It took me way too many years to find the "original" mustache campaign that I remember from when I was a little kid - found deep down in the dusty archives of the Swedish Arla Milk products company, photos of famous people posing with big white mustaches. Concept ring a bell?
How is this possible? Three commercials running at the same time with the same concept? Face lickin' good it ain't.
Superadgrunts, click read more to see how many licks it takes to get to the center of a badlander.
Or perhaps they've been playing with themselves so much they have gone blind on used adconcepts - Trojan condoms versus the sexy and controversial Coco De Mer campaign.
In late November of 2001 these ads appeared over the United Kingdom. Adam Scholes, art director of the series said: "These are war faces. The photographer was shaking and sweating after he took these." , I bet he was.... Already on the first day of the campaign the ASA was alerted and stated: "The British Codes of Advertising and Sales Promotion are quite clear: no ad should cause serious or widespread offence. The ASA will investigate any complaints it may receive about these posters." The campaign went on to rake in ad awards and photography awards.
It doesn't take much to see that the problems of two identical commercials don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.
Super adgrunts, click read more to view commercials from Aflac and Flonase. If you don’t watch these badland spots, you'll regret it. Maybe not today, and maybe not tomorrow, but soon, and for the rest of your life.
I think this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship.
I guess some creatives out there really like Casablanca and Film Noir movies. Oh well. We’ll always have adland.
Click here to view the Aflac spot.
In 1994 W+K created "The Wall" for Nike. Famous football players (soccer to the Americans) on buildings head, kick, and pass a soccer ball to various cities around the world.
In 2004, EA Sports aired "Traveling Mural" for their Street Football video game where football (the American kind) players pass, tackle, and rush from building to builing.
Read more to see the original commercial and the copy ad.
Pentax has launched a new camera with the odd name *ist.
To announce their new gem they took out full page ads in Swedish photography magazine FOTO carrying the headline: "A perfect body with all the right accessories."
The image they choose to go with that headline is tarnishing their image..... Read more to see the ad.
After seeing Grey Aukland's Cannes award winning ad for No Bugs insect spray, I thought I had seen something very similar before, besides the Gary Larson cartoon. Combing through Luerzer's Archive, I found it. Compare them for yourself.
The Media Guardian reports the ASA has banned a poster campaign for Red Devil, a popular energy drink by Britvic, after upholding two complaints that it made "offensive" references to anal sex.
From the article: The poster adverts, for Red Devil, carried the innuendo-laden slogans "He was going so fast he went for the wrong entrance" and "Once he'd found the right zone, she was raring to go".
Soft drinks giant Britvic, which makes Red Devil, agreed the wording in the adverts was "suggestive" but argued they were "playful and cheeky".
Advertising agencies branded the ASA "too conservative" and "narrow-minded" after it banned the Post Office commercial calling on children to write to Santa Claus.
The Media Guardian reports that the Mr. Kipling Christmas ad campaign, which shows a woman giving birth to a baby girl during a nativity play, has received over 100 complaints in the UK.
The TV commercial, created by Saatchi & Saatchi, has been branded "blasphemous" and "offensive" by viewers.
The advert opens with a shot of a screaming woman named Mary apparently about to give birth. When the camera pans out it becomes apparent she is acting in a badly acted nativity play.
As we discovered in the comments of OOH Miller lite Maxim ad where the dog sniffs a woman's butt, that image has already existed all around the web. Hmmm.
Here are two great campaigns that were separated at birth. One's for a charity and the other's for a big international bank. Hmmm...who will you side with?
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The UK advertising watchdog (ASA) has banned a Rizla advert because it could be seen as condoning the use of cannabis.
The Rizla ad carried the line "Twist and Burn" - immediatly a rival brand complained to the ASA and claimed the ad "condoned the product's use for the consumption of illegal drugs".
The ASA carried out an investigation and found that, in some dictionaries, "twist" was a slang term for a cannabis joint and "burn" could be referred to smoking one, they also added that 'cannabis cigarettes are normally fatter than those filled with tobacco and twisted at one end to prevent the contents falling out.' wow, they know their stuff. ;)
Boots made a booboo, showing an image of Jamie Oliver in the Boots Christmas Gift Guide - the catalogue is now being hastily withdrawn.
Oliver graces the cover of the calender, but some peoples imagination went haywire, and to them it looked like someone had crudely appended a penis onto the picture of the naked chef.
Alas, the offending item between Olivers legs is an innocent bag of fruit. It's when the image is scaled down things get bit fuzzy....
Barnardo's uses shock tactics to tackle child poverty, this strategy has backfired. More than 60 people contacted the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) through its website, and dozens of people called the within hours of the ads appearing.
The first in the series of newspaper adverts from Barnardo's shows a new-born baby with a cockroach crawling out of his mouth. Another advert in the "silver spoons" campaign features a baby with a methylated spirits bottle in its mouth while a third shows a baby with a syringe.
The headline on the adverts says: "There are no silver spoons for children born into poverty." Read more to see the ads.
Excerpt from the Media Guardian:
"A sexually suggestive campaign for the lads' magazine FHM that appeared to show a woman performing oral sex on a man has been banned by the advertising watchdog.
The Advertising Standards Authority said the advert, for spin-off fashion title FHM Collections, was "likely to cause serious or widespread offence" and ordered the magazine not to use it again."
See the ad here.
