A commercial for Yves Saint Laurent’s Belle D’Opium fragrance has been banned in the U.K. because the ad supposedly shows models “simulating drug use.” The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) “therefore concluded it was irresponsible and unacceptable for broadcast.” In the ad (above), the character of “Belle” runs her finger down her arm and the ASA concluded that action “could be seen to simulate the injection of opiates into the body.” The ASA also felt that Belle’s movements later in the ad, including one in which “her body [seizes] upwards while lying on the floor,” could be viewed as “simulating the effect of drugs on the body.” Personally, I just think she’s dancing like nobody’s watching. Kind of hilariously, the Daily Mail U.K.
notes that the ad has already been viewed by 44 million people and that a whopping 96 percent of French women (specifically!) didn’t think there was anything inappropriate about the commercial. So what do you think? Do you side with the crusty old ASA or those hip French ladies? [Huffington Post
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It took me four viewings of this Latisse commercial to believe it actually starred Claire Danes, and not just a Claire look-alike. “Oh how the mighty have fallen,” I thought. “Wasn’t she once one of the most promising actresses of our generation? Who left ‘My So-Called Life’ for a movie career? And now she’s trying to convince me and the rest of the women in America that our eyelashes are too short?” Well, rumor has it that Claire is now suffering from one of the drug’s nasty side effects. Keep reading »
In this video, Bradley Cooper tries to get you to buy a pill to make you, well, awesomer. “Before, I was unmotivated, unhirable, and undatable. I was a complete and utter mess,” he says. “And then I discovered NZT and my life changed.” OK, fine, Bradley isn’t really trying to sell you this—it’s for his new movie, “Limitless,” in which he stars alongside Robert De Niro and Abbie Cornish. I appreciate the authenticity of the spoof, from the background music to the random shots of Bradley swimming in the ocean. Keep reading »
Normally, I view ads as things to be fast-forwarded past. But this one for Logitech Revue with Google TV is pretty awesome. It stars Kevin Bacon as … Kevin Bacon’s biggest fan—the president of his fan club who commissioned an oil painting of himself with Sir Bacon. Best line: “His best movie is probably a tie between all of them. ” Keep reading »
Commercials are far from our favorite things. And yet, American Express has managed to make ones we don’t fast forward through by plucking uber-cool celebrities, like Tina Fey and Wes Anderson, and creating mini movies with them. Now, AmEx has tapped Conan O’Brien for an ad. In this spot, Conan goes to India, picks out thread at a market, and washes fabric in a river—all to make the perfect red curtains for the set of his new show. Hmmm, I wonder what lengths he went to for his interview couch?
After the jump, more great Conan commercials. Keep reading »