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Banned ads for Viagra

Whoa,

The U.S. doesn't ban Viagra ads when Rafel Palmiero advertises for Viagra. So, why does Brazil, the land of the Samba, wants to ban their Viagra ads with their legend Pele advertising for them?

PETA got another billboard banned

Azcentral reports that a billboard featuring a sultry-looking Bonnie-Jill Laflin will not be seen in Helena. PETA lets you download the ad in .pdf format under that link, and explains their actions.
Those truly interested in how animals are treated at rodeos (without PETA's FUPOV) - where the animals are sports-animals, complete with stars much like basketball played by humans - should research here. PBRnow animal welfare , Prorodeo, and Rodeo about.com . Hat tip to Clayton for ranting on adlist.

Somethin' Looks the Same...

Okay, you all remember the Levi's commercial that aired during the Super Bowl entitled, "Crazy Legs". It featured a guy with the craziest legs you ever saw. Well, it seems McDonald's noticed how odd, yet popular this commercial was. So they came up with the almost exact same commercial...only the guy in their ad didn't have crazy legs. He had a crazy stomach.

Tinkoff Russian Beer Commercials

Here's some Russian beer commercials. However, I can't find the "Yacht" Commercial. The Tinkoff "Yacht" commercial has been banned because the Ad is too sexy for TV.

Truth, Flies and Advertising.

There was some ups and downs in this years Cannes Lions awards, our annual international drama and gossip, how I wish I had been a fly on the wall in the Jury room.

Grey Auckland created a campaign that looks quite a lot like an old Gary Larson joke. It also happened to win Grand Prix Outdoor.

If you haven't read Larson you are a poseur creative - there's a reason his books can be found in nearly every agencies library. His quirky humor triggers creativity. Yep, thats the reason. It's been proven in focus groups.

work for idle hands?

These ads are quite cute, an exiting new media. Nobody seems to have thought of advertising in the gutter before, even though we keep our minds there most of the time.

... Or have they?

Driving and lipstick application

Harvey Nichols insists the advert, which shows the driver nearly running over a man while using the rear-view mirror to apply her lipstick, was tongue in cheek.

Tongue in cheek or not, the ASA has banned this Harvey Nichols lipstick ad after receiving 12 complaints that the ad was "irresponsible, because it showed unsafe driving, and offensive to people who had been, or who knew people who had been, involved in road accidents."

(keep reading...there's more)

Badland does Album covers

Some people believe that every ad that is similar in idea to another ad, is a rip-off. Others know that the idea God messes with our heads from time to time, and two people can come up with the same idea to solve the same problem.

After all, we are megaphones for the memes - we stand on the shoulders of giants. All artists borrow, get inspired and sometimes even steal. We also add ideas together in a classic 1+1=3, a winepress and metal type combined made Johannes Gutenberg famous as the inventor of the printing press.

Lets have a look at the amusing world of similarly designed record covers.

Snuggle gets sexy

The Snuggle bear is getting a new image. Apparently consumers are tired of seeing the inside of laundry rooms, so a new campaign was developed for transforming the Snuggle bear into a more hip and suave character.

Below is the new Snuggle ad. It's said to pay "homage to the surreal "Share the Fantasy" campaign for Chanel No. 5 and the arty, black-and-white campaigns for myriad Calvin Klein scents."

Sexy shoe ads step in it

No, this time it is not the by-now-infamous Puma ads, it's Patrick Cox who are in trouble - and not because of their name.

click read more to see their ad, which Patrick Cox thought was "less overtly sexual than other advertising in the same issue" - and the publisher of I-D magazine agreed with them.

six feet under poster banned

Advertising posters for US drama "Six Feet Under" have been banned.

Depicting corpses the posters sold luxury to die for , embalming fluid and wound filler presented the same way luxury perfumes. The ads parody cosmetics adverts.

The body copy carries on to say that the items are available from Fisher & Sons funeral home - the name of the fictional funeral home in the show.

Durex pun No more

Durex withdraw a poster accused of "promoting casual sex" after three people complained.

A poster and newspaper campaign carrying the the line "Roger More" has been banned after the advertising watchdog ruled it was offensive.

The advertising standards authority ordered Durex to take down the posters after three little old ladies from Hastings, uh, I mean members of the public complained the ad was sexist and irresponsible because it could encourage people to indulge in casual sex.

