Gee thanks, AdFreak. Thanks for helping the us toss up our bloody mary this morning after watching this Atticus Finch-created PSA for NHS Northamptonshire. We just love watching idiotic teens drink themselves into oblivion and swim in their own puke.
But there was a silver lining to this vomit-fest. It woke us up. Oh yes it did. For a while there, we thought we were just going to blow the day off and head to the beach. Now, it seems, we just might do a little work. If only to take our mind off the disgusting realization getting drunk can, well, be really, really gross.
Up in Calgary there's a bit of a furor over a billboard campaign promoting a new condo complex. At issue is the image and copy which consists of an almost upskirt shot of a woman in a miniskirt along with the words, "Look up... Way up."
The condo complex is being developed by ProCura which just finished restoring a sufragette home currently being used as a sales office for the new condo complex. Upon completion of the condo complex, ProCura has promised to turn the home into a community center for women's groups and a museum for the Famous 5, a group of Alberta women who fought for women's rights.
So...the complaint centers upon the disconnect between the work ProCura will do for women's groups and the campaign which some have labeled offensive.
28-year-old web designer Travis Gertz doesn't like the campaign. "My wife Rachel and I just got back from eight months travelling through the United States," he says. "The first thing I see when I get home is this offensive ad; it makes you embarrassed to be a Calgarian."
Thank God we have animals in this world. Otherwise, PETA would have nothing to do! Whether it's elephants, baby seals, foxes or whatever. If there's an animal involved, PETA is there. This time, it's all about snakes and the cause group has tapped Jenna Dewan Tatum to save the plight of snakes, lizards, alligators, crocodiles and anything else with a skin.
To aid the save-the-skinned-reptile effort, Tatum was painted to look like a reptile herself.
Well now. Here's a jarring tidbit for a holiday week. Nothing like a bullet to the head to ruin a peaceful Cape Cod vacation. So we've all heard the oft-spoken phrase "friends don't let friends drink and drive." This Indonesian effort from Advance Advertising doesn't waste time preaching. It jumps right to the forgone conclusion of that phrase and puts a gun to the head of passengers as they leave an alcohol-fueled party.
Well here's an interesting approach to make communities aware of threats against children. We all know moms can get pretty worked up when their child is in peril. But whipping out a full-on Sly Stallone-style arsenal?
Yes, this commercial says "You don't need a gun to protect your kids" but why, then, gather together four moms, hand over the stockpile and let them go nuts? Yes, there's the whole metaphor thing but we really think the ad's creators just thought it would be cool to give a bunch on moms some guns and watch them shoot. In slow motion. With really angry, don't fuck-with-my-kids looks on their faces.
Way to get the gun control conversation started.
- Last night Mullen faced Digitas in the first-ever Mullen versus Digitas Ping Pong Tournament. (Nice girl through the guy's legs treatment)
- College Humor helps BP get its Domino's on.
- No. Your Dad does not want a tie for Father's Day this year. Wait, does anyone wear ties anymore?
- Six Flags and Walmart have partnered to offer customers discounts to Six Flags when shopping at Walmart.
- To raise awareness and money for the Greater New Orleans Foundation Gulf Coast, San Francisco-based Pereira & O'Dell are...opening a satellite office off the coast of Naknek, Alaska.
Claiming the decision had nothing to do with PETA's effort to highlight its treatment of baby elephants, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, yesterday, announced it will end its search for a public relations agency.
With a $30,000 monthly retainer on the RFP Feld Entertainment VP of Corporate Communications Stephen Payne told PRNewser, "We received a very positive response from over two dozen firms and were in the process of whittling that down when we took a hard look at all the proposals and a hard look at our staff internally, and came to conclusion that we could do most of what we were looking for in house."
Of the search for a PR firm, PETA EVP Tracy Reiman said, "Ringling is a public relations nightmare waiting to happen. There's not a PR team in the world that is slick enough to sell the beating of baby elephants, the whipping of tigers, and the use of chains, bullhooks, and electric prods on animals--all for the sake of a few cheap tricks."
Along the lines of the spinning model who flails blood all over the audience as she catwalks down the runway comes this not so new anti-fur commercial from the International Anti-Fur Coalition. Created by Lowe Bull in South Africa, the ad has three women eating lunch together. One of the women gets a phone call and, as she digs through her purse for her phone, she pulls out the internal organs of the animal that was killed to make her fur purse.
It's a nice take on how oblivious some of us can be to the effect we have on other living creatures. It closes nicely with the tagline, "If only everyone could see the real cost of fur."
In the "We've Got a Solution for Every Problem" Department of Pharmaceutical Genius they've been staying up late this week examining a burning problem: chafing. Yes, chafing. Apparently, some pharmaceutical companies have become bored with finding a cure for cancer.
In this commercial for Lanacane the Pharmaceutical Geniuses solve chafing with a gel. The ad starts off with some chubby balloon characters whose limbs rub together "painfully" when they walk. The announcer says, "If you chafe when you move, it hurts." He the offers up Lanacane Anti-Chafing Gel saying, "Stop chafing. Keep moving"
Crispin Porter + Bogusky is out with a great new PSA which features Alex Bogusky breaking down all the crap surrounding global warming and simplifying it into easy to understand terms. In this two minute video, Bogusky likens "global warming" to pollution and the famed crying Indian ad that addressed that problem back in the sixties and seventies.
The simple message was and is "pollution is bad, clean is good." He argues it should be the same with the global warming issue. Carbon in the air is bad. Less of it is good. Focus on the problem. Solve the problem. And leave the scientific and political blather out of the room.
Kudos to Bogusky for delivering a clear and concise message that makes it much easier for people to understand what it is they should do without extended and pointless debate.
Just pick up the box.