Yes. Emma Watson, darling of the Harry Potter movie franchise, is making her way into the world of advertising. Except, she's left one of her body parts behind. In a new Burberry ad, her right leg seems to be missing. Was she recently attacked by a shark? Or did a designer, once again, get a bit overzealous with PhotoChop?
It's beyond comprehension how such an egregious error could go unnoticed by all of the eyes that most certainly saw this campaign before it went out the door. Unless...which is a much more likely scenario...it was released on purpose by Burberry which knew full well the press would eat it up. If that's the case, big points for the marketers behind the brand. If not, someone's getting fired. Or at least sent back to PhotoChop...uh...Shop training.
Update: There's a video of the photoshoot which appears to reveal this ad may not have been a Photoshop Disaster. In the video her leg can be seen behind her brother's leg. Whether or not it's the same pose is up for debate but this seems to confirm our assumption Burberry did this on purpose knowing they'd get press. Watch and decide.
If you're happy and you know it clap your hands. If you're fat and you know it, slap an alien...because they are going to eat you first according to this latest cause-tagonistic ad from UK fitness center Cadbury House which states, "Advanced Health Warning: When the aliens come, they will eat the fatties first."
Apparently this ad, which was lifted almost verbatim from a 1999 Grey-created 24 Hour Fitness billboard, has the English up in arms. One women complained, saying, "I am not overweight yet I still find this extremely offensive and patronizing, but how much more so to someone genuinely overweight?"
Just what sort of thoughts run through a designers mind when they so egregiously fuck with the human body with Photoshop to the point any normal human can tell there's some serious digital manipulation going on? Do these designers actually look at their work before they are done? Do they live on another planet where body parts are freely adjusted with the click of a mouse?
Oh wait, they live on earth...with the rest of us...who, because of all of this ongoing digital manipulation, now have no idea what a normal human body looks like unless a fat roll slaps us in the face.
Oh and for those suffering from extreme digital manipulitis, it's the woman's belly button that's out of place.
Make the Logo Bigger's Bill Green points to this pulchritudinous contextual oddity which features sleeping men in NyQuil ads surrounding a story about a study, out for about a month, that claims staring at the breasts of well-endowed women will increase the life expectancy of men.
The corrigendum? The fact the sleeping NyQuil men are wasting away their lives taking drugs and sleeping while they could be ogling mountainous cleavage and getting healthy without drugs. A stretch? Perhaps. But for once, it wasn't us making the stretch.
Look. It's like a Snuggie for booth babe marketing. How long before we see this at the next ad:tech, Blogworld or Affiliate Summit? We'd love to see it simply for the hilarity of watching three girls try to maneuver an exhibit hall floor without causing a traffic disaster.
Well here's a different approach to safe driving advertising. Rather than horrific death and dismemberment, TBWA Toronto has created a quirky MADD campaign that highlights the stupid behaviors of idiots who explain how to stay on the road while drunk. There's no blood. There's no guts. There's no screaming girlfriend and there's no inconsolable parents.
Nope. Just a collection of doofuses telling us how they manage not to crash while drunk. Hmm. Not too sure about this one. Making light of drunk driving? That's sort of like making light of misogynist shiny suds who taunt women in a shower. Who would do that?
- The Humane Society says get off your ass and save the world's abused and neglected animals.
- Ladies, not happy with your ass? Booty Pop will make you bootylicious. One problem. Can you imagine the look on your man's face when he undresses you and sees this thing? It's like tissue falling out of a padded bra in middle school.
- Random sexy ad on Flickr.
- And yes, the Sexiest/Raciest/Raunchiest Ads of 2009 will come sometime this week. If you're lucky.
Looking for that perfect Christmas gift for someone special? Something they will treasure for the rest of their life? A gift so special it will just ooze with love and adoration? This isn't it.
This is the sort of gift you'd give your co-worker to get a "Dude, that's disgusting!" Or make the cute intern scream like she's watching a Saw movie.
Yes, thanks to Nail, this little piece of Christmas will keep you in the spirit year round. That or a cause group will label you disrespectful of "little people" with deformities.
Do we dare? [Ed. Tread lightly here] Should we even bother to comment on yet another commercial which was intended to be humorous but, following a few complaints, was deemed sexist? [Ed. I'm serious!] Do we? [Ed. I'm warning you!]
As carefully as we possibly can...[Ed. You better be!]...a Yaris ad for Toyota Australia has been pulled following complaints. The ad, called Clean Getaways, was part of a competition run by Saatchi & Saatchi.
The Sydney Morning Herald writes, "After a tally of viewer votes pushed the ad into the top ranking, the competition's Facebook page filled with remarks describing the winning film as juvenile, offensive, and promoting incest."
There you have it. Draw your own conclusions.
But wait! Sexist to whom? Make sure you check out the girl eyeballing the guy while he explains the "features" of the Yaris. [Ed.That's it! You're fired!]
You can have two for five dollars. Isn't that a great deal? There's really nothing else to say about this commercial so we're just going to keep writing until there are enough words to properly wrap around the image to the left or at least fill enough space so it doesn't look like we're in a rush because the relatives are coming over and we need to clean the bathroom but first run to the store to buy some scrubbing bubbles because...oh wait...we wouldn't want to surprise the relatives when they take a shower because, ya know, the bubbles might tell them to "use the loofa."