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Apple apologizes for iPad ‘Crush’ ad

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A crushing negative response to the Apple iPad ad, but we were all fine when LG KC910 Renoir was advertised the same way.

You've seen the new iPad ad. You've seen everyone complain about it on social media.
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Amazing adhoax, Global and Transport for London (TfL) denies that Gymbox bus-top ad exists.

Well, it seems someone has been fibbing.

Planned parenthood billboard: "Virginity is a social construct"

Well, that's a surefire way to get attention.

Anheuser-Busch quietly lets go of execs that were behind the Dylan Mulvaney Bud Light fiasco

Anheuser-Busch's two highest-ranking marketing executives are no longer employed with the company following its recent reorganization.

Gröna Lund cancels "also for cowards" advertising campaign with Joel Kinnaman after deadly accident.

Gröna Lund has decided to halt its advertising campaign for the theme park.
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Kellogg's possibly facing boycott due to Tony the Tiger posing with Dylan Mulvaney

Well, this is an odd one, but several sources are claiming that Kellogg's is facing boycotts because Tony the Tiger posed with Dylan Mulvaney on
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Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence wins lawsuit over GQ cover mimicking Michelangelo's “David”

Recent news has brought attention to Michelangelo's famous sculpture "David" due to a lawsuit won by Italy's Ministry of Cultural

Innocent drinks asks "what is okay to say?" on trans issues, get enough backlash to delete their entire tweet thread.

Innocent drinks are your yummy fancy juice and smoothie mixes that we all have become fans of, as it's easy fruit, vitamins, and just plain good

Pattie Gonia celebrates "pride season" sponsored by North Face for second year

Just like in 2022, North facehired Drag Queen Pattie Gonia
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Target facing backlash over Abprallen "Pride" clothing collection, removes Abprallen items,

Target is facing criticism once again for its gay pride collection, this time due to its collaboration with a controversial designer.
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Adidas models "women's" pride swimsuit, on a male model. What happened to Unisex?

Here's a crazy idea, adidas, if you want your pride swimsuit to be worn by either sex, why don't you just dust off the old "unisex"

Uh-Oh, Lionsgate Movies hired Dylan Mulvany to promote "Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret." on social media.

Judy Blum's book "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret." was read by generations of middle-school girls.
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Heckler & Koch tweet out against gun bunnies, in reply to fresh controversy over Miller Lite women's history month ad.

Heckler & Koch tweet out against gun bunnies, then lock down and clean controversial tweets from the account.
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Gay bars boycott Bud Light after Anheuser-Busch InBev's "anti-transgender actions and statements"

The never ending Bud Light saga has yet another update.
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Anthropologie uses dancer Harper Watters to show off dresses on their Instagram, backlash ensues.

In what seems to be an increasingly common occurrence, a brand hires a male to show off products targeted at women.
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Bud Light offers distributors free beer and change in ad direction in response to backlash over Dylan Mulvaney promotion

In Swedish we have a very odd idiom that translates to: "Now you've shat in the blue cabinet."
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Major swimwear label Seafolly is for sale only a couple of months after sparking backlash for hiring a trans model.

It was only in March that Seafolly sparked a major backlash for using a trans-identified model in an Instagram story celebrating pride month in Austra

LGBTQ group The Human Rights Campaign urges Bud Light to reaffirm support for trans community amid backlash over Dylan Mulvany partnership

Anheuser-Busch gets called out for weak response to trans influencer backlash - HRC says 'be more than just liquid courage!'"
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Seafolly releases statement about the Deni Todorovič backlash.

Seafolly releases statement

Non-binary model Deni Todorovič posing for Seafolly women's swimwear sparks backlash

In a move that has left many scratching their heads, Seafolly has tapped non-binary model Deni Todorovič to be the face (and body) of their latest cam
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In response to Hershey's "Her for She" the Dailywire launches Jeremy's chocolate binary

A few days ago Hershey's Canada released this year's version of their "Her for She" campaign,
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Film Festival vs Film Festival - or little girls have a flair for the dramatic in Badland.

Thank heaven, for little girls!
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Burberry pulls ad showing model with a double mastectomy due to pushback: ‘B:MINE’

Burberry pulled an image from its latest campaign after heavy criticism A double mastectomy?
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Belvedere Vodka Presents Daniel Craig - dancing just like Christopher Walken in that Fat Boy Slim video

Listen, I love ads that are big and bombastic, and creative.

