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Risque Tongue billboard complaint upheld in NZ

New Zealand's ASA has upheld the complaint of shoe retailer Tongue's risque billboard ad, finding it indecent.

This isn't the first time Tongue's ads have brought about complaints to the ASA. In the past, other ads, created by Adworks Ogivly, have also caused raised eyebrows around the island.

Read on to see the "offending" images.

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Two hard nuts to crack, or three.

Triple badlander - for those who can't count. Google's prime number billboard versus BMG's trade poster.

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First jesus related ad bannage of the year

The first ad victim of the ban-hammer is rather tame, but bound to offend someone in "80% Catholic" Lithuania.

Beer-brewing company Kalnapilio-Tauro Grupe have been "condemned" by the Catholic Church in Lithuania, as Kalnapilio-Tauro used an image of Jesus Christ wearing headphones to advertise its beer. "Many believers are hurt and outraged that the Saviour's image... was used for advertising beer," said Archibishop Sigitas Tamkevicius in a statement. "The use of Catholic symbols for commercial purposes and especially for advertising alcoholic beverages is absolutely unjustifiable." Why the headphones? Well, if you bought a beer you could win a CD. God help them, as that's not very creative at all. ;)

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Apple caught copying again?

Once it's a coincidence, twice it might be something else - not long ago Apple got their ear pinched for that Lugz advert twin. Now their recent Intel spot looks a lot like a music video from The postal Service. See the video hosted at The Last Minute Blog who spotted the likeness.

On the one hand - how different can chip factories look really? On the other, this looks a lot like demo love.

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The carrot and stick trick - twice.

How ironic it is that the ads for creative award shows should end up in Badland due to lack of creativity..... this is a pairing you must see!

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Toyota, Volkswagen & now Ikea

The same idea sells two different cars on two sides of the pond. American Toyota versus British Volkswagen - now updated with a cherry Canadian Ikea on top. Bo-yah!

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Kia's save the greenbacks campaign

Scott @ the Media Orchard tips us to this post Environmentally Unconscious, a rant about Kia's "Save the Greenbacks" Campaign, posted on Tuesday January 10, 2006. Something which, oddly enough, was posted at the DailyKos Monday Jan 09, but links to Tuesdays post at the Orchard. How twilight zone! ;)

Anyway, their point is that ads parodying Greenpeace type actions when talking about gas guzzling cars ain't very smart. On that we might agree, though I'm much more enraged by the plagiarism, as Toyota did that idea better back in 2004! Super adgrunts, see for yourself:

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The Ice Rinks Echo.

Old timer adgrunt AndrejX suggested these two ads as badlanders - and we must admit, never seen such dead on twin ideas before. Well, not too often anyway. ;)

Super adgrunts, compare these:

Postimees Newspaper – Ice Rink


Triomega – Ice Rink

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Women's legs banned from outdoor ads in Moldovan capital

In the Moldovan captial, Chisinau, authorities have ordered billboards using the image of a woman's legs to advertising pantyhose to be removed.

Acting mayor Vasily Ursu said earlier that showing women’s legs on billboards was contrary to the standards of ethics and advised designers to look for a more creative solution than just capturing bare legs.
Ursu, however, said: "If you show me similar billboards in other cities, I may let them be used again."

You can see the image of the "offensive" legs at the link above.

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Clemenger BBDo and JWT have same idea for AutoTrader

Last week we reported on JWT in London placing ads for their "Don't Drink and Drive" campaign in the UK's AutoTrader. Adgrunt Stealthman alerted us to the fact that Clememger BBDO in Wellington, NZ had done the same exact thing in 2001 for LTSA (Land Transport Safety Authority) which appeared in the NZ AutoTrader. The idea won a Clio and other NZ industry awards including ones for media.

Read more to see the ads.

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First viral advert banned by the ASA

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned its first internet viral ad. The watchdog said the images in the advert for Midway Games' Mortal Kombat campaign titled Blood on the Carpet were offensive and irresponsible.

The advert's creators said was meant to be humorous, but the ASA said it had had one complaint and that the advert was irresponsible, since it glorified violence and some scenes could be emulated.

The ASA said the ad showing a man's heart being ripped out and another being decapitated caused distress and serious offence.

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BBC "Faces" campaign withdrawn after more than 1300 complaints

They defended it for a long time, the infamous faces advert for digital TV, but the BBC has been forced to withdraw the advert with the creepy head, made up of lots of smaller heads. At the end of November it had only received 400 complaints, but now that number has climbed to 1,300 complaints.
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A spokesman for the BBC is trying to save face - heh - by stating that the trailer had simply "finished slightly early", after it "achieved its goal".

The BBC's own website is witness to how much people were genuinly creeped out by the image - comments include:
"As a registered psychotherapist, I wish to protest that this image is disturbingly psychotic. Its unacknowledged aggression could make a fragile viewer ill".
Another entry reads: "I was having my dinner when the advert came on and it was all I could do to keep my food down. The images actually made my skin crawl."

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Refused anti-Foie gras ads - too shocking says railway company

Down in Belgium the animal rights activist group GAIA has gotten their anti-Foie gras campaign banned, sorta. The railway company where the ads were meant to run won't have them because they find the images "too shocking". More shocking than force feeding geese so that their livers will become grotesquely enlarged and make a nice snack? Apparently so, read more to see full images.

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Banned TV Spot - John Woo style

If account people don't kill a fun concept, then the lawyers will. This moving spot was banned from officially airing on television.

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Racing twin animations, Ford StreetKa vs Music video

In light of the recent Lugz Apple controversy where two ads style and colours are so similar that they could be twins, a friendly adgrunt sent us this. It's a little old seeing as these came out a few years back, but this edit where both the ad and the music video animation are shown side by side accentuates their similarities in a most amusing fashion, as the editing seems to cut scenes at exactly the same time, so do take a peek. Read more to see Ford Streetka: Summertime vs. ? music video.

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