An internal brochure from Ad agency Iris has stirred up some controversy in the UK. It shows agency staff decked out as chain-smoking, London riot looting, estate-living, binge-drinking chavs whilst talking about the glorious benefits that can be had when you work for Iris. Copy sample:
We're iris, and we're family We're a tight knit bunch, holding ouur own on the mean streets of Southwark. We look out for each other, 'cause what's more important than family? Benefits, that's what. Free stuff. Cheap stuff. Fun stuff. As one of us, you're entitled to it. Have you earned it? Probably not. But listen, if there's free stuff going begging, then you'd be a fool not to grab it, right? We're just saying.
There's a bit of a scandal brewing in Korea, as Koreabang lays out the story on how Hollister models mocked asians at the opening of their store.
One of the models who attended the opening posted a picture to his twitter (@vin_****) of himself taken in front of Gyeongbokkung Palace with his eyes squinted closed and his lips open. Netizens who saw the photo pointed out how it was making fun of Asians with “squinty eyes”. Another model from the same Hollister event posted similar photos to his Twitter account.
I guess with R.E.M. now defunct, Michael Stipe has a lot of time to watch T.V.
Stipe quickly took to the official R.E.M. HQ site to act shocked--SHOCKED that they could dare use his song, and gin up the grass roots movement who are apparently comprised of: people who froth at the mouth whenever they hear the words "Fox" and "News," and overpaid musicians of the 1% like Michael Stipe:
Nokia decided to show off their new fancy image stabilization available on the Lumia 920 and posted this video to youtube. At 0:27 though, you can see that there's no hipster bike-riding boyfriend who is filming the girl with a Lumia 920, instead it's a van and a high-tech camera we find mirrored in a window. Hmmmm. Your tech not good enough to demonstrate your tech on, Nokia?
They've noticed that we noticed though, and the video now carries this description:
The video demonstrates the benefits of optical image stabilization only and the video is not shot on a Lumia 920. For a video shot on a Lumia 920 compared to a competitor smartphone see: http://nokia.ly/TlWcXX
Fairey, who admitted to destroying electronic records and creating fake documents in an effort to thwart a copyright lawsuit brought by the Associated Press, might get prison time as part of his sentence on Friday reports the smoking gun:
Federal prosecutors want Shepard Fairey, the artist who created the Barack Obama “Hope” poster, to serve time in prison following his misdemeanor conviction for destroying and fabricating documents in connection with a civil lawsuit over the iconic campaign image.
Ok, perhaps they're not being quite as blunt as calling "Stop! Thief!" in their open letter, but it makes for a snappy cliff-note type headline. Asylum films have sent an open letter to Graeme Light, head of TV at Leo Burnett pointing out the blatant similarities in Leo Burnett's Ronald McDonald film to Asylums film. They call a spade a spade:
It is essentially our piece of work reshot and redone with a bigger budget. Not only the concept, but lighting, the feel and shot selection are almost identical.
We already found one bad name of the day back in March, the eatery "Hitler's Cross" in India with the tagline "From Small Bites to Mega Joys". Now a HITLER fashion store is in the news, thanks to it's ill-considered name "Hitler". Now everyone and their auntie are reporting on this shop.
May I, as a fellow woman and mother, say that I think there might be one million ladies in serious need of a date night out there? One million moms lodge their complaint about the Ragú commercial by saying it's... harmful to children.
This entire ad not only makes someone lose their appetite, but Ragu is also being irresponsible in their new campaign. Instead of being helpful, it is harmful to children in the name of so-called humor. The Ragu commercial is inappropriate and tacky. The commercial has aired during the Olympics when families are likely watching.
The Apple Genius ads, basically telling you that you're not a genius were not very popular at all. But that's not the reason they were pulled, as TBWA/Media Arts Lab tells Business Insider that this was the plan all along.
The ads were intended only for a “first run” during the Olympics, which meant just the first weekend of the Games, the rep says.
Sure it was. When doesn't a worldwide brand create three new ads with a brand new character universe and just spin them for less than a week?
