As an inside joke and in a nod to the United Arab Emerites' practice of censoring magazine content the government doesn't like, Wonderbra has turned the tables and censored its own ad but with a twist. Because the Wonderbra worn by the model in this ad apparently made her breasts so big, it took much more black marker than usual to cover her protruding breasts. In an insiderish manner, it illustrates the wonders a Wonderbra can provide while living within the boundaries of the country's censors.
We know an ad with a girl dressed in pink sucking a lollipop seductively peering towards you as though she actually had an interest in you rather than the fact she's simply being paid for that look is nothing new. What is new is a girl sucking a lollipop seductively peering out at you while wearing a pink sneaker. This ad for Converse is just weird enough catch your attention while, at the same time, make you wonder what it would be like to untie that shoe.
Sorry. Just as we were trying to point out women aren't the only sex objectified in advertising, this ad slaps us in the face and we felt we'd be doing a disservice by not sharing it with you. OK, that's a stretch. We admit this is completely non-newsworthy and, besides, the women look like they are having a good time together in the ad rather than being objectified but still, as our editor keeps telling us, this is not Ad Age, it's Adrants. So, we oblige the master lest he force us to view an endless stream of barely dressed women for weeks on end...with our hands restrained.
For the sole purpose one sex is featured far more than the other here on Adrants, we bring you this ad campaign for Abercrombie & Fitch filled, as they always are, with hot guys who have nothing better to do than workout all day, stare at themselves in the mirror and gaze into the lens of cameras. See more of these ripped dudes here.
Now here's an ad, or at least we think it's an ad, you don't see very often. Oh wait. Did we just forget we're talking about advertising here? Sorry. Of course we've seen all kinds of ads like this before tantalizingly displaying various body parts for the sole purpose of selling something. So it's without surprise that Hyundai has gone the bitchin' booty tat route. OK, so it's a more like a hip/thigh tattoo but that didn't make for a goor headline.
Perhaps riffing off the recent street beggar campaign in India, TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris created a window sticker campaign highlighting the cleaning power of I.C.U. GLass & Window cleaner. Or the idiocy of people who can't pay attention to where they're going.
Sometimes money doesn't yield the best creative and that was certainly true in this case whereby 42below vodka paid a creative team at Saatchi & Saatchi with truckloads of vodka instead of money for a campaign that is, indeed, very good and just won a Gold Lion at this year's Cannes for print and outdoor. The campaign illustrates, literally, the experiences one will have when drinking 42below vodka. While many of the are, of course sex-related, all are not including one with a Godfather theme and one with a Brokeback Mountain theme. See more here, here and here.
- ClickZ's Rebecca Lieb takes a look at the current state of social networking and rightly concludes three things: It's not new and it's been around since the Internet was born. MySpace, Facebook and YouTube are far from the only social networks out there. And the hot social networks of today will almost definitely not be the hot ones of tomorrow.
- Commenting on Chef One Dumplings becoming the Official Dumplings of New York's Brooklyn Cyclones. George Parker thinks the whole "official fill-in-the-blank of fill-in-the-blank" thing is stupid.
- Bloggers get bribed, um, paid, to post positive stories for paying brands. Everyone, rightfully so, freaks.
- K-Fed hooks up with K-Swiss and never again shall "celebrity" product endorsement be the same.