In a hilarious bit of satire, George Simpson tells the ad industry we should be very careful what we wish for when it comes to supporting minority-owned media as we knee jerk react to having our asses plucked like a chicken. George goes on to tell us minority groups have staged protests in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Detroit in reaction to ad agencies over reaction and subsequent purchase of every last bit of minority-owned media's inventory. Reportedly, commercial minutes on minority-owned television stations has risen to 49 minutes leaving only 2 minutes for actual programming.
Protesters are reacting angrily as the same over reaction seems to be occuring in monority-owned print as well. One protester is said to have said, "The News is like reading one of those fat fall preview issues of fashion magazines where you have to flip through a hundred pages of ads before you even find the table of contents. It took me over an hour to find the editorial page yesterday."
As agencies hurriedly ran to prevent their asses being plucked like a chicken in response to the New York City Council knocking on their door, media departments got very busy. One agency exec said. "We ran, alright, straight to our media departments--and bought up every pod, flight, column inch and pixel of minority-oriented inventory"
Here we have one of the more inventive methods of promoting a hairdressing solon. Not much else need be said about this ad.
You may recall an Adrants article earlier this year in which we shared the not so nice behavior Toronto-based agency henderson bas, which bills itself "the nice agency," displayed during one of their monthly Round Ups - an office cleaning sort of event. It all started with a leaked agency-wide email from the agency's president which chastised the staff, grade school lecture-style, for failing to properly organize the agency's monthly cleaning fest. Now, according to a recent comment in the 105-strong comment thread that article generated, henderson bas, is, it seems, being anti-nice again.
Juicy Couture released a weird print ad featuring old women with cotton candy hair standing beside a more conventional model. Hmm. Well, we knew Sophia was going soon, but couldn't they have done a better job of replacing her? - Contributed by Angela Natividad
In case you're an African woman whose missing her clitoris or had it brutally removed because of some freakish backwater African belief, equally odd Rael, founder of the Raelian Movement, has launched Clitoraid, a cause that hopes to use medical advances to restore sexual pleasure to these abused women.Yes, it's freakishly weird but it's freakishly true also.
Add to the ever growing list of contextual fuckery this Pure Gum Spirits Turpentine ad which appeared directly next to a CNN story about a teen who drank turpentine to terminate her pregnancy. The kicker is the ads tagline, "Nature's Solvent." Yup, turpentine sure does make it easier to dissolve that fetus and make it really easy to slide right out into that trash can. Aside from the intellectually-challenged human idiocy that surrounds the use of these freakish remedies, the placement of this ad has to be the most freakish contextual placement fuck up to date. Can we possibly put an end to our own industry idiocy that causes these idiotic mistakes?
As Gawker posits after viewing this Harry Rosen ad featuring Malcolm Gladwell, apparently Canada has a very different perception of what celebrity is not to mention hairstyle. But it's all OK because it's for charity: the Toronto General Hospital Multi-Organ Transplant Program. Maybe there's a hair transplant joke here somewhere but we can't seem to find it.
We love this stuff. Every time we see it. Either the billboard crew handling the erection of these two billboards was overly distracted by the large breasted female walking by in that tight, short, schoolgirl miniskirt or they couldn't pass up the chance to quench their thirst for hilariously sick humor. The headline on the carrot billboard hits the home run. Click the image for fully engorged viewing pleasure.
If Al Qaeda and Hezbollah were up against each other in an election, these two spots from "here again, gone tomorrow only to return the next day and then leave once more only to return one last time" magazine Radar, would likely be what we might expect to see.
In yet another "is it real or is it fake" collection of YouTube videos, a giant marionette wearing, it seems, a pair of Levis was hoisted by three helicopters over the streets of Reykjavik Iceland. The giant creature towered over buildings, peered into people's windows and wore the world's biggest pair of jeans as it "walked" down the street. Real? Fake? Who cares. It's cool.