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Lost In Translation: Here’s One Ironically Big Foreign Language Foul

Concierge. Chignon. Soirée. Saying things in French just makes you seem so fancy, right? Hate to break it to you, Nancy’s, purveyor of fine frozen foods, but your use of “petites bites” isn’t what you think it means. Because the French translation of this is “little dicks.”

Little dicks, big compliments? Well, that’s… More »


Evening Quickies: Behold, Michael Fassbender’s Naked Butt

Michael Fassbender’s been sharing his naked tush with the world since he was 25 and he filmed this commercial for the European airline SAS. You’re welcome! [Queerty]
Oprah is denying she is Blue Ivy Carter’s godmother. Whatever, that kid is going to get baller gifts from her anyway. [Mommyish]
Fran Drescher says… More »


Today’s Lady News: British Plastic Surgeons Say Advertising Their Procedures Should Be Banned

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, a society of plastic surgeons, says what they perform are medical procedures and the procedures should not be advertised the same way clothing or cosmetics are. BAAPS also asked that annual checks be carried out on surgeons. The group said it is concerned by the increasing attitude… More »


A Scrotum Itch Commercial Worth Watching, Even For The Scrotum-Less

I have no business watching a scrotum itch commercial, much less one in Japanese. But I don’t regret the minutes of my life I’ll never get back after watching this on repeat. There’s itching. There’s singing. There’s dancing (sort of). Why can’t Vagisil commercials be this funny? (I mean, outside of “Saturday Night Live.”) [Copyranter]… More »


The French Can Even Sexualize Friggin’ Weight Watchers Ads

First of all, we need to discuss: the French have Weight Watchers? Whatever happened to French Women Don’t Get Fat? Zut alors! Excuse me while I call Le Boyfriend toute suite to inform him of this stunning factoid, as his most beloved leisure time activity is to sneer at Americans licking Cheeto dust from between their fingers. More »


Beyoncé’s Album Promo Photos Are Unrecognizable

The rampant white-washing of models, actresses, and musicians of color is not a new concept. Freida Pinto, Rihanna, and Aishwarya Rai have all previously fallen victim to white-washing on magazine covers and in promotional images. Beyoncé’s skin was lightened dramatically in a 2008 cosmetics ad by L’Oreal, where she is the spokesperson. These incidents can… More »


Libra Tampon Ad Called Transphobic For Implying “Real Women” Have Periods

When pop culture depicts transgender people, they usually do it in such a facepalm way that I wonder why anyone bothers anymore. The latest what-were-you-thinking? comes courtesy of Libra tampons in New Zealand, which aired a commercial that implies trans folks who dress as women are not “real women.” The commercial shows an ostensibly “real” woman… More »


Jennifer Hudson Duets With Her Larger Self In Weight Watchers Ad

Jennifer Hudson duets on “I Believe In You & Me” with her larger self — the self that competed on “American Idol,” the self that starred in “Dreamgirls” — in a Weight Watchers commercial that I have to admit is kinda touching. (And that’s not usually something I would say about a Weight Watchers commercial.)… More »


Girls Can Like Superheroes, Boys Can Like Pink Stuff

Let’s do the Time Warp, yeaaaah!

Amelia has gone back in time and unearthed a video of Baby Jessica Wakeman (real name: Riley), who is just as opinionated as she is in adult form. Riley is seen shopping in a toy store, with a man I presume is her father, when she goes… More »


Durex Ad Promotes Not Discussing Using Protection

Look, I get it. This Durex condom ad, which is running in India, is supposed to be funny. The condoms are so thin, she can’t feel ‘em! But the obvious problem is that these ads teach the most important lesson about safe sex — discuss the use of protection before you f**k! Don’t let a… More »


Evening Quickies: Taylor Swift Cover Girl Ad Accused Of Egregious Photoshopping

Uh oh. A group called the National Advertising Division has accused CoverGirl of Photoshopping Taylor Swift’s NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara ad to the high heavens, enhancing Swift’s lashes postproduction in a way that portrays the product inaccurately. Proctor & Gamble will reportedly discontinue using that particular campaign. It’s never good news when an ad campaign… More »


Does This Equinox Ad Offend You?

I’m on the fence about this ad for Equinox, an upscale gym with locations in Los Angeles, New York City, and elsewhere. On the one hand,  I’m not keen on the juxtaposition within advertisement — that the woman herself is a “joy ride” (despite the fact she is freezing in that outfit) or that riding… More »


Vintage Ad: Blow In Her Face And She’ll Follow You Anywhere

Really guys, this is all it used to take — blow some smoke in a girl’s face and she’d drop her panties for you like that. Really, the ’60s were such a great time to be a dude. [Bored Panda] … More »


Condom Company Scares Guys Into Wrapping It Up Via Facebook

Of all the good reasons to wrap it up, not bringing a bundle of joy into the world who you are ill-prepared to care for is a big one. A Brazilian ad agency took this idea to the extreme by Facebook friending young men with a profile of their fake “baby” with their name followed… More »


What Ad Agencies Created When Asked To “Rebrand Girls”

It’s a sad but true fact that in some parts of the world, especially China, baby boys are favored over baby girls. In fact, boys are so strongly favored in some rural areas of China that girls are aborted after their gender is known and as a result there’s a drastic imbalance in the population. More »


Does Benetton’s New Campaign Totally Miss the Mark?

United Colors of Benetton made a name for itself in the ’80s and ’90s for provocative, envelope-pushing advertising that urged consumers to question their cultural assumptions and values. But that was nearly 20 years ago, and since then, Benetton has struggled to find its foothold. For their newest campaign, they collaborated with “research communication center” More »


10 Retro Ads Targeted At Women

Last night, I fell into a little bit of Flickr k-hole as I discovered and combed through a treasure trove of vintage ads targeted at women. Various household cleansers! Brillo pads! Life-changing appliance materials! A perfume called “Macrame”! And a crocheted toilet paper cover that looks like a poodle? Oh yes. Some of these are… More »


Katy Perry As Snow White

Katy Perry said goodbye to her cotton candy pink locks in this ad for GHD hair styling products. Instead, she channeled her inner Snow White, holding a poisoned apple. Personally, I love this look and think it’s far superior to either Kristen Stewart or Lily Collins as the fairy tale heroine. I also love the… More »


Is This Olympus Camera Ad Sexist?

One of the things that comes up in a gender studies class is the concept of the “male gaze.” Generally speaking, it’s the idea that men have a particular and at-times oppressive way of envisioning women (innocent, helpless, submissive, dumb, etc.) which is reflected through the media. The excellent blog Sociological Images hazards a guess… More »


Video: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s Burberry Body TV Ad

You’ve seen the controversial Burberry Body fragrance print ad starring a nearly nude Rosie Huntington-Whiteley dressed in just a rose gold satin trench coat. Well, check out the Mario Testino-filmed TV advert where the “Transformers 4″ actress strips down while spritzing on the sexy new floral fragrance.
“It’s the Burberry world translated into a… More »


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