A retro Badlander - Colt 1967 vs Tuborg and their beer goggles 1994

Here's an assuming little find, as I was scrolling through the old ads that I post, I found this Colt 45 beer ad, and immediately thought of Tubo
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The timeline of the Balenciaga ad fail saga

To keep track of everything happening in the Balenciaga saga, we've put together this helpful timeline.

Balenciaga Drops $25 million lawsuit, and royalty are now speaking out against them.

We reported that Balenciaga has filed a $25 million lawsuit against production company North Six and set designer Nicholas Des Jardins in November, we

MAC Cosmetics launch makeup edit with Joseph Harwood and donate £50,000 to Mermaids which is currently under statutory inquiry

MAC Cosmetics Launch Inclusive Makeup Edit by Joseph Harwood (He, She, They) and Donate £50,000 to Mermaids Charity
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Balenciaga has filed a $25 million lawsuit against production company North Six and set designer Nicholas Des Jardins

By now you will have heard of the controversial campaigns that featured child porn references and children holding teddy-bears dressed in bondage.
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Tampax attempts to apologize for offensive tweet that triggered he #BoycottTampax hashtag

An update on the #BoycottTampax trending topic, Tampax tweeted on Saturday an apology.

KFC Germany apologizes for Kristallnacht promotion

KFC Germany sent an app alert on Wednesday: "It's memorial day for Kristallnacht!

Zillow - Night Swimming (2022) :30 (USA)

Compare Homes With Zillow (:30)
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Gucci - The Exquisite Gucci Campaign (2022) :90 (UK)

“I’ve always been charmed by cinema.
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Badland: Sweden Democrats copy a 30 year old beer ad for their election song - edit by edit.

We have an interesting IP tiff in the political advertising landscape in Sweden right now.
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McCain makes drag queen "Baga Chipz" their "Creative Director"

Frozen food giant McCain announced that drag queen Baga Chipz is to serve as the brand’s creative director.
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Oops! Lawyers stealing concepts = jailed in Badland.

Intellectual property is a tricky field, it's far easier being a divorce lawyer.
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Using Snapchat 'Jeep Code' Campaign by Publicis Toronto turns world into a Jeep showroom.

The average Jeep buyer is typically a Boomer or a Gen Xer.
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Time to Badland the code cracking recruitment campaigns. Again.

Alright! Time to Badland this properly!
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Yoppie CEO releases statement regarding "bleeders", offers no apology for the term

Just yesterday we posted "Yoppie menstrual cycle care company calls its potential customers "bleeders", attracts ire"
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Yoppie menstrual cycle care company calls its potential customers "bleeders", attracts ire

It sounds bonkers, but the CEO and founder of a menstrual cycle care company just called her potential customers thoroughly objectionable people.
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The Vagina Museum tweets about trans women on International Women's Day, say they're now harassed for it

The Vagina Museum decided to create a thread about Trans Women for #InternationalWomensDay
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New York Times under fire for new ad campaign "imagining Harry Potter without its creator"

The new ad campaign from the New York times with Becky, Lianna, Vera, Yassmin, and Jordan, has come under fire for "chilling" line referring

Memo to advertisers using stock hands, don't color the palm black it's super weird.

Once again an advertiser has found themselves in hot water for making a weird hand using stock images.
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GAY TIMES and Grey London launched Amplifund campaign - "Incomplete Without the T" (2021) (UK)

GAY TIMES and Grey London have launched Amplifund campaign - Incomplete Without the T.

Stockholm Film Festival poster banned for using Pedro Almodóvar's lactating nipple image

Pedro Almodóvar's most recent movie, Parallel moms, has quite the eye-catching (heh) poster.

M-sense Migräne has their logo copied by Facebook / Meta

No sooner had Facebook announced their "meta" rebranding before the internet exploded in memes mocking the new name, and new logo.
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John Lewis pulls their controversial "dancing boy" advert, but ad still lives on with new sender

The John Lewis ad with the boy dancing to Stevie Nicks attracted plenty of complaints as soon as it was released, so much so that John Lewis had to ta
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John Lewis takes to social media to explain their latest ad.

When I was in ad school our mentor John Gillard would - quite literally - tear our work apart.

The "Don't get vaccinated" truck was a PSA from Boone Oakley

A "Don't get vaccinated" truck has been driving around Charlotte, North Carolina, causing a bit of a stir on social media.
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Peloton's Stylish Post-Lockdown Ad stole its visual concept from Lowe's

Hacks at Peloton nicked a visual concept because they used the same post house.
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Lynx pays people for putting billboards in their homes, just as Hedvig home insurance did.

