Oh it was only a matter of time before someone, sickened by advertisers' oversimplification of everything, namely Staples' claim that they make business easy, before the Easy Button hacks arrived. Al Cohen, who created the hacke button which spews forth nastyisms, says, "Advertising agencies think that they can cram any amount of factitious crap down the gullible throats of the public. We need to remind them we are a heck of a lot smarter, and can process far more complex equations, just given half a chance." Touche. You can listen to Cohen's creation here but the connection is agonizingly slow. We'll host it elsewhere once we get the entire file.
It's a rule in the advertising industry that All Apple Ads Must Be Parodied so it is without surprise that our friends over at Gizmodo have created several spoofs of their ow. This time, though, the spoofs aren't all warm and fuzzy for Apple but a bit more bluntly honest about those "dudes" who use a Mac.
Those funny guys over at cooking podcast Clef Palate who recently spoofed an Apple commercial are at it again, this time spoofing Datline's To Catch A Predator. We've never seen the show so we can't compare the teo but the effort these guys put into promoting themselves is admirable.
AdFreak points to yet another homage to the buzz-o-meter busting Snakes on a Plane in which DC Luigi portrays U2's Bono and sings, "Someone Tell Sam Jackson He's My Bro." Funny, funny and more funny.
Thursday evening as YouTube added new features to its site, replaced the usual homepage contents with just its logo and the phrase, "All your video are belong to us" which, for a while, had people wondering if the site had, indeed, been hacked. As it turned out, that was not the case as a second message appeared a while later saying, "No, we haven't been hacked. Get a sense of humor."
Ever so insightfully intelligent, YouTube spokeswoman Julie Supan said of the stunt, "This is what the engineers do, they have fun with our users. They're all cracking up right now. You have to remember who are fan base is. They don't want some dry message." Julie, you are so right. That's why we have the Bloglines plumber too. It'd be nice if more companies did things like this. It shows the humanity behind a corporation and that an entity such as a corporation can, and should be allowed to, have fun just like normal people do. Thanks to Owen for the screen shot.
When you first watch this latest Apple commercial spoof which features a monkey and a guy in a yellow jump suit, "Huh?" will likely be the first word that comes to mind. But, if you check out what's being promoted in the spoof, clefPalate, you'll be treated to a very professionally produced video podcast about cooking...and monkeys...and men in yellow jump suits. Be sure to catch the first episode which riffs very nicely off the Stanly Kubricks 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Every ad blog today is loving this Mile vacuum cleaner billboard that illustrates the powerful suckage of Miele vacuums with the image of the vacuum cleaner pulling a hot air balloon out of the sky. It's a great looking billboard and a nice concept except we're not sure it ever physically appeared on a billboard. Look closely. The whole thing looks very Photoshopped. Anyone care to comment?
While Paris Hilton suddenly appears to have grown boobs, she's still waif thin and perhaps this Australian commercial for Ocean Spray explains why. In the ad a friend tells a Paris Hilton look-a-like that colonics are good but Ocean Spray is better. Hilton sort of gets the message but doesn't quite know through which orifice the Ocean Spray should be consumed. Also, the spoof was apparently created before Paris switched her catch phrase to "that's sexy."
Here's a semi-funny video Buder Engel and Friends Partner/ Creative Director Vince Engel put together for his speech at the American Marketing Association's Vision Marketing Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. It combines every piece of meaningless blather you've ever read on an agency website or heard an agency person speak. One day, we'll learn to leave all that meaningless blather behind and justsay what we do: "We help you sell shit."
Perhaps you've seen the Tango Clear spoof of the Sony Bravia ad which had colored balls roll down the hills of San Francisco. The Tango Clear ad does it with fruit and lots of it. Apparently, the ad, shot in Wales, has some residents in Swansea so upset, they've launched a cheesy looking website to protest against the damage all that fruit did in Wales and to state it will never happen in Swansea. Actually, a little Whois research points out the creators of the Tango Clear ad, Clemmow Hornby Inge, created the protest site apparently hoping to keep the fruit rolling a bit longer.