It's only been a month since the pregnant nun munching on ice-cream was pulled, now the latest Antonio Federici meets the banhammer. Seems this was their strategy all along.
The ad which only ran in Look magazine, showed two priests in full robes eating from a tub of ice cream 'in a seductive pose as if they were about to kiss passionately', the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said. Six complaints later, presto - banned.
Defending the ad, the ice-cream company said it did not mock Catholicism but 'reflected the grave troubles they considered affected the Catholic Church'.
It's been probably six months since the last advertising offense toward Catholics, but we're at it again reports AP. The Antonio Federici brand has a posted with a heavily pregnant nun standing in a church holding a tub of ice cream and a spoon, with the strap lines declaring "Immaculately conceived" and "Ice cream is our religion".
The ASA says they've received ten complaints from people who said the ad offended christians.
AdFreak and Adrants are going gaga over the latest Wonderbra idea, a 3D billboard in the UK. While Steve happily admits that he'll be a danger behind the wheel when posters like this distract him, just like that breathless Daily Mail article fears, Adfreak points out that Wonderbra have done the 3D thing back in 2008.
Jared Hess, of Napoleon Dynamite fame ponders if racism is the reason these ads he directed were pulled. In the ads a jheri-curled soul singer is seen serenading a pig and a funnel cake, in a rather over the top fashion. The Utah State Fair Board members have said the ads just "weren't right." Some said they were offensive.
The Utah State Fair Board decided to pull the TV ads when some board members felt they had "sexual undertones" and were "over the top." But Hess says he believes it was only because the actor is black.
The actor in the ad, Markus T. Boddie says he doesn't believe the decision was racially motivated, but he can't say for sure.
Daft ad film "ban" of the week, Comviq has decided to withdraw their new film "Choir" because viewers have taken offense at what they perceive is a film glorifying bullying, rather than a homage to another film.
Americans like their apple pie, meanwhile Swedes like their sandwiches covered in eggs. On top of other eggs. It's eggtastic. In Swedish when we say "kaviar", which is caviar, we mean the stuff that comes in tubes and is generously spread on big sandwiches first. For real.
Cai Guo-Qiang: Head On could be seen at Deutsche Guggenheim, 2006 : link.
Head On concept:
With few wolves scattered in the front gallery, all ninety-nine wolves run, gallop, and jump toward the far end of the exhibition hall, where a wall stands. The bravery of the wolves is met head on by the unyielding wall. As the leading wolves go down, many more follow with force and determination. As those in the front fall and pile up, those behind take up their positions.
Meanwhile the Harvey Nichols "sale" ad called wolves created by Y&R Dubai won a Bronze Lion in Cannes this summer.
The ASA have banned the ad for the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on the ground it is seriously offensive and makes an undue appeal to fear - thems my cliff notes kids, you can read the full verdict under the link. Radio adverts that make "He likes to keep himself to himself" seem like insta-terrorists are indeed very creepy, and this particular example crossed a line - probably because most UK men who like to keep to themselves recognized their own behavior. I'm a bit miffed there's no hotline for me to call regarding the man at the end of the street here, who has parties at all hours, pays by credit card because he never has any money and in is in perpetual debt, never draws the blind because he hopes to flaunt his wiggly bits to teenage girls who pass by on the local bus route.
A woman in Norrköping has reported the Jarlsberg tv-show bumper idents to the Consumer Ombudsman for their "unpleasant" tagline: "the taste is in the holes."
First of all, it's misleading, the taste can't be in the holes. And the more I thought about it, the more I realized how unpleasant it was.
She elaborates: "I felt provoked. It felt like it was alluding to something sexual. Then I got angry. One wonders what sort of society we live in with this kind of attitude toward women."
She's not the only one with her mind firmly in the gutter. There's even facebook groups dedicated to snickering at how "dirty" the tagline is. There's blogposts musing on how the tagline might have been created by an intern, others go straight to the point that holes "probably taste like fish", and newspaper journalists are wondering if those who like tasteful cheese might be able to buy a bag full of holes. (Great idea, marketing - get on that stat!) It's currently the most discussed piece of news at aftonbladets bloggportal.
At Aftonbladet the Jarlsberg cheese Managing Director Magnus Ekstrand defends the ads, and find it being pigeon holed as a sexist ad rather odd. "Our cheese has more unique holes than any other cheese. Somewhere there, she chooses to form associations to something which we don't associate to."
If you hit up Drew Rees homepage you'll find him saying:
I am a Republican and believe people's earnings are their own...
and then blahblah, whatever. Because it's clear from his banner that he doesn't believe that peoples designs are their own. What is he trying to say here? That Reese's Peanutbutter cups support him as their candidate? That he's a direct descendant of H. B. Reese? That he has a peanut butter center? That there's no wrong way to eat him? (oh god, I went there). That he's "perfect"?
What does the Hershey company think about this? Does it fall under "parody"?
We've seen Badlanded ads that copied art before. Toshiba's "space chair" looked like Simon Faithfull's escape vehicles, Forever21's billboard looked like "hand from above", Honda Cog was a bit too close to Der Lauf Der Dinge, and in selling art the billboard art was imitating art, not to forget that these condom ads inspired by "head shots" (and later gamefaces). Yup. So here we go again, selling nuts in Sweden and Norway by way of a Swiss artists visual expression.
It's artist Geoffrey Cottenceaus "Animaux" series that clearly has inspired Estrellas campaign for assorted nuts. McCann Norway who created the campaign have admitted to Dagens Media that they have never contacted the artist. Now the campaign is running in Sweden as well, and still nobody has spoken to Geoffrey Cottenceaus. Crazy, right? Nuts, even. (Pun!)
So, everyone remember the Billboard Magazine kickass Cannes Grand Prix winning "Icons" ads, where the images of famous musicians would be made with red, yellow, blue and black images of other musicians? Yeah, it was tres clever, especially the little photo booths where you could get one of these images made from a photo of you.
Kind have an itch to scratch here. It reminds me a tad of the Spiegel campaign from DDB Dusseldorf made in 2006. Hundreds of wee icons would make the images of Bush, Mao and the iconic portrait of Che - little bombs, oil drills, that sort of thing.
Just me? Either way, they're still a little different.