Spoofing its own Pepsi Max Heaps Rich campaign, Pepsi Australia has launched a viral advertising campaign called Heaps Poor Pepsi Min which, over the past three weeks, has been viewed by 160,000 people. The site features a spoof of Pepsi's currently running promotional television spot along with purposefully bad prizes and a game that lets visitors determine how boring they are. Some nice insiderishness here.
With A United States Supreme Court Justice slot open, the government can use all the help it can get filling the slot. Recruitment firm Accolo, the company behind the wildly popular Spicy Paris spoof, has placed a job listing on its site for the open position and has posted some initial interview questions for candidates to answer while applying. Questions, which cover the gamut of political ideology, range from asking where applicants would find justification for the right to privacy (My bathroom, Warren Burger's imagination, The Bill of Rights, My credit card company's database) to past experience with the federal legal system (Bailiff, Litigant, Juror, Judge, Attorney, Convicted felon) to which sitting judge the applicants beliefs align (Sandra Day O'Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, William Rehnquist, Stephen Breyer, Judge Judy).
The job description and application can be forwarded to a friend which should certainly give Bush a bit more choice than he'd other wise have pulling from his inner, old boy network.
Flickr user Dave Ward has created a second spoof Hummer ad, this time, referencing the notion that blood shed in Iraq is only to support America's oil requirements. Needless to say, GM won't like this.
Here's a less political yet far more on-target spoof from Tian.
With Rush Limbaugh, you either love him or hate him. Those that hate him have created a parody of a recent ad changing the headline from "America's Anchorman" to "UnAmerican Ranchorman the the tagline from "The Nation Trusts Rush" to "The Nation Trusts Rush to Make Shit Up." Here's the spoof. Here's the original.
Perhaps to help win back some of its lost business or to poke fun at the ad concepting process, Deutsch has launched The Ad Conceptor, a menu-driven, concept-in-a-box parody of ad creation. The site promises to make your Advertising Week enjoyable by providing the tools to come up with a quick idea so you don't get stuck in the office working while everyone else is out partying and depleting the agency's expense budget.
Just like the Spicy Paris ad got its spoof, so shall Carlton Draught's Bid Ad with Muscle Beer's Studio Muscle-created Small Ad.
Our insightful friends over at Something Awful have decided to take on several recent, feel good, politically correct Ad Council campaigns and turn them upside down. Revel in advice on how to beat your child. Learn how to properly drive drunk. Realize penis enlargement pills might be great for the guy but all they do for the girl is hurt. With the tagline, "Good enough for Dingos, good enough for you," we're told babies are "Cute. Cuddly. Delicious." Diversity is all well and good but redheads are hot. And pollution? No one cares.
Among all the iPod spoofs circulating, this one's fairly humorous poking fun at the ever increasing size of the unit and the endless proliferation of accessories made for it. The spoof promotes the iPod Flea, an MP3 player so small it can play just one song over and over for an hour.
On Monday, a billboard on Sepulveda Boulevard, south of Santa Monica, CA went up that included an image of a shadowy Uncle Sam figure controlling a newscaster puppet. The accompanying headline reads, "Shox News Channel: We Distort, You Comply." The billboard, created by political artist Karen Fiorito, is said to parody monopolistic corporate media and is the second billboard created by the outspoken Fiorito who says her work is designed to explore the relationship between politics, propaganda and art.
While we passed this off as just another method to promote his book, Life After the 30-Second Spot, we have to admit this video, created by Joe Jaffe, about the television upfront is insightful and humorous pointing out the absurdity of the entire sell/buy dance agency buyers and networks sales rep perform each year. Give it a look. Have a laugh. Then get back to all those upfront meetings and parties you have scheduled this week.