During Nelson Mendela's memorial service last year, a man named Thamsanqa Jantjie was exposed as faking his sign language interpretation of the event.
Jantjie has resurfaced in a bizarre, new ad for Israeli live streaming app LiveLens. In the video, Jantjie apologizes but before doing so, says (and signs) "Believe me I'm a real professional sign language interpreter." But at the same time the voice of a woman says, "I speak sign language, not" and adds, "now, I do campaigns for money."
Well the headline pretty much says all you need to know but Progressive Insurance is out with four new ads -- with longtime spokeswoman Flo nowhere to be seen -- that feature a grown man in a baby sling, in his "mother's" arms and in a high chair at work. The ads aim to encourage Millennials to drop their parents' seemingly outdated insurance and switch to Progressive.
"Like a high five for your eyes." Really? Seriously? In a lame attempt to somehow make a connection between the beauty industry and, yea, paint selection, Ace Hardware, with seemingly no help from FCB, is out with Helpful is Beautiful, a campaign which touts Valspar paints and the introduction of The Paint Studio.
The Paint Studio is supposed to offer up some kind of personal paint shopping experience rather than an industrial-feeling trip to the hardware store.
Oh poor Ron Jeremy. Here's a man with decades of filmmaking experience and a boatload of awards to show for it. But, it seems, the Toronto Jewish Film Festival (jeez, talk about niche) won't accept any of Ron Jeremy's films.
Talk about the double entendre. It's in overdrive here with this Ogilvy & Mather-created spot for Poise, a bladder control product aimed at women.
In the ad, one woman leans over to another and breathily says , "I love Sam. Sam knows how to take care of a woman. Sam is also very small but Sam can last for hours. I have Sam in my pants right now."
In perhaps the wackiest campaign for hard lemonade (or anything for that matter) we've seen in a very long time, Duval Guillaume is out with three goofy videos for Carlsberg Breweries featuring Seth and Riley, a couple of inventors who think they've got it all figured out. Sort of.
Like many other startups that are now hugely successful companies, Seth and Riley hope to make it big time too. But let's just say, they're results, perhaps, aren't ready for prime time.
Touting its new 360 degree area view camera and the importance of having more than one angle of view, Volkswagen is out with a DDB Barcelona-created print campaign that plays visual tricks on your eyes. In a series of ads, we see some very strange things like a baby with a man's head, a woman with a dog's head, a baby with giant legs and a baby with a big 'ol bikini-clad booty.
Of course, upon further inspection, you realize you aren't looking at pictures of some freakish human being, rather we-ll conceived camera angles that play tricks on your eyes.
All of which is analogous to the fact VW's "mirror" technology won't have you seeing freaky things when you look in the rear view mirror.
The first time we viewed this Being NY-created ad for Popped Wheat Thins we thought it was goofy in a bad way. With each successive viewing it became ever more goofy but in a good way.
Why? We have no idea. Perhaps it recalls decades of cop movie hilarity. Perhaps it's the notion a hot air balloon just might be the most overlooked method of get-a-way transportation. Or perhaps it's the silliness of grown men getting overly excited about yet another Whet Thins line extension.
Whatever the case may be, it's one of those ads that grows on you.
Like a mashup of The Most Interesting Man and the Speedo dude from the Southern Comfort beach ad, this Jung von Matt-created video for German supermarket Edeka is, by far, the weirdest supermarket ad we have ever seen. Perhaps the weirdest ad of any kind we've ever seen.
But it's also wonderful. Wonderful in ways most brands would never dare to be wonderful.
In the three minute video, suave electro-pop musician Friedrich Liechtenstein cavorts with sexy supermarket models, bathes in milk and has fun with sushi and sausages.
It has over 2 million views since it was released February 20. We predict many more views to come.
As is always the case with amazing videos like this one uploaded by YouTube user Mia Munselle, a debate rages in comments as to its validity.
Munselle claims she found the camera -- which everyone (without any facts to back up the assumption) assumes is a GoPro -- 8 months after the video was shot.