The Adshel offices in Australia saw protesters yesterday, demanding the re-instatement of this ad from QAHC that promotes safe sex, which adshel had removed from all of their poster sites.
At first Adshel denied that they had caved to pressure from the Australian Christian Lobby, but they've now seen the rainbow colored light:
“Adshel earlier responded to a series of complaints by removing the campaign from its media panels yesterday. None of the complaints indicated any liaison with the ACL, so Adshel was made to believe that they originated from individual members of the public” a newly issued statement on its website read.
It's the story that never ends, now Regretsy weighs in on the Urban Outrage. There's lots of previous heart-within-a-state/country examples out there, like the James Avery Texas Necklace depicted above. When the Truche design copied by Urban Outfitters story tweeted around so much that it became a trending topic, Helen Killer felt a twinge of something wrong.
An update to yesterdays Badlander: Urban outfitters I Heart Destination necklaces that carbon copied Truche's design - they have reacted with a tweet.
Hey guys, we see your tweets regarding the I Heart Destination necklace. Please know that our accessories buying team is looking into this.
This morning The daily beast revealed that facebook hired a PR firm to smear google. Come again?
For the past few days, a mystery has been unfolding in Silicon Valley. Somebody, it seems, hired Burson-Marsteller, a top public-relations firm, to pitch anti-Google stories to newspapers, urging them to investigate claims that Google was invading people’s privacy. Burson even offered to help an influential blogger write a Google-bashing op-ed, which it promised it could place in outlets like The Washington Post, Politico, and The Huffington Post
Bin Laden has been reported killed. But his face will likely live on in advertising, just like Hitler's as a symbol of evil / massmurderer. During the years we've seen him as a brand even. There's the scent of Bin Laden, see Osama's half-bro Yeslam Binladin has the trademark on the name, and while he considered launching bin Ladin jeans he settled for perfume instead. Then there was "The Comedy Terrorist" who dressed up as Bin Ladin to gatecrash Prince William's birthday party.
The old saying about life being stranger than fiction applies for advertising as well, this "speed kills" sign in Tomsk a PSA encouraging drivers to slow down as speed kills, has gotten a funny addition. A car crashed into it. For realsies. Can we give out Lions awards for real life irony?
In Tomsk, the driver crashed into an advertising design with public service announcements for the safety of road dvizheniya. Obychny poster with the slogan "Speed must be reasonable" in a crash has become a complex social project, worthy of winning the advertising festivals. Unfortunately for the advertising business, this statement is not a fictional accident for more effective social impact of advertising on the drivers.
Via Work that matters has a few choice words for this latest PETA stunt, mocking the presidents papers.
Seriously, PETA, fuck off with this one. You may think it's an amusing piece of social commentary, but to the rest of us it's just another example of how your organization prefers publicity over human decency.
Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.
Remember the anti-abortion billboard from the Texas-based anti-abortion group Life Always, placed on a building in New York? The one that Adfreak said Rev. Al Sharpton planned to protest? The one that was hotly debated for racism, and had feminists fuming because it was strategically placed next to a Planned Parenthood? The one that was removed eventually, not by the sender but by the Billboard company Lamar Advertising?
The world at large reckon advertising people have no morals at all, and would actually stoop this low. They forget we're in the business of selling, and death does not sell.
Occupied Palestine ran an article on Friday with the headline: "Subaru Car Ad In Israel Shows “Power” By Running Over Palestinian Children".
A new advertisement in Israel, meant to show the “power and durability” of the Japanese Subaru car, caused outrage after showing a Subaru driven by a Jewish settler striking two Palestinian children in occupied East Jerusalem.
There's an update to Faking it in social media = youtube hits?. Jung von Matt has replied to Ivan : "Finally, we never intended to initiate such a huge discussion in the social web in order to promote our video. "
Tonight it's the premiere of the Save The Children TV3-show "It gets better" (det blir bättre), and it's been a full day since Micke Kazarnowicz posted his reaction to the shows tailgating on Dan Savage's It Gets Better project, summing it up with: Save the Children belittles LGBT youth. We pre-emptivly badlanded the show here: "It gets better" campaign idea hijacked by "Save the children" in Sweden?.
Save the children have been putting out fires on twitter ever since, and posted a release: "We want to have dialogue on LGBT issues" (google translated) to clarify their position.
GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons likes to go to Zimbawe and hunt elephants on his vacation. He's just returned from one, and posted the rather graphic hunting video here. Cue outraged tweets, angry facebook comments and PETA giving Bob Parsons the Scummiest CEO of the Year Award..
Once again Ikea is courting controversy the way they prefer to: by depicting same sex couples as "family", just like any other couple. This ad depicted above, with the headline "siamo aperti a tutte le famiglie" (we are open to all families), has ruffled feathers in catholic conservative Italy as it announces a new store out in the countryside. Berlusconi-owned Il Giornale accuses Ikea of spreading "Swedish imperialism" with the ad, while gay-friendly mosinforma snarks that the paper is "ready to defend the freedom of Silvio and deny it to everyone else." Zing!
Facebook has blocked Micke Kazarnowicz, administrator of the international Björn Borg fan page, for "pornographic content". The porn being Björn Borg fan images of people flaunting their Björn Borg underwear in various ways. The above snapshot being the most "pornographic" of the bunch shows two guys in the woods trying to reach their skivvies that hang from trees, note that you can't see any wobbly bits, but butt cheeks are clearly visible.
Adidas plans to "street ad" a street art wall in Poland - meets resistance from Polish graffiti fans
This wall is the mecca of the Warsaw graffiti scene. Nearly 1.5 km of the living canvases covered with multicolored graffiti. This is a very important place for the Polish hip-hop scene. This is where the DVD was filmed and there arose an unforgettable work of graffiti artists from around the world. Once full of light, recently declined. Do not change the fact that every self-respecting grafficiarz knows this place, you had to be there and paint even one job.
Picture this, over at The Guardian Sophie Trémolet writes World Water Day: A global inundation of funds is not enough and her point is that one billion people lack basic water supplies and 2.6 billion lack access to sanitation. But we must invest wisely and locally.. A serious article, on a serious topic, by someone seriously invested, Sophie Trémolet was the lead author of the OECD report on benefits of investing in water and sanitation. The responses? One commenter reckons "Water and its supply should not be private." while the next spams for a SodaStream® sponsored fundraiser!
Groupon are trying their best to do a Woot-funny quirky tone of voice still, but just like their superbowl ads, which were pulled off the air, their twitter jokes are offending a whole bunch of people. The joke:
Medical sedatives are no match for the world's greatest sleep aid: depression.
had people complaining in the comments (and by extension, on their facebook pages - propelling the negative reaction) about Groupon's jokes at once. It has now been removed.
"Work that matters" found a "zany" radio contest by New Zealand's The Rock FM where the 1st prize was a Ukrainian wife, giving me the perfect opportunity to use my sudden "Google AdSense thinks we're porn anyway"-freedom to slip you a gratuitous nipple-shot. Except it isn't. The ladies above, who are welcoming the Rock FM Prize winner "to Hell" with their signs and half-naked bridal getups are FEMEN. The stunning radical feminist group who can kick your ass 'til Tuesday , topless, while their hair is still in perfect Ukrainian braids and their heels are sky high. In short, they're "in your dreams boys" materialized, and rumor has it they're all related to Wonder Woman. Sure, it looks like they stole a page from the PETA stunt book, but these ladies are using their bodies protesting for their own sake, which puts them on a higher level right there. Ukraine is not a Brothel, one of their signs reads.
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