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Kids: don't do the Osama & courier ad-joke, it's been done.

Pretty much as soon as Osama was caught, and it was revealed that a courier had given him up, the jokes started flying on twitter and bets were hedged on when adkids would make ads for Fedex based on this. Adgrunt @Purplesime even warned against it:

"Dear ad students: Don't do the bin Laden courier ad for DHL or Fed-Ex. I know, it's tempting..."

Tempting enough to already have been done? Of course! And not just once, but twice, as Joelapompe shows here, once for Beta Express Shipping, and once for Deppon Express Shipping. @joelapompe always has to have the last word when it comes to Badlanders. Show-off. ;)

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The Tetris visual - where does the idea go?

It's high time to Badland that Tetris image too often used to show how you can fit items into cars and furniture into your house. We get it. It's an easy visual.

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Walls come alive with animations in Badland

Fans of Italian street artist Blu have been poking me to display this Badlander pairing. Since I'm fresh out of snark, having just spent it all on a re-run of Jersey Shore, I'll just point at these two and say enjoy the cool animation, kids.

"Muto" a short film by Blu, shot in Buenos Aires and Baden, 2008

Music by Andrea Martignoni, produced by Mercurio Film, assistant: Sibe

Agency: BBDO Berlin, Director: Jose Gomez @ Shilo, shoot location (wait for it....) Buenos Aries!

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"You know you're not the first" how ironic, neither is your use of that line.

@CreativeTweets has spotted a neat badlander, and explains "My fellow admen, this is why they hate us". No, not just because the ad itself, line at least, is a dupliclaim or rather a homage of sorts, but also because that sexist rhetoric is getting real tired now. Sociological Images who found the ad do not like the idea that "non-virgin women are just like used cars".

As Lauren points out, it’s blatant objectification of women, but “in addition to objectifying women to sell vehicles, this campaign suggests that a woman’s sexual past is equivalent to depreciation.”

The Dalewurfel.com ad is meant to be a self-referential ad, adding "....but do you really care?" to the headline. This doesn't make it any less tasteless though. I've shown the BMW ad here before in the post: Boys, Girls - this is not a competition. Sexist ads are bad for everyone.

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Change.org slapped ConAgra, Manwich ads pulled.

In the least surprising bit of news this week, Adfreak reports: "Manwich ads yanked for slapping girly men. The ads which were on youtube last week have been pulled from there, after ConAgra received complaints. The petition at Change.org argues: "Violence against gender non conforming men and women is a serious problem in our country and should not be used for lazy jokes in advertising. Every year thousands of men and women are victims of hate crimes because of their perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. This commercial series glorifies those crimes."

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"It gets better" campaign idea hijacked by "Save the children" in Sweden?

Quick rundown of what It Gets Better project is: Billy Lucas was another gay and bullied teen who committed suicide in September last year. Hate messages filled his memorial page.

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Dadibos looks like Adidas

Can't quite put my finger on it... Just feels rather, similar somehow. This rather funny logo-pairing via @hmdqdrshk. Dadibos makes footballs and not websites I gather since their own doesn't exist.

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We've seen the "rising bars" image selling cellphone networks before.

This tweet alerted us to the fact that some people figured the "bar" thing representing coverage was already done to death, as it reads:

So...@EtisalatUAE caught copycatting ads again...where's @adland and @adnationme when you want em? http://twitpic.com/44zrnd

The first thing I thought of was BBDO's AT&T campaign shot by Pete Barett when I saw the "increasing bar" idea. The extra funny in the tweeted example is that both images depict skyscrapers. A very easy choice, AT&T thought further than that.

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Mad magazine spoofs Economist "light bulb" poster, in reverse.

Mad magazine and ad agency Serviceplan in Germany have revived the Economist "light bulb" people sensor poster from way back in a spoof sure to make all adgrunts giggle a little. See, in the Economist poster, the light bulb came on when a person passed underneath it. In the MAD version, it shuts off. Har har har! A bit self-referental for my taste, but advertising people are probably the only consumer group who still buy Mad magazine and old Far Side cartoons so I'll let it slide. ;)

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Superbowl ads, the stranger in the bar 1996 vs 2011

This is probably just me, but I chuckled just now when I remembered the 1996 Coors Light Super Bowl commercial "Rocky Mountain high". In this ad, stranger enters the bar, is eyed up by all the local barflies, and then they break into song....

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Coke "Border patrol ad" Super bowl plays out like 8 PM whisky ad

Our first Superbowl Badlander is this pairing, yes, Coke did it again. Shoutout to Anantha who jogged my memory-cells, the Coke ad border-dispute idea was once done in an ad for whisky in India. Is this becoming a habit? Last year we found the Coke sleepwalking ad had been done as an Israeli yogurt-drink ad way back in 2001. Brainsync again! Drats.

Lets compare and contrast, shall we?

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Doritos crash the Super Bowl gay ads shafted - Badland ad will never air during the bowl

Doritos® and Pepsi MAX® are experiencing a bit of controversy regarding their annual Crash The Superbowl competition this year, as two ads depicting gay men have made the rounds on the web as if they were potential Super Bowl ad airs, despite never making it to the final round of the competition.

Frito-Lay Director of Public Relations Chris Kuechenmeister told GLAAD the ads were two out of 5,600 that were submitted to the company for its “Crash the Super Bowl” contest. He said the ads were not among the finalists chosen by a panel of judges, and have no chance of airing during the Super Bowl or otherwise.

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Stimorol School Desk vs Sportlife School desk.

Gosh, the post barely had time to dry. Or something. Stimorol School desk from Ogilvy Cape Town says "longer lasting flavor" by showing the missing gum underneath school desks.

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"We Believe in Salivation" (almost) kissing priests Antonio Federici ad banned.

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'.

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Pregnant nun munching on ice-cream offends Catholics

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.

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