Godwin's Shampoo of the Day

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Upping the ante for sexist grooming product ads everywhere, the latest Turkish TV commercial for Biomen-brand shampoo features Adolf Hitler admonishing men for using "women's shampoo."

"If you're not wearing women's clothes, you shouldn't be using women's shampoo either," says Turkish Hitler. "Here it is. A real man's shampoo. Biomen. Real men use Biomen."

You may be surprised to learn that some people are pretty unhappy about this.

"The use of images of the violently anti-Semitic dictator who was responsible for the mass murder of 6 million Jews and millions of others in the Holocaust to sell shampoo is a disgusting and deplorable marketing ploy," said Anti-Defamation League director Abe Foxman. "There can never be any justifiable purpose for using the images of Hitler, Nazis or any other depiction of the Nazi killing machine to sell products or services."

Unless, of course, you're selling awful ad ideas.

[adfreak / dailymail.]

Marketing Campaign of the Day

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From noted quirk-maker Wes Anderson and stop-motion animation studio Laika (Coraline) comes the first in a series of 60-spots for Sony's Xperia line of smartphone.

For the campaign, Sony asked kids what they thought made the Xperia phones so smart, and then animated their responses.

There is also a brief making-of video, which you can watch here.

[/film.]

Our Dystopian Future of the Day

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Melinda Taub and Adam Sacks imagine what it might look when the Hunger Games inevitably become real, and Coca-Cola inevitably becomes their sponsor.

[adamthinks.]

Marketing Campaign of the Day

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Hot on the heels of McCain's baked-potato-scented bus stop ads, UK cake maker Mr Kipling has launched an outdoor campaign that takes the appetite-whetting theme to its logical conclusion by dispensing free cake.

That's right: To promote the company's new "on the go" cake packaging, London-based creative agency101 and media agency Starcom have teamed up to install 19 free-cake-vending posters at select bus shelters throughout the city.

At least one of the posters will also release a distinct "cake smell," guaranteeing that public transportation will be that much more of a living hell for people who are watching their weight.

[adage.]

Viral Ad of the Day

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Viral Ad of the Day: The Internet appears to have sprung a leak, but luckily Lithuanian mineral water manufacturer Vytautas was on hand with an open bottle to collect all the loose memes.

(Not Safe For Work: Internet.)

[dpaf.]

Controversial Marketing Campaign of the Day

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Red Bull South Africa earlier this week unveiled the latest addition to its ongoing "Red Bull gives you wings" campaign -- a 30-spot featuring Jesus revealing the "secret" behind his miraculous water-walking feat.

Wouldn't ya know it, the ad did not go over well with many viewers, who demanded it be pulled immediately.

Unfortunately for Red Bull, the energy drink doesn't actually give you wings, so in lieu of saying "see you later, suckers" and flying away, the company relented and pulled the ad as requested.

[copyranter.]

Local Lawyer Ad of the Day

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Local Lawyer Ad of the Day: Georgia attorney Ken Nugent gives Bob Loblaw an ambulance chase for his punitive damages. (No Habla Español.)

[adverve / copyranter.]

See Also: The 20 Worst Attorney Commercials.