For an advertisement meant to promote safe sex — arguably one of the greatest ways a person can pass time on a random Monday night — you’ve got to admit condom commercials are usually pretty stale. You can count on no hands the number of times you actually sort-of see folks doing the deed while we imagine they’re wearing whatever condom is being promoted, and it sometimes seems like the company does everything it can to avoid even mentioning the S-word.
Leave it to a bunch of sexy, easygoing Australians to make the absolute best condom commercial you’ll see — and then blame another group of Aussie partypoopers for banning it. Boooo! Watch the banned commercial on The Stir…
British mobile network 3 was like “Scottish Board of Tourism, we see your shetland ponies and we raise you.” They created this commercial that combines all the things women like: dancing, ponies and Fleetwood Mac. Women! And here’s the kicker, you can remix your own dancing frigging pony video! I tip my hat to you, sirs and madams. [Ad Age]
French lingerie line Valega made some weird boob cartoons to promote their Finally Together push up bra. The ads feature animated breasts (with arms and legs) joyfully reuniting. In this commercial, right and left breasts meet at the airport and engage in a highly disturbing nipple bumping squishfest. The other spots take place respectively at a ship dock and on the set of a TV game show. I’ve included them after the jump for your viewing pleasure (maybe pleasure isn’t the right word). Breast anthropomorphism frightens me. [Ad Week] Keep reading »
Add one more advertisement to the slew of commercials stereotyping men and women. Asda, a British supermarket, debuted a new ad for the Christmas holidays, featuring a mother running herself ragged, creating the perfect Christmas for her family. Because, you know, that’s what all women do. Keep reading »
The Japanese girl group AKB48 is under fire for filming a series of suggestive candy ads that some claim promote homosexuality. The group’s ads for a sugary gummy candy feature the members of the group clad in school girl uniforms passing a piece of the candy between one another using only their mouths. Watchdog groups claim this ad promotes the gay lifestyle and is overly suggestive, despite the fact that none of the girls actually touch lips in the thirty-second spot.
The candy makers are standing behind the ad, and say that it’s one of the most popular commercials they’ve ever run (surprise, surprise). AKB48 is hugely successful in Japan and across Asia; last year they made more than $200 million in sales. The band features more than 60 (!) members and has its own dedicated performance space in Tokyo. [Yahoo]
There were some memorable moments last night on the Grammys. Adele’s flawless face and voice put me in a trance. LL Cool J had me drooling — I swear that man doesn’t age. And who is that hot guy from The Civil Wars? He looked like the love child of Johhny Depp and Jack White. Great performance! I must say, though, that the two minutes that made me the happiest involved animated pigs, Coldplay, Willie Nelson and Chipotle. I’m not going to pretend like I totally “got” the Chipotle commercial featuring Willie Nelson covering Coldplay’s “The Scientist.” It was just a wonderful conglomeration of things I enjoy put together in the most oddly delightful way. I will never to be able to eat another burrito bowl without thinking of it.
You know, sometimes your dad gets gay married late in life, and you definitely are gonna want to be there. This Renault ad — for their stupidly named Twingo car — shows just how you’ll get there. [YouTube]
We haven’t heard from national treasure Gary Busey in a while, and that’s because he’s busy selling cars. I mean he’s REALLY SELLING CARS! At Century III Kia in West Mifflin. He’s YELLING ABOUT SELLING CARS! He’s MAKING IMPORTANT DEALS! That’s the Busey way, after all. [YouTube]
It’s hard being an in-demand celebrity. Ask Marion Cotillard, who plays actress Margaux in this short clip for Dior directed by John Cameron Mitchell. Margaux’s managers are driving her crazy and the photographer on her fashion shoot is pushing her to the brink, so she does what any woman on the verge of nervous breakdown might do — has a fashion fit. [YouTube]