Some Signatures Open Doors Where None Exist

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Still others can be used as weapons for the defenseless. That's the impression we got from this ad by Amnesty International, which is admittedly about a year old and maybe 1:30 too long. The animation and the idea are good though, and I like the sound of the scribble over the music.

by Angela Natividad    Aug-28-08    
Topic: Cause, Online, Video



Parents Skittish About Hiked-Up Raunchiness in '90210'

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Time's drawing near for the September 2 debut of 90210, the CW's remake of '90s pop classic Beverly Hills, 90210. Worried that the network will slut it up a la Gossip Girl, the Parents Television Council is admonishing advertisers not to sponsor the show unless a pre-screening is released.

Read the elongated back-and-forth. In a nutshell, the PTC insinuated that the CW won't release a pre-screen because it doesn't want large, socially-responsible advertisers scrutinizing all that naughty, dirty, bad, baaaad content. The CW says it just doesn't want to spoil a highly-anticipated premiere. In the end, it'll probably win this girlfight.

Concerns about poisoning our pure American youth aside, the PTC's got a definite beef. For its last Gossip Girl print campaign, the CW used the headline "Mind-blowingly inappropriate!", a statement the PTC made to rebuke the show, to promote the new season.

Hilarious. Anyway, the PTC ain't going down without a yowl. It's contacted 136 major advertisers about the 90210 pre-screening issue. Cheers to the virtue of vigilance.

Image credit: the NY Post blog.

by Angela Natividad    Aug-26-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Cause, Television



WTFvertising Used to Get Kids Off Tobacco

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Three high school kids stand at the side of a track. One pulls out some chewing tobacco, then everyone's attention is captured by a rabbit with antlers. Bad taxonomy job? The creature spits tobacco out on the kids, everybody goes "Daaaang," suddenly somebody's missing a front tooth, and the moral is, don't chew tobacco.

"Dip. It can make your teeth fall out!"

By EnviroMedia for Spit It Out Texas. I don't get it. Off-topic, anti-tobacco ads -- no matter how disgusting -- always make me nostalgic for Big League Chew.

by Angela Natividad    Aug-25-08    
Topic: Cause, Commercials, Strange, Television



Wall*E Used to Expose Kleenex's Snottier Side

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"Another box of Kleenex, one more forest gooooone!" That's part of Greenpeace's freaky new campaign song, inspired by the motion picture Wall*E. The group reimagined the doe-eyed, trash-smushing robot as the descendant of eco-antagonist Kleer*E, which -- in their words -- "gobbles up forests and spits out boxes of Kleenex."

Political cartoonist Mark Fiore produced the vid, available here. What was cute is now sinister, all part and parcel of Greenpeace's ongoing Kleercut campaign -- an effort to litter Kleenex's family-friendly brand persona with tree carcasses, wood splinters and warped, nightmarish jingles.

"Tell Kimberly-Clark to stop the Iron*E!" puns Greenpeace shamelessly. Once the goosebumps go down, though, I have to admit it's all very charming in a twisted sort of way.

by Angela Natividad    Aug-25-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Online, Spoofs, Strange, Video



UK's Channel 4 Explores Sunnier Side of Islam

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Channel 4 enlisted London-based doctor Farrah Jarral and filmmaker Masood Khan to discover what it calls "the sunnier side of Islam." (Not to be confused for the Sunnier Side of Truth, which is slightly more musical.) The pair went out to meet 500 men named Osama over the course of 50 days. Each was asked the question, "What do you love?"

This Osama loves freedom and that Osama loves life, family, photography, friends, snow, skate, surf, music, art, "being me" and flashing gangsta-gangsta peace signs.

See more at the Osama Loves website. This one is probably my favorite. He ought to be bearing a sign that screams "Osama loves CUTE OVERLOAD!"

by Angela Natividad    Aug-20-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Guerilla, Packaging



Planned Parenthood Believes in Abstinence! Seriously.

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Planned Parenthood Ohio is using a stodgy, responsible-looking older woman to rationalize its newest campaign, "The A-Word," which from what I can tell is made up of one video and an "Abstinence" graphic in smudgy Courier. Two of the tabs, "Affordability" and "Advocacy," are still "Coming Soon..."

The site was put together by Eisen Management Group, who argues "Planned Parenthood has been characterized in a largely false and negative light for far too long" -- that is, as champions for sex, however safe, but not abstinence.

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by Angela Natividad    Aug-20-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Cause, Political



Modernista's Packin' for Handgun Violence Campaign

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Modernista! takes its contrarian methodology to the streets with a gigantor WE SELL GUNS! billboard and interactive campaign for Stop Handgun Violence.

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by Angela Natividad    Aug-20-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Cause, Guerilla, Outdoor



My God, is that an Asterisk You're Hiding? You Filthy Fake.

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Apparently asterisks are bad.* In a campaign called "Don't be an Asterisk," the US Olympic Committee and the Ad Council associate them with steroids and inauthenticity.**

Witness as a high school jock repulses once-loving classmates when an asterisk starts forming on his forehead. (Apt, I guess, since steroids are supposed to make you break out like whoa.)

But here I was, all this time, thinking the teen angst market was reserved exclusively for the zit zappers. Speaking of which, J&J -- parent company of Neutrogena! -- funded this effort, which was put together by TBWA/Chiat/Day/NY.

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by Angela Natividad    Aug-14-08    
Topic: Cause, Commercials, Magazine, Strange, Video



PETA: It's Meat, Not Bountiful Cheap Food, that Gets You Fat

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PETA sent a letter to Ralph Basham, the commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection, to convince him to offset the cost of building a border fence by selling ad space.

Why? Because it's got creative ready to run. The ad at left features svelte Mexicans in their homeland and fat chunky ones on the US side of the fence. It reads, "If the border patrol doesn't get you, the chicken and burgers will -- go vegan." (The premise is that when Mexicans cross the border, they are leaving behind a "far healthier staple diet of vegetables and grains.")

Commenters said the traditional Mexican diet isn't meat-free, and the fence itself actually harms animals because it prevents wildlife from migrating for food.

Well, I'm sure if PETA didn't need the fence for advertising and the US gov didn't need another lost cause to waste tax money on (because people in dire straits are really gonna go, "Hey, a fence" and turn back), everyone would be more than happy to take it down.

by Angela Natividad    Aug-13-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Cause, Outdoor



Benetton Uses Prayer to Stitch Up Chinese/Tibetan Differences

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One thing I love about Benetton: it never knows when to leave well enough alone. "Victims," the current issue of its company magazine Colors, uses the tragedy of the SouthWest China earthquake to try mending the China/Tibetan conflict.

The issue includes 30 shots of quake victims integrated with 30 prayers written for them by Tibetan monks. An accompanying Benetton ad displays a Tibetan monk and a Chinese soldier bowing toward each other, possibly in greeting, apology or shared grief. Readers can send their own prayers over for inclusion in a campaign exhibition.

Provocative as always, but I generally have trouble hating on Benetton (except when they fired Toscani). The "Victims" ad campaign is running in Italian newspapers and in French daily Le Monde.

by Angela Natividad    Aug-12-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Cause, Good, Magazine, Online










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