Asian Poet Shoots Daggers of Diction at Rosie O'Donnell

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We all need our checks and balances. And when the ever-watchful public eye has set its sights on you, the checks can come in torrents. Such is the case with Rosie O'Donnell. For that Chinese "accent" she recently performed on "The View," Rosie's receiving a hailstorm of nasty response from the Asian community.

One that's generating some serious traffic on Youtube is the eloquent and forceful rebuke by poet Beau Sia, whose cool definition of "accent," and snarky "plus-sized lesbian" remark, rang like a slap in the face - and we're not even the targets.

We're not sure what's worse: Trumpster in a spitting rage, or the growing majority of the world's population raging poetic justice against you.

What happened to the funny and gentle Rosie, circa Harriet the Spy? Bring her back. We are scared of this manic new one.

Thanks to Bill for the tip-off.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-28-07    
Topic: Celebrity, Consumer Created, Good, Online, Video



JC Penny Spawns Magazine Inside GQ in Last, Pre-Saatchi Hurrah

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We seem to have a thing for those fake magazine cover ads and it looks like DDB is using the trick as its last stand for JC Penny before handing over the reigns to Saatch & Saatchi who will give us its "Every Day Matters" love. But, for now, it's still "It's All Inside."

In the March issue of GQ, the cover of another magazine, MANdatory, appears complete with manism headlines such as "There, there. How to tell her what she needs to hear" and "Emotions. Could there be more than two?" It's not terribly creative but it does stand out in a sea of messageless, Dolce & Gabanna-like ads that fill the magazine so we'll give them points for that. It did get us to stop and read it.

Alas, the retailer is due for a squishy Love Marks makeover which, hopefully, doesn't try to make the place more than what it is: a moderately priced department store that sells moderately styled items to moderate people. Everything doesn't need to be high end, ya know.

by Steve Hall    Feb-27-07    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Good, Magazine



Lynx Gets Father in Law Freak Dance From Son's Fiance

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This, from FishNChimps, is just funny. Lynx/Axe is at it's silliness again, this time covering an unsuspecting father in law to be with body spray only to result in the oddly uncontrollable attraction from his son's fiance upon re-entering the room.

by Steve Hall    Feb-27-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Supermac Gives Mac and Cheese a Gen-Y Facelift

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We love it when people take an old standby and try dabbling in some trend-setting necromancy.

Macaroni and cheese, which only devolved into Easy Mac as time went on, is now Supermac for Chelsea inhabitants in the know. Alongside plain-jane mac and cheese you can get French Onion, Lobster Thermidor or Mykanos-style mac.

And of course you have the option of partaking with or without breadcrumbs and whole-wheat pasta.

What we've got here is a burgeoning industry where a killing can be made transforming old-school foods with natural oils, whole wheat and occasionally seaweed (use your best judgment). Somebody needs to get to work on Top Ramen.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-27-07    
Topic: Good, Packaging



Canadian Literacy Group Illustrates Frustration of Being 'Stuck'

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This moving spot entitled "Stuck" for the ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation goes out of its way to get serious about adult illiteracy. The piece illustrates a fast-moving world in which a highlighted few seem suspended in time.

Great way to demonstrate that with limited or no reading skills, you can only get so far. Subtlety is indeed king.

Created by ACLC, Toronto.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-27-07    
Topic: Good, Television



Sharpies Cuts Through Crap, Gets to Point

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Sometimes a well-written, polite letter just doesn't cut it. It certain times, what's needed is the purest, most unfiltered expression of thought and what better devive to transfer that blunt thought to a piece of paper than a big 'ol sharpie. In a new Brand Buzz-created campaign, that's exactly the message. There's no need to waste time with fancy words when you can quickly scrawl out your thoughts with a Sharpie.

A collection of :15's broke February 19 on national cable and print will hit March issues of Better Homes & Garden, Family Fun, Parents, People, Sports Illustrated, Martha Stewart Living, Redbook and Oprah.

See the ads here, here, here and here.

by Steve Hall    Feb-27-07    
Topic: Cable, Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Magazine



Kraft Encourages Naughty Microwave Habits with Site for Co-Eds

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Aware of the average college student's ongoing state of starvation, Kraft puts together University of St. Arvin, where users can auto-generate depressed letters to parents and otherwise scam their way into some Easy Mac.

Our memories of dorm room subsistence are vivid and not very pleasant. We haven't touched Easy Mac since. But even if processed insta-food is behind us, microwaving stuff that shouldn't be microwaved is not.

We're glad we've been given the opportunity to experience this small pleasure from the safety of our own monitors. What can't a computer do for you today?

by Angela Natividad    Feb-27-07    
Topic: Brands, Good, Online, Promotions



Vitali Domesticates Gay Marriage

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In support of equal marriage rights, agency Young & Rubicam, Chicago join forces with director Max Vitali of HSI Productions. The resulting smile-coaxing spots crush the notion gays will do nothing but cross-dress and debauch if permitted to marry.

The series comically emphasizes the familiar and occasionally frustrating domesticity we all experience after a given amount of time with our partners. We also dig the candid tagline, "Gay marriage is just like yours. Only gay."

Thus inspired we thought it would be nifty to add "Adrants is just like you. Only sexaaaaaay" to all future marketing efforts. We find it catchy.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-27-07    
Topic: Good, Online, Television, Trends and Culture



Descente Really Cuts to the Chase

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Protect Your Penis, shout an otherwise boring-looking set of banner ads.

How do you not click? The following page hit us with massive text reading, "I'm not a real doctor, but I still care about your genitals." The message is flanked by a studious guy in a deceptively doctorish coat, smirking at us.

An elderly stranger expressing interest in our genitals is generally cause for alarm (we are modest, after all) but somehow these ads for Descente bicycle shorts just rub us the right way.

Like Mike at BRILF, we think Descente should take the campaign to the big leagues: virals, podcasts, medical information, what-have-you. If much ado can be made about male cramps, then by gad this too can join the ranks of the mushrooming pseudo-pharma community of advertising! Factory Design Labs is the proud penis presenter of this campaign.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-26-07    
Topic: Good, Online, Promotions



Sexual Fantasies And Orgiastic Exclamations Warn of AIDS

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Shalmor Avnon Amichay / Y&R has created a new campaign for the Israeli AIDS Task Force which seeks to remind us AIDS is still out there doing its thing killing, to date, 25 million people. After seeing one of the spots in the campaign, Oh My God, the next time you say "Oh my God" during a certain activity, you might be reminded of a less than desirable association between that exclamation and the orgiastic intensity you meant to associate with it.

The second spot, Fantasy, asks you to envision your favorite sexual fantasy; a threesome, by candle light, a quickie in the morning, with a virgin, as part of an orgy, from behind...all while assaulting you with images of death in the form of gravestones. Hmm. Another association we'd rather leave behind. But, we won't because we know the message is important.

by Steve Hall    Feb-26-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good








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