Milk - where did you get that mustache?

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?

French's vs. Burger King vs. A-1

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.

Visual dead on arrival

Two recent campaigns with toe-tags in Sweden - where by the way, there is no "toe-tag" system.....

Orgasms affect short-term ad-memory?

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.

Ethical advice group bans sexist ads

ERK the ethical advice group have been real busy banning ads lately. The infamous Spank fashion ad and the bad body-pun ad from Pentax were both banned for passing the line of what is acceptable and clearly against the ICCs International code of advertising practice. .

Big ideas in small logos - twice.

Logo's are always a hard problem, big ideas in small fonts seem to work best. What happened here, a brainsync or homage to a classic Gill logo? You decide.

Aflac vs. Flonase

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.

N-Gage ads deemed "offensive" and "distressing"

Nokia's N-Gage ads, created by Grey Advertising have been banned by Britain's ad watchdog, the ASA, because they could be seen to encourage sexual violence towards women.

Cisco vs. AOL

The kids are alright.

Lincoln Navigator vs. Fiat

Doesn’t anyone drive their cars anymore?

Super adgrunts, click read more to turn the knobs of two very similar car commercials.

Hot Pockets vs. Beef

What’s for dinner? Well it depends on what you’re in the mood for. And I mean the music.

Superadgrunts, click read more to see what’s being served up at badland.

Click here to view the Hot Pockets commercial.

10 years later EA Sports copies Nike

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 makes an ass out of themselves in full page 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.

Ace Window Cleaners v/s Stella Neo

Creative teams are getting more ecofriendly. Case in point, the recycling of the Ace Window cleaners ad by Leo Burnett Singapore.

Read more to see them.

More flies in the honey

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.

Suggestive Red Devil posters banned

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".

Cakes and Blasphemy

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.

Miller Lite dog sniffs woman's butt, idea found on the web?

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.

Covenant House vs. ING

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?

Click read more to walk the dirty streets of badland.

Rizla advert banned over 'drug reference'

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. ;)

The Naked chef a bit risque, full frontal fruit

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....

Heinz vs. Melita

Coffee, tea or me? The correct answer is soup.

Superadgrunts, click read more to see what's cooking up in the badland kitchen.

Barnardo shocking ads gets complaints.

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.

Too sexy FHM ad banned by ASA

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.

spank fashion ad withdrawn after complaints.

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 gone one pole too far.

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.

Naked soccer players selling pizza

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?

Hooters vs. Cup of Noodle

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.

A rose by any other name

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.

Madonna is copying Guy Boudin?

Madonna is facing legal action after the son of a French fashion photographer accused her of copyright infringement.

7 Eleven vs. Pepsi
Dunkin Donuts vs. Dial

Here are two different products, but the same joke. And possibly the same bus.

Adgrunts, since you paid the fare, you can click read more to hop on both Badland buses.

Euro takes the dollar - ad banned in Moscow.

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....

this is not the banned Don Diegos ad
Sometimes a cigar, is not just a cigar.

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 banned in Iran

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.

spotted by caffeinegoddess

Honda withdraws "suicide car" advert.

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 Evil Twin SportKa is too evil

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

Saturn vs. Geico

The Geico commercial came first, but I'm a bigger fan of the Saturn spot.

click read more for a head on advertising collision in Badland.

Can you copy me now? Good....

This is the case of Verizon vs. Motorola's Super Bowl ad from 2000. They're similar, in fact very similar, but that's not the funny part...

six feet under press ads escape banning

Like the posters, these ads were mock ads directing potential customers to luxurytodiefor.com, unlike the poster counterpart, the press ads were ruled "misleading but not offensive" despite more than 100 complaints to the UK advertising watchdog.

another banned Levi's ad

Yahoo biz! reports that Levi's are suffering from banned ad syndrome this week. Last night Levi's decided to pull the ad where a woman riding on horseback jumps over a train.

super adgrunts, just click the image to view the ad.

Levi's Ad banned in New Zealand

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.

BuyMusic Rips Off Apple - Twice!

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.

Mama Mia that's a ballsy rip-off ...

Those who don't know their history are condemned to repeat it.

But repeat it this well? This is a carbon-copy of the idea - with herring instead of meatballs.

Two quicktime films are waiting for you to click "read more.."

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