This is an interesting Badlander, it's the media itself which is the idea badlanded here.
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Shaggy's "It wasn't me" Super bowl ad song previously used in joint Bank & Dubai police anti-fraud campaign

Shaggy was one of the many celebrities who appeared in the 2021 Super Bowl commercials, as he revived his hit song "It wasn't me" for C

"Indeed" and "Guaranteed rate" use the same stock footage in their Superbowl ads.

Well, this is awkward....
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MeUndies releases "Harry Potter" underwear set, J K Rowling anti-fandom get their panties in a twist.

MeUndies joined in the fun for the spooky season by launching a collection of Harry Potter themed undie.
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Amazon launches in Sweden - with a machine translated site full of dirty words

Amazon has just launched in Sweden, but the site is an embarrassing machine-translated mess.
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The "I ❤️ J.K. Rowling" billboard made a brief appearance in Vancouver, Canada

In the evening of September 11, a billboard in Vancouver Canada spelled out: "I ❤️ J.K. Rowling", but it has already been removed.
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Paypal blocks the word "Tardigrade" and "Cuba", forcing shops to rename their products

In yet another example of the algorithm only being as smart as the human who programmed it, Paypal has caused sales losses and scared off customers fr
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Netflix apologizes for using artwork that sexualizes children to promote controversial film

The streaming service removed the poster but not the controversial film.

Otter Pops deletes tweet supporting Portland Antifa group

Otter Pops deleted a tweet from its account in response to what appeared to be from a supporter of Black Lives Matter in Portland asking to donate the
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Audi apologises for "insensitive" image of young girl eating a banana.

"We sincerely apologize for this insensitive image and ensure that it will not be used in future.
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"I ❤️JK Rowling" banner temporarily back at Waverley train station, Edinburgh.

This Friday, people at Waverly train station were momentarily treated to another glimpse of the controversial "I ❤️JK Rowling" poster design

KFC in Trinidad and Tobago had to remove their Emancipation Day posts after complaints

KFC in Trinidad and Tobago celebrated Emancipation Day, August 1, on their Instagram account with a piece of KFC chicken, where the shadow showed a bl

"Get a grip", the ASAI banned a Tampax ad, the ad has now gone viral, discussed everywhere

The ASAI upheld complaints that the ad contained general offense, but not that it was demeaning to women or had sexual innuendo.
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The "I ❤️JK Rowling" billboard has been removed by Network Rail Scotland

Well, that didn't take long.

Mackmyra Whisky disputes advertising judgment by launching "Freedom Whiskey"

In Sweden, the advertising rules for alcohol are very strict.

Bol.com celebrates Netherland national holiday with Luxembourg flag. Awkward.

Koningsdag or King's Day is a national holiday in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Quirky upcycled propaganda posters from Engine tell Londoners to stay home

So many campaigns have been launched to encourage people to stay home during lockdown, and like the upcycled propaganda posters w
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Every Covid-19 Commercial is exactly the same

It is not blatantly obvious that you haven't increased the creativity during this time of quarantine. In fact, it's the exact opposite.

"A Swedish raccoon" Covid-19 information mascot denied due to copyright infringement

The region of Skåne in Sweden wanted a cheeky mascot to remind people to wash their hands and created a Swedish racoon as a mascot.

Everybody is separating their logos due to Corona virus.

As the Olympics of 2020 are cancelled, we may as well expect Cannes Lions and a dozen other awards shows to be as well.
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Tesco's "about bloody time" bandage product is accused of plagiarism.

As I pointed out already, Tesco's bandages for diverse skin are not the first, but now they're even accused of plagiarising the concept from
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Bomb threats to ad agency after SAS ad. Russian botnet was not involved in massive downvote.

The reactions to the SAS "What is Scandinavian?
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SAS remove their "What is Scandinavian? Nothing" commercial after backlash

That was unexpectedly fast. SAS removed their "What is Scandinavian?

Frida Mom - Postpartum mother ad rejected from the Oscars.

The advertisement you are about to view was rejected by ABC and the Oscars for this year's award show.

Pizza billboard stating "Fat people are harder to kidnap" removed after complaints.

Banned ad of the week, sort of.

SPAR : "_ngle _ells _ingle _ells"

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