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Terry Bradshaw is here to talk to you about Shingles

There are some extremely uncomfortable commercials on TV. You know the ones. They usually involve smoking, a horrifying disease, a mistake during an operation or using the word “mesh” way too often. When Terry Bradshaw comes on in a commercial, you assume it’s going to be football related. You’d be halfway right, but here Bradshaw wants to talk to you about Shingles. There’s...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Old Spice keeps rolling out dumb robot ads

You may recall that we’ve previously ripped on Old Spice and their robot ads. Usually we do the “one and done” policy when it comes to ripping on a particular campaign (OK, there are exceptions to that rule) so that we don’t belittle our readers with the same companies over and over again. Old Spice forced us to make another exception to that rule as they rolled out yet a...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

This Ashley Madison ad is appalling

I am not sure which is more appalling – this commercial for Ashley Madison, the fact that it appeared on TV, or the comments on the You Tube page. The back and forth between people commenting kind of reminds me of a Just For Fun AOL Chat Room circa 1996. Hopefully, this commercial was followed by one for a shady divorce lawyer who has a booth at the mall.
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Molson Canadian’s hockey ad is perfect

Hockey is almost upon us once again and that means Canada as a whole is collectively shaking in excitement. Molson Canadian, is hoping to capitalize on that momentum by promoting their beer with the hashtag #AnythingForHockey. It’s a brilliant combination of fan emotion, the sport of hockey and some really clever advertisements. Here’s one which we thought was particularly noteworthy...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Post-Dispatch website forces users to pay or answer questions to access an article

The death of newspapers around the country is a slow and painful one. Some have already gone under, while others have trimmed their staff and pushed their focus to online content. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is no different, but they’ve gone a step further when it comes to trying to make a buck off of their online offerings. First, some background. STLToday.com, the website of...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Ickey Woods does the “Ickey Shuffle” in GEICO ad

GEICO is a company we rip on regularly here at Awful Ads. Rightfully so. Most of their ads are just abysmal attempts to appeal to a demographic we haven’t quite yet figured out. Still, every now and then GEICO churns out an ad we can’t help but praise. The Dikembe Mutombo spot is a perfect example. Now comes a name from the NFL days of old as Ickey Woods does the “Ickey Shuffle”...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Here’s Usher in a Cheerios ad

You might recall that Cheerios recently ran an advertising campaign with Nelly. The slogan Must Be The Honey was heard/seen in commercials and a ton of various print advertisements. The campaign must have been pretty effective as the cereal has now called on Usher in their latest commercial. Will this trend of incorporating rap/hip-hop stars in Cheerios ads continue? We can’t...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

The University of Oklahoma may need to go back to school

The University of Oklahoma may need to attend some grammar classes. The school ran an ad on Fox Sports Oklahoma during their massive 48-16 win over Louisiana Tech. The banner encouraged viewers to obtain their degree and transform their lives. There was just one big problem. Scott Fisher Says: The University of Oklahoma: Where 3rd grade grammar is optional! pic.twitter.com/aaDuGWWNUF...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Here’s another UGG ad with Tom Brady

Tom Brady is back in time for football season to tell you all about his love for UGG for Men. Well, he doesn’t actually talk about his shoes, but he does talk a lot about taking a time out and not holding on to them too long. Does this new black and white spot boost UGG’s image? Does the approach here – intentionally avoiding talking about the product directly – work or...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Toy Story ad for Sky Broadband

Here’s a fun ad from the UK where Pixar’s/Disney’s Toy Story characters assist in promoting both their upcoming special Toy Story That Time Forgot as well as Sky Broadband. This joint promotion feels a bit shaky as it’s kind of odd seeing Toy Story characters pitching products/services, but the style of humor and the animation win out. We’ll give this ad a pass, but we’re...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

This Herbal Essences “Be Everyone You Are” ad makes no sense

Herbal Essences has a colorful history when it comes to advertising. We all remember their orgasmic commercials from back in the day which they resurrected not too long ago. Now they’ve moved in a bizarre, nonsensical direction which doesn’t do the brand any favors. So … use Herbal Essences and you’ll travel through time and be whichever dramatic female character you wish...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Poker player Phil Hellmuth is in a Carl’s Jr. ad

Has Carl’s Jr. / Hardee’s convinced you to buy a burger through their continuous use of sexual commercials? No? Well, maybe this ad with poker player Phil Hellmuth will do the trick. In what can only be described as an odd strategic reversal, the burger chain went from smoking ladies rubbing burgers all over their face to … a poker player most people have never heard of or...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Johnny JamBoogie, don’t quit your day job

