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Japanese TV ad retreats after accusations of racism

They really didn't mean to be racist they say, but cosmetics maker Mandom Corp realise how bad their ad might look to some and have decided to pull it off the air.

In the ad for men's blotting paper, several black people wipe sweat off their faces with the paper, while a chimpanzee beside them wearing an Afro wig and a multicoloured outfit wipes his face in imitation.

"A human rights group criticised it after it began airing March 28, saying it was comparing black people with monkeys." said the Japan Times Online.
Immediately afterword a primates rights group accused the Human rights group of not knowing a great ape from a monkey if it bit them in the arse.

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Hot PS2 advertising campaign- Duel and War

Yesterday, MarketingWeb out of South Africa reported that the latest campaign for Sony Playstation created by South African TBWA Hunt Lascaris has topped the charts on Adcritic and Adforum and has been selected by Shots to be featured on the Cannes Contenders reel. Yet the ads, originally created as spec, have not yet been aired there.
The campaign spots "War" and "Duel" were conceptualized by Paul Warner and directed by Velocity Film's Keith Rose. Music for one spot is a version of Alphaville's "Forever Young."

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Olympus distorted dog - the campaign continues

Not pulled by the client yet, the Olympus campaign that gave us the red eyed baby film that we showed you May 31 has another film and site in the series: Distorteddog.com. The client hasn't yanked the film yet - but one never knows so I downloaded myself a copy just in case.....

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Your Logo On Our Golden Palace

You can't get more metameta than the Ebay auction "Your Logo On Our Golden Palace" without getting sucked into a vortex. Yes it's true, now you too can bid on getting your logo drawn in a nice felt tip marker pen on a Golden Palace. What are you waiting for folks? Place your logo on this Golden Palace. An offer like this won't last!

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Starbuck's workers show off their art

Today at the Chelsea Art Museum on West 22nd Street in NYC, there will be an opening reception for Starbucks Avant Grande. It's an all-media art exhibit displaying the work of Starbucks employees. No word yet if the topic of all the art work has to do with coffee. ;-)

(Via URBANintelligence)

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Crispin Cokes Up!

Claymore quips: "Sounds like they're updating the famous "hilltop" spot."
From FastCo: Yo Homey: CP+B Revamps Famous Coke Ad for New Generation

The new lyrics to "Chilltop," as the campaign was renamed, and which is sung by G. Love (who is quite a good choice, it must be said), have about as much personality as the mahogany table around which they were surely penned: "I'd like to teach the world to chill, take time to stop and smile/I'd like to buy the world a Coke and chill with it a while."

PS: Remember the 7up version back in 2002?

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Football sponsorship rocks.

Over at his blog, Magnus Larsson posted an interesting picture from his local newspaper.
Now we all know that major football (soccer for you Yanks) teams will do just about anything for a good sponsorship deal (and major sponsors will do just about anything to sign on a winning team). And we’ve all seen the results in the form of Beckham running around with Vodafone literally tattooed across his forehead. But this is the first time I’ve ever seen a musical artist get into the game (pun intended)...

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McDonald's, are they lovin' it too much?

We've spoken about the burgers = sex thing before; "Between the buns of a Big Mac, there is special sauce", but this sex-obsession won't die just yet. While Hardee's/Carl's jr used overexposed in more ways than one Paris Hilton in their latest ad - see Paris Gets a Little Too Spicy - McDonalds knows that it's all about the burgers buns and less about the scrawny celebs pretending to eat them. After the "I'd hit it" flash ad, and the headline on the ad below, I'm wondering if the word "sex" is actually in the McD ad brief?

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