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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

Domestic violence on display in ad at downtown Toronto shop

FCB Toronto wanted to show that the holidays aren’t always happy for everybody, despite what it may seem. They created “The Window Project,” a display in downtown Toronto which shows how domestic violence can impact the holidays. The commercial starts with a news montage on domestic violence and its increase prevalence during the holidays. We’re shown a store in downtown...
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December 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Amazon Prime Air gives us a glimpse of the future

I used to get the magazine Popular Science and on most pages there would be a device due out in 2012 or 2013 that would be the most revolutionary/futuristic thing I’d ever seen. I haven’t seen a single one of those ideas ever come to fruition and it’s now 2015. This feels like finally Popsci has been vindicated, Amazon has brought us the future. This video was released online...
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December 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Rick and Morty help advertise Carl’s Jr and Hardee’s in amazing spot

Sponsored content can be OK sometimes. Case in point, the folks at Carl’s Jr and Hardee’s collaborated with the Adult Swim show Rick and Morty to make a glorious 30-second spot based on the show. For those not familiar with Rick and Morty, the show follows the travels of the alcoholic super-scientist Rick and his nervous and easily influenced grandson Morty, as they travel across...
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December 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Child labor has never been so fun in Petit Bateau ad

In The Mini Factory, the latest ad for French clothing company Petit Bateau, child labor is used to express the brand – and it’s not as negative as that sounds. In the spot, a dog walks into a factory. Inside, a kid is making shirts, but doing so not against his will, but with the youthful fun a kid has when playing with their toys. With everything in the factory being colorful...
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November 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Touching ad about grandparents raising grandchild is completely ruined by who made it

Some ads can grab you with their emotional effectiveness, then baffle you in regards to what they’re actually advertising. Case and point. Here an ad titled “Grander Parents.” The spot tells a bittersweet story about how these grandparents were on their way to retirement when they had to assume the parental duties of their granddaughter Haley, following her father – their...
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November 27, 2015  |  Discuss

What’s the point of Matt Leinart’s cameo in this Pizza Hut ad?

Pizza Hut’s has called in an odd choice of ‘celebrities’ for a Christmas ad for the new Triple Treat Box. The 31-second spot starts with former Arizona Cardinals QB Matt Leinart playing football outside while a Pizza Hut delivery boy drops off the Triple Treat Box.  There’s no indication why Leinart is there, or who he’s playing with – he’s just randomly playing football...
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November 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Emirates Airlines’ ad is awe-inspiring

There are traditional mediums of advertising like television, radio, ect; and then there are (relatively) new ways to get your brand out there like viral stunt marketing. A frontier led by Red Bull who seem to pull something off every year. Their sponsored stunts take the internet by storm and reach millions. Emirates takes that idea and doubles down, spending the time and resources...
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November 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Comedy Central UK promoted Malcolm in the Middle with a Breaking Bad twist

There’s a fun fan theory which suggests that Malcolm in the Middle was a sequel to Breaking Bad, placing Walter White in witness protection as Hal. Other theories point to Malcolm in the Middle as some kind of prequel. As Comedy Central in the UK prepares to launch their Malcolm in the Middle reruns, they’re advertising them with a Breaking Bad twist. When you really break it...
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November 15, 2015  |  Discuss
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