Taking Pictures of a Man's Chest is Now Defined As Sexting

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The whole Microsoft sexting thing? A total joke. It wasn't sexting and that wasn't a breast. Relax people. Seriously? If you haven't yet heard, an ad for Microsoft's new Kin shows a guy sticking his phone up his shirt to take a picture. He then sends it to a girl who "marvels" at his seemingly incredible "breasts." So says Consumer Reports writers Mike Gikas and Paul Reynolds.

Once again, dudes. Guys don't have breasts and sending a picture of a guy's chest does not constitute sexting.

The most surprising thing about this non-issue is that Microsoft actually thought what these guys had to say had merit and removed the "offending" scene from the ad. Stupid.

by Steve Hall    Apr-19-10    
Topic: Brands, Policy, Strange, Worst



Creepy Tobacco Dudes Kicks Bunny Out of His Home

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Well here's a new way to convince people to stop smoking. Forget the idea the things can kill you. That's just so yesterday. No. The new way to tell people smoking is bad for you is to pull out a man in a bunny suit and kick him out of the forest becasue 1.5 million trees are cut down every day to make cigarettes. Yea, it's the new green approach to ant-smoking campaigns. And who said there were no more new ideas. Oh yea. Us. Sorry.

Richmond-based Barber Martin Agency created the work for the Virginia Tobacco Settlement Foundation. The spot was directed by LIMEY director Adam Cameron.

by Steve Hall    Apr-14-10    
Topic: Cause, Strange



Stanley Steemer Calls Attention to Human Oddity

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As with most things video, the fun is in the outtakes and that truism is no different with this new Stanley Steemer multi-spot campaign. The commercials chronicle the experiences of two Stanley Steemer technicians as they go through their days.

In one ad, a technician has an emotional breakdown when he pulls up to a roll of needlessly discarded carpet. Another spot highlights an alpaca, a living room and the importance of knowing where a stain comes from. And another features an unfortunate aquarium mishap.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-13-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Strange



MasterCard Celebrates End of Recession With Total Eclipse of the Heart

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Can you say corny? Mastercard can in this new commercial featuring Bonnie Tyler and a very surprised shopper named Neville. Apparently to make the UK aware of the issuer's rewards program and to herald the end of the recession, Neville is subjected to all manner of gospel craziness to the tune of Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart.

Yea. There's a flying Tyler, rollerskating angels, a giant Nevile statue, pyrotechnics, a jet pack powered guitarist and a dog driving a miniature car. Oh, and rose petals too. And balloons. And banners. And, well, it's just weird.

Of course, what credit card company wouldn't be overjoyed people are starting to spend again? And, being the greedy sons of bitches they are, they're going to get back to taking every opportunity they can to encourage people to spend more money they don't have.

Thanks for the freak show, McCann London.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-13-10    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Steven Segal Offered Ad Gig, Sued For Sexual Harassment

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To help hype the introduction of a women's climbing helmet from Petzl USA designed to accommodate a ponytail, Boulder-based TDA Advertising & Design developed an ad that takes the form of an open letter to a formerly ponytailed Steven Segal asking him to grow back his hair and to consider endorsing the helmet.

Sadly, Segal is a bit busy these days having just been sued for sexual harassment and human trafficking by 23-year-old Kayden Nguyen who claims the actor treated her like a sex toy after she was hired for what she thought was an administrative assistant position. As it turns out, Nguyen claims she was actually hired to replace one of two Russian females who, reportedly, where on staff to take care of Segal's sexual needs.

Depending upon the legal outcome of the suit, Segal may actually have to take on menial ad gigs like this one.

by Steve Hall    Apr-13-10    
Topic: Celebrity, Strange



SL Exists, iAd Discussed, Cadbury Mixes, Conan Goes basic

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- Check out this collection of ads for products and retail outlets in Second Life. Yes, marketers, the place still exists.

- While the rest of the world seems to hate the Tiger/Earl Woods ad, some ad execs wished they had thought of the idea.

- It's finally out. KFC's bunless fried chicken sandwich. With bacon. And cheese. And an ad to pimp it.

- Hadji Williams, Peter Shankman and Adweek's Tim Nudd take on Tiger's Adness, why the internet sucks for selling stuff, the iAd revolution (it is, no, for real), and why nobody cares if Yelp lies about reviews or not.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-12-10    
Topic: Cable, Celebrity, Online, Podcast, Racy, Strange



Politically Incorrect Coffee Lady Touts Continental Soup

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This Continental Soup commercial is a cause group hat trick trashing the bespectacled, the bald and the short, among others. But it's oddly amusing so let's all keep it a secret from the Board of Bespectacled Bitches, the Bureau of Bald Boys and the Support Society for the Small. K?

The spot was directed by Hungry Man's Tim Bullock.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 9-10    
Topic: Good, Strange



Bikinis and Speedos Win Applicants Bahamas Internship

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Wait, What?

Bahama Fridays is up to its bikini-clad antics again. this time with prank intern interviews. Part of a Bahamas promotion, the Bahama Fridays thing has included random Grand Central Station bikini appearances and other random public stunts.

This promotion has a collection of potential interns appearing for interviews. The office staff are dressed in beach wear and go about their duties as if they were dressed normally. The interns, who don't want to appear as if anything is wrong, go about their interviews as normally as they can. Until things go a bit over the top and some of the interns themselves don beachwear and join the party.

The TRUTH campiagn could take a lesson or two from this and spice up their lame fake interview approach.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 9-10    
Topic: Promotions, Racy, Strange



Samsung Puts A Party in Your Microwave

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Who knew cooking could be so entertaining? So dramatic? So...American Idol-ish? And who knew a live, dancing chicken would find pleasure in being microwaved to death? In a macabre mix of humor and frog-in-the-microwave prankishness, Samgsung wants us to know its OmniPro delivers effortless cooking with delicious results.

Disclaimer: No actual live chickens were microwaved to death in the creatio of this commercial.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 8-10    
Topic: Strange



Stripper Sues, Man Boobs Bounce, Ass Gratuitously Shot

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- Former Penthouse Club stripper Nicole Hughes has sued Penthouse for putting her in a Scores ad without her consent.

- Mini goes big with Man Boobs

- When Philips asks directors to create a few short movies from the same script, you know it's going to have a gratuitous ass shot.

- Ten rebranding disasters and what you should learn from them.

- Justin Long says Get A Mac campaign might be over.

- Want to make one of those consumer-generated Doritos commercial? Check out this tutorial from David Shane.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 8-10    
Topic: Brands, Policy, Racy, Strange










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