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A Florida Walmart Invites Hatred and Memes With a Tacky 9/11 Soda Display

A 9/11 soda display that made Coke boxes into the Twin Towers prompted many responses, most of them either disgust or references to 9/11 memes.

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Photographer Questions Modern Day Sexism By Reversing Gender Roles in Vintage Ads

"In a parallel universe" is a series of fictional images, recreated from real ads in the mad men era, that question modern day sexism: showing it through a humorous light to spark a conversation through role play by visual artist Eli Rezkallah "Last Thanksgiving, I overheard my uncles talk about how women are better off cooking, taking care of the kitchen, and fulfilling "their womanly duties". Although I know that not all men think that way I was surprised to learn that some still do, so I went on to imagine a parallel universe, where roles are inverted and men are given a taste of their own sexist poison." — Eli Rezkalla. Via: Plastik Magazine

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15 Odd Marketing Tactics That Made Us Laugh And Then Say WTF

These people all tried to market something - whether that something was good or not is debatable, but they all produced some pretty WTF-worthy ways of pushing their services.

(Sidenote: these are not real ads - check out Alan Wagner for more).

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sprite sexism ads Sprite Learned a Brutal Truth After Running a Bafflingly Sexist Ad Campaign
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As soon as this Sprite advertisement was spotted, people started to complain. Why, maybe because instead of saying truths that are #BrutallyRefreshing, as the campaign intended, it really amounted to some cheap jokes that are #BrutallySexist. 

The responses were equal parts "Sprite, you should be ashamed!" and "Did no one in charge of marketing read over this and think that it could be offensive and/or sexist? Really? NO ONE?!?"


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Maybe it's the half serious, half joking tone of this commercial or that April 1st is coming up fast. Maybe it's the fact that they have three pretty normal looking dudes doing silly dances and playing in bubble baths and then that one super hot guy just... doing hot guy stuff?

Some people don't get it, some people love it and others are just glad SOMEBODY brought up the topic.


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Is it real or is it a joke? Maybe only time will tell. In the mean time though, seriously, what's up with "Matt" (if that is his real name)? Amid butt selfies and purposely comical Yoga poses, does he not seem like the odd man out?




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A number of TV networks have rejected this latest advertisement from Lane Bryant. The plus-sized women's clothing line has had a history of making body positive statements with their ads. 

This one features some shots of (gasp!) bare skin and a mother breastfeeding. A representative for NBC told People that they turned down the ad due to broadcasting standards and would welcome some changes:

As part of the normal advertising standards process, we reviewed a rough cut of the ad and asked for minor edits to comply with broadcast indecency guidelines. The ad was not rejected and we welcome the updated creative.

But the controversy remains surrounding what, exactly, about this commercial doesn't meet broadcasting standards. Lane Bryant has so far decided not to change the ad. 

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This video shows a caring dad who's decided to make up for the time not spent helping around the house. The video description sums it up best: 

We know every woman has two jobs - one at the office and one at home. She multitasks and handles both almost single handedly. It's time to understand why. It's time to get to the root of the issue. Is it our upbringing? Are we passing gender roles that haven't evolved with the times? 

Throughout the world, women tend to unequally bear the burden of "unpaid work" that includes household chores like cooking, laundry, cleaning and taking care of kids. 


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Who knew a commercial for soap could be so inspiring?

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This new ad is meant to poke fun at some of the photoshop fails that are all too common as models are made to be more and more "perfect". According to Snickers, there are 11 total mistakes in this photo. 

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Sure, this is a commercial for condiments but let's face it, we're only watching for the puppies.  

Maybe it's wrong to dress dogs up as food and make them run majestically through a field toward their implied doom. Even if it is, there are certainly worse things to dress them as.


via Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund

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The BrandalismProject, is a self-declared anti-advertisement art movement and has claimed responsibility for over 600 fake advertisements recently installed throughout Paris. The driving force behind the group's effort is the beginning of the UN Climate Change Conference.



"Amidst the French state of emergency banning all public gatherings following the terrorist attacks on 13 November in Paris, the 'Brandalism' project has worked with Parisians to insert unauthorized artworks across the city that aim to highlight the links between advertising, consumerism, fossil fuel dependency and climate change," BrandalismProject said in a statement.

The project is a collaboration between 80 artists from 19 different countries and the targets include AirFrance, Dow Chemicals, and Volkswagen, which is getting a lot of attention for perpetrating an environmental fraud.



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Marketing of the Day: Trevor Noah Hid Ads All Over Google for His Debut on The Daily Show



In anticipation of his taking over The Daily Show last month, Trevor Noah and co. hid a bunch of short ad videos in specific Google searches.

Like this:



Here are the ones we found, but there are probably more. It's pretty clever and fun to find them.

Let us know if you stumble across any we didn't catch!

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Fast food restaurants have really figured out how to get on the news cycle lately — namely through doing weird stuff that makes no sense.

Not six months ago, Darrell Hammond resurrected the corporate mascot of Colonel Sanders to sling fried chicken at a hungry America. And now, for a reason that is very unclear, fellow Saturday Night Live alum Norm Macdonald is stepping into the three-piece suit to replace him.

KFC Chief Marketing Officer Kevin Hochman explained it

For the first ads, we rebooted things that made Kentucky Fried Chicken the most favorite chicken brand in the world. We brought back the Colonel's iconic office, his white stretch limo, and the children's mandolin band he outfitted with instruments and white Colonel Suits to create authentic Kentucky bluegrass music. And the new set of ads are more of that same homage to the things that made Kentucky Fried Chicken such an important part of American families.



This is pretty dumb. But we can't bring ourselves close enough to care about any part of it.

Just like McDonald's idiotic revamp of the Hamburglar.



Remember that? It doesn't matter.

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Whether you want to admit it or not, everybody poops - including Santa Claus - but that doesn't mean we need a visual.

In their latest viral ad, toilet spray maker Poo-Pourri imagines Christmas Eve in the worst way possible, with Santa on the John and his bathroom odor waking up three young British girls.

Poo puns aplenty here.

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So this happened...

Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame stole the show from everyone at the American Music Awards Sunday, in an ad for Pine Bros. throat lozenges.