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Markee the Sad

 

Scam ads - the Mr Hyde to our Dr Jekyll.

While Ogilvy in India have already apologized for the Kurl-On poster featuring Taliban assassination attempt survivor Malala "bouncing back" to sell mattresses, we can expect more like this as we're officially in the international ad award-season now. Scam ads winning awards in Cannes is a tradition.

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Hyundai and Innocean Do Another Dumb Way To Die

Last year in the final scramble to produce an award-winning entry for Cannes, Innocean Europe released the controversial suicide-by-exhaust-fumes film ”Pipe Job” för the Hyundai ix35. You know, the suicide-by-car idea that is officially older than dirt, or least already done back in 1997.

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Hell Pizza makes billboard out of real rabbits

Hell Pizza, the New Zealand pizza provocateur, must have missed the international news spotlight. So, just in time for easter they've put up a billboard made with real rabbit - just like their rabbit pizza. Yep, that's right, lots of furry widdle rabbit furs were stapled to the billboard, leaving only open areas where the headline is. Quelle outrage!

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PETA tries new 'shock' ad tactic, showing gay man as fairy

PETA must have realized somewhere that their constant nudity and generally misogynist advertising wasn't raising any eyebrows anymore, as even I got bored writing about it, but not before we had our advertising income ganked by Google for criticizing PETA ads, so they've changed tactic.

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Banksy Stockholm exhibition - a fake stunt by not Banksy

The Swedish Art World has been hopping ever since Swedish Television announced that Banksy would hold an exhibition in Stockholm. At one o'clock today, on Hudiksvallsgatan a strange man blew in a whistle and the fake exhibition opened. Fake?

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Frank Ocean writes $212,500 "f*ck off" check to Chipotle

Frank Ocean might be the kind of guy who lights his cigars with money, I don't know. Judging by this check posted to his personal tumblr account in response to the suit filed by Chipotle against him that the Hollywoodreporter shares with us, I think he might be.

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Rythm & Hues - Life after PI - #LifeAfterPi225 the documentary

This documentary was filmed at Rhythm & Hues Studios, right as the company collapsed. You remember the green screen protest last year right outside the Oscar festivities where "Life of PI" won an Academy Award for its groundbreaking work, while the artists who created that work all lost their jobs as the company bankrupted.

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Aston Martin recalls 17,590 cars - to protect its brand and your life.

17,590 cars, 7,271 in Europe and 5,001 in the United States, are being recalled by Aston Martin due to "counterfeit material". A Chinese sub-supplier was using counterfeit plastic material in a part supplied to the British luxury carmaker, and this could have far reaching consequences. It affects around 75 percent of all vehicles built between late 2007 and 2012 - but the Vanquish model is not affected at all.

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Amnesty International's brand in prostitution trouble on twitter #QuestionsforAmnesty

In a rather shocking move. Amnesty International, protectors of human rights and engaged in the prevention of human trafficking, has changed their prostitution policy and are now calling for prostitution to be decriminalised to "protect human rights".

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Beastie Boys open letter to Goldieblox: YOU sued US (Why?)

Beastie Boys have penned an open letter to Goldieblox hoping to set the matter straight and get some answers.

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