Anyone who is a bit of a geek (like me) knows about the Mojave Phone Booth. It has its own "Mojave Phone booth" wikipedia page summarizing its raise to fame and later demise due to all the traffic of geeks who went there just to play with it. It was removed in 2000, and even the plaque placed there has been removed by the National Park Service. *sigh*
It was the very first thing I thought of when I read this:
Here at TVF we have just launched the very first attempt of live viral ever.
We put a guy in the desert of the south of Spain, his name is Rob, with a camp and a phone box, and he will be there answering calls of anyone from
around the world. And there will be an amazing suprise...
Check this out: phoneboxexperiment.com
Who will be the first one to enter this viral into the Mojave phone booth wikpedia page, I wonder. I should probably care about the sender, or wonder what the surprise may be, instead I'm busy pouring out a little jolt on the ground for old desert phone-booths no longer with us.
You can't have an award show without at least a few repeat images, and thanks to Joelapompe the French Badland-ninja, we have three.
Lets start with the Big Bubbles, since the image of kids crying over shaven heads in this Angel Hair Badlander was the first thing I thought of when I saw it. Joelapompe found the same idea, one-upping me on the visual memory meter.
It's already five years ago that Caff wrote Tag mimicking Axe and warned about the dangers of copying someone elses exact strategy. " if a consumer doesn't watch through to the end when the board comes up with the tag line and brand name, there's every reason to assume that people will be thinking that Tag's advertising is for Axe (or even Old Spice Red Zone). Causing confusion for consumers isn't really what I'm sure Arnold was intending to do. But by letting this ad get out to the airwaves, that's most likely what is going to happen."
Funny, the only thing she didn't predict was that Lynx (Axe) would be copying visual executions of Old Spice Red Zone. It's come full circle with the new "Bullet" campaign showing Lynx snow angels.
The idea is the same as in the 2005 execution of Old Spice Red Zone. Funny.
Toshiba have gone all out weird and send chairs to space in their new campaign to support Toshiba’s SV REGZA LCD TV and Satellite T series laptops. When you can watch TV anywhere, where do you want your easy chair to be? Doing a ballon-boy? You got it.
To be honest, I don't think this is much of a Badlander, but I hafta keep up my title of most hated person on the ad-intarwebs in order to keep my rightful place on your dart boards, so here ya go.
The recently released HiFi-klubben hamster ad created by Lowe Brindfors, Stockholm and shot by Bacon, Copenhagen has been accused in emails to the hostmaster of borrowing its murderous hamster legs from G4/Midnight Spank. Lets watch, shall we. Get the the popcorn.
Fair enough, they both have deadly hamsters in it. Had they been white bunny rabbits with pointy teeth the Rabbit of Caerbannog comparisons would never end. What do you think, total coincidence or borrowed idea?
Today's mini-badlander is brought to you by burgers. Or fast food as erotica gone overboard. Yes, I have laughed as hard at the "I'd hit it" flash banner and the 'piece of meat' burger poster as you have. These guys take it one step further and fancy their women dressing up as.... wait for it... Burger workers.
Yeah that's pretty kinky. Without further ado, McDonald's (Germany - pan european) vs Arby's (USA).
Sexist ad ban of the week goes to UlsterTrader.com who ran this billboard, featuring a bra-clad cleavage with the headline Nice headlamps and below that asking asking what do you look for in a car?
Since the ban was invariable, and the ASA clampdown will, as always, result in more exposure for this piss poor excuse of an ad, one might think this was the idea in the first place. Either that, or the creators of the ad hoped that punters would see it, and unable to tear their eyes away they'd crash their cars and then need to buy a new one at Ulstertrader.com. Or they were simply really crap creatives and an even worse client who thought this would fly. Wake up and smell the coffee, like adlib says in our previous post about sexist ads, " my reptilian brain does not make expensive car purchasing decisions". Ads like these are as insulting to men as they are women. But you'd have to have half a brain of your own to know that, and clearly nobody at Ulstertrader.com does.
The complainants argued that the poster was offensive because it objectified women, degraded them, was sexist and that it implied that women, like cars, were commodities to be bought and sold.
UlsterTrader.com said its brand values included the "use of humour and fun" and that the ad used "light-hearted slang, to what people of both sexes would regard as attractive attributes". The ads ran in 20 high-profile and high-traffic locations in Northern Ireland.
"We considered the image of the woman's cleavage coupled with the strapline ... was likely to be seen to objectify and degrade women by linking attributes of a woman her cleavage to attributes of a car, the headlamps, in a way that would be seen to imply a woman, like a car, was to be selected for those attributes," said the ASA. "We concluded that the poster had caused serious offence to some readers and was likely to cause widespread offence."
Once upon a time, there was a Jeep ad from BBDO Copenhagen where the car was not to be seen. Presumably it had parked somewhere quite remote because all that witnessed of the Jeeps existence was the parking attendant/police decked out in full mountain climbing gear with ropes and an axe. Hardy har, Jeeps can park anywhere! Sold!
A couple of years later TANK Y&R Stockholm had a think for Hyundai, and struck upon the same idea. Failing to grasp "less is more" they dressed the ad up with a headline to write the viewer on the nose with insolently easy to park, while the parking attendant/police was dressed up in full fishing gear. Presumably to protect her from mud, and perhaps wade through a creek or two - but it would have been rather funny had the Hyundai in question been an amphibious car.
Last year a school class of twelve year olds reported ToysRus Christmas catalogue to the Advertising Ombudsman in Sweden for "sexual discrimination" in their advertising - and won.
The class said that in the catalogue "All the girls are always dressed in pink, only found on the princess and Barbie pages, posing 'awkward' and never included in any of the action toy areas". The kids suggested that the background colors of the catalogue should be made neutral instead of stark pinks and blues, that girls should also been seen on the Lego and Toy car pages and that the princess and knight dress up pages could be gender mixed as suggestions on how to "stop reinforcing traditional gender roles". The class ended their motivation with calling the catalogue "old-fashioned and insulting". The Advertising Ombudsman took their time, but have now agreed with the class and Toys R Us need to rethink that pink. Source: Aftonbladet
Must scratch another Badland itch. Adfreak pointed out that mutant animals wear converse, and the second image they show with all the posters on one wall reminded me of Amsterdam way back then, where walls of 'wild posters' would annoy me every day because I couldn't figure out if that Two Dogs lemonade campaign from Garbers international was trying to make a "hair if the dog" pun or not. Not that similar, but photoshopping strange new creatures together seems to be popular in Adland.
Welcome to this weeks first Badlander - and the first time that The Foundry, Melbourne ended up in here. We're here to inform y'all that the "little dealer" idea has been done before, and besides, it's better as a poster.