Posts tagged "weird ads"

Is This Sprint Ad Transphobic?

I can’t turn a corner without seeing the T-mobile ad with the pretty lady in a variety of gorgeous pink dresses. But this Sprint ad warning against an AT&T and T-mobile merger is kinda dodgy. I don’t necessarily disagree with the anti-monopoly politics of it (although I’ll leave that to the econ majors to explai…

Jessica Wakeman / May 11, 2011

Klondike Sells Ice Cream, Sexist Gender Stereotypes

“What color shall we paint the foyer?” is a boring conversation, no doubt. But does Klondike really have to portray listening to one’s wife talk for five whole seconds as a trial for a man? I get it: the game is on, he doesn’t care about the color, he’s trying to be polite.

Jessica Wakeman / May 3, 2011

There’s A New Old Spice Guy In Town

Isaiah Mustafa, we hardly knew you! There’s a new Old Spice guy in town now and he is immediately less impressive than the old Old Spice guy because, well, he doesn’t have a ripped body and isn’t wrapped in only a towel. Lame, Old Spice. You cannot get us hooked on a hot…

Jessica Wakeman / April 20, 2011

Miss Turkey Shills For Carl’s Jr.’s Turkey Burger

Among what I’m sure are the many honors of Miss Turkey Gizem Memiç, the face of Carl’s Jr.’s turkey burger is surely on top. In Carl’s Jr.’s latest commercial, Miss Turkey shills for the fast food joint’s turkey burgers in stiletto heels, a pageant sash and a custom-made bikini with little turkey burgers printed…

Jessica Wakeman / April 5, 2011

The Smell Of Innocence Is Totally Inappropriate

Ummm, this vintage Love’s Baby Soft ad may be the most disturbing of all time. This was actually in a magazine? Target demographic … pedophiles? Holy advertising fail. [Hug Party]…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 11, 2011

This Two-Tongued Lady Is Bilingual

Ack! Copyranter says this poster for a Berlitz language school in Rome was spotted in the Italian subway system. Apparently, the idea is that a woman who is bilingual speaks with two tongues — in this case, literally. We suspect this freaky vision is going to give some men certain ideas. Let’s hope second-tongue transplant…

Susannah Breslin / January 18, 2011

WikiLeaks, But Our Menstrual Pads Don’t

This Pakistani billboard for Butterfly pads aptly describes what many of us ladies think when we hear the word “leaks.” Doesn’t it remind you of the days of yore when the iPad was the most period-y-sounding gadget ever? []…

Jessica Wakeman / December 17, 2010

Australia Bans Lara Stone’s Calvin Klein Jeans Ads For Allegedly Promoting Rape

Australia’s Advertising Standards Bureau has asked Calvin Klein to remove billboards from the autumn/winter 2010 Jeans X ad campaign after it received 50+ complaints that the images glamorize rape and violence. Three of the ads, which are to be taken down from billboards in Sydney and Melbourne, show model Lara Stone surrounded by shirtless me…

Jessica Wakeman / October 21, 2010

Change Is Coming To Ian Cummings’ Website Soon

Krystal Ball, meet Canadian politician Ian Cumming. He feels your awkwardly-named pain. Or maybe not. Ian seems a bit clueless about telling constituents on his website that he will be “Cumming with diligence and stability” and “care for details.” Although, I do like that in a politician. [ via Shelby Knox]…

Jessica Wakeman / October 14, 2010

“Scrub Away The Skank” With Axe Body Wash

Axe body wash’s ad says you can “scrub the skank away” with something called Snake Peel. (Ew.) I would find this only a little less offensive if Dove sold an equal body wash that advertises it’ll “scrub the douche away” … which, you know, wasn’t actually for literal douching. [Ms. Magazine]…

Jessica Wakeman / October 4, 2010

Ladies, Who Wants To Rent Their Ass Out To Kentucky Fried Chicken?

In a “creative” new advertising campaign — really, they used the word “creative” — Kentucky Fried Chicken is giving college girls $500 bucks to walk around campus wearing sweat pants that promote their Double Down sandwich across the ass. It’s a bun-less sandwich and the co-ed girls have the words “double down” across their …

Jessica Wakeman / September 22, 2010

Remember When Ladies Were Cup Holders? Chevy Does

Remember when men were men and women were cup holders? Chevy does and they are selling posters of their 1959 Impala to celebrate the glory days when women knew their place was in the shotgun seat. Sexist ads don’t endear the rest of the country to feel bad for your financial woes, auto industry. [

Jessica Wakeman / September 17, 2010

Nancy Pelosi Cast As The “Wicked Witch Of The West” In Campaign Ad

She’s mellllllllting … and she’s the Speaker of the House. Nancy Pelosi is the cackling Wicked Witch of the West in a new “Wizard of Oz”-themed campaign commercial by Republican Congressional candidate John Dennis. An actress playing Pelosi flies in on a jet, jabbing Dorothy, Toto and pals with the end of her…

Jessica Wakeman / September 14, 2010

You’ll Need 3-DD Glasses For Wonderbra’s New 3D Boobs Billboard

Boobies in 3D. How could bra manufacturers have not thought of this earlier? It seems unreal, but Wonderbra just introduced their first 3D breasts billboard in London. Onlookers require 3DD (get it?) glasses to fully enjoy the Full Effect Wonderbra, which claims to boost your girls up another two cup sizes. For us poor soul…

Jessica Wakeman / September 13, 2010

Does This Ad Make You “Feel The Romance of British Royalty”?

All British princesses play the cell in their lingerie, obvi. This Chinese ad for “Diana” underwear isn’t peeing on her grave at all. The company, Jealousy International, wants you to “feel the romance of British royalty.” I know I do. Do you? [Daily Mail UK]…

Jessica Wakeman / September 2, 2010

What Do We Think Of Hot Men Undressing To Sell Maxi Pads?

We ladies don’t get too much eye candy in TV commercials. The advertising motto “sex sells” seems only to apply to fake breasts selling body spray and beer. But all that is changed by Stayfree’s new series of YouTube commercials, “A Date With …” Three hunks who take off their shirts, three dream…

Jessica Wakeman / August 31, 2010

Nike Confirms “My Butt Is Big” Ad Is A Fake

You called it, Jezebel. The “My butt is big” Nike ad the blogosphere has been buzzing about all week is actually a fake. Jezebel and, an advertising industry blog, checked with Nike and Nike’s agency, who confirmed it’s bootylicious, but it’s not real! Instead, it’s just a canny knock-off of Nike’s actual 2005 “My

Jessica Wakeman / August 6, 2010

Nike Likes Big Butts And It Cannot Lie

What’s the best way to sell running shoes to women? Nike goes with big butts. (Well, “big” by print advertising standards. You’re not going to see Gabby Sidibe’s ass in any of these Nike Women ads.) In 2005, the company hawked its lady products with a big juicy booty. Similar to Dove’s Real Beauty campaign,…

Jessica Wakeman / August 3, 2010

White Queen Wins In Chess-Inspired Skin Whitening Ad

Wow, SkinWhite. Symbolism much? Latino pop culture blog Guanabee noticed this ad for SkinWhite skin lightening cream which conveys a message about race via black and white chess pieces: “See, the white queen is reigning over all the black pieces. That’s because the black king took her as his queen. Because she’s white. Get it?”…

Jessica Wakeman / July 20, 2010

Lie Back And … I Mean, Bend Over And Think Of England!

When it comes to disposing of waste properly, the anti-littering campaign Keep Britain Tidy knows a dirty mind is a terrible thing to waste. [The Sun UK]…

Jessica Wakeman / July 20, 2010