Johnny “I’m not starting a Football Game” Manziel will not be the Browns starting quarterback, at least initially, but luckily he has other endeavors to keep him busy: I fear that Manziel is going to become the new Peyton Manning. Off the field, that is, taking whatever endorsement deal is thrown at him. If he’s not going to make it as a QB though (and we know that is yet...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Oreo’s Lick Races are incredibly pointless

We’re a fan of Oreo’s marketing. In fact, they’re usually on the short list of companies who we think do an admirable job when it comes to advertising, particularly through social media and reacting to current events. Unfortunately, their Lick Race concept is just too bad to ignore. If you check out Oreo’s YouTube page, you’ll find a ton of videos where different people...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Rob Schneider reprises “making copies” SNL character in State Farm ad

Steve and Sandy, making copies! Rob Schneider is back as The Richmeister from SNL in a new ad for State Farm. The king of nicknames dishes out plenty in this 30-second spot which even includes a nice ode to the past by using the familiar names Steve and Sandy. Unfortunately, SNL clips can be pretty hard to find these days. Hulu placed copyright claims on just about everything and...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Mall commercial may make your ears bleed

There’s bad singing and then there’s whatever this is in a local ad for a mall in St. Joseph, Missouri. Apparently the mall decided to market all of their stores and Back to School products by allowing their employees to sing. Big mistake. If you didn’t smash your computer in order to get that awful noise to stop, let’s take a moment to discuss this. We fully expect local...
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August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

The strange Saved By the Bell Movie promo

Have you seen the promo for the unofficial Saved By the Bell movie? If not, it’s a bizarre 30 seconds. You’ve probably heard the story of what allegedly took place behind the scenes on Saved By the Bell. Now there’s an unofficial movie which takes actors who kind of resemble the old cast and place them in a movie which appears to have all of the color sucked out of it. Weird.
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August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Alleged jewelry ad from India says you can’t pick your husband, but you can pick your jewelry

This is going to get the Internet buzzing. A post on Reddit details that the photo above is a jewelry ad from India. Next to the picture of the charming couple is some copy which awkwardly reiterates the lack of women’s rights in other countries as well as the topic of arranged marriages. If you can’t make it out, here’s what it says: “I did not choose my husband, but I can...
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August 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Awful Classics: When Party Poker ads ruled the TV

It wasn’t long ago that commercials for online poker dominated the airwaves. If you flipped on ESPN, you were met with ads for Poker Stars, Full Tilt Poker, Ultimate Bet, Absolute Poker and of course the crappiest one of them all, Party Poker. Party Poker was one of the most popular poker sites out of the gate, but it was soon surpassed as its competitors developed better programming...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Fruit of the Loom celebrates Back to School season with horrible dancing

Here’s a Fruit of the Loom ad you probably never want to see again. In an effort to celebrate the fact it’s Back to School season, Fruit of the Loom shows a woman awkwardly dancing. It’s probably pretty accurate that parents are thrilled to send their kids back to school, but is this supposed to make us want to buy Fruit of the Loom products? She certainly has awkward mom...
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August 10, 2014  |  Discuss

The infuriating McDonald’s Jalapeno Double Eco-nom-nom-nomics ad

Once upon a time, nom was a word you only occasionally saw online while browsing cute pictures of animals or you may have heard while watching a video of the Cookie Monster. The word has since grown in popularity and is now used in normal, yet annoying, conversations as well as ads for McDonald’s. It’s supposed to be a cute way of saying something is delicious, but it usually...
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August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Scottie Pippen forgets Michael Jordan in Foot Locker ad

Who is the greatest player in Chicago Bulls history? That depends on whether you have short term memory or not. Scottie Pippen’s answer is Scottie Pippen.
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August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Froot Loops ad with Super Maro Bros. has one big mistake

This Froot Loops ad where two parents enjoy a bowl of cereal and video games after their children go to sleep is actually pretty good. It’s not annoying, it has a fun message and it probably rings the nostalgia bell for a lot of viewers. Unfortunately, it has one mistake which is tough to overlook if you know anything about the original Super Mario Bros. on the NES. Did you catch...
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August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Youtube users destroy Bret Michaels’ Nissan ad

If you’ve ever wandered through a Youtube video’s comment section, you quickly realized it’s a cesspool of vile, ignorant and insane thoughts. In some situations, such as Bret Michael’s Nissan ad, you find some real gems among the crazy. Here’s the four-minute remake of Endless Love titled Tough Love, featuring Nissan vehicles. There’s a good chance that you may have...
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August 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Ray Hudson stars in Dairy Queen commercial

Ray Hudson, one of the best and most entertaining announcers in all of sports, has taken his talents to Dairy Queen. The verbal gymnast (as his Twitter bio correctly proclaims) expresses absolute joy over the wondrous, magisterial Chips Ahoy! Blizzard from DQ. The world needs more Ray Hudson.
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July 29, 2014  |  Discuss
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