    ?Team Mustafa?

    Not only is Isaiah Mustafa superyumalicious. The name


    is just really fun to say.

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    Abby says:

    You know what, as long as this thing allows me to keep gaping at Isaiah Mustafa in a towel, I really don’t care.

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    delphia2000 says:

    Bloody brilliant campaign! If Louise Fury is reading this, let Fabio know he’s a winner in my book.

    And for every person who took the time to make an ageist comment, I hope you get the chance to grow old.

    Amy…saggy boobs and wrinkles and still believing in romance.

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    BethC says:

    Definitely Team Isaiah.  For all the usual reasons, plus he’s a high school teacher who models & acts in his spare time.

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    I admit, between Old Spice Guy (the one and only, the original, the true) and the fact that it was called SWAGGER, in all caps and complete with Old English font, I bought my husband a multipack of their deodorant in Costco. He likes it too, so I’ll be getting it again. Plus he does smell very good.

    Also, while I hate most advertisements, I really am a sucker for a campaign like this, and so yeah, I’ll probably pick up some body wash at some point too. And if I see something right now with his picture on it or something that makes me feel like I’m Team Mufasa? Totally. It will go in my cart.

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    Jesse says:

    Ha, that’s hilarious. Mustafa all the way, baby. That is one gorgeous, and also seriously talented and funny, man.

    Well, I’d say it worked. If my brother wants me to pick up deodorant/body wash for him (happens surprisingly often), I’m going to go straight for the Old Spice – they’ve made themselves memorable in a positive way. With no particular urge to anything else, that makes Old Spice the default choice.

  23. 23

    Crap. tired fingers and brain. MUSTAFA.

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    Kristin says:

    Team Isaiah all the freakin’ way! He’s hot, sexy, and understandable!

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    JaniceG says:

    Team Isaiah! (I would bet that he has been a singer – you can see every fabulous ab muscle so you can tell his breath support technique is great)

    I am interested to see in these comments that some people have indeed actually bought Old Spice because of this campaign. I was assuming that, despite the buzz, it wouldn’t result in any actual sales but I guess they knew better than I did who buys deodorant/scent for men, and it apparently isn’t usually men!

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    Vicki says:

    My husband uses Old Spice deodorant. He wore it when we started going out and I have kept buying it for him. No, he doesn’t smell like my dad. My dad tended to smell of ether (I am that old) when he came home from the hospital.

    I think I am Team Isaiah though I am torn by my loyalty to the many romances I read graced by Fabio who is still great, too.

    reached 32: yes, long since.

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    Cakes says:

    Brilliant ads. Team Isaiah. No, we don’t buy Old Spice. My husband says it smells like failure.

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    Susan says:

    Isaiah, all the way. Why didn’t any of my high school teachers look that good?  We were deprived back in the day.

    I’m also down with Julie Brannagh’s Idea.

    No, I’m not going to buy Old Spice anything because I have no man to buy for.  But this ad campaign is funny.

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    Marty says:

    I knew you bitches would be on top of this duel, GIDOAT LOL.
    I am cheering for Isaiah.

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