Yes, I know that I posted it too with the headline Durex win the Olympics - in the cheeky headline event, but in that very post I wrote: If this ad is for real, and Walesonline says it is..., expressing my own personal doubts to its veracity while showing the source for the image.
So, Adverve was on the case with the mysterious Silk "bukakke" ad, wherein a woman gets a lot more than a perl necklace as her face is splashed in milk. Turns out, according to Silk, that this ad was a submission via a ZOOPPA contest. You know ZOOPPA, quoting myself "it's yet another place riding on the user-generated hype where people can create ads that meet a brief and if their ad is picked, they win cash prizes. Oh joy.". So this milk cumshot ad was submitted by a ZOOPPA contender.
It all started with a comment to the Baptist Press last week, where Chick-fil-A's Dan Cathy admits he's a faithful Christian witness who goes to church on Sunday (when the Chick-fil-A's are closed) and is (gasp!) married to his first wife. That's not the comments that got him in trouble though, this is:
"We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.
Kim Dotcom has released a video and an annoying tune stating that "The war for the Internet has begun." and "Hollywood is in control of politics". If you can't figure out which parts are supposed to be ironic it's because he's serious all the way. He honestly believes that the Megaupload empire is a movement, and sings: Keep this movement going. Keep this movement tweeting. Keep this movement moving. (so that he can buy more cars?) He wants you to join in: "It starts with you and me we will make history." How grassroots of him, and the footage is of 99% / Occupy protesters wearing Guy Fawkes masks as the wall street protesters were all against... Hollywood? The Martin Luther King images do not make Kim look good.
Today's coldest tweet: "#Aurora is trending" by celebboutique to shill dresses + update, they apologized
#Aurora is trending, clearly about our Kim K inspired #Aurora dress ;) Shop:....(link redacted), tweeted @celebboutique at 7:35 PM - 20 Jul, and people are retweeting it shocked that a brand tweeter can be that clueless. Are they though? The "Official Twitter of CelebBoutique.com" might just be using spam tactics in getting as many retweets as possible in todays link economy, callously counting on the retweets to ensure being seen by as many human eyeballs as possible. The initial response is overwhelmingly negative.
The Age reports that Kit Kat made a big boo boo on their facebook page when they put an image of a guy in a bear suit using Kit Kat's as drumsticks announcing "Drum roll please ... Kit Kat is on Instagram". Not only was that unimaginative, the bear suit looked pretty much exactly like Pedobear.
Nestle Australia & New Zealand confirmed that it had produced the image but denied any knowledge of the paedophile-linked Pedobear.
“We produced this photo – of a real guy in a bear suit - to launch Instagram through our Facebook community,” a spokeswoman for the company said. “The picture is not Pedobear.”
Careful with how you announce new features Twitter. When Twitter announced "experience more with expanded tweets they show two examples, photos from inside the WWE ring and the BET awards.. where Chris Brown is holding the mike. PCMAG ran with the headline "Twitter Uses Chris Brown to Tout Expanded Tweets" and now people are retweeting protests against this. Chris Browns fans might have forgiven him for beating the sh*t out of Rihanna on the way to the Grammy's, but the world hasn't.
Back in April, David & Goliath and The California Lottery dropped a new campaign called "Luck Has A New Look." Lady Luck seemed a bit like a cross between cat woman and Noreen Evans chimed in, saying "It is inappropriate for any entity, especially a state-funded Commission, to promote its products through the use of violence."
"How should countries use twitter? Same as everyone else - when they're drunk". Stephen Colbert from the Colbert Report spoke about @Sweden last night. Yes, as in the "Visit Sweden" government sponsored tourism twitter account - also known as the gift that keeps on giving, finally toppling Karen26 the fake single Danish mom seeking the father from her throne of worlds most embarrassing tourism ad ideas.
WELCOME TO SWEDEN where we don't have a bikini team that randomly skydives into your fishing trips with cases of beer, where we don't drive yellow and blue scooters singing about amazing diets. In advertising "Swedish" is pretty much a mishmash of all germanic countries, including of course Switzerland. Even the Italian speaking parts. They sound so alike! We all have chocolate, skiing and cable cars, right?
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