These Old Spice Ads Might Get Us to Laugh at A Hapless Mandroid But They Still Paint Women As Mindless Bimbos


So everyone's loving these new Old Spice commercials featuring a less than functional android man who, despite his inadequacies, is a hit with the ladies because, well, he wears Old Spice and smells great. The two ads, created by Wieden + Kennedy, are being compared to Axe work because, well, they focus on man magnets who always get the ladies.

At the same time, and no one is really mentioning this, the ads, much like Axe ads, treat women like idiotic bimbos easily controlled by a fragrance even though it's being worn by a scrawny wimp or a klutzy robot.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-15-14    
Topic: Creative Commentary

Why That 12 Keys Anti-Drug Campaign With Babies Was So Awesome


It's not every day that you see a baby drinking beer or attempting to do lines of cocaine. Do we have your attention yet? Good. It means 12 Keys Rehab's latest ad campaign is working, and you haven't even seen it yet.

There happens to be a long history of babies and young children being used in advertisements; it's a practice that dates back to the 1800's, though it would be quite some time after that until actual photographs of babies became fodder for ad campaigns.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-21-14    
Topic: Creative Commentary

Miller High Life Acknowledges It's Low Life Appeal


AdWeek doesn't like the new Miller High ads and neither do we. While Gabriel Beltrone does an exquisite job of explaining why the ads suck, we'll be more blunt. They come off like some copywriter's hipsterific dream of cool as defined by a sort of fuck you sensibility to the fact losers who drink Miller High Life can't afford to get out of the pool hall and make something of themselves.

Rather, they'd prefer to spew a stereotypically Millennial "I don't give a shit" tonality -- with "we're so cool we're in black and white" 'tude no less -- that just wants to make you punch Rich for his lame attempt at wry wit and self-importance.

Too harsh? Go read Gabriel's take. She was much nicer.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-15-14    
Topic: Creative Commentary

Ford Mocks Cadillac With Lame Parody of 'Poolside' Ad


That Neal McDonough ad for Cadillac in which he struts around his pool and home and raps about building the American dream with crazy hard work and "only" two weeks off in August has finally received spoof treatment.

Ford developed "Upside: Anything is Possible" featuring Pashon Murray, founder of Detroit Dirt, who raps about the beauty of turning waste into compost which she sells to people who create urban gardens.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-28-14    
Topic: Creative Commentary

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Beautiful Toshiba Encore Ad Makes Us Hate Digital Devices


The press release for this wonderfully created and produced work, by McCann and Psyop, for Toshiba tells us "it will leave you asking for an encore." Well, perhaps, but not necessarily for the Toshiba Encore which the work promotes.

After watching this "experience" -- in which fractal zoom is employed to place viewers in the the middle of the action using using 3D cameras, symbolic elements and matte painting environments that add depth and dimension to the shots -- you are left with the feeling that technology has let you down. Because, really, does any device give you the glorious experience depicted in this work?

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by Steve Hall    Dec-10-13    
Topic: Commercials, Creative Commentary, Good

Kmart's 'Jingle Bell Junk' Urges Men to #ShowYourJoe


You know, after seeing Kmart's Draftfcb-created Ship My Pants and, to a lesser degree, Big Gas Savings, you wonder what the agency could possibly come up with next that would be even remotely interesting. Well, George Parker be damned, the agency has delivered again with Show Your Joe, a co-branded effort with Joe Boxer.

In a ad, six men dressed in a tux on top and boxers on the bottom perform jungle belles with, yes, their junk. And this is how we sell underwear in 2013. Your grandmother will be horrified!

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by Steve Hall    Nov-18-13    
Topic: Brands, Creative Commentary, Racy, Strange

How Content Marketing Helps You Pick Up Girls


In an excruciatingly boring, overly-long "homage" to Apple's "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" campaign, the International Content Marketing Summit is out with a video that tells us the way to get a girl is through targeted conversation rather than a numbers-based, "spray and pray" approach. Now, on the surface, this approach aligns well with real life. After all, walking up to every single girl and asking her for sex is far less likely to get anyone any sex. Taking the time to get to know each other through conversation at least begins the process of determining whether or not, ahem, further engagement makes sense.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 7-13    
Topic: Creative Commentary, Video

Sexist Ad Says Women Don't Need A Dude to Help Them Buy A Car


My how times haven't changed. Remember that classic Goodyear Polyglass commercial which many have dubbed the most sexist ad of all time? You know the one. The one in wife has to drive alone!

On one hand, advertising culture has moved beyond portraying women like moronic, bikini-clad bimbos whose sole purpose is to drape themselves across the hood of a car or stand in front of a refrigerator. On the other, we have which, in a serious headscratcher, thought it smart to imply women are still hapless nitwits who have no idea how to buy a car on their own.

A not-so-recent ad from the used car site features women telling us how the site gave them the necessary confidence to buy a car on their own with one particular woman saying...wait for it..."I don't even need to bring a dude with me."

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Does the New MySpace Ad Pass the 'Alien Test'?


Often times I like to use what I call the "alien test" when reviewing advertising. What's the "alien test" you ask? Well just imagine if an alien race decided to come check us out and, while orbiting the planet and listening ion on our activities, they found this thing called YouTube. And on this thing called YouTube they found this MySpace promotional video (released last month) in which the likes of Pharell, Ciara and Mac Miller cavort with a bunch of hipsters.

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by Steve Hall    Jul- 9-13    
Topic: Creative Commentary

AMV BBDO Channels Peter Arnell In 'Epic' Guinness Cloud Ad


AMV BBDO has released a rather epic commercial for Guinness that features a rogue cloud that gains sentience and begins a journey from the sea to the city. On his travels, the cloud becomes witness to human life and, in the end, helps put out a fire with an on-command thunder shower.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 2-12    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Creative Commentary