Nominees For Worst Ads in America Unveiled
Yesterday, Consumerist announced the nominees for its second annual Worst Ad in America Awards. This year, more than 40 ads garnered nods including references to poop and the vagina. The online voting period ends on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 5 p.m. The winners will be announced on Monday, Oct. 17.
Of the awards, Consumerist Editor Meghann Marco said, "For the second year in a row, our readers have spoken and have nominated even more Worst Ads than last year. There are even a few repeat offenders like Progressive Insurance with their "Flo the insurance adjuster" commercials and Dannon Activia with their Jamie Lee Curtis ads. Both were previous Worst Ad nominees." Flo? Flo? Seriously? Voted worst? This is like a USA Today Super Bowl Ad Meter ranking.
Last year, over 100,000 online votes were tallied in the Consumerist's first annual Worst Ad in America Awards. Staples' "Wow! That's a Low Price!" ad claimed the top honor of "Absolute Worst Ad in America." Of the five commercials that were nominated for the top honor last year, the only campaign that has not since been pulled from the airwaves is Progressive's "Flo the insurance adjuster."
The full list of nominees is below. You can vote here.
ABSOLUTE WORST AD IN AMERICA
AT&T - Wife berates husband for unlimited plan
Geico - Using smart phones for dumb things
Samsung - Infuse 4G "spider"
Luvs - Poop! There it is!
Summer's Eve - Hail to the V
MOST GRATING PERFORMANCE BY A HUMAN
Progressive - Flo, the insurance lady
State Farm - "Thanks for buying me a falcon" guy
AT&T - The flash mob dancer
Metamucil - The multitasker
MOST IRRITATING ANIMATED ACTOR
Blue Tax - Blue Tax Max
Orkin - The "blind date termite"
Aflac - The "major medical" pigeon
CARFAX - The fox
GROUP THAT OUGHT TO GO ITS SEPARATE WAYS
Esurance - The Esurance Staff
Consumer Cellular - The McCann Twins
Trojan - The "Triphoria" Ladies
Miller Lite - The "Man Up" Guys
WORST ABUSE OF AN EXISTING SONG
Old Navy - "Sister Christian" by Night Ranger
Honda and Tommy Hilfiger - "Holiday" by Vampire Weekend
Swiffer - "What About Love" by Heart
Value City Furniture - "I Want it All" by Queen
ORIGINAL JINGLE THAT SHOULD BE JUNKED
Farmers Insurance - "We Are Farmers"
Arby's - "Good Mood Food"
CELEBRITY WHO COULD PROBABLY USE A GOOD MANAGER RIGHT NOW
Dannon Activia - Jamie Lee Curtis
Money Mutual - Montel Williams
Latisse - Claire Danes
Rent-A-Center - Troy Aikman & Hulk Hogan
Arby's - Cravin' chicken
Pos-T-Vac - Penis Vacuum
Jello - Pudding smile
Target - Denim-obsessed music teacher
TRENDS THAT NEED TO STOP BEING TRENDS
Asian stereotypes are hilarious: (as seen in ads for DirecTV and Vonage)
Old Spice Copycats: (as seen in ads for Dairy Queen, Edge Shave Gel, and now Old Spice appears to be ripping off its own ads)
Men are lunkheads who somehow manage to put up with their harpy wives and girlfriends: (as seen in ads for AT&T, McDonald's and Klondike)
Playing hidden-camera tricks on "surprised" real people: (as seen in ads for Ford, Febreze and Windows)