Tag Archives: advertising

Zing Tones

OK, I can’t decide. Will the PC police get bent out of shape over this? I gotta admit, it made me laugh. It’s hard to tell if this is a real ad or a parody, but I’m guessing parody.

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Wrappers Delight

Ugh. According the NY Times, advertisers are stepping up their car-wrapping campaigns, which offer free cars or monthly stipends of up to $800 to folks willing to turn their vehicles into rolling billboards for Coca-Cola, Jamba Juice, whatever. Ad-wrapped personal vehicles have been around for more than a decade, but with fewer people reading newspapers and magazines, the trend is ...

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YouAds

The ad-free ride on YouTube has ended. Today Google is launching “overlay” ads that will appear 15 seconds after the clip begins, running for 10 seconds on the lower fifth of the playback image. Viewers will be able close the ads, let them play, or click thru to the advertisers. At the start, the ads will only appear on clips ...

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X-ing, Pex-ing

If Mirapex, the “restless leg syndrome” drug, may cause strong sexual urges, as its disclaimer says, how long before the club kids start grinding it into their bumper? The disclaimer also says that Mirapex may cause compulsive gambling (as the class-action lawsuits attest) and may cause you to fall asleep during “important tasks” such as driving. Mirapex is also used ...

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Storage Firm Shakes Up Pro-Lifers

Over the last year, I’ve written a couple of times about Manhattan Mini-Storage’s billboard campaigns, which comment amusingly on a broad range of social and pop culture issues, ranging from the government’s wiretapping to Paris Hilton and the Queer Eye guys. Their latest series, which started a few months ago, is beginning to cause a lot of upset among pro-lifers, ...

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Ad Shilling To Die For

You may recall Joseph R. Gannascoli, who played the gay mafioso Vito Spatafore on HBO’s The Sopranos. When Vito was discovered to be gay, the other mobsters beat him to death while sodomizing him with a pool cue. Now that the show is over, Gannascoli is capitalizing on his character’s Louima-esque demise by teaming up with Rockwell Billiards to promote ...

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Scrumtious

I was just tipped off by a reader about a LaChapelle-esque ad campaign that the Regional Tourism Committee of Paris has launched in London in a bid to draw visitors to the Rugby World Cup. Embiggen for the kissy hawtness.

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Get Away From The Ads, You Bitch!

Argh! I hate the current vogue for reshooting famous scenes from movies with the original actors reciting advertising copy. I must therefore register my extremely anguished reaction to the new DirectTV spot that uses Signourney Weaver’s iconic Caterpillar fight scene from Aliens, my favorite sci-fi movie. No, no, NO! Stop that right now, Signourney! What are we gonna do now, ...

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Thank You, Come Again

A dozen 7-Elevens around the country have been made over into Kwik-E marts in a promotion for the Simpsons movie. For the next week you can buy some of the products that previously only existed on the show. I’m going to have to run down to the Times Square 7-Eleven to get me a Squishee and a box of Krusty-O’s ...

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Jazz Hands Might Have Been Better

San Francisco club promoters DJ Jeff Johnson and Kurt Cooper have generated some unpleasant attention for their June 1st “Fag Bash” party , with some taking great offense to both the name and ad image used. The ad appeared in two issues of the Bay Area Reporter and on fliers posted around town. The ad also appears on the Folsom ...

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“Chelsea, You Rule”

You gotta love the copywriter that came up with this Virgin Mobile ad that Superdaddy and I found on a phone booth on 8th Avenue, which playfully compares sexual versatility to Virgin’s phone plan. Super and I walked all the way from the West Village to the GB:NYC4 drink-up at Therapy, where a massive crowd of sodden bloggers awaited. Along ...

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Life Is Short. Get A Divorce.

Message: Why stay with that old hag of yours with hotties like THIS is the world? The above billboard from a Chicago law firm is causing national news, with even an association of divorce lawyers calling it “grotesque, undignified, and offensive.” (Because divorce lawyers are such a tender, easily offended bunch.) Whatever you think about the billboard, you have to ...

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Tainted Love

Ack! Advertising is now fully raping my favorite 80’s songs. In the past few days I’ve heard a JC Penney ad that uses a remake of Yaz’s Only You, a Reese’s Pieces ad that uses a remake of New Order’s True Faith, and some make-up commercial that uses Visage’s Fade To Grey. Original versions are not safe either. Witness Chip’s ...

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ACLU On JMG

With the help of Aaron, I’m still trying to figure out how to use the BlogAds site, but as you may have noticed, JMG now features an ad from the ACLU which asks you to submit your personal LGBT-related job discrimination stories for use in their vital work on behalf of ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Please visit the ACLU ...

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Heartbreak

My hormones must be off or something, because a dog food commercial just brought me to tears. Damn. The voice-over is by David Duchovny. Congratulations to Pedigree’s ad agency, TBWAChiatDay out of Los Angeles. Simple, perfect. They deserve an ADDY or Clio for this one.

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Super Bowl Coke Ad

The best commercial during the Super Bowl came from Coca-Cola. The crowd I was watching with roared when an apparently gay guy (wearing a pink shirt with a sweater knotted around his neck) was pulled from his red convertible so that the main character could give him a Coke. I thought it was cute. The “gay kiss” Snickers ad didn’t ...

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