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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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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

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.

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
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Kellie-Jay on Adland's podcast

The Adland Podcast ep 8: Kellie-Jay Keen "Woman" campaign creator on why it's so controversial.

Kellie-Jay, also known as Posie Parker, speaks with Dabitch on this episode of Adland's podcast about the "Woman" billboard campaign th

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.

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?

Ask Siri who the President of Israel is, and you'll get an anti-Semitic answer

Here's a lesson on how to alienate your fan base.

Google bans British greasy spoon café ad, for advertising their faggots and peas.

These automatic ad bans just keep getting funnier.
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As hurricane Dorian pummels the Bahamas, Coke ads cheerfully speak about "waves"

As hurricane Dorian, a terrifying cat 5, pummeled the Abaco and Grand Bahama islands in the Bahamas people searched social media for news.

The new Sauvage, le Parfum - A dialogue between cultures & The song that changed rock n' roll

These are the two "behind the scenes "clips released to tease the new Sauvage campaign with Johnny Depp.
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Dior launches new ad for Sauvage with Johnny Depp and Native Americans - get called out for appropriation.

A new teaser ad for an upcoming perfume fragrance called “Sauvage” that designer fashion house Dior bills as “an authentic journey deep into the Nativ

"The vagina bible" has social media ads blocked, because of the word "vagina"

Let's see if that headline survives in our Twitter and Facebook pings, shall we?

Mercedes Canada has stirred up controversy with line "the values that unite us all" in short Twitter ad

Careful with your Pridewashing, brands, or you may get the same reaction as Mercedes-Benz Canada just got
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Billboard that celebrates low birthrates gets cheeky reply from Portuguese family

The Great Decrease - aka de grote krimp in Dutch - is an organisation that wants to open up to have a discussion about the global population growth.
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Reactions to Campaign's Nigel Farage article.

The advertising world was rather taken aback by Campaign's choice of putting Nigel Farage on the cover.
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Spotify launches "Dance like nobody's paying" campaign that annoys unpaid musicians.

In another chapter convincing us yet again that Spotify really hates musicians, these ads almost seem to antagonize on purpose.

Australia’s consumer watchdog sues Samsung for 'misleading' water-resistant claims on Galaxy phones

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) today launched legal proceedings against Samsung.

Jamie Windust for HSBC tweet is deleted after pushback

On 23rd of May HSBC tweeted a clip showing Jamie Windust talking about how being too much is actually just enough.
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Katarina Stegnar's performance art poster #hatebetter shocks

Katarina is a performance artist in Slovenia, but her outdoor poster in Ljubljana advertising her upcomping piece #hatebetter, may have turned into an
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Chips Ahoy celebrates Mother's Day with a drag queen

Coffee By Design says coffee shops advertising CBD are violating their trademark.

Is CBD coffee from Coffee By Design or is it coffee with CBD?

Ancestry.com apologizes and deletes ad after critics say it romanticized slavery

Ancestry.com apologized Thursday for a controversial advertisement published to its YouTube channel earlier this month.

Alex Schulman posts "At last!" on an image of burning Notre Dame, his sponsor Mat.se bears the brunt of it

The danger in sponsoring influencers' social media has always been the same as sponsoring a celebrity, they may mouth off and say something stupi

Hornbach - So riecht das Frühjahr / This is what spring smells like (2019) :45 (Germany)

Hornbach knows what spring smells like. It smells like sweaty men doing difficult landscaping jobs, and fixing up the house.

Air Asia had to remove ads after accusations that they were promoting sex tourism in Thailand

A group of activists fighting against the objectification of women posted photos of Air Asia’s latest campaign in Australia, which advertised flights
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Åhléns new ad in Sweden, showing a father reading Pippi Longstocking in Dari, gets backlash on social media

Åhléns has released a short video on their social media and selected TV-slots where man reads Astrid Lindgrens classic Pippi Longstocking book for his
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Prada Pradamalia Otto & Toto characters pulled after accusations of "blackface", Prada apologises

Prada's Pradamalia is accused of being "Sambo-like imagery" and blackface on social media. Prada decided to pull the carachter.
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Jenny Nyströms "tomten"
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@Sweden on Twitter shuts down after seven years of being curated by random Swedes

After seven years, @sweden the twitter account will tweet for the last time on September 30.
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Pepe the Frog creator sues Infowars

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L'Oreal UK's hijab-wearing model Amena steps down and apologises after discovery of anti-semitic tweets.

L’Oreal UK’s latest advert features "influencer" star Amena, along with other women across the UK.

Man dressed as Shark mascot fined in Austria under new anti-Burka law

Warda Network, and Austrian ad agency shared on their facebook page that a man in a Shark Mascot suit they created was fined for running afoul of the
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Lola, the model in the "Racist Dove ad" defends original concept

Lola Ogunyemi is a model who has unwillingly become the face of "racist ad" after she appeared in a Dove body wash campaign.

Ford's Saudi comment on women drivers looks just like Lynx award winner from 2016

As soon as Saudia Arabia announced that women will be allowed to drive, Nissan, Ford and Volkswagen hurried to publish topical ads commenting on the h

Lidl airbrushes cross from Greek food packaging

Citing the desire to remain "religiously neutral," German budget supermarket chain Lidl found itself receiving backlash after it airbrushed
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Transgender former L’Oréal model Munroe Bergdorf defends "all white people are racist" comments

Model Munroe Bergdorf was part of a recent campaign created by L’Oréal that champions diversity, but after posting "all white people are racist&q
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Dodge #RoadkillNIghts accidentally took a wrong turn

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Sarah Palin sues the New York Times for defamation

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SheaMoisture's growing pains as they expand market - social media backlash for ads

A funny thing happened on SheaMoisture's way to expanding their market share...
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Catholic groups bus ad stating biological reality is investigated for "possible hate crime"

The bus belongs to Catholic group, Hazte Oir, which translates as "Make yourself heard." Ignacio Arsuaga, the president of Hazte Oir, argues

What happens when ads don't prove what you want them to?

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END CAMPUS RAPE - women are now notches on a helmet.

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Banjo, Sydney ad agency, apologises for alleged 'racial' incident

"What is it with advertising agencies this week?" asks Twitter down under as the news spread that Banjo Advertising had said to a candidate
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Lena Dunham wants to remove guns from film billboards

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