Durex insisted it was promoting safe sex and encouraging responsible behaviour with the campaign. Safe sex requires condoms, so Durex may have a point. Read more to see offending ad!

adidas 'shoe bomber' ad bombs.

The advertising watchdog in the UK is investigating after receiving complaints that an adidas poster poked fun at the case of the convicted terrorist Richard Reid.

The complaints said the ad depicting a naked athlete wearing nothing but running shoes was inappropriate in the current international climate and should be taken down.

(read more to really see poster)

Don't jump - revisited

The don't jump buses which Adgrunt commando alerted us to back in 1998 have a predecessor - of course. Such a good idea had to have been done before, right? right?

This isn't the "to our readers in high places.." ad - it's a dark horse entering the game, from saatchi in wellington - read more to see their bus roof ad.

lobsters pale by comparison.

Lobsters corner sunblock market. Prawns protest!

adgrunt Errol does some ad sniping in Singapore and brings this fresh Badland catch. Click continue to see the twin ideas. Ooops.

Ads. From the farm to your TV. Fresh!

Advertising agencies are hothouses for creativity, but sometimes their
ideas aren't as farm fresh as they should be.

adgrunts, click continue to see what's growing in the garden of
Badland (DirecTV vs. Fruit Harvest).

flirt, squirt and sex sells?

... OR does it?

Is this a case of dupliclaims - or are these just wet dreams of creatives?

Transforming ideas

It's been a while since we've seen this kind of Badlander*.

The original is a web movie - an animation made by some talented freelancers who wouldn't mind some work thrown their way.. The non-original is made by Nike... Have a look to see what you think about this.

Audio Badland - Levis vs. Intel

You wouldn't think computer chips and denim would have anything in common, but these two spots tell a different story.

Yeah, the spots look different, but they sure sound alike!

Adgrunts, click continue and give these ads a listen.

Porky Papers

Back in April, The Wall Street Journal advertised its new redesign by running a funny trade campaign. To announce a new, lean pork, Smithfield Ham is running a funny ad of their own. Too bad it's the same funny as the Wall Street Journal!

Click continue to see what's on the magazine racks in badland!

Magic Carpet?

These two advertisers couldn't be more different, and their commercials couldn't be more similar.

Superadgrunts, click read more to view "sleepy" spots from DuPont and Sealy.

Walking billboard.

Tobacco has always been a hard sell, and not even copycat creative can help it. Click continue to view the good and the bad.

I see ghosts - plural!

Here's a dupliclaim I never thought would happen, but I have seen many many ghosts lately.

First spook encounter was in March and later in April when an interview with Jeff Goodby - done by a ghost - was sent out planet wide. This was the mere beginning of Ghost plan of raising unpublished ads up on the pedestal they deserve.
These ghosts later invaded Cannes during the adfest to scream a different kind of booh than usually heard in those parts.

here comes the second ghost..

Piercing ideas - twice. Ouch!

First up, the grand prix of Cannes 2002, second, Missing Links campaign for the same shop in 1999. Interestingly they both hung posters on dogleash holders and other places for "piercing" a poster = same unusual media idea too!

God v/s God

Here is the God campaign done by Smith Agency Fort Lauderdale in 1999 :
https://www.csmonitor.com/durable/1999/04/09/p1s4.htm

Photocopied concept

Remember the Diet Coke commercial where cheeky female office workers organized "Diet Coke breaks" to drool over a construction worker named Lucky?

Well, they're back again (at least the creative concept is) and they now have eyes for an Imagistics photocopier repairman!

How many buff construction workers you know drink diet soda? Maybe the repairman should fix the ladies' Gay-dar!

Comes the executioner

This month the ict have brung down it`s axe on many ads.
XBOX
CHAMPAGNE
BBH bartleboglehegarty.com

This ad,which featured a very short life (Literally,it lasted thirty
seconds) received 160 complaint`s resulting in it being banned from TV.Although,as with French connection,this don`t stop them keeping it on their website at https://www.playmore.com
i can see why this one was banned,as i didn`t really like it.
(read more)

A house with a nice southern overexposure.

Badland hypothesis 1: It's bad enough when you're forced to use stock footage. It's worse when the money guys are too cheap to buy exclusive rights to the scenes.

Badland hypothesis 2: An agency with two clients. Brainstorm! We'll use the same location and crew for two different clients, air both at the same time and bill each one the full charges. Ka-ching! No one will ever find out!

