Ima let you finish, but this is the worst super bowl ad of all time. Of all time. Kenyan runer gets drugged by mercenaries who then equip him with shoes. What?

In 2008 I put this on Adland's pick of the top five worst ever super bowl ads of all time list as #1.

Ad agency: Saatchi&Saatchi
Just For Feet.

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  • Dabitch's picture
    Dabitch

    michael gebert wrote:

    Now, I know what you’re thinking—where can I get a total pushover client like that? But there’s a bigger issue here—ad agency malpractice. If there is such a thing, this wasn’t it.

    Salon called it the ad from hell.

    Mar 14, 2004
  • AnonymousCoward's picture
    AnonymousCoward (not verified)

    Just For Feet made its own blunders as well, though the Saatchi ad certainly didn't help matters. You really gotta wonder how this got to the point where it actually played on tv. Didn't anyone notice that it was iffy, or did everyone suffer from nurse's syndrome (where you assume whatever's being done is ok because someone 'more important' said so, the way nurses will usually administer medications as per doctor's orders even if it seems wrong/unusual)?

    Mar 15, 2004
  • John J's picture
    John J (not verified)

    My understanding was that the client Just For Feet did object a few times, but that Saatchi kept insisting and eventually wore them down. I'm a consultant, and if I advise my client to do something, and they object and I do it anyway, I am liable if it goes wrong. In fact I'm wrong even if they don't object and I'm negligent and do something stupid. The only time I'm not responsible is if I advise my client not to do something and they do it anyway.

    Saatchi & Saatchi was a marketing consultant, they weren't paid simply to film and edit a commercial, they were paid to create positive awareness of their client, and they failed in that and should have been held fully responsible. It's really too bad Just For Feet went bankrupt essentially killing any chance of that.

    To be honest, I can't even really tell what the add is trying to say. Are the white hunters the Client hunting down the black customer in need? Like the guy looks like he is mortified when he wakes up to find his feet imprisoned in shoes, how is that even a positive thing from a purely marketing standpoint. They put shoes on the guys feet and he screams "nooooooo!". Is it just me?

    Jan 20, 2015
  • sport's picture
    sport

    You're a consultant and you spell ad, singular, as "add"?

    Apr 15, 2015

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