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The Latest Carl’s Jr. “Sexy Burger” Ad Features A Dude For A Change

The Latest Carl's Jr. "Sexy Burger" Ad Features A Dude For A Change
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Carl’s Jr. ads have a signature formula, and it tends to involve scantily clad hot ladies — which have included Jenny McCarthy, Heidi Klum and Paris Hilton — sauntering around in a semi-NSFW manner while remembering to take a big bite out of a burger every now and then. This time around, the company’s latest “sexy burger-eating” ad features a dude, and damn do things look different when the star is a guy. Keep reading »

Air New Zealand Pulls Sports Illustrated “Bikini Safety” Video Amid Accusations Of Sexism

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Fasten Your Bikinis
  • Air New Zealand launched a Sports Illustrated-themed safety video (yes really) earlier this year starring models like Christie Brinkley and Chrissy Teigen. People were not pleased, and a petition was launched calling it out for sexism. The video was dropped, but New Zealand Air claims the change is just part of their habit of rotating safety videos every few months. [NBC News]
  • In response to the controversy surrounding Kirsten Dunst over statements she has made made about gender in the past, she told Flaunt Magazine that regarding her previous comments were misconstrued and that “obviously I’m a feminist. It’s ridiculous that anyone would think other of me.” [Refinery 29]
  • Columbus Short, who was fired from his role on “Scandal,”  says the show’s creators did the “right thing” in letting him go after he was arrested for domestic violence against his wife. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

How Feminists Watch Commercials

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How Feminists Watch Commercials

Actually, yes, this does accurately sum up how I watch both shaving cream commercials and the E! channel. For the sake of comediennes Akilah Hughes and Suzanne Hitchman, I hope other feminists are able to laugh at this, too. [YouTube]

Crappy Veet Ad Campaign Says A Woman With Leg Hair Is A “Man”

Crappy Veet Ad Campaign Says A Woman With Leg Hair Is A "Man"
Oh Fuck Off, Veet

Listen, it’s not new for companies that make hair removal products and tools to focus their messaging on how “gross” body hair is, in particular on a woman. I don’t think I’ve ever met a hair removal ad that made me feel great or even neutral about my body hair. But these new ads from Veet are lame on a whole other level, as they try to make the case that somehow body hair on a woman is not normal or natural and that if you have it, you are a … wait for it … MANNNNNNNN. There are a few versions of the ad (see more after the jump) all of which basically make clear — in a lighthearted, silly way, don’t take it so seriously, you fucking hairy feminist — that even the tiniest bit of body hair, hair that has emerged since you shaved yesterday, means you look like a gross, brutish man and you should be embarrassed for anyone to see you in such a state of un-groomed nastiness. (Which is why you need Veet, duh.) Well, I have a fuckload of stubble on my legs, I do not know what’s happening with my arm pit situation, my bush will do what it wants, and none of these things have anything to do with my femininity or perceived femininity, so please shove off, Veet. [via Jezebel] Keep reading »

Mindf**k: Artist Updates Vintage Ads With Modern Day Celebrities

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Marilyn Monroe With Tattoos
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For the past year, Paris-based art director David Redon has been contributing a few hours a week to a unique hobby: Photoshopping modern celebrities into vintage advertisements. “I like the shift between vintage and modern pop culture,” he says, “because these days the border between art and commercial is very small, and artists work their images like brands do.” Redon’s handiwork lets us see what it might look like for Don Draper to design an ad campaign starring Rihanna, Drake, Beyonce, or Daft Punk. Click on the Riri/Drake ad above to check out a few more of Redon’s designs that will make you wish “Pharrell’s Happy Toothpaste” actually existed. [Design Taxi]

New Study Figured Out The 12 Most Common Themes Of Music’s #1 Hits In The Past 50 Years

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Ever wonder what makes your favorite song so resonant? Researchers at North Carolina State University wondered the same thing, and pored over hit songs of the past 50 years to find out why they made their listeners tick. Their study discovered 12 key themes that show up most frequently in big radio hits. Keep reading »

You Aren’t Imagining It: Study Finds That Seeing Happy Couples In Ads Makes You Depressed

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New research from the University of Southern California found that, shocker, looking at images of happy couples when you’re single makes you feel crappy. Advertisers love to rely on the “lovey dovey” trope to sell things, assuming that people who aren’t in a happy relationship will see the product as the key to attaining kind of life they want (“aspirational”).

Instead, just the opposite happens: consumers think they aren’t worthy of the brand. What researchers refer to as single consumers’ perceived deservingness drops with each ad they see of a relationship they don’t have. The popular stereotype is that when people feel bad about themselves, they turn to retail therapy. Instead, they actually stay away from nice stuff. If they do indulge while in their funk, the things they buy usually are lower-end or, in the case of food, low-calorie. Keep reading »

New Jersey Does Not Appreciate Dove’s “Armpit Of America” Deodorant Ad

Who knew New Jersey-ians were so touchy? Dove has apologized for a prospective billboard for their new NutritionMoisture deodorant that ruffled feathers (er, clanged gold chains?) in the Garden State. “Dear New Jersey,” it read, “when people call you the ‘Armpit Of America,’ take it as a compliment. Sincerely, Dove.” The delicate sensibilities of people who elected Chris Christie bristled and Dove now says it won’t post the billboard at all. Arguably  it doesn’t even need to post it at all, now that it successfully created a stupid controversy for free publicity.

Furthermore, on the matter of New Jersey smells: I lived there for a year-and-a-half and have zero complaints about smells. In my opinion, Washington, D.C., which is built on a swamp, and the perimeter of New York City’s Central Park, which is speckled with horse poop, smells much worse. Now, fight amongst yourselves about it in the comments. [Gothamist via MyFoxNY]

American Apparel’s Latest Lingerie Model Is A Gorgeous, Grey-Haired 62-Year-Old

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American Apparel’s latest lingerie model is gorgeous, standing at six-feet tall with long hair and beautiful full lips.

She is also 62.

Jacky O’Shaughnessey is modeling once again for American Apparel, only this time she stripped down for their lingerie line. The tagline on Jacky’s beautiful image reads, “Sexy has no expiration date.”

Damn you, American Apparel, for all the conflicting feelings you inspire in us! Keep reading »

The Most Realistic Detail I’ve Ever Seen On A Bikini Ad

Artist Daniel Soares thought these H&M billboards were missing a pretty important detail, so he went ahead and added it himself: a Photoshop toolbar. Voila! An honest swimsuit ad! [Upworthy]

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