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Budweiser’s ad against drunk driving is brilliant

Ad campaigns advising against drinking and driving are nothing new. A quick Google search tells me that MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) has been around since 1980 – so yeah, not a new concept by any means. I remember those campaigns back in the late 1990′s maybe where they would open with those home videos of people all happy and celebrating and then say something like,...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

IKEA recreates tricycle scene from The Shining

IKEA Singapore has raised the bar for Halloween advertisements. Instead of following the path of nearly every other company out there and producing a lame, low-effort piece of Halloween garbage, IKEA Singapore made a brilliant parody of the infamous tricycle scene from The Shining. We can’t praise this ad enough. It’s relevant in time for Halloween, it promotes unique features...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

This Smashburger ad is full of cringe

If you live in an area with a Smashburger, you may have seen this cringe-worthy ad. Smashburger, a burger chain which actually makes a really delicious burger, has been using an ad which is difficult to sit through and deserves to be mocked. So. Awkward. No one needs to hear how this woman likes her men to be big, juicy and named Angus. Apparently your burger is also life, liberty...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Virgin America’s six-hour ad is intentionally boring

Would you watch an ad which is nearly six hours long? Virgin America is betting that you won’t even though they just rolled out an ad which clocks in at five hours and 46 minutes. The ad, if it can really be called that, highlights flying at its worst. Told with mannequins (extremely creepy ones at that), the ad shows the nightmarish hell that a long flight can be. Watch – or...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Columbus Day Classic: The Mattress Depot sale

I have to admit, unearthing this Columbus Day Classic on YouTube was inspired by John Oliver’s recent video asking “Why is Columbus Day still a thing?”  Columbus Day is a bit perplexing in that it’s not widely celebrated, the vast majority of people aren’t even given the day off, Columbus didn’t actually “discover” America (it had already been in existence for quite...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

This Charlotte Hornets comeback commercial is heavy on nostalgia

After a long, strange odyssey, the Charlotte Hornets have finally returned.  It took a move to New Orleans, an expansion franchise, and not one but two nickname changes to make it happen.  But finally, after many years, an NBA team named the Charlotte Hornets will be playing in the Association once again. Check out this local commercial commemorating the occasion that tells the...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Arby’s, please stop running the King’s Hawaiian BBQ Brisket ad

Arby’s new sandwich, the King’s Hawaiian BBQ Brisket, features smoked brisket, pickles and something called Smoky Q Sauce on a King’s Hawaiian bun. Odds are you already knew this because Arby’s apparently bought every commercial slot available for what seems like weeks, if not months. Here’s the ad if it has somehow eluded you: Quickly, let’s hit on the fact Arby...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Unfortunate ad for a company with an unfortunate name

You have to feel bad for the companies out there who have the name, or go by the abbreviation of ISIS. Not too long ago, those four letters didn’t stand for much in North America, but now they represent a terror organization that has become a household name. We’ve already seen smaller companies change their names, but larger companies and organizations are pretty much out of...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Grab some Skittles and have a bromance with a giant spider

Skittles commercials are pretty freaking weird and that’s an understatement. With that in mind, Skittles may have stepped their game up for their Halloween offering. A bromance with a giant spider quickly turns into something a bit more sinister. It has to be fun being in charge of the marketing and advertising for Skittles. Any concept or idea you can think of, regardless of...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Feel free to drive distracted with the Infiniti Q50

New technology has allowed various car companies to roll out a wave of safety features designed to make sure you arrive at your destination safely. The idea is that the new features (blind spot detector, etc.) will work along with your normal driving skills, not replace them. Apparently someone forgot to tell Infiniti’s marketing department that concept. Feel free to drive like...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

KitKat mocks the iPhone 6

The iPhone 6 is under fire after numerous reports claim that the phone is bending while in the owner’s pocket. Considering the phone isn’t supposed to be that flexible, or flexible at all even, this spells a major problem for Apple. Numerous companies have mocked or poked fun at Apple, but KitKat’s may have been one of the best. We don't bend, we #break. #bendgate #iPhone6plus...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Creepy and less attractive versions of Rob Lowe help pitch DIRECTV

Ever wonder what Rob Lowe would be like if he was a creepy, more disturbing version of himself? What would he be like if he wasn’t so attractive? Your questions have been answered thanks to this new campaign from DIRECTV. First, here’s what it’d be like if Lowe was creepy, watched cable and enjoyed hanging around the pool with a set of binoculars. Next, here’s Lowe if he...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

State Farm boots Rob Schneider from their ad campaign

Remember the State Farm ad with Rob Schneider we recently praised? Well, it was a pretty brief experiment as the insurance company has dropped Schneider from their marketing efforts due to his stance against vaccinations. Specifically, State Farm decided to move on without Schneider after they received a ton of criticism through social media about using an actor who stands firmly...
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September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

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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September 20, 2014  |  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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September 14, 2014  |  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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September 14, 2014  |  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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September 13, 2014  |  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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September 10, 2014  |  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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September 07, 2014  |  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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September 06, 2014  |  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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September 03, 2014  |  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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September 02, 2014  |  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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September 01, 2014  |  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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August 31, 2014  |  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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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss
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