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Smallville Isn't So Small Anymore

Apparently, kryptonite has had some serious effects on two of the young stars of the WB's Smallville. No one really watches this show but maybe they will now that kryptonite seems to have taken effect. At least Lana and Chloe seem to be pleased with the outcome. Clark probably will be too.

Editor's note: Yes, this picture has been cleared for publication. All the "off limits" body parts have been effectively covered...by other body parts big enough to cover just about anything.

by Steve Hall    Nov-30-03    

Six Degrees of Pop Culture Separation

Here's the insanity of 2003's pop culture madness all on one page inter-related in a way that makes you wonder how we got through the year without having a gay, national orgy, filmed in military green, in Las Vegas while while Michael Jackson got eaten by a tiger while trying to have sex with a kid as Demi and Ashton sat in the audience hoping Kobe Bryant wouldn't join in and have anal sex with Rush Limbaugh while the whole thing was telecast on FOX...and written about on a weblog.

It all could happen especially when our own President Bush is just four hops each from either end of the sexual pendulum. Via Gawker.

by Steve Hall    Nov-30-03    

Hershey Brand the Savior of Iraq

The Savior of Iraq?

Blogger Jeff Jarvis just returned from a trip to Hershey (the chocolate). During his trip, the Hershey brand reminded him of the symbolism it took on after World Ward II as soldiers, in post-war Europe, handed out chocolate bars to kids in need. It symbolized the generosity of the Marshall plan and of America in general during times of war. To Jeff, that generosity has all but disappeared in these post war days of Iraq.

He sums it up saying, "You see, that's what Hershey really symbolized. It wasn't a condescending hand-out. It was a gift joyfully given, a moment of friendship, a human connection. We need more of that between the Iraqi and the American people."

Whatever you political convictions, perhaps it's time to do the right thing. Innocent Iraqi citizens are caught up in this mess. They didn't ask for it but most are grateful Saddam is gone. Jeff urges us to get to know these people. You can do so by reading the weblogs of several Iraqis named Zeyad, Omar, Ays, Alaa and Nabil.

by Steve Hall    Nov-29-03    

Paris Hilton Handler Says Lay Low Prior to 'The Simple Life'

New York-based spin-meister Dan Klores, hired for $50,000 to sweep up after the Paris Hilton Sex Tape scandal, has advised Paris to lay low and has cancelled all of her previously scheduled "The Simple Life" promotional appearances.

While the premier of "The Simple Life" is guaranteed high ratings, this could have been handled better. There's really no need to sweep it under the carpet, as if that is actually possible in this Internet age. And any attempt to do so, looks overly puritanical and hypocritical. Paris did nothing wrong. Afterall, she was 19. There was nothing illegal about the tape. There's nothing wrong with having consensual sex. Sure, unless your an actual participant, sex videos all look pretty stupid but handled properly, Paris could have turned this into a very humorous and very image-building publicity stunt.

Stop the old school PR think. Take risks. Take advantage of a situation. Make fun of it. There's so much in that video that's ripe for the picking. Hiding and covering up what can't be hidden nor covered up just calls even more attention to the whole and makes everyone involved look stupid.

Paris, for her part, isn't hiding. She's still out partying wearing a brown wig...as if that would actually provide her annonimity.

by Steve Hall    Nov-29-03    

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Har Mar Superstar Shakes Booty in Vladivar Ad Campaign

Har Mar Superstar

Minnesota doofus and entertainer Sean Tillman, aka Har Mar Superstar, is featured in a new set of ads for Scottish Vladivar vodka. In an obvious, but humorous viral ploy, there are three versions of the ad. There's "The One on TV," "The One Not Allowed on TV" and "The One Definitely Not Allowed Anywhere Near a TV." OK, so that pretty obviously says, "Watch me! Watch me! I dare you!"

With his typically cocky, self-proclaimed "the fucking best" attitude, Har Mar introduces himself as the new "Vladivar vodka frontman" and leads us through his cheesily opulent lifestyle made possible from the obscene sums of money he leads us to believe Vladivar paid him to appear in these ads.

With a tagline, "Fancy a threesome? Send me to a friend...," the website encourages visitors to pass the ads along to others. They're funny enough that you just might do it.

by Steve Hall    Nov-29-03    

'Bloodvertising' Joins the Expanding List of Innovative Advertising Strategies

'Bloodvertising' Promotes Blood and Guts Video Game

Innovation, apparenty running rampant in the advertising world, has given way to yet another form of advertisinig which can now be added to the growing list of "alterna-advertising." Joining advergaming, advertainment, adverblogging, dogvertising, bravertising and invertising is bloodvertising. Acclaim Entertainment is promoting their new video game, "Gladiator: Sword of Vengeance," with bus shelters in the U.K. that will literally seep blood.

