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Guys, Would You Wipe Your Face With Your Balls?


No matter how close you are to someone, you don't want to pick up a towel and wipe your face with the same part of the towel with which another has wiped their ass. That's the premise behind True Clean towel and this highlighting the disgusting alternative.

The :90 video is :60 longer than the :30 it should be but it's humorous enough. And pretty disgusting if you think about it the next time you pick up a bathroom towel. Even more disgusting is the fact the shower curtain in this video is the exact same one we have in our bathroom.

Gross. Don't get us started on shower curtains. Particularly hotel shower curtains!

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by Steve Hall    Nov-18-10    
Topic: Strange, Video

Perry Reduced, ABC Sells Scenes, Brands Auctioned


- So stupid. It seems Katy Perry's reps felt her boobs looked too big in a recent VH1 promotion for the network's Divas Salute the Troops and asked that they be digitally reduced. Um, why? What, exactly, is wrong with big breasts? Hers aren't even that big anyway. She's a 34D.

- ABC is now selling sponsorship of "scenes from next week" which run during the current week's episode.

- You've seen them before but we love these UbyKotex ads which poke fun at stereotypical feminine protection ads.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-18-10    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity

Condom Maker Does Choose Your Own Sexual Adventure


When it comes to having sex, it's all about making the right choices. So, what better way to encourage young, horny 16-24 year olds to make the right choices than by giving them the chance to experience the outcome of their choices.

Using the choose your own adventure approach, UK-based NHS Bristol and NHS Choices is out with a Omni Productions-created YouTube video campaign that follows the night time adventures of several young kids making there way through the night. Along the way, they are given various choices. Buy a condom. Don't buy a condom. have sex without a condom. Have sex with a condom.

While not displaying full nudity, the video campaign doesn't shy away from showing the heat of the sexual moment...and the consequences of making the wrong choice.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-18-10    
Topic: Cause, Racy, Video

Tassimo Brewbot Recalls Citroen Transformer


Remember all those Transformers-themed commercials? Mini Cooper did it. Citroen did it. That got spoofed. Then Citroen did it again. And many others followed suit.

Now coffee machine maker Tassimo is bringing back the transformer robot. Which is all anyone really wants in the morning when they slog their ass into the kitchen for a cup of coffee: a dancing robot that mechanically intones, "What...can I get for you?"

I'm going back to sleep.

by Steve Hall    Nov-18-10    
Topic: Commercials

Starbucks Flies the Holiday Snowflakes


It's that time of year again, Starbucks Lovers. Yes it is. The air is cooler. The wind is whipping. And it's time for your favorite Holiday drink from Starbucks. To make us all aware of this fact, BBDO New York is out with a new commercial touting the coffee shop's whipped sensations.

Using motif of snowflake-shaped kites, the commercial delivers that anticipation some of us love and some of us hate: the cold. That little detail aside, what Starbucks really wants us to focus on is the holidays. And who doesn't love the holidays? So go run to Starbucks right now and buy yourself a cup of holiday warmth.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-18-10    
Topic: Commercials

Nothing Comes Between Me And My La-Z-Boy


She is posing in jeans but it's a far cry from her appearance in the famed Calvin Klein ads from the early eighties in which she boldly (and some would say seductively) announces nothing comes between her and her Calvins. While we can't say whether or not, thirty years later, Shields is wearing Calvin Kleins in a new La-Z-Boy campaign, we can say she still looks stunning.

Breaking over the next few weeks, along with print in women's magazines, five :30's will air on TBS, Bravo, Lifetime, CNN, ESPN, HGTV and others.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-18-10    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity

Volkswagen Employees Love the Vento


We'd like to personally thank DDB Mudra for crafting a car commercial that isn't shot on a winding mountain road, doesn't portray the vehicle as if it were an extension of one's personality and doesn't contain the disclaimer, "Professional driver. Do not attempt on your own."

DDB Mudra came up with a concept that actually says something about the car and about the people who built it. Yes, it's goofy but it's makes a powerful point: the people who build the Volkswagen Vento are very proud of their work, love the fruits of their labor and hope the final product will be well cared for by its owner.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-18-10    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Creative Commentary

Got Milk Gets Lindsey Vonn


Unless you're an avid skier, you probably have no idea who Lindsey Vonn is. Well, she's an Olympic Gold Medal winner for downhill skiing. The win, during the 2010 Winter Olympics, was a big deal because it was the first time an American woman took home the Gold.

Earlier this week, two new Got Milk ads featuring Vonn made their debut and we are speechless. Horrified. Words simply cannot describe. How could her handlers allow this? How could this have passed through the approval process? How could they allow this offense to be seen by the public. The ramifications of this will be felt for years. Who was asleep at the wheel and allowed this travesty?

Clearly, her boobs look much too large and they should have been digitally reduced.

by Steve Hall    Nov-18-10    
Topic: Cause

Hypocrisy + Idiocy = Candies Safe Sex PSA


We must say, we have to agree with AgencySpy on this one. OMG! Did we just say that? Yes we did. Why? Because we hate the new Bristol Palin/The Situation PSA from the Candies Foundation touting safe sex.

Upon watching this commercial, AgencySpy wrote, "After watching this, I want to punch my computer in the face, hop on a plane, punch the fucking Situation in the face, hop on another plane, punch Palin in the face, then shoot myself in the face so I never have to experience this monstrosity again."

It's that bad. It really is. It's hypocritical. It's poorly written. It's poorly acted. It's inane. It's painful to watch. Seriously, don't even bother to watch it. If you do, you'll hate yourself for the rest of the day. You have been warned.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-17-10    
Topic: Cause, Worst

Idiocy as Ad Strategy Perpetuated in Doritos Crash the Super Bowl Ad


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.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-17-10    
Topic: Commercials, Creative Commentary, Opinion, Super Bowl 2011

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