Posts tagged "bad ads"

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…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 20, 2011

Bro-Tastic GoDaddy Commercial Might Actually Air During Super Bowl This Year

For the first time in eight years, the network hosting the Super Bowl has actually accepted the preliminary script for GoDaddy.com's bro-tastic commercial pitches. Six racy "Internet only" commercials later — including one rejected commercial with a "beaver" entrendre — I'm still trying to align my neck after all of that strategic screen blocking.
By: Stefanie Blejec / December 9, 2011

Hair Salon Defends Domestic Violence-y Ad

"Look good in all that you do" is not a slogan you expect to see next to a woman with a nasty-looking black eye. Then again, no one denies the Fluid hair salon in Edmonton, Alberta, was not trying to shock. The ad depicts a woman with a funky hairdo and a black eye sitting…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 1, 2011

Nivea Apologizes For Racist “Re-Civilize Yourself” Picturing Black Man

This Week in Racially Insensitive Advertising News: the skin care company Nivea was forced to apologize yesterday after people objected to an ad that ran in the men's magazine Esquire. The ad depicts a handsome, well-dressed black man holding a black, Afro-ed and bearded head in his hands, preparing to throw it into the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 19, 2011

Is This Spoof Always Ad With Drag Queens Transphobic — Or Revolutionary?

Men aren't usually in commercials for period products. But this spoof ad — which Proctor & Gamble denied via Twitter is affiliated with Always — has lots of them. Men in bright red lipstick, men in bustiers, men with beehive hairdos that would put Amy Winehouse to shame. The spoof stars drag…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 12, 2011

“When A Woman’s At The Wheel” = The Most Sexist Car Commercial Ever!

You know what's so confusing and hard? Driving. All those signs! And lights! And potholes! And other cars you have to avoid crashing into! How do you ever wrap your pretty little head around it? Boy, this Goodyear Polyglass commercial about "when a woman's at the wheel" is a gem. [BuzzFeed]…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 11, 2011

Advertising Gaffe In Michael Jackson Catching On Fire Video

Today Access Hollywood and US Weekly share exclusive, never-before-seen footage of Michael Jackson's hair catching on fire during the infamous 1984 Pepsi commercial filming. The pyrotechnic disaster is significant not just because Jackson sustained some very serious second- and third-degree burn injuries, but some insiders claim it was the catalyst for the painkiller addictions that…
By: Erin Flaherty / July 16, 2009