Badland hypothesis 3: A 1-in-a-bajillion freaky fluke. At least one agency had the aesthetic good taste to get rid of that annoying power line.

"Read more" to view the clips.

Stepping in doggy duo.

The five steps to badland infamy*
1. You can't come up with a concept to sell State Fair Corn Dogs.
2. You see an Extra Gum commercial and dig the idea.
3. You rip the idea.

Mitsubishi vs. Volkswagen

I scream, you scream, we all scream for originality! But, sometimes the creatives just can't help but have similar ideas.

These two car commercials have two things in common: 1) the airport and 2) kids eating ice cream.

Badland get watered down - Big time

Good Grief - How blatant can you get?

Two products: Evian and Aquafina
Two awards shows: The 2002 Academy Awards and MTV 2002 Movie Awards
Two spots each.
Too many similarities to mention here, so read more to see more...

The Snuggle Struggle - a badland counterstrike

Back in 1999, Unilever had a big ol' hissy fit over a couple of now legendary 3DO Battletanx commercials that used a parody version of their effeminate and fey Snuggle dryer sheet bear.

Adhesive Commercial Rip Off

A commercial here in India has been ripped off from one of the old showbook, but for the life of me I cannot remember which showbook *exactly*.

Can anyone help?

Thanks in advance.

To view this TVC click on link.

https://www.agencyfaqs.com/tvc/sboard/m_seal_0110_2001.html.

distracting TV : Fox sports

Distracting TV!

Levis vs. Harp

At first I thought it was the kid's Levis that made him walk funny... but I later found out, it wasn't what he was wearing, but what he was drinking!

Click read more for the full story.

Doodle Trouble

Doodling in class is fine. But when you cheat off your neighbor's paper, that's just bad! Ad-rag takes you back to school with these two nearly identical ads.

Click read more...

Levis copies Levis uk?

Two films use the same post trick, to explain "twisted to fit" vs.. well.. what exactly? Flyweight? Lightweight jeans?
The alleged copy-catter is the by now infamous TBWA/Chait/day San fran who seem to be getting in the habit...

Hyundai vs. Volkswagen

What do we have here? Two very different car companies with the exact same TV commercial, even down to the music!

Bates USA West is Hyundai's agency (for now!) and the Volkswagen commercial is a spec spot created by director Shawn Driscoll (now at Coppos Films).
Hyundai Rain vs VW rain

Read more to load the clips. You'll need the latest quicktime 6. You probably have it by now.

homage to a better ad?

Us adgrunts loooooove ads. Us adgrunts know adhistory. Us adgrunts are sometimes waaay up our own butts with self referential ads. Yes, we're wankers.

I mean really kids, look at this. A wee bit too much of an in-joke you think? Maybe. Perhaps. A tad uninspired? Maybe. Perhaps. Or maybe it's just a homage to a better ad?

(read more to see a QT clip and double page spread..)

ART IMITATING ART

Err umm there is a disturbing similarity between the D&AD award winning Britart.com campaign from Mother and the ADCNY award-winning L.A. Museum of Contemporary Art campaign from TBWA/Chiat Day. This is probably old news but it's my first post so there.

Deer friendly ad offends hunters.

The jeep ad that had hunters up in arms was pulled off the air by Chrysler. This withdrawal is the second time in two months that Chrysler has changed advertising plans after some consumers complained. Previously, the company had PentaMark rework some dialogue in a commercial for the Chrysler Concorde sedan after protests that it was too "racy".

Too graphical?

Two southamerican posters, cheekily refering to each other.

Last years banned ads

Every year, the amount of ads that are banned or pulled seem to rise. British regulators are too quick to ban complain ad agency heads and creatives in the UK.
In Sweden - liberal land of the free - more ads are banned as they are discriminating against women. Though nudity isn't always the reason ads are banned - sometimes humour is.

Read more to see a selection of banned ads.

Body Shop's "Ruby" Barbie doll banned from the Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway

Ah, Ruby, you nipless plump anti-Barbie. It's been in every Body Shop window since 1998. First you tick off Mattel, and now you're banned from the Hong Kong rail system. Something about pubic hair & nipples. Or the distinct lack of either. (No, this isn't a banned ad per se, it's just refused from certain media venues, but the Hong Kong transit system is large enough to count for a sorta-ban).

Anti Roddick says it best;

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