Two commercials submitted to the Dorito's Super Bowl ad contest are gay-themed. One features a wife catching, we assume, his husband ogling two gays guys sitting by a pool. A second has two guys in a sauna with one gawking at the other's physique...which just turns out to be...well...we don't want to ruin it for you.
As per usual, questions arise over the portrayal of gays in advertising. There was that Snicker's gay kiss ad a few years back. There was the Mr. T ad, also for Snickers, which had the A-Team star eradicating the streets of speedwalkers which many, including Bob Garfield, concluded had to be gay therefore making the ad offensive. Which was just stupid. The ad was funny.
Heated bus shelters, stupid banned Super Bowl commercials, Canada's love for truth in advertising, Advertising Age's hissy fit over banned Super Bowl commercials, Yahoo's undying commitment to survival, GoDaddy's nw GoDaddy Girl, hot office management staff, Subway oddities, sites that make it easy to quit your job and movie trailers that take over the Super Bowl are front and center in this week's top stories here on Adrants.
1. Caribou Coffee Bus Shelter Oven Warms Commuters
2. FOX Says No to Ashley Madison Super Bowl Ad
3. Canada Calls For Truth in Advertising
As with every Super Bowl, movie ads play a big part of the broadcast. This year, it's no different. Paramount will have a significant presence during the game with ads for five films; J.J. Abrams' alien-invasion flick Super 8, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Gore Verbinski's Rango and Marvel's superhero movies Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger.
Disney will hype Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, while Universal and DreamWorks' will plug the Daniel Craig-Harrison Ford sci-fi western Cowboys & Aliens.
Advertising Age has had enough and it isn't going to take it any longer. No sirree. Managing Editor Ken Wheaton has promised not to cover any brand that submits a press release claiming their commercial has been banned from the Super Bowl. And he chastises any media outlet who does choose to give publicity. Oops. Sorry, Ken.
We've already given publicity to Ashley Madison for their ridiculous commercial it thought was banned because it features a porn star. Well, that isn't the case. It was banned simply because it's a shitty ad. Oh and perhaps the nod to bestiality.
In a welcome shift from past publicity strategies, GoDaddy is eschewing the tired and lame banned Super Bowl tactic in favor of something different. The Big Tease. Yes, rather than putting out a press release every time a network disallowed one of the domain registrars submitted Super Bowl commercials, GoDaddy is teasing a new GoDaddy girl who will not be revealed until game day.
With nothing but a pair of legs and the promise she is a "big name celebrity," there isn't much to go on in terms of the woman's identity. Hopefully she isn't revealed to be some insipid non-celebrity like Kim Kardashian or Heidi Montag.
So, all we can do is wait. Wait until the first half of the Super Bowl when GoDaddy airs the reveal and we can all either cringe or drool uncontrollably.
- If you're into androgynous men with shaved chests and waif-thin models, you might like the new Versace Spring 2011 ad campaign.
- Susan Sarandon puts on the milk mustache for the Got Milk ad campaign.
- The Paley Center for Media will present the twenty-eighth annual PaleyFest from March 4 to 17, 2011 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.
- Selling cars 101: Illustrate how strong their bumpers are. With a crane.
- Oh and here's that The Ladders spot. Ridiculous. Funny.
- Mashable reports, "Strata, a Chicago-based customized media management agency, polled 100 agency clients this month and found that TV is still the dominant medium - 44% of respondents said they are most focused on television above other media. That's a 24% jump over the previous quarter. Digital was second with 21.1% while radio netted 15.6%, a 75% jump from the third quarter."
- The Career Builder chimpanzees will be back for this year's Super Bowl in a commercial slated to air during the third quarter of the game. Someone call PETA.
Seriously? Is Ashley Madison actually surprised FOX rejected its proposed Super Bowl commercial? Are we actually surprised that, of course, they knew it would be rejected and that this yawner is yet another "banned ad" publicity ploy? Of course not. But that doesn't mean we can't share this ridiculousness with you. After all, the ad does feature a porn star.
- According to a study in Britain, revealing too much cleavage might cost a woman a raise. This can't be true in advertising!
- Pizza Hut has plans to make their first appearance in a Super Bowl with a commercial sated to air during the first half of the game reports Advertising Age. But didn't they do a spot with Jessica Simpson during the game in 2007?
- Tajazzle. It puts some bling in your fling. Seriously.
- A new study from the Parents Television Council caims TV "Objectifies and Fetishizes underage girls.
- Colle + McVoy has done a nice revamp of the land O' Lakes website.
- Support breast cancer awareness by Bowling for Boobs.
Guess it's time for the Doritos Crash the Super Bowl thing again. And along with that, the continuous perpetration of man (the species) as idiotic imbeciles. To be clear, we're not talking about the idiocy and stupidity of this particular ad's creators. Not at all. Rather the supremely idiotic behavior displayed by one of the characters in the ad.
Ever since busty Candice Michelle's tank top almost fell off in front of a "broadcast censorship committee" in a Super Bowl commercial several years ago, domain name registrar Go Daddy has milked it for all it's worth. With Go Daddy Girl after Go Daddy Girl, the brand has strictly adhered to the salaciousness sells approach to advertising.
From Vanessa Rousso to Ella Koon to Erin Kalin to Danica Patrick, to newcomer Jillian Michaels, Go Daddy isn't shy about serving up sex despite it being derided year after year for its crass approach to advertising.
Go Daddy CEO calls his approach to advertising GoDaddy-esque which he labels as "edgy, fun and slightly inappropriate."
In this year's Super Bowl broadcast, the company's 7th consecutive year, Go Daddy will air three commercials; two during the game and one in pre-game. Each of the commercials, produced in-house by Go Daddy productions, will feature both Danica Patrick and newcomer Jillian Michaels from Biggest Loser.