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Zara’s “Love your Curves” criticized for failing to feature curves

Zara has launched a campaign urging women to “love your curves.” However, as admirable as the message was, criticism has been lobbed their way for an odd choice of picture and copy. The ad in question was found in Ireland. As a part of the popular Italian clothing company’s “Body Curve Jeans,” line, two women are shown wearing Zara jeans with the caption “love your curves...
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March 05, 2017  |  Discuss

Cosplaying Usain Bolt teams up with Pikachu in quality Pokemon: Sun and Moon advertisement

Usain Bolt and Pokemon are together and it feels so good. Starring in a commercial for Pokemon: Sun and Moon, Pikachu and a cosplaying Bolt teamed up for a fun, fast-paced Japanese advertisement for the popular trading card/video game company. Dressed in Team Skull garb, Bolt gives his all in the spot. The eight-time gold medalist emulates in-game trainers, announcing “even...
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March 02, 2017  |  Discuss

Apple rekindles rivalry with Microsoft, throws shade at PCs

Microsoft and Apple have never been shy to poke fun and criticize each other during their bitter rivalry. In fact, some of their best ad campaigns have come from competition. Who can forget the iconic Get a Mac campaign? Or how about Microsoft trashing the iPad last year? Now, Mac is back on the offensive. In a series of four short 15-second commercials, Apple decided to call out...
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February 20, 2017  |  Discuss

Khloe Kardasian Protein World ad draws body image criticism

Can you keep up with a Kardashian? Even if said Kardashian was seemingly intentionally airbrushed disproportionately? A subway ad from Protein World wants to know. The ad, featuring Khloe Kardashian in a skin-tight leotard has drawn criticism for encouraging unrealistic body images. Public calls to ban the ad have reached as far as the London Assembly, as Caroline Russell advocated...
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February 18, 2017  |  Discuss

People bizarrely lick smartphones in gross OnePlus Valentine’s Day ad

Who do you love? If the answer is your smartphone, I’ve got the commercial for you. OnePlus debuted a tantalizing new ad for its OnePlus3T smartphone. In the spot, multiple actors are throwing compliments towards what appears to be other people in the interview room. Comments like “I’m in love with your body,” and “you’re an absolute beast, encased in a beautiful body...
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February 14, 2017  |  Discuss

Burger King’s adults-only Valentine Day meal comes with ‘Romantic adult toy’

Burger King Israel is getting sexy on Valentine’s Day. AdWeek reports BK will be offering an ‘Adults Meal,’ that comes in a specialized box, much like a kids meal. The box comes with two Whoppers, two french fries, two beers and a romantic adult toy on the inside. “Kids have got their ‘Kid’s Meal.’ But what about grownups? Adults? Shouldn’t they have their own meal...
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February 13, 2017  |  Discuss

Brooklyn Nets unveil mediocre red Infor jersey patch ad

The Brooklyn Nets have set the early standard on how NBA teams shouldn’t handle implementing ads on jerseys. The Nets unveiled their forthcoming jersey advertisement for the 2017-18 season with the software company Infor on Wednesday. The patch is simple in design, as it’s a red square with the company’s name in white. While there’s nothing wrong with the patch itself, its...
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February 08, 2017  |  Discuss

For better or worse, sexy Mr. Clean was the most memorable Super Bowl ad

It’s sexy time for Mr. Clean. The iconic mascot from the popular line of cleaning products of the same name has never been one to push boundaries in terms of sex appeal. The bald, old man dressed in white didn’t have the oomph to become an advertising sex symbol, until now. Mr. Clean debuted a “Sexy Mr. Clean” commercial during Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup. Instead of the...
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February 06, 2017  |  Discuss

Donald Trump Japanese parody advertisement defies explanation

You know you’ve made something brilliant when it’s both amazing, confusing and intoxicating. That’s exactly what YouTube’s Mike Diva did when he decided to make a Japanese-styled Donald Trump commercial. It’s one of the most bizarre things you’ll ever see. The ad defies explanation, but I’ll try my best. In the spot, we’re shown a girl inside her room which is covered...
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June 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Ugly fish represent investigative journalism in creative, weird ad

Sometimes journalism, like deep sea fish, ain’t pretty. In a new spot for Veja magazine, the right-wing Brazillian publication wants viewers to know the ocean is just like investigative journalism. How do they illustrate this metaphor? The deeper you go down the ocean, the uglier the fish get. That’s supposed to parallel investigative journalism, as the deeper you get in a case...
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June 01, 2016  |  Discuss

The latest ‘Mighty No. 9′ trailer shows how not to advertise a video game

The upcoming video game Mighty No. 9 had gamers excited as Keiji Inafune, the long-time designer of the iconic Mega Man series, was going to bring a Mega Man styled platformer back to consoles and computers. A Kickstarter was launched in 2013 raising nearly $4 million. Unfortunately, fatigued fans have seen the game be delayed time and time again. With the game finally getting...
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May 30, 2016  |  Discuss

‘Size matters’ billboard draws criticism for being anti-women

A billboard in Los Angeles is telling women ‘size matters.’ The Renuance Cosmetic Surgery Center thought it would be a good idea to promote their business by buying a billboard and making suggestive remarks about women’s breast sizes. The billboard reads ‘size matters’ and shows two coffee cups, a smaller one labeled with the letter B, and a bigger one on the right labeled...
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May 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie used in unauthorized STD testing ad

