Dove Draws Men to Forbidden Coves, Repels Us from Its Aisles in the Process

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With all the work it's done to court the "we are woman, hear us roar" demographic, we harbor serious doubts that this viral for Dove is the genuine article. Really, do they even sell deodorant cans like that anymore?

It certainly gets the point across (only amazing sensory deception could bring a sexual partner that, uh, close), but we'd be understating if we said the ad only made us a little sick. (And what's with that chick's teeth?) Then again, we really liked the idea of man omelet, so...

by Angela Natividad    Jul- 2-07    
Topic: Racy, Spoofs, Strange, Viral, Worst



Time Warner Cable Kills Band's Career With Horrible Commercial

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We're hoping the geniuses behind this Time Warner 1-800-OKcable commercial knew, in advance, they were creating something fully intended to be "wink, wink, nudge, nudge, we know this is horrible but we're doing it anyway." We also hope the Tri-State band Future 86 was paid a whole lot of money for the privilege of never being taken seriously again.

by Steve Hall    Jun-21-07    
Topic: Cable, Commercials, Strange, Worst



There's No Time For Health Talk When You're Selling Nesquik

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Good nutrition? Healthy food? Bah. Who has time for those minor details when you're creating a commercial for Nestle Nesquik? OK, so the stuff now has 25 percent less sugar but awarding kids chocolate milk in response to their finicky dislike of vegetables, whole grain bread, fruit and fish is questionable at best. "It's OK Susie, you don't have to eat that awful, healthy stuff, Just have some Nestle's chocolate milk and by the time you're 13, that muffin top you'll be sporting will totally be in style."

We think the food police will be giving Nestle a call soon.

by Steve Hall    Jun-20-07    
Topic: Worst



Newsflash! Leaked 'Transformers' Footage Shows Altoids Transformer

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Um, yea right. This YouTube video of an Altoids transformer which claims to have been captured on the cell phone of a dude who visited his brother, employed at the special effects company for the movie Transformers, was clearly planted by the marketers behind the movie or the folks behind Altoids. While the video's description apologizes for the "bad quality," the quality is far from poor. In fact, the second half of the video displays vivid slo-mo action, something a cell phone just isn't capable of producing.

As usual, the person posting the video joined YouTube the day the video was posted. So lame. Yawn.

by Steve Hall    Jun-12-07    
Topic: Consumer Created, Video, Worst



Penguins and Cavalier Uptalk Do Not an Original Idea Make

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Okay. Anybody douchey enough to rip the premise to Patrick Suskind's Perfume, with penguins, and pass the idea off as "uncharted territory" (they SAID this! We SWEAR!), should be chained to a wall, completely naked, and shaved once weekly until the end of time.

Insult to injury, the supposed YouTube debate that the video triggered is completely contrived and thrown-together by a bunch of people who either joined on the same day or don't have profiles.

We're actually scandalized. This is one of those "I CALL SHENANIGANS", like, from-the-rooftops! moments.

Oh yeah, the video is called Penguin Love and it's for Columbia Sportswear.

by Angela Natividad    Jun- 8-07    
Topic: Brands, Online, Worst



London Olympic 2012 Logo Video Causes Epileptic Fits

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As if the crap the London 2012 Olympic Organizing Committee received over this week's release of its much-maligned logo weren't enough, now eight reported cases of epileptic seizures caused by the logo's supporting video have caused the organization to pull the video. Epilepsy photo sensitivity expert Graham Harding explained, "What it appears has happened is that the flash rate of the diving sequence contravenes the Ofcom guidelines." Odds makers have given the logo 10-1 odds it will be replaced by year's end.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 6-07    
Topic: Brands, Worst



The London Olympic 2012 Logo Trashed, Questioned, Praised

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Creativity is subjective at best but we think we'll have overwhelming support when we say the newly released London 2012 Olympic logo sucks. On the other hand, creativity is subjective at best but also we think we'll have overwhelming support when we say the newly released 2012 Olympic logo is brilliantly infused with modernity of motion and the mastery of motivation. You choose. We can't.

Viewing the logo, designed by Wolff Ollins, initially caused an immediate WTF? Letting the logo sink in while viewing the illustrative brand video behind the logo causes an entirely different reaction. The support for the brand direction could have easily gone down the ill but well traveled road of Olympic fist pumping, rather it quite eloquently examines what motivates humans to achieve. Interestingly, it wasn't for quite some time, we realized the logo's imagery visually represents the numeric date 2012.

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by Steve Hall    Jun- 4-07    
Topic: Best, Brands, Creative Commentary, Opinion, Worst



Sanjaya Wants to Be LonelyGirl15 Really, Really Badly

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Worse than watching the fall of a child star is watching the fall of a dirt clod that tried really, really hard to be a star but failed to make it past orbit.

In a video leaked to Defamer Sanjaya smugly divulges his true identity: that of Bill Vendall, an RISD student who adopted the Lamest Persona Ever for a thesis project.

Reality Blurred highlights one of the better quotes from his grand confession: "How you could look at this ... and not see it as a symbol for the self-referencing nature of progressive evolution?"

Well, at least we know Sanjaya's all-consuming power to embarrass wasn't just the result of the stage lighting.

by Angela Natividad    May-23-07    
Topic: Video, Worst



Adrants Salutes the (Predictable) Downfall of (that Other) Cocaine

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That Cocaine energy drink that's been getting heat is finally dropping off the face of the earth. Redux Beverages has agreed to change the name of the drink, which they claim they originally chose to assuage cocaine use, not encourage it.

We originally thought pushing a drink called Cocaine was stupid but have since changed our minds after tasting it during a frenzied all-nighter.

Cocaine tastes good. And it's got this really awesome vivid pink colour that practically glows in the dark. Our only qualm? It burns the crap out of your throat. Really. Like, two cans in and you don't have a voice box.

We became particularly attached to Cut Cocaine, the, uh, less intense alternative of the alternative. It's supposed to make the burn less potent. (It does, but a burn remains.)

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It probably goes without saying that Cocaine's marketing was courting trouble. In any event, we wanted to take this time to say good-bye to our brief but pleasant Cocaine binge. You walked us through some hard times and kept us alert when nothing else would.

We doubt we'll see you again, under this name or otherwise, because come on - if Enron changed its name, it'd still be Enron.

Back to that other expensive habit: gratuitous espresso abuse.

by Angela Natividad    May-23-07    
Topic: Packaging, Worst



Death Row Meal Whets Appetite for Pizza - Order Now!

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For this edition of Contextual Advertising Screw-Ups, a festive Pizza Hut ad appears atop a CNN story about a death row inmate who, for his last meal on earth, ordered pizza for a transient.

And while that was fuzzy-sweet of him, we weren't quite raring to order pizza online immediately thereafter.

(Note to Pizza Hut: add the word "killer" to campaign negative keywords.)

We do love a good contextual advertising screw-up. And because we're feeling nostalgic, let's tilt our heads and recall the time Expedia sent 35,000 troops to Iraq, or the time Microsoft sponsored the Wii contest water death, or the time a turpentine ad added texture to the tale of the pregnant girl who drank it to off herself.

by Angela Natividad    May-15-07    
Topic: Online, Sponsorship, Worst








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