Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis, a movie that plays on southern French stereotypes about northerners (the "Ch'tis"), beat France's beloved La Grande Vadrouille record at the box office with over 17 million views, according to Gael Clouzard of Influencia.net.
Those that don't know what it means to be a Ch'ti got a quick education at a soccer match involving northerner team Lens, when a group unrolled a banner reading "Pedophiles, unemployed and inbred, bienvenue chez les Ch'tis."
Ohhh. So being a Ch'ti is kinda like being a redneck on South Park. Got it.
Billboardom has put together a list of 14 billboards featuring the human butt. From Bottoms Up Gentlemen's Club to American Apparel to McDonald's lingerie store bus stop, the ass is well represented in outdoor advertising.
You've heard of the sometimes-subversive art of guerrilla marketing. But it's got nothin' on guerrilla gardening: One group's valiant attempts to improve public landscapes with illicit cultivation.
Guerrilla Communication says guerrilla gardening -- gardening on someone else's land without permission -- has been going on for centuries. Eco aesthetes are encouraged to take up a spade and alight upon the nearest eyesore with sunflowers at the ready.
Nice. Very Green Samaritan. Now what I could use is a super-awesome guerrilla room-cleaner.
Just what is it about guys and bras? It's like the subject comes up and we're in high school all over again, snapping the bra of the cute girl sitting next to us in social studies. Oh yes, breasts make boys (and men) do very stupid things. Sadly (or maybe not), snapping the back of a girl's bra may be a thing of the past if this backless bra from Maidenform takes off.
Created by ABC American Inventor contestant Elaine Cato, the bra is getting a big creative and media push from VIA Group, which will launch campaign "This Feels Right" with the tag "Out with the old, in with the new." Media will consist of women's magazine's, outdoor and online.
Perhaps in reaction to complaints about their over-sexified imagery in their advertising, American Apparel has decided to opt for something mush less sexy: an image of Woody Allen. Yup, he's up on billboards in New York and California as well as in online ads.
Not too happy about his image being used without permission, Allen has sued American Apparel for over $10 million in damages. American Apparel's decision to use Allen's image seems to make sense though. American Apparel loves to use young girls in their ads and Allen likes to marry them. I'd call that a great use of celebrity in advertising.
Ha, ha, ha. So funny. So witty. So done 6 billion times before. But hey, when there's nice cans involved, you're pretty much guaranteed coverage on Adrants. It's actually a pillar of our mission statement and we kind of have to follow that or else we'd be adrift with editorial irrelevance, right?
- Stoltz Marketing Group created some interesting dimensional outdoor boards for Idaho home builder Paramount.
- L.L. Bean is on the hunt for a new ad agency. Modernista, Cramer-Krasselt, GSD&M, Cutwater and McKinney are after the $30 million account.
- StrawberryFrog defines social media and how the agency approaches the "medium."
- George Parker is amused over another DraftFCB fuck up.
- Pantene makes your hair so strong it'll break your brush and curling iron. Is that really a good thing?
- San Francisco's Hub Strategy took home Best of Show and two Best of Divisions along with other awards at last week's Greater San Fransisco ADDY Awards.
- Trendhunter has put together a long list of the top fifty most shocking and controversial ads. Oh the memories:-)
- The Web Marketing Association's 12th Annual WebAwards has opened its Call for Entry which will extend until May 31.
- The future of advertising is clear. Word of Mouth is aided by floating "nano-millo-chip thingies." Sampling is handled by robots. Car dealers will employ robots dressed in monkey suits to sell flying cars. Google will live inside your brain.
The childish wit within agency creative departments never ceases to amaze. Oh wait, this billboard for Playboy is actually funny. Or is it? We can't decide. Though we're pretty sure childish wit, Playboy and its depiction of a singular female body part are perfect bedfellows.
Now you might think this up-skirt soap dispenser promoting some candid camera-style show on FX is kind of witty but, dude, do you really want to be sticking your hand up there after thousands of guys have done so before you? We didn't think so. Kind of like how you wouldn't get with the high school slut either. Oh wait, of course you would because she'd be the one that would actually put out for you. Eesh. There's a Hoff version too. Image courtesy of Adland.