Bert and Ernie have shown up in an STD testing advertisement and the folks behind Sesame Street aren’t thrilled about it. Earlier in May, the two roommates appeared in an ad for the STD testing kits company Mately. The duo were shown reading a letter with the caption “See Ernie, you’ve got nothing to worry about, everything is positive!” The ad is clearly suggesting that...
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May 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Pandas sing ‘I Just Had Sex’ in Wildlife Conservation Film Festival campaign

The Wildlife Conservation Film Festival’s most recent ad campaign aims to show that endangered pandas need to have sex. DDB New York has launched a new spot for the WCFF featuring a spoof version of Lonely Island’s I Just Had Sex, showing that endangered species need love. In the animated spot, pandas are shown bragging about having sex. The lyrics are tastefully changed to...
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May 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Gap apologizes for controversial GapKids advertisement

Gap is apologizing for a recent ad campaign which has come under fire for being racially insensitive. Gap posted a video, in collaboration with Ellen DeGeneres’ kids clothing line #GapKidsxED, and promptly tweeted about the campaign with multiple photos last Saturday. The photos showcased young girls holding acrobatic poses. One of the images (top right) drew negative attention...
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April 09, 2016  |  Discuss

New Zealand PSA makes texting while driving extremely uncomfortable

The New Zealand Transport Authority has delivered a PSA on texting and driving which is both effective and uncomfortable. In the spot titled ‘Hello’, a series of different drivers receive text messages when they’re behind the wheel. When they reach over to check their messages, the passengers in the front seat reach out and hold their hands and greet them with an awkward smile...
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April 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Jim Gaffigan takes over the Colonel Sanders mantle

KFC has changed up the actor playing Colonel Sanders yet again, as comedian Jim Gaffigan appeared as the fast-food franchise’s creator in their latest commercial. In the spot, the colonel learns KFC’s Nashville Hot Chicken Promotion is ending and screams in anger, which prompts him to wake up from a nightmare. His wife, who he says he’s with because she reminds him of a chicken...
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March 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Trojan condoms have debate with sex puns to parody election season

Trojan condoms went topical during this election season with their latest ad and their newest spot “Can’t Hide That Election” features plenty of sex puns. The gist of the commercial is five condoms participate in a debate, to decide which is most qualified to be ‘erected.’ One of the condoms says he’s “the head of most polls,” while another one says people want a...
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March 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Ted Cruz pulls ad featuring former softcore porn actress

Ted Cruz’s campaign has pulled an advertisement, not because of complaints about the ad, but because one of the ads stars is formerly a softcore porn actress. Buzzfeed reports Amy Linsday, who appeared in a latest Ted Cruz spot which took shots at Marco Rubio titled “Conservatives Anonymous,” also appeared in multiple softcore porn films including Erotic Confessions, Secrets...
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February 13, 2016  |  Discuss

James Harden’s beard stars in unfunny and weird candy ad

Have you ever wondered what NBA superstar James Harden’s beard has to say? Well, a new commercial by Trolli answers that question. The first spot featuring the beard is an uninspired one which barely features Harden, where his beard proclaims he’s his own man.The spot has a particularly grating voice actor speaking as the beard. It’s all supposed to be on the nose, as Harden’s...
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February 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Yukon Ad hilariously suggests ‘We All Need the D.’

The Yukon government tried to make sure residents were taking Vitamin D, and their campaign backfired fabulously. The department of Health and Social Services wanted to promote vitamin D and came up with the an ad campaign, that was just very suggestive, coming up with slogans like “We all need the D, even me.” Check out the ads. Via AdWeek Via AdWeek Yukon Public Health...
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February 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Super Bowl Pokemon ad is way too light on Pokemon

The Pokemon series is one of the most beloved creations for children ever. The line featured games, anime, books, toys, cards, basically anything you could Pokemon on, it was made. While it’s not at it’s creative heights of the late 90’s, earlier 2000’s, Pokemon is still going on strong. With Pokemon’s 20th anniversary around the corner, the company has launched a new...
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January 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Thai ad featuring blackface early candidate for worst ad of 2016

The Thai company Seoul Secret has apologized for it’s latest ad which features a woman in blackface. The ad was pulled off of YouTube on Friday. The ad depicts two women side by side, with the one on the right’s skin becoming darker and darker – which apparently indicated distressed and has the tagline “You just need to be white to win.” That’s pretty stupid. As AdWeek...
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January 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Ad company defends $500,000 “Stoner Sloth” campaign

You’ve probably seen the Australian “Stoner Sloth” anti-marijuana ads by now, as they’ve generated a tremendous amount of conversation both positive and negative  for a variety of reasons. The ad was applauded by those it was meant to be targeted against. Instead of deterring kids from marijuana, it was just a funny commercial which seemed like it was made by stoners. ...
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January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Clash of Clans finds success again with new ad starring Christoph Waltz and James Corden

We’ve thoroughly discussed the mobile gaming market and how landing a celebrity spokesman can turn an OK game into a wild success. Supercell’s Clash of Clans, one of the most popular freemium mobile games around, has landed two new celebrities for their latest campaign, as Christoph Waltz and James Corden appear in the latest ad spot. The ad titled “The Legend of the Last...
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December 31, 2015  |  Discuss
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