First Lady of France Bares All for GQ, Uses Queen to Push Pop

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Carla Bruni -- in all the sultry flesh -- appears pretty much nude in the April edition of GQ magazine. (Heavens, she's hot. We're sobbing "Are you there, God?" all over again.) More nakie pics are going on auction next month. They're expected to swoop up 2,000 pounds (the currency) at least.

Plugging the fertility of Mother France ain't all she's up to lately. The still-fresh-faced First Lady was recently accused of turning a visit with the Queen into an opportunity to punt her new CD. After a visit to Windsor, stickers appeared on the album promoting the Italian chanteuse as the new First Lady and chum to Her Highness.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-27-08    
Topic: Political, Promotions, Racy



Obama Girl Tells Hillary to Stop Hating on Barak.

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Who knew? Really. Who knew Obama Girl would amount to anything more than a one-off from some random YouTube chick with a "crush" on Obama. Well, it seems a good percentage of the nation has a crush on Obama and that crush might get him all the way to the White House this fall.

In the latest Obama Girl video from Barely Political, Amber takes down Hillary and urges her to stop hating on Obama. Amber tells Hillary her quest is becoming hopeless, that America is Obama Nation, and that her continued attacks are just making the McCain option look better which, of course, is not good for the Democrats' cause.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-25-08    
Topic: Cause, Good, Political, Racy, Video



You Know You Want More Spitzer Fodder

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In light of the public misery (and promotional creativity) that buying an expensive hooker can wreak, the PR team of 02138 magazine (a pub for "Harvard influentials") have seen fit to tell us that Monsieur and Madame Spitzer scored the cover for the "Power Couples" issue.

They were chosen for their "influential careers and continued commitment to maintaining a strong and lasting relationship" -- their words, not ours. (Can we get a quote on that from Hillary?) We're sure the choice has nothing to do with all the traffic they'll score from bored gossip-mongers that frequent sordid sites like ours.

Read the article -- and see more sappy grayscale images -- at the 02138 website.

Silda's hawt. (We hope we look like that, pre-op, after 40.) Why the compulsion to pay for the Grail, Eliot?

by Angela Natividad    Mar-23-08    
Topic: Magazine, Political, Trends and Culture



Both Parties Will Love the New Bush/McCain Lockstep Ad

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A new ad from the Democratic National Committee called Bush/McCain: Lockstep argues presidential candidate John McCain, since after 9/11, has been in complete agreement with President Bush regarding America's presence in Iraq. If you're a Republican, you'll love it because McCain will give you more of what you already have. If you're a Democrat, you'll love it because it highlights everything you dislike about America's presence in Iraq. Hmm. A political ad both sides can like?

by Steve Hall    Mar-18-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Political



Bravia Teases, Spitzer's Sporty, Sienna Sexes, Gentlemen Go Ginger, ABSOLUT Greens the Scene

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- Check out the 2008 Sony Bravia ad teaser, pop-infused and action-packed with controversial bunnies.
- Support your local politician's private life. Sport a Spitzer 9! (Thanks, Rob.)
- Watch some beach-combing models turn each other on over a Toyota Sienna. We love how Toyota isn't afraid to take the piss.
- What, bored with the Flugtag? See Red Bull surf.
- Don't just be gentle. Or ginger. Be a gingerbread gentleman. For Starbucks' Pass the Cheer (thanks, BG!).
- Obama Mobile. Seriously.
- Bill Gates has joined LinkedIn, stirring rumours that Microsoft might look to collaborate with the social networking site. Or take it over. Maybe he's just lonely.
- ABSOLUT Vodka tries saving the planet with uncut films from the Live Earth film series. Next time somebody offers us a plastic bag, we're going to slap him in the face. With an iron glove.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-12-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Online, Political



Client 9, We Wish We Knew How to Quit You

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Courtesy of Dead As We Know It, here's more off-the-cuff advertising at (former) Governor Spitzer's expense. This spot for Balvenie Single Malt Scotch reads, "I think I could have offered 'Client-9' a far more tasteful nightcap."

Also see Virgin Mobile's jab at the Spitz. In the days of instant information and democratized publishing, everyone gets to be a satirist (at best) and a muckraker (at worst). Poor guy.

Some sad news: Spitzer has just resigned. He will be replaced by Lt. Governor David Paterson, the state's first black governor as of Monday.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-12-08    
Topic: Brands, Political, Poster



Adrants Airs Political Bias? Never That.

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Having sent us this contextual ad flub from a recent story, Adrants reader Eddie playfully accuses us of drinking the Hillary Haterade.

Why would we ever disseminate subliminal messages of Clinton distaste when other people are so good at doing it for us? We're pleading on the side of ignorance -- this is all Google's doing.

But while we're on the topic, come have a giggle at Hillary proposing Obama be her Vice President -- after he pwns her with more states and delegates. There has to be a better expression for this than "grace under pressure."

by Angela Natividad    Mar-12-08    
Topic: Bad, Campaigns, Online, Political



Spitzer Scandal Spun to Promote Virgin Mobile

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"I'm tired of being treated like a number..." laments NY Governor Eliot Spitzer in this print ad for Virgin Mobile in Canada.

The copy goes on to read "At Virgin Mobile, you're more than just a number. When you call us we'll treat you like a person, not a client. Whether you're #9 or #900, you'll get hooked up with somebody who'll finally treat you just how you want to be treated."

How very wicked. But revelations of Spitzer's place in the queue (Client #9) at a busted prostitution service come at an opportune time for Virgin Mobile, which only revealed its preoccupation with American politics this month.

Just another instance of Virgin behaving badly.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-11-08    
Topic: Magazine, Mobile/Wireless, Political, Poster, Spoofs



Clinton's '3 AM' Poster Girl is an Obama Supporter. Oops.

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Over a week ago, Hillary Clinton launched this ad. "It's three AM and your children are safe and asleep. But there's a phone in the White House and it's ringing," it starts. Who do you want picking up the phone and protecting your kids -- somebody with experience, or somebody without?

To populate the spot with compelling pictures, Hillary's team used stock imagery. And it turns out that the ad's most prominent child is all grown up ... and an Obama supporter.

From HuffPo (via The New Argument): "While I love Hillary, I would much rather hear Barack Obama's voice at the other end of the phone at 3am."

That's gotta hurt.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-10-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Political, Television



A Halfrican Explores Multi-Racial Life in America

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It's nice to see Advertising Age ramp up its coverage of diversity in advertising and in general. We've been supporters of the exploration of diversity (or lack thereof) in the ad business and are glad the industry's number one publication has increased the size of the platform where this conversation can take place.

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by Steve Hall    Mar- 5-08    
Topic: Industry Events, Policy, Political








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