weird ads

News

I was going to stay away from the brands-tweeting-smarmy-sentiments-about-9/11 stories today. But then the people behind Fleshlight, the world’s premier manufacturer of fake vaginas for dudes to have sex with, had to go and make 9/11 about them.

Making fun of brands is a tired genre. Brands gonna brand. Brands will always find a way… READ MORE »


Celebs

Air New Zealand launched a Sports Illustrated-themed safety video (yes really) earlier this year starring models like Christie Brinkley and Chrissy Teigen. People were not pleased, and a petition was launched calling it out for sexism. The video was dropped, but New Zealand Air claims the change is just part of their habit of… READ MORE »


Style

Who knew New Jersey-ians were so touchy? Dove has apologized for a prospective billboard for their new NutritionMoisture deodorant that ruffled feathers (er, clanged gold chains?) in the Garden State. “Dear New Jersey,” it read, “when people call you the ‘Armpit Of America,’ take it as a compliment. Sincerely, Dove.” The delicate sensibilities of people… READ MORE »


Entertainment

Is there a word in the English language to describe when advertising is so delightful you don’t even mind that it’s advertising? Because that’s the word I need for this Poopy Cat commercial, a Dutch subscription service for disposable cat litter boxes. (Um, brilliant, if environmentally unfriendly, idea, right?) Introducing the Poopy Cat Dolls, a… READ MORE »


News

The idea behind TrueCar.com is to provide people with a benchmark for how much they should be paying for a car so that when they go to a dealership, they can be somewhat knowledgeable when they bargain. I actually think it’s a great idea and I would totally use it if I hadn’t seen their… READ MORE »


Love & Sex

Maybe I’m just a sexist pig, but I fail to get a boner for this allegedly sexist Equinox billboard in Bethesda, Maryland, that has a group of mothers petitioning for its removal. The billboard depicts an attractive young woman, fully clothed in a dress and heels, crawling on a pool table while she shoots a… READ MORE »


Entertainment

In Russia, you don’t have period, period has YOU! In all seriousness, this Russian Tampax commercial (very graphic, by the way, so if you’re squeamish, skip), shows the imagined terror of mixing periods and open water swimming. Any truth to the notion that periods attract sharks? According to Vancouver Aquarium spokesperson Ann Dreoloni, “Honestly, I think… READ MORE »


News

Charmin toilet paper ads usually include cute bears experiencing mishaps with toilet paper and eventually figuring out that Charmin is the best! This ad is a little bit different in that it is a butt. Literally, it is just a butt. A butt really close up so that the fold between pages looks like the… READ MORE »


Love & Sex

It’s an advertising scheme Don Draper surely thought about but could never have voiced in the 1960s: paying young women to wear advertisements … on their thighs.

A Japanese marketing firm is paying women ages 18 and over $121 a day to wear temporary tattoo-like stickers carrying advertisements, Business Insider explains, in the… READ MORE »


News

Yes, men cleaning. Who’d’ve thunk, right?!  Just a T-shirt, Swiffer? Not a Boy Scout badge? Or the Nobel Prize, perhaps?  I mean, men cleaning is obviously such a rare and uncommon practice that you think guys deserve a T-shirt bragging “Caution: Men Being Awesome” for wiping a Swiffer across the floor. (Which, as someone who… READ MORE »


News

Oh, Europeans. Here’s a new commercial from Hyundai Netherlands for their Sante Fe vehicle. The ad is creepily called “Upskirt” and definitely pushes the boundaries of what you can do to sell cars here in the United States. The premise is about as unoriginal as any other car commercial: sexy ladies swooning over a new… READ MORE »


Style

Every time I see a person wearing a cool pair of frames they seem to be from Warby Parker. Warby Parker prices all if its frames for $95 a pair, including lenses, and for every pair they sell, they donate one to a person in need. They’ve finally debuted their collage-themed first TV commercial and… READ MORE »


Love & Sex

Putting vibrators in the pages is a clever way to get more horny women reading the papers and perhaps save the dying newspaper industry. But when Volkswagen India put a “tiny Chinese buzzing device … inserted gently between the folds of newsprint,” according to Jalopnik, it was meant to draw reader’s attention to their product. The… READ MORE »


News

Axe hits a new low in advertising with this commercial starring a headless pair of boobs on legs, supposedly representing the office crush. Yup, the love interest in this commercial is just a pair of tits. A Cousin Itt-inspired walking head of hair — meant to represent, ha ha, “what girls see first” on a… READ MORE »


News

Today in Awkward Diplomatic Kerfluffles: the entire country of Ukraine is pissed at the entire country of The Netherlands for airing a commercial that implies sexy, sexy Ukrainian women are a bunch of husband-stealing sexpots. The ad was made by a Dutch energy company called NLE and references the Euro 2012 soccer games, which will… READ MORE »


News

I don’t fully understand why these ads  are “sexist” or “offensive,” as per the women’s health blog Blisstree. The Brazilian gym Vila Olimpica ads show big, muscular men standing behind women, their ripped arms doing things like opening jars and bottles of wine. But I didn’t read this as “the iddy-bitty-widdle-lady can’t open a jar of… READ MORE »


News

On the subject of breastfeeding in public, I’m the most hippie-dippy of the hippy-dippies. Whip those puppies out any place you want, mama!

But one place I’ll agree breastmilk does not belong is this South Korean Oreo cookie ad.  (See the full pic after the jump.) … READ MORE »


News

Big penises have us running to lock ourselves in the bathroom, don’t they, ladies? That’s what the ad agency behind a (real?) ad for Prudence Extra-Large Condoms wants to think. Although the idea of the ad is clever — a long, wordy rant from a guy trying to be “persuasive” — the actual text… READ MORE »


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