This bizarre commercial just started popping up, and frankly, we're almost too confused to be offended. UPDATED: Verizon says the ad was not produced by or in any way affiliated with them.

Swap out the shredded poncho for a red robe, and electrical wires for telephone cords, and you've got a spot-on replica of the infamous photo that embroiled the US in an awful scandal six years ago. Shilling for Droid X.

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It's hard to imagine that Verizon, or any other sane company, would stoop to this level to sell something. But we're having a hard time imagining another explanation. [Thanks Fraying]