The Hardee's Flat Buns commercial has caused an uproar in Tennessee with Tennessee Education Association President Dr. Earl Wiman (who you've got to hear) saying, "It is unbelievably demeaning." The ad shows a female teacher dancing seductively in front of a class that raps about the positivity of flat buns which the teacher, of course, does not possess. The commercial is part of a campaign launched earlier this summer which included the Flat Buns website.
Wiman wants concerned citizens to complain to Hardee's, saying, "I am asking that all of our members and the public who care about children and their education to contact their local Hardee's to voice their concerns."
- Calling AMC's Mad Men, Dr. Ernst Dichter's The Hidden Persuaders and current motivational research "mostly bullshit," George Parker manages to get himself into Advertising Age and promote his new book, The Ubiquitous Persuaders which, if his past book, MadScam, is any indication, won't be bullshit at all.
- Magazines and newspapers aren't doing anything wrong. It's just that the ads inside them all suck.
- Hyundai's new campaign leaves behind the brand name hoping to leave behind associated cheapness.
- Has anyone else noticed how "bloggy" Advertising Age is getting and how it's now OK to "print" words like fuck and bullshit? We just thought we'd wonder publicly a bit about that.
We're a little confused about this new game, dubbed Hunger Strike, for KFC. At first we thought it was like Pac-Man, but there don't appear to be any enemies to either run from or eat. Then we thought maybe it might be more esoteric, like this game, but no; the graphics don't really do anything, and the music is frozen in a hellish loop.
We just know we keep losing, and we don't understand why, so now we feel resentful toward chicken.
70 Volvos are hidden in a bunch of beautiful but rugged places and according to this subsite it is your responsibility to find out where. (Despite the daunting sound of the task and the lameness of going Volvo-hunting, clues and a Yahoo! Maps integration help the process along.)
More interestingly, is it just us or is the music for the subsite a throwback to the score for Vanilla Sky? It's probably just us.
Shortly after its embarrassing Friday spat with Apple, NBC developed a similar relationship with Amazon TV.
One of the biggest points of the Apple/NBC disagreement was Apple's insistence that NBC wanted to raise its costs per episode to $4.99. NBC said this wasn't true, and the REAL issue was Apple's refusal to sell episodes in package sets.
Well, regardless of who you believed then, NBC put its money where its cavernous mouth is and developed a relationship with Amazon TV's Unbox. Episodes are still going for $1.99 ("Up yours, iTunes!") and customers who buy complete seasons get a 30 percent discount.
Nothing like a public mud-fight to get the blood pressure up. Think we can talk them into solving future disputes election '08 style?
The man in the pig-tailed wig is probably the best thing that's happened to Wendy's, having achieved improved recall in eight weeks versus 18 months with a previous campaign. But the muse of all the hubbub, Melinda Lou "Wendy" Thomas herself, isn't enjoying the ride.
Advertising Age reports that Melinda, who studied marketing at the University of Florida, auditioned as herself for the new campaign, but spokesman Bob Bertini said resulting consumer response was "not positive."
For its S9 headphones, Motorola's Wirebreakers leap back into the streets, accosting cheerleaders, bus patrons, library-goers and general loiterers with their love of dance.
It's cute and all but we are so tired of the Wirebreakers thing. It must suck to be milling around minding your own business, when some bug-eyed kid pops out and forces you to sit there with a frozen grin on your face until he or she has stopped wilding out in front of you.
Thankfully, behind a monitor we don't have to smile.
Snickers is replacing its "Most Satisfying" tagline with "Feast," a move introduced by five new ad characters: a king, a Viking, a Pilgrim, a Polynesian and a Roman, which are all supposed to teach us a thing or two about glorified gluttony.
Check out the spot here.
Like a pubescent teen that acts extra-manly to keep people from thinking he swings the other way, the burly new focus will hopefully guide thoughts from the unfortunate Super Bowl ad incident, when people freaked out over those two guys tonguing over their last bit of that most satisfying candy bar.
When we think of Maggie Gyllenhaal, the first thing that comes to mind isn't usually an Agent Provocateur campaign full of black lingerie and provocative sexual imagery. Granted, she did offer herself up as an office fantasy to James Spader in Secretary and played a trampy, hardnosed, harlot-like, character in SherryBaby but we still think of her as the wise-ass younger sister to real-life brother Jake in the atmospherically fantastic Donnie Darko. So it is with a bit of WTF we react to her appearance in the lingerie maker's latest campaign.
In the campaign, she seems to carry an air of 20's flapper but that's crossed with a dose of S&M, coy cuteness, subservient subjugation and playful elegance. It's got something for everyone.
Why do we waste time pondering the suggested denigration of women in JBS or Sisley ads when Dolce & Gabbana has always made such an easy target?
It turns out that this season's series of ads are meant to take D&G's usual array of contorted femmes and put them in positions of empowerment - with chrome corsets, thin whips and naked man slaves.
Thank you, D&G, for realizing our dearest fantasies.