What can we say about Cosmopolitan today that wasn’t true about Cosmopolitan in the past? According to the very first commercial that promoted the magazine brand in the UK, not much.
The 1972 commercial, unearthed by Copyranter, features a number of women talking to men. Specifically, the men are asking women how they managed to pull off things like affording nice cars and cooking delicious meals (things women totally couldn’t do at all in the 70s, or something), and the women respond with a page from Cosmpolitan. Then a male announcer says that women can learn all sorts of things from Cosmopolitan. Things about men. Read more and watch the video here…
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]
Ann Markley is hardly an “America’s Next Top Model” all-star. Even though she was completely stunning and the judges kept commenting on her incredible potential, she kind of sucked at the competition. Instead of rising to the top of the pack, she became a cranky nag, always picking at eventual winner Eva Pigford. But I am glad to see that, even though she wasn’t picked for the “All-Star” season, Ann hasn’t given up on modeling. Apparently, she’s appeared in Shape magazine and has been in commercials for Travelocity and Wheat Thins. Oh, and here she is in a new commercial for Olay. We’re so happy to see her again that we will kindly ignore the fact that the spot is for an over-the-lip hair removal cream. [ONTD]
has said that he is terrible at marriage and didn’t plan to ever do it again after getting divorced from Talia Balsam in 1993. But he apparently wasn’t afraid to do it for pretend. In this ad for a Norwegian bank, a woman wakes up from a rough night in a posh hotel room with a rock on her finger and a wedding dress hung in the closet. While the photos of the affair show a man in a donkey mask, her fears are soon calmed when George saunters out of the bathroom acting all sweet to her. The ad ends with the words, “Some people are lucky in life.” Indeed. [Huffington Post
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I do a lot of grumping and grousing here at The Frisky. But when companies do something awesome, I like to give credit where credit is due. K-Y jelly has some new commercials going on the air in September for it’s K-Y Intense lube and one of them features a lesbian couple. (They’re actors.) The two women are shown in their bedroom talking about their great relationship and then under the covers, post-sex. As blogger Vanessa Valenti wrote on Feministing, “It’s perhaps the only ad I’ve seen referring to lesbians having sex that doesn’t portray them as oversexualized, objectified and not really gay but just performing for dudes’ pleasure.” I couldn’t have put it better. Good job, K-Y, and may your K-Y Intense lubricant be just as amazeballs as you claim! [YouTube via Feministing] Keep reading »
Education Connection commercials are diabolical. They run during shows like “Degrassi” and “Teen Mom” and generally contain cute young things signing far-too-catchy songs about how they used EducationConnection.com to find an online degree program. Their jingles implant themselves deep in your brain and you find yourself humming them in the shower, even if you graduated from college 10 years ago and tend to not trust websites that advertise on TV as being “free.” Now Education Connection has shifted tactics in controlling my brain. They have hired one of my faves, Shannen Doherty, to shill for them. Very crafty, Education Connection, very crafty.
After the jump, the commercial that is currently running through my head, in case you’ve ever had the
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Wow, Anne Hathaway‘s acting has improved 900 percent in the past 15 years. Movieline recently posted this video of Anne’s first commercial, for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, which was shot in 1997. Apparently, it was Anne’s first time on camera and it sure shows between those crocodile tears and overly-hopeful looks. Still, at least it’s a funny commercial. This could have been far more embarrassing.
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Model Agyness Deyn stars in this sweet commercial for Dr. Marten’s shoes, wherein she talks about her first love. And, oh yes, shows off her awesome combat boots, too. [Dr. Marten's] Keep reading »
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 queens and lots of ‘em; each one is boo-hooing like a three-year-old girl because he’s got man parts down south. “There are some people who would just love to have a period,” the subtitling reads. “Let alone a happy one.” I, a person not usually known for her love of advertisements, think the commercial is actually pretty revolutionary. I mean, drag queens? In a commercial? And it’s not the Super Bowl and they’re not being mocked?
Other bloggers did not quite agree with me, calling the commercial “transphobic.” Keep reading »