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.
So we got this submission showing "hair handles" on the bus, and I thought "gee haven't I seen that before?" and I begin refreshing my memory googling Germany, Gliss and TBWA Düsseldorf - sure enough I end up at joelapompe.net looking at the braid-badlander there. He's like a ninja this guy. Hat off to you Joe.
Credits - the Johnny Andrean hair most recent bus handle braids comes from Fortune Indonesia, The left image shows Gliss hair braids from TBWA Düsseldorf which you can find in the Cannes Lions Archive, the lower right is from Young & Rubicam Frankfurt 2008, also found in the Cannes Lions archive.
Update: So Politiken.dk has an article revealing that the Danish tourist board is behind #Karen26 - with the idea spawned by Grey. Forget Tivoli, that teeny disappointment of a statue known as the little mermaid, the beautiful light of Skagen that inspired world renowned art, Legoland, the quaint walking street Strøget, Danish design, the 'lawless' Christiania with its art, music and funny cigarettes and open-minded living. These days Denmark is most known for cartoons that offend muslims, deporting muslims asylum seekers by forcing them out of churches in the middle of the night, and hippie-land Christiania is about to be torn down.
A little birdie emailed me a good question last night: ..would this be worthy of an ad award for ad creativity? Reward the ad 'creatives' who found the artist and put the cause to it? - gee when you put it that way it seems like a no. Has it really become the norm as the Director of the copy-catted "Sorry I'm Late" stop motion film Tony Manonsky said: It feels like some creatives should get the title "researchers" as they sit and scan the web for ideas that they can sell to clients.
See, around a year ago Brazilian artist Nele Azevedo’s was making ice Sculptures of 'Melting Men' and placing them where people would photograph and blog about it. Check Believe it or not's post dated August 2008 and now we find the same ice sculptures doing their melting for WWF. (course, nobody noticed they were so busy talking about that 911 stuff).
Ice sculptures in the shape of humans are placed on the steps of the music hall in Gendarmenmarkt public square in Berlin September 2, 2009. Hosted by the German World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), 1,000 ice sculptures made by Brazilian artist Nele Azevedo were positioned on the steps in the German capital at noon, to highlight climate change in the arctic region. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz
This weeks ban could be filed under "that's what Dov was going for all along", as an American Apparel ad has been banned in the UK by the ASA for featuring a girl looking underage and the shots "suggested she was stripping off for an amateur photo shoot". Isn't that their entire 'campaign'? The ASA ruling also reads: "Because the ad could be seen to sexualise a model who appeared to be a child, under the age of 16 years, we concluded that it was inappropriate and could cause serious offence to some readers.'' The ad appeared in VICE magazine, where it paled in comparison to the editorial content. ;)
The folks at Glue UK have recently launched Team Hunter, an online game where you have to try and identify 50 football team nicknames from a huge illustrated collage of things that at first glance are unrelated to football, for News of the World's returning Score section. Wait, yes...for our regular visitors, you might have heard of an idea or two like this already. It's similar to Stella Artois' print campaign with the hidden films (2005), Virgin's viral game (2005) and Spot The Song commercial (2006), and Absolut's find the bottle game from 2006. True, it's been a while since we've seen something playing with this type of execution. I'm honestly a bit surprised we haven't seen more of it. And it's nice that they included the appropriate social sharing capabilities to show off your scores on Facebook, etc.
Eh? What on earth? Isn't that pretty much exactly the same old joke? (Like the Berlitz language school, this advert seems to be based in what is a rather old joke, I should know I tell old jokes like a parrot all the time.) And since that is only one out of many examples, what is going on here?
On Facebook there's this comment:
A topic started on the official group on 15 august (1 am ya3ni 14 bas belel shewaya) stating that:
“TNTV is proud to compare the funniest TV content and duplicate it in Arabic. However, in each promo there is a difference. Find out and win an interview on Al Kahera Wal Nas in front of 70 Million viewers.Check out the fillers on YouTube and compare them to the original.”
So... They meant it as a game? but wait, there's more:
Notice that the previous was posted only on facebook and the website, for internet geeks to shut up, but never on TV, as only facebook users knew then about the whole rip off thing, tv watchers supposedly didn't know, han3arrafhom leh???
OK, that does seem rather odd. I have no idea what is the gameplan here. Did they make that "Game" thing up as to cover their asses after they got caught, or was there in fact a "game" in it? If so , what do us badland-obessed people win? I'd love a trip to Egypt!
As Creativereview noticed the playface commercial isn't the first one to do photographs of peoples faces as they react to stuff. Not sure if the Playstation ads were meant to look like sex, but some of the expressions do. (And imho the whole sex-angle makes it funnier, to me)
Creative review reckons it reminds them of Coco De Mer & Trojan campaign that we badlanded here previously. There the photographs are based on portraits taken at the moment of climax.
I've been asked to "retweet this far and wide", over on Advertiser in Arabia blog, the author whose goal is to "establish myself as a provocative MarCom voice" is pointing out the similarities between the UK VW Cinema campaign to a set of ads from Leo Burnett, Cairo for client Melody. With extra exclamation marks. Three to be exact.
The Egyptian ads open with a super stating the year- ١٩٩٥ and ١٩٨٥ - that's 1995 and 1985 for those who don't read arabic numbers, a little thing I picked up when living in Jeddah only so that I could remind my dad when to 'slow down, we're not on the autobahn' as he suffered from lead foot most of his life. The VW ads open with a super stating "Volkswagen presents".
Adfreak just spotted the Indian Omex camera campaign which was on the 2009 Cannes Lions longlist via some gossip-blog, but failed to notice that the idea of stalking camera features has been done for LeicaShop “Extra Wide Lens Cameras” as well. The funny here is that both campaigns were on the cannes Lions longlist this summer - but neither one made it to the shortlist. The jury must have felt like they were seeing double, for once not due to the free flowing rosé.
Yep, joelapompe beat us to that, and I've tweeted their post before.
Then again that wasn't street art seen everywhere either. The creepy part of the Obama poster is that it seems to be a campaign not done by street artists. Over at Metafilter sef-described "one of the guys who co-founded Andre The Giant has a posse" comments on these posters with the zing-twist at the end:
Oh. And one other thing. This is slight, but for the trained eye it's gold. You know that whole, Frank Shepard Fairey vs. AP vs. AP photographer hullabaloo over fair use and the Fairey Obama campaign poster? Well, anyone recognize the Joker-fied Obama image? Say, from the cover of TIME magazine?
Now that's irony!
At this point, it's so meta it's making my head spin.
Many people have emailed to point out the handheld-boob trend going on right now. EURO RSCG Warsaw, did an ad explaining experience in lingerie by showing a much older womans hands cupping the breasts of a young model for Aniela. They all pointed out that ALMAP/BBDO already did this for Meias Liz Underwear.
The whole campaign for Meias Liz shows mens hands as various lingerie items, a bra, a demi-cup bra, a pair of knickers. I'm not sure what that is supposed to mean but it makes pretty pictures. The idea isn't "have your boobs cupped by our 40 years of experience" anyway. Maybe the idea was "Feel like some random man is grabbing your crotch", I don't know. Either way, not really turning me - the potential target - on enough to consider either brand of lingerie.