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?
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.
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.
Who knew a commercial for soap could be so inspiring?
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.
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
New Yorkers, prepare to be blinded.
The biggest, and most expensive billboard is set to go up in Times Square on Tuesday, making it an even more undesirable place to visit than it was before.
The screen is 8 stories tall, spans the entire block from 45th St to 46th St., and consists of about 24 million LED pixels.
It will cost around $2.5 million to advertise on the billboard for four weeks, and Google will be the first major advertiser to take up the space with an ad running from November 24th through the end of the year.
On the bright(er) side, it'll be a whole lot easier to watch all your favorite costumed Disney characters and superheroes tear each other apart and battle with the NYPD over tips.
This ad might make you feel all warm and tingly inside, but some people are up in arms over it.
UK supermarket chain Sainsbury's, in partnership with The Royal British Legion, has released a new WWI-themed Christmas commercial for its store. It's based off of a series of unofficial, real-life ceasefires between those battling in the front lines on Christmas in 1914, showing both British and German soldiers briefly gathering together, sharing food, singing and playing football.
It's very moving, and visually stunning - as far as advertisements go - but the concept has people complaining that it's inappropriate to use the war to promote a supermarket.
"A story such as this has no place in an ad which, at its core, is urging you to buy your turkey and trimmings at Sainsbury's," writes Ellen Stewart for Metro.
Ally Fogg at the Guardian is calling it "a dangerous and disrespectful masterpiece."
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has received over 200 complaints, and Neil Kelley, an advertising expert at Leeds Beckett University, told the Mirror that it made him feel "unclean."
The video, which premiered Wednesday, already has nearly 5 million views.
So what do you think? Tasteful or Tacky?
In case you missed it, Lowe's announced that it is replacing its staff of human beings with a team of robots.
With the help of Nick Offerman and H. Jon Benjamin, John Oliver took a few minutes on his show Sunday to prove why people are still vital to a business like Home Depot.