Posts tagged "weird ads"

Fleshlight Wants You To Remember A Very NSFW 9/11

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 to make…

By: Cooper Fleishman / September 11, 2014

Air New Zealand Pulls Sports Illustrated “Bikini Safety” Video Amid Accusations Of Sexism

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 rotating…

By: Claire Hannum / July 8, 2014

New Jersey Does Not Appreciate Dove’s “Armpit Of America” Deodorant Ad

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 3, 2014

All Kitty Litter Commercials Should Star The Poopy Cat Dolls

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 6, 2013

TrueCar Thinks A Woman Needs A Man To Buy A Car

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…

By: Mary Odell / July 23, 2013

Is This Sexy/Sexist Equinox Billboard Really So Bad?

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 12, 2013

This Is What Tampon Commercials Look Like In Russia

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…

By: Julie Gerstein / June 20, 2013

Charmin’s New Toilet Paper Ad Is Just A Butt Really Close Up

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…

By: Mary Odell / June 17, 2013

Japanese Women Wearing Advertisements On Their Thighs

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 space betwee…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 7, 2013

Swiffer Thinks Men Should Get A Damn T-Shirt For Cleaning

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 20, 2012

Hyundai Netherlands’ “Upskirt” Commercial Is Very Lazy/European

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 28, 2012

Warby Parker’s Trippy First TV Commercial Comes With Film, Reading List

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 20, 2012

Volkwagen India Put A Vibrator Inside A Newspaper, Then Tweeted Women Are Dumb And Can’t Drive

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 12, 2012

Headless Pair Of Boobs Romanced By Cousin Itt: An Axe Commercial

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 21, 2012

Ukraininan Women Will Steal Your Husbands, According To This Dutch Commercial

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 27, 2012

“Sexist” Brazilian Gym Ad Fails To Capture Our Outrage

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 27, 2012

Care For Some Breast Milk With Your Oreo Cookie? (NSFW)

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.)…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 19, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Extra-Large Condom Ad Zeroes In On Ladies Scared Of Big Penises

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 i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 17, 2012

Actress From Rapey Belvedere Vodka Ad Files Lawsuit

Two weeks ago, Belvedere Vodka tweeted an ad depicting a man pulling a surprised, open-mouthed woman down onto his lap. The headline read: "Unlike some people, Belvedere always goes down smoothly." Decent people got the skeevies and called the ad out as rapey. Belvedere quickly tweeted that they were sorry "if any of our fans were…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 2, 2012

Unattainable Womanhood, As Explained By This Old Bill Blass Perfume Ad

She's supposed to "get gorgeously dressed in 15 minutes flat," but not worry about her hair getting wet in the rain. She's supposed to love a good laugh, but can't gossip. She's a big eater, but doesn't drink white wine. And on, and on, and on. According to this old ad for Bill Blass Perfume,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 27, 2012
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