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."
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? https://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.
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. ;)
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....
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?
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.
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.