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Armani in trouble over ad that "sexualized children"

Don't try and look as cool as the Hanson boys if you're an androgynous fella with long hair under the age of ten. A magazine advert for Armani has been withdrawn after it received 74 complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority and 10 complaints to the The Times magazine supplement that ran the ad.

The complaints said that the ad "sexualised children" was "offensive" and "exploitative", while others said the ad "could encourage paedophiles".
Armani knows that the model is male, but the the ASA argued gender was ambiguous and the ad "drew attention to the child's sexuality". Armani has agreed to withdraw the ad and won't run it again in the UK.

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Ford Ka Cat decapitation ad update.

The controversial viral cat decapitation ad for ford Ka which gathered many more complaints than their pigeon killing car last year has also gathered much more press. While Snopes was out early debunking and rebunking the ad, and we posted it April 02 the day after the 'leak', the hype hasn't calmed down yet! A quick search leads to many news articles about the 'unauthorized' ad.

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Goodby Ripping Off. . . McClain Finlon?

To be fair, I don't know who is ripping off who here. Of course, it's also possible that it could all be a coincidence - a freak occurance that defies the laws of man and nature, like Tunguska blast of 1908 or Paris Hilton's celebrity.

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What a pair of boobs

Two years ago radioshow hosts Jim Krenn and Randy Baumann got some media attention for their billboard, this year radioshow hosts Lex and Terry are getting media attention for the same tasteless tactic.

They both plastered giant boobs on a billboard.

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Milk - where did you get that mustache?

It took me way too many years to find the "original" mustache campaign that I remember from when I was a little kid - found deep down in the dusty archives of the Swedish Arla Milk products company, photos of famous people posing with big white mustaches. Concept ring a bell?

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French's vs. Burger King vs. A-1

How is this possible? Three commercials running at the same time with the same concept? Face lickin' good it ain't.

Superadgrunts, click read more to see how many licks it takes to get to the center of a badlander.

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Visual dead on arrival

Two recent campaigns with toe-tags in Sweden - where by the way, there is no "toe-tag" system.....

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Orgasms affect short-term ad-memory?

Or perhaps they've been playing with themselves so much they have gone blind on used adconcepts - Trojan condoms versus the sexy and controversial Coco De Mer campaign.
In late November of 2001 these ads appeared over the United Kingdom. Adam Scholes, art director of the series said: "These are war faces. The photographer was shaking and sweating after he took these." , I bet he was.... Already on the first day of the campaign the ASA was alerted and stated: "The British Codes of Advertising and Sales Promotion are quite clear: no ad should cause serious or widespread offence. The ASA will investigate any complaints it may receive about these posters." The campaign went on to rake in ad awards and photography awards.

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Ethical advice group bans sexist ads

ERK the ethical advice group have been real busy banning ads lately. The infamous Spank fashion ad and the bad body-pun ad from Pentax were both banned for passing the line of what is acceptable and clearly against the ICCs International code of advertising practice. .

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Big ideas in small logos - twice.

Logo's are always a hard problem, big ideas in small fonts seem to work best. What happened here, a brainsync or homage to a classic Gill logo? You decide.

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Aflac vs. Flonase

It doesn't take much to see that the problems of two identical commercials don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.

Super adgrunts, click read more to view commercials from Aflac and Flonase. If you don’t watch these badland spots, you'll regret it. Maybe not today, and maybe not tomorrow, but soon, and for the rest of your life.

I think this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship.

I guess some creatives out there really like Casablanca and Film Noir movies. Oh well. We’ll always have adland.

Click here to view the Aflac spot.

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N-Gage ads deemed "offensive" and "distressing"

Nokia's N-Gage ads, created by Grey Advertising have been banned by Britain's ad watchdog, the ASA, because they could be seen to encourage sexual violence towards women.

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Cisco vs. AOL

The kids are alright.

Super adgrunts, click read more to see what kids are doing these days when they’re not IMing each other about Janet and Justin.

Click here to view the AOL commercial.

Click here to view the Cisco spot.

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Lincoln Navigator vs. Fiat

Doesn’t anyone drive their cars anymore?

Super adgrunts, click read more to turn the knobs of two very similar car commercials.

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Hot Pockets vs. Beef

What’s for dinner? Well it depends on what you’re in the mood for. And I mean the music.

Superadgrunts, click read more to see what’s being served up at badland.

Click here to view the Hot Pockets commercial.

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