Last Friday, America's Next Top Model winner Jaslene Gonzalez, along with her adoring fans, witnessed the unveiling of her Times Square billboard for clothing line LOT29. Jaslene's reaction? "Look at my legs! They look great!" Indeed.
The event was also a shoot for an upcoming commercial for the "My Life as a CoverGirl" campaign. Let's see. America's Next Top Model. LOT29. CoverGirl. All in one place. All at one event. Are there really people in marketing who are actually this efficient?
Every once in a while a piece of work comes along that clearly looks like it's trying way too hard to accomplish what it set out to do. Courtesy of P. Diddy's Unforgivable fragrance, this is such a piece of work. For 2:58, we are subjected to repetitive images of Diddy mentally drooling for hottie Jessica Gomez, whom he ultimately beds in the final seconds of the video. It's styled like a quick cut video from the eighties and the music swells as if the creators of the video are circle jerking themselves to mutual orgasm.
While not quite as powerful as the recent Montana Meth campaign which inspired us to write "watching these new Montana Meth spots makes one want to grab a gun, hunt down a drug dealer, stick the barrel of the gun in his mouth and blow his fucking head off," the second phase of the Arizona Meth Project delivers the same powerful message: don't do it even just once.
The eight spot campaign, along with radio, print, outdoor and online, takes two different approaches. The first features kids wishing they had experienced other horrific events such as a car crash or a beating as opposed to getting hooked on Meth. The second envisions what a person's life becomes once they get hooked on Meth. The spots are powerful for sure but one does wonder how effective the scare tactic approach is. Peer pressure and the desire to fit in are almost insurmountable obstacles to overcome but the effort is worthy.
There are some recognizable faces in the spots including The O.C.'s Willa Holland. All the spots and the rest of the creative can be viewed here.
Without containing anything the least bit socially redeeming or having anything at all to do with advertising, we share with you this video of an overwrought Chris Crocker emotionally pleading to everyone to LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE! Asking how dare the media make fun of Britney after all she's been through, Crocker spends a full two minutes and 11 seconds crying about how the media makes tons of money off writing crap about Britney.
Freakishly as this message is delivered, Crocker is completely right. Just witness VH1's rehashing tonight of Britney's woes over the past couple of years. Just witness any Britney-related media thrashing. And, yes, we have crapped on her as well. Mea Culpa on that. Will this ever change? Doubtful.
And if you want even more of this, there's apparently a conspiracy theory that goes along with her VMA performance. Her lack luster dance moves were apparently due to...yes...a faulty heel on one of her shoes. And on and on and on it goes...
- If you haven't had your fill of Britney yet this week, tonight VH1 is airing All Access: Britney's Most Shocking Year Ever which promises to rehash all the poor girl's dirty laundry from the divorce to the head shaving to her pantyless partying to her feud with mom and much more. We can hardly wait.
- Today, Datran is donating a portion of every transaction to Tuesday's Child, an organization that offers support to the families affected by September 11.
- The Many Worlds of Jonas Moore has been nominated for this year's final competition of the MIPCOM Mobile and Internet TV Awards- Best Short Form Entertainment, Drama category, taking place in Cannes, France.
Hrm. Here's a side of Armani we've never seen before.
For Emporio Armani's Diamonds fragrance, Anonymous Content's Jake Nava brought Beyonce into the studio to channel Marilyn Monroe with a glass-cutting rendition of Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend.
Perhaps to invite the comparison between herself and the divas of history, Beyonce's been doing a lot of throwbacks lately: adopting Audrey's two-foot cigarette filter, and posing as a maybe-Supreme in Dream Girls.
- 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.
There's one sure thing that can be said about Britney Spears' performance at last night's MTV Video Music Awards. She delivered exactly what everyone expected; a horrifically embarrassing performance that had to have Kevin Federline rolling on the floor laughing uncontrollably. Practically tripping over herself throughout the limp, lifeless, lip-synced performance, Spears began the performance looking as if she'd just stumbled out of a bar drunk searching for something to hold on to so she wouldn't fall over.
From there, it didn't get any better. Several years ago - before Federline, before kids, before physical and emotional meltdown - Spears would have been all over that stage exploding with high energy dance moves. But at least twice last night, she had to be hoisted up and down from a riser like an overweight kid trying to climb out of a swimming pool.
The Trunk Monkey has returned. Sadly, he's not as funny as he once was.
- The Creative Weblogging Network has launched a self-service shop to help advertisers choose from its 130 blogs.
- Seems Washington DC doesn't want to miss out on the fun and has launched its own Advertising Week to be held September 17-21.
- More smelly ads can be found in the Los Angeles Times.
- Not that anyone heard of it in the first place but the creators of Bullet Proof Baby want us to know the site was part of a promotion for the movie Shoot 'Em Up.
We were beginning to think there was no longer any such thing as sites that take two minutes to load and count to or from 100 the whole time.
But Manning's Mind, a new promotion for Sprint by Goodby, defeats that logic.
Post-load, the site is actually not bad. It just isn't anything special. Take Peyton Manning on in a trivia-style game where each point won brings you closer to a touchdown.
It appears Peyton Manning is one of the only sports celebrity sponsors who's actually used for what he has to say. We don't know what that means, but it's interesting.