The ads, placed behind plexi-glass for a six day period, will shoot red dye onto the backside of the plexi-glass which will then drip down onto the street. Aligning the campaign to the company's marketing strategy, Acclaim Communications Manager Shaun White said, "The concept of 'Bloodvertising' ties in with our marketing strategy and sticks to the theme of blood and carnage which is consistent throughout the Gladiator video game."

The video game, set in 106AD, is claimed to be the bloodiest ever to hit the gaming space. It's either that or a secret government ploy to determine whether or not the legends of vampires are actually true. Thanks to Adrants reader Adam Libs for the tip.

by Steve Hall    Nov-29-03    

So Yesterday Beer Babe Ads Under Fire From So Irrelevant PC Group

Beer babe ads are, once again, under fire for their supposed contribution towards underage drinking and the general decline of our country's moral fiber. The Washington D.C. Center for Science in the Public Interest is out to ban all beer advertising from college sports broadcasts with a new campaign called "Campaign for Alcohol-Free Sports TV".

Nevermind that it's never been proven that beer ads have anything to do with underage drinking, this PC on steroids group wants the bikinis covered, the boobs put away, and the fun that is beer advertising eradicated from the planet.

Come on, where's their Holiday spirit?

by Steve Hall    Nov-28-03    

U.S. Beer Drinking Team Launches Radio Network

New Beer Radio Network

In hopes of reaching the 90 million American beer drinkers, Beer Radio; the "All Beer; All The Time" official radio program for the U.S. Beer Drinking Team (USBDT) has launched it's own radio show which will be broadcast from the studios of Infinity Broadcasting Corporation in Baltimore, Maryland. The USBDT is a beer enthusiast community.

USBDT Beer Hall of Fame member Big Don O'Brien will host the show which will cover domestic and imported beer topics, information on brewery tours, sports, motorsports & beer, beer & fitness, cooking & beer, home brewing, beer can collecting, and tailgating.

Beer Radio originates from the studios of Infinity Broadcasting Corporation's WXYV FM 105.7 located in the Baltimore/Washington Metroplex, Saturdays from 11:00 - noon (East Coast) and will be webcast to thousands of USBDT members in the military. Apparently, active duty military members on deployment are given special access to call in from around the world to talk about beer during every episode of Beer Radio.

USBDT President Dennis Buettner stated the goals of Beer Radio. "Beer Radio promotes passionate beer drinking through the USBDT's National Neighborhood Sponsorship Programs. Beer, lifestyle and entertainment related product and service companies, pubs, restaurants, and 'beer entertainment' locations sign on with the USBDT and Beer Radio as sponsors to promote great beer drinking events to USBDT members and Beer Radio listeners."

There was no mention of whether or not "Beer Radio" would invite all of the recently out of work advertising beer babes to participate in the broadcast.

by Steve Hall    Nov-28-03    

Street Campaign Defaces Apple Campaign With Truth

From Adrants reader, Cherry, comes the Neistat Brothers' "Apple iPod Batteries Only Last 18 Months" street campaign. It's been recently discovered that Apple has a "dirty secret." Apparently, it's batteries last only 18 months and the only way to get them fixed is to send the iPod back to Apple who will replace the batteries at basically the cost for a new iPod. This can't be good for Apple's brand image.

In this video, the phrase, "iPods Unreplaceable Battery Lasts Only 18 Months" is seen spray painted over Apple's iPod street art campaign. We saw the story a couple of days ago but we must have been lazy and didn't cover it. Thanks to Cherry for getting us up off our asses to do our job.

by Steve Hall    Nov-26-03    

Average Joe's Tareq Kabir to Guest Star on 'Miss Match'

Andy Denhart of Reality Blurred gives the inside scoop on Average Joe's Tareq Kabir finding his resume online and digging into his background and resume which says Tareq is "[a]n enormously talented young actor with a captivating and enslaving method and a natural chameleonic ability." In addition to his past stage and film experience he's also a PhD. Those smarts apparently got him a guest gig on the December 15 episode of the ailing Alicia Silverstone drama 'Miss Match.'

by Steve Hall    Nov-26-03    

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