Italy Unhappy With Lesbian-Themed Car Commercial

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A Publicis Milan-created commercial for the Renault Twingo has some Italians up in arms. Some are not happy with the commercial's lesbian-themed content. Defending the ad, Publicis' Daniele Tranchini said, "We wanted to create an advert that was original, enjoyable and at the same time not vulgar, and I believe we have achieved that. What is clever is that you think the advert is going one way but in the end it goes another - it's great, don't you think?"

Why yes we do, Daniele. Yes we do. And we just don't understand why anyone would have their undies in a bunch over such an ad.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-20-10    
Topic: Policy, Racy



Paris Hilton Dons T-Mobile Hot Chick's Skin Tight Body Suit

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By now most of you have probably seen the T-Mobile myTouch 4G commercial called New Ride which apes Apple's I'm A Mac campaign. It's the one where the Hot Chick (naturally) tells the doofus (naturally) on a scooter her network is faster than his.

What you probably don't know, or don't care about...let's be honest here, is Paris Hilton was seen a couple of days ago at a photo shoot sporting a near exact replica of the skin tight body suit the T-Mobile Hot Chick wears in the commercial. The only difference, as compared to the more buttoned up T-Mobile Hot Chick, being the enormous quantity of visible cleavage bursting forth from within the confines of Hilton's suit as it strains to contain her bulging dirigibles

Fluke? Subliminal stealth marketing? Lucky break for T-Mobile? We can only wish. But, no. She's reportedly launching a motorcycle racing team.

And, yes. You would stare too.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-20-10    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Strange



Twelve Days of Unhappy Grouchmas

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Remember the dude who decked out his house with Christmas light and put on a co-ordinated light show? Well another guy did a very similar time except he set set his light show to the less-than-holiday-themed Slayer. Check it out here. It's part of Traction's UnHappy Grouchmas, celebrating "the holiday for those of us who aren't feeling very festive.

by Steve Hall    Dec-20-10    
Topic: Agencies



Holding Company Revenue, Share Growth Offer Optimism

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Even though U.S. ad agency unemployment is 11.8 percent, the big four holding companies are seeing healthy revenue gains this year. WPP reports revenue is up 7.4 percent for the first nine months of 2010, Omnicom is up 6.6 percent during the same period, Publicis realized an 8.4 percent revenue gain and Interpublic saw U.S. revenue grow 8.9 percent.

Advertising Age reports shares for the four companies were "at or near their highest points since the start of the 2007 recession."

It's not quite time to pop the champagne or shoot a gerbil out of a canon but, in this industry, we'll take all the good news we can get.

All we can do at this point is pray hints of recovery turn into an actual recovery.

by Steve Hall    Dec-20-10    
Topic: Agencies



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Elisa Sednauui to Front Georgio Armani Spring Campaign

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Never heard of Elisa Sednaoui? Neither had we until we learned she'd been signed by Georgio Armani to appear in the brand's Spring 2011 ad campaign. She's an Italian model and actress and is best known for her cheekbones and smile according to New York Fashion. To us she's just hot and that's all that really matters. The campaign will be shot by Nick Knight.

Previously, Sednaoui appeared in campaigns for Diane Von Furstenberg and Chanel Eyewear.

by Steve Hall    Dec-20-10    
Topic: Brands



The Strangest Ads of 2010

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In celebration of the wondrous oddities that find their way into advertising's creativity, we'd like to highlight some of the year's strangest ads. We've got guys cleaning their faces with their balls, a sneaker firmly planting itself in a giant, fake ass, wrist cutting that's dubbed sexy, a para-sailing donkey, Canadians barfing pink paint, a spanking fetish fueled by a love for sneakers, roller coaster facials, a wandering bladder, a golfer with his head up his ass and school girls who love to smell each others fingers

1. Guys, Would You Wipe Your Face With Your Balls?
2. Muscular Man Boobs Scare Up Planet Fitness Membership
3. Family Sells Itself to Advertisers
4. Diesel Sticks Giant Sneaker Up Giant Ass
5. Summer's Eve Says Douche Before You Ask For A Raise

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by Steve Hall    Dec-20-10    
Topic: Strange









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