Tag Archives: advertising

Bottom Heavy

Of course I had to click on a story titled “Ivory Coast’s Big Bottom Craze.” Turns out, it’s a dance craze inspired by a hit song called Bobaraba, which means “big bottom” in English. Despite my disappointment, I mention it here anyway because of the of ancillary business spawned by the dance: In the sprawling Adjame market just north of …

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AFA: Don’t Say ‘OHMIGOD!’
(ohmigodjoemigodohmigod)

Jeremy at Good As You tipped me that the American Family Association is pissed at TVLand for the title of their new feature, the OHMIGOD! That’s So 80’s Weekend. I’m guessing they’d also have an issue with the title of this here website thingy. Maybe the content too. A little.

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Twisted Knickers

Time Square’s famous Naked Cowboy, the guitar-playing singer that performs for tourists in his tighty-whities, is suing M&M Mars for $6M for depicting him on their store’s Jumbotron as an M&M character. “All I’ve got is my underwear. It’s the most brilliant thing that’s ever been created from a marketing perspective. You can’t stop it,” said Burck, 37, who said …

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UK Gays To Country: Get Over It

Stonewall, the UK gay rights group , will post 600 billboards around the country over the next two weeks with their “Some people are gay, get over it!” message. The ad campaign was originally designed for and rolled out to secondary schools and was created with the help of students and teachers. After the posters were well-received in the schools, …

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Rugby Drinking Party

Like Jimbo, I don’t think this is very effective advertising. What was the product again?

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Virginia Is For (Twink) Lovers

Responding to “citizen complaints” about this in-store poster, Virginia Beach police charged the manager of the local Abercrombie & Fitch outlet with displaying “obscene materials in a business that is open to juveniles.” Police say they only acted after store management refused to heed previous warnings. The cops took the poster away to use it as, uh, evidence. Yeah, that’s …

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Pepsi Presents Central Park

OK, so it’s not that bad. But still. City officials revealed yesterday that they want to sell naming rights to popular Parks Department attractions to major corporations. Officials have not said which particular locations are ready to be sold yet, but almost any major attraction in the city’s parks and recreation system could be up for grabs. That group includes …

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Oochee Mama

Saw this commercial during the NFL playoffs last night. Seems a little queer, eh?

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Don’t Give Up On Vista

I was at first puzzled by the above ad headline over on the New York Times, but it’s actually part of the Apple ad in the right column. Cute. Sound required.

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Two Underwear Posts In One Day!

While I don’t share Andy Towle’s enthusiasm for male models and pretty boys, I can’t resist sharing this bizarre ad he posted for C-IN2 underwear. At least, I think they’re selling underwear here. This could be a trailer for a Michael Lucas “movie”.

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Please Don’t Squeeze The Coffin

Dick Wilson, AKA Mr. Whipple, dead at 91. Remember he also played the drunk guy on Bewitched who was always seeing Samantha’s magic?

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Taking The Piss

An interesting ad campaign to promote British tourism has appeared on Belgian street corners. The above cubes are positioned so that approaching pedestrians see the pissing punk first, then the delicate teacup into which he is so accurately aiming. The ad agency who created this ad for the Eurostar train says they’ve received no complaints because the images hit on …

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Attack Of The Earworm

Ack. I cannot get this very annoying Optimum Online reggaeton jingle out of my head. For days now. Earworm! Earworm! Make it stop. 8-7-7 3-9-3 4-4-4-eeeeeeeeight.

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Xtian Right Begin Miller Boycott

From the Catholic League: Catholic League president Bill Donohue announced a national boycott of Miller Beer on this morning’s “Fox and Friends.” He explains why today: “Never have we experienced greater corporate arrogance than in this dispute with the Miller Brewing Company. Miller is sponsoring an incredibly outrageous and palpably anti-Christian event in San Francisco: the Folsom Street Fair (see …

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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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