WE sweden are in trouble for the way they advertise their underwear. While the men's packaging shows a overweight hairy man, the woman's packaging shows a girl's bottom still red after being freshly spanked.
So far six eloquent complaints have been filed with ERK (ethical advisory board in advertising) prompting the company to remove the spanked image. Greger Hagelin, CEO for WE, defends the image with "we're a skater brand, the idea was that the girl might have fallen off a skateboard."
wanna see images? well then, read more.
Sloggi has finally gone one butt too far - Triumph the brand behind Sloggi, has been asked by the French advertising sector association to withdraw a billboard campaign for its Sloggi range, which has been widely condemned as offensive to women. The image depicts ladies in underwear and little else posing around poles in starstudded spotligts, reminiscent of a striptease stage.
Wanna see it? Of course you do. Read more.
Grey Oslo (Norway) created a sexy campaign using the naked bodies of their national soccer team players to sell pizza and chinese food, the campaign was almost banned.
When the ads ran this summer, a hot debate ensued in Norways leading papers, editorials about it ran in Aftenposten, VG and Vårt Land, and two TV news shows brought it up as well. Way to go on the free publicity guys.
Many people reported the campaign to the Forbrukerombudet as it was in their opinion breaking the basic rules: "Advertisers and those who create them shall make sure the ads are not against equality between the sexes, nor using either genders body or gives the impression of a offensive or condesending attitude of woman or man"
Want to see the offending ad?
Nothing, but nothing is sexier than a nice, pair of juicy badland commercials.
Super adgrunts, don't be a boob. Use your noodle and click read more. Because those who don’t know their history are condemned to repeat it.
Two ads with the same idea to turn the product into something else. One for towels, the other for blankets. Both have campaigns around the idea. And both used the exact same item for these particular ads.
Click read more to see the ads.
Izvestia writes that this ad, from the Russian Finance magazine was banned with immediate effect in Moscow. The poster company had to tear down a 100 posters overnight after receiving a stern letter from Igor Presnyakov, chairman of the Moscow Committee for advertising and information.
Igor (and probably anyone else who saw it) thought the image depicted a sex scene, while the magazines publisher said: "I thought the currencies were dancing on our poster". A cossack dance, maybe....
The Australian Jockey Club have been accused of bad taste after running and advert depicting two women toying with a cigar and caressing each other.
Critics say the ad degrades women - which ironically is designed to attract more women aged 18-35 to the races.
Amanda Stevens, managing director of SplashGroup, said to the Herald Sun: "This ad is denigrating to women. Women just don't behave like that at the races. This is a male fantasy."
The ad was created by AdPartners in Sydney whos Marketing Director Steve Reid defended the ad, saying the scenes featuring women caressing each other and a woman playing suggestively with a cigar were only minor elements.
Beckham, the first western celeb to be used in advertising campaigns in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution, has been red carded by Irans advertising authority. In Tehran posters were first black 'dotted' obscuring Beckhams face (similar to adbusters black dot), but now the entire posters have been covered in black cloth.
Also, the commercial featuring Beckhams famous legs has been pulled off the air, both the Sunday times .za and itv report.
The advertisers now plan to modify their campaign. "For the billboards we're going to change the picture so that it just shows the back of Beckham's head and for the television commercials we're planning to draw on some extra long shorts," he said.
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Honda received so many complaints for its latest australian commercial, that it withdrew the ad less than 48 hours after its Sunday evening release.
In the ad, created by Foote Cone & Belding, a man on a rooftop carpark admires the new Honda so much that his own car commits caricide by driving itself off the roof.
"We were showing it was the car doing it by itself and we focused on the jealousy of the vehicle. We didn't expect the insensitivities to come through so strongly." said Andrew Scott to smh.au
"The national depression initiative, beyondblue said the company had demonstrated gross insensitivity to the major Australian health issue of suicide." from bandt.com
"People ringing in with heart-wrenching stories of their own personal experience with suicide and within the light of that, we're not in the business of creating offence or harm in the community and effective yesterday we pulled the ad," said Honda Australia director Lindsay Smolley to abc.net
Also reported at JustAuto. Hat Tip to Clayton on adlist.
Ford Sports Ka The Evil twin - is a little too evil in one of the commercials apparantly. In the ad a pigeon swoops down to the bonnet of the car, but the evil car defends itself and whacks the bird away.
People who fancy pigeons are condeming the advert (suprise!). Brian Tattersall, president of the Royal Pigeon Racing Association, calls the ad "incredibly bad taste" and he has called for the advert to be banned.
Even the RSPCA has joined in the battle to bad the advert, claiming that the use of shock tactics to cause offence and gain publicity is just "very, very bad taste."
"The car is most certainly not designed to hurt animals." said a spokeswoman for Ford to Ananova
Levis "Born again" advert has been banned in New Zealand, reports stuff.co.nz.
The complains argued that the baptism imagery was highly offensive as it was a sacred Christian sacrament. The Television Commercial Approvals Bureau said the advertisement had not depicted a Christian baptism and "born again" was a phrase that could be used in non-religious circumstances. However, the board ruled that the 52 complainants had found the ceremony depicted offensive.
Something eerily familiar about those BuyMusic.com ads?
This article in Slate details how BuyMusic's new ads are blatant and shameless rip-offs of Apple's iTunes ads. Even their slogan - "Music Downloads for the Rest of Us" - rip-off the ad slogan Apple used to launch the iMac way back when.