The Whopper Virgins Got Their Aid ... But Who Will Serve the Perrier Virgins?


A Humanitarian Lion supporter produced a video riffing off Burger King's Whopper Virgins campaign, where documentarians engage Third World inhabitants in hamburger taste tests -- and incidentally pop their hamburger-free cherries.

Unlike Burger King's ad footage, which makes backwater village life look exotic and friendly, the pro-Humanitarian Lion video uses images of abject poverty to illustrate "Whopper Virgins," followed by Nike Virgins, Playstation Virgins, Perrier Virgins and Human Rights Virgins.

The push point: "Millions of people cannot enjoy the world. Why not use our creativity and power to help them once a year?" A link to the Humanitarian Lion website wraps it up.

Poignant if lengthy. If nothing else, it illustrates the crassness of imposing Whoppers and Big Macs on people with bigger voids to fill.

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by Angela Natividad    Jan- 6-09    
Topic: Cause, Online, Trends and Culture, Video

Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson Assault Website


Page takeovers work well if done properly, like this recent one for Ford. If, on the other hand, all they do is obnoxiously plaster a website with an endless array of banners - even if they are gorgeous images of Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson - the only thing they accomplish is to make one wonder if a million pop ups just opened in their browser.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 6-09    
Topic: Bad, Celebrity, Online

Puma Celebrates 60th With Past Masher


Upload your photo! Change its size and position! Alter the skin tone! Mess with Saturation! Toy with brightness! Meddle with contrast! Choose a body style! Pick a hair style! Slip on some glasses! Accessorize! Save it! Share it! Add to gallery!



Thank you Puma.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 6-09    
Topic: Creative Commentary, Online

Charmin Half-Asses Casting Call Campaign


In the last full week of December, Charmin launched what appears to be the beginning of a casting call campaign for a new bear mascot. (It isn't clear what went wrong with the old ones. Maybe too much tissue fondling.)

The guy who passed this to us called it "definitely a worthy laugh from the guys at Publicis," but he was clearly lying through his typing fingers. Besides a casting video for this sloppy specimen of the Ursidae family, uploaded two weeks ago, there's nothin' else going on.

Notably, at least one commenter expressed interest in the campaign -- but he joined YouTube six days ago. Also, one of the two videos he uploaded is pro-Charmin, so we're guessing he didn't find the effort via StumbleUpon.

Hey, Publicis ... you awake? For inspiration, look to Milk, which shat this gimmick months ago and at least tried running with it.

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by Angela Natividad    Jan- 6-09    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Online

Is That Sand On My Page Takeover?


While advertising-fueled website page takeovers are nothing new, they don't usually integrate quite so intricately as this one does for the Ford F-150 on the new ESPN site. Check the takeover out here.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 5-09    
Topic: Good, Online

Organ Donors, Faux Sci-Fi Ads, Israel Tweets, NYT Sells Out to Cash In


- The New York Times is pushing front page display ads. It's hard times, yo; deal with it.

- Shoot creative briefs and account execs. As in, whoosh-whoosh, bang-bang.

- TBWA dubbed AdWeek's top agency of '08.

- Top 25 fictional sci-fi movie ads. Slurp.

- BREAKING NEWS - Steve Jobs is sick.

- Facebook peaks on Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas, Mark Zuckerberg!

- Israel tweets.

- Planning for your demise? Give your organs to the girl, not the tin jar.

by Angela Natividad    Jan- 5-09    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns, Cause, Celebrity, Online

Penis Cake Advocates for Fantasy Trophy Firm


A wee Brooklyn-based shop called Fantasy Trophies ("Hand-made trophies worth bragging about") has launched a YouTube campaign, "Bragging Rites," that consists of nine videos which get progressively more retarded.

The videos follow Brian, a brash, furry office cog, who antagonizes his fantasy football opponents. It's profoundly working-man-tastic; probably only funny for the people involved, and maybe for people that have done crazy shit in the name of fantasy football. If you fall into neither camp, well, tough luck.

See Penis Cake and/or Megan's Strap-On Fantasy. (Megan ultimately gets revenge in the form of a really feeble "email this asshole!" video. Girl, you'll shimmy into a strap-on, but broadcasting dude's email on YouTube was your best take on vengeance? You put bad-ass bitches to shame.)

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by Angela Natividad    Jan- 5-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Strange, Video

'Kringlegate' Vid Ignites Censorship Face-Off


Plaid made the holidays extra-special this year by sending a video to clients and friends -- including us -- that claims we were involved in an affair with Mrs. Claus, which has since gone public and may potentially destroy Christmas.

It is a completely insane premise.

You've probably seen this or something like it before, laughed once and never thought about it again. But at least two people out there are so distraught over it, they've had a lawyer send an official cease and desist letter to Plaid, demanding that the material be taken down and that proof of its removal be conveyed to them.

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by Angela Natividad    Dec-24-08    
Topic: Agencies, Online, Opinion, Worst

Because Can You Honestly Say You Don't Want a Copy of 'Hey There, Sugar Britches'?


No ad industry holiday is complete without a lovable mood-setting douchebag. This year Tom Fellow is ours.

The guy had us from "felice navidado" and now we can't stop listening to his Christmas standards and watching him open presents while growling.

Lavish in the Fellow aesthetic or watch with glee while Twitter catches on. Big THANKEE to @pjbfcp.

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by Angela Natividad    Dec-23-08    
Topic: Best, Online, Spoofs, Strange

JWT's 'Albert' May Finally Leave the Pole this Year


Last year JWT sent us a holiday card featuring Albert, an animated tool whose tongue's been attached to the same pole for a year, I guess.

Albert's back. Try to free him without overtaxing his pain threshold. Pulling him back and letting go has proven somewhat amusing. Also, JWT promises there's a way to detach him this time. (But why would you?)

by Angela Natividad    Dec-23-08    
Topic: Agencies, Online

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