Last week, a video was floated to YouTube that hypes an army of Russian women willing to tear off their clothes in support of Vladamir Putin running for the Russian presidency. While Putin, who has already served two terms, hasn't declared he's running, that hasn't stopped these women, referred to as Putin's Army, from asking other women to post their own videos of themselves tearing off their clothes. Reportedly, the best tearing video will win the woman an iPad2. Some reports claim women are also being urged to kill something or someone to win the contest.
A recent internet video ad created by Ladd Ehlinger for political action group Turn Right which features plenty of booty dancing and controversial statements has been labelled by some the most racist and sexist ad ever. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a statement condemning the ad which points its sights at Democratic candidate Janice Hahn who is running in a special election for retired California state representative Jane Harman's seat.
The ad, which likens Hahn to a stripper's ass, addresses Hahn's alleged use of government funds to hire former gang members to become gang intervention specialists, part of an effort to reduce crime.
Both Hahn and her Republican opponent have condemned the ad.
Racist? Probably. Sexist? Probably. Just plan bad? Definitely.
You can just feel Michael Bay pumping his fist in the background of this movie trailer-esque video for former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty as it crescendos with patriotic bravado and pulls at the heartstrings. No matter your political beliefs, if you aren't at least moved in some way by this commercial then you are beyond jaded and there isn't much hope for you.
- When Naomi Campbell travels to Moscow she stays at The Legend of Tsvetnoy apartment complex, conveniently owned by her billionair boyfriend Vladamir Doronin.
- Here's a really terrible spoof pimping an eighty-blade razor from Gillette.
- Oh and here's an equally bad ad. This is the Jesus Hates Obama ad everyone is talking about.
- Google Co-Founder Larry Page is taking over for Eric Schmidt who is stepping down as CEO of the search giant. Schmidt will stay on as executive chairman.
Hey, if you're hot, why not use that hotness to get you elected to political office? Shoving aside the notion people might not take her seriously, Polish pop singer Sara May, also known as Katarzyna Szczolek, posed in her bikini for a series of ads.
She hopes the ads garner her the attention she needs to get elected for local office. In one ad, she appears laying on a beach wearing a bikini along with the copy, "Beautiful. Independent. Competent." Another, obviously going after animal lovers, shows her holding a puppy with the copy, "Honest. Sincere. Uncompromising."
We suggest an additional concept. Picture May, shot from behind, her ass clad in a thong as she peers back over her shoulder atop the copy, "Dedicated. Delicious. Open for Business."
In the fourth district North Carolina congressional race, Republican candidate B.J. Lawson ran an ad his opponent, Democrat David Price, claims was voiced by Morgan Freeman. Freeman denies ever having voiced the spot telling the Huffington Post, "These people are lying. I have never recorded any campaign ads for B.J. Lawson and I do not support his candidacy. And, no one who represents me ever has ever authorized the use of my name, voice or any other likeness in support of Lawson or his candidacy."
If you listen to the spot, it does, indeed, sound like the Freeman we have all come to be familiar with. But if you listen closely, you'll soon realize it's not him. It's a very good impersonation but it's not Freeman.
But...stranger things have happened.
- Sports briefs company Bjorn Borg hired two women wearing only shorts and pasties and had them interupt a men's field hockey game by throwing packages of the briefs all over the field.
- Not all politicians are dirty.
- Naomi Capbell splays herself all over vehicle and gas pump for Dennis Basso's Autumn/Winter ad campaign.
- Lawyer helps home owners fight increased property taxes. Hmm. One wonders if the legal fee would just equate to the adjustment negating the whole effort in the first place.
Protesting Meg Whitman's stance on healthcare, medical record privacy and her general lack of political experience, the California Nurses Association has unleashed Queen Meg, part of a "sabotage bus tour" running up to California's Nov. 2 election. The Queen med Bus Tour will follow Meg Whitman along her campaign stops across Southern California.Nurses from the Los Angeles area will join the protest.
In addition to the tour, the California Nurses Association has launched a social media campaign using Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
As Chicago's Mayoral craziness continues, Proximity has come to the rescue with Foursquarian Candidate, which aims to "even the playing field between concerned citizens and well-funded candidates by providing social media savvy Chicagoans the chance to win a campaign marketing team to support a Mayoral bid." Yes, people. Foursquare might serve up Chicago's next Mayor.
Antonio Federici ice cream, which had its pregnant nun ad banned by the UK's Advertising Standards authority for making a mockery of Roman Catholic beliefs isn't taking the ban laying down. The company plans to continue with the same theme and, in addition, make a point of targeting Pope Benedict with the campaign during his four day visit to the UK which begins today.
An Antonio Federici spokeswoman said, "We intend to defy the ASA's ban and will publish another ad from the series before the Pope's visit later this week. We are also in the process of securing billboards close to and along the planned route of the Pope's cavalcade around Westminster Cathedral."
The ad carries the tagline, "Immaculately Conceived ... Ice cream is our religion."