It's been quite the week for PR disasters. First there was the absurd Pepsi ad starring Kendall Jenner. Then, the brutal United Airlines re-accommodation of the doctor from Kentucky. Finally, we were forced to marvel at - and cope with - Sean Spicer's Hitler gaffe. Here's what happens when the PR Axis of Evil works together to create some seriously meta memes.
Warning: Some of these memes are NOT for the easily offended. And if you aren't ready to take the heat, first take a look at some of these dank memes that will get you back in gear. Sometimes its hard to figure out what the best memes of the day are. With countless examples created and posted every day, what is a meme connoisseur to do if they need to know what the best and greatest hits are? A daily roundup of the best we have found might make the process a bit quicker for you, so scroll down and check them out. Or if you are looking to tickle your funny bone, these hilarious dank memes will put the wind back in your sails.
Back in the 1980s, Coca Cola was in trouble. Sales were down as America went crazy for the taste of a new generation, Pepsi, and wanted desperately to be accepted by Generation Next.
Oh, to be a part of Generation Next, with their skateboards and aluminum jackets.
Coke actually realized that if it wasn’t for their lucrative contracts with distributors, Pepsi would be killing them in sales. This coupled with the fact that people, somehow, preferred the taste of Pepsi and even the gross Diet Coke to the all-american classic taste of Coke in taste tests — because focus groups are filled with complete mad mee. So Coke decided that they needed to update the taste of Coke and introduced New Coke.
What happened next will shock you…
People liked old Coke and wanted it back.
But how it got there is one of the most interesting marketng misteps in history.
Check out the video for the history of why we went back to old Coke and still enjoy Blue Pepsi.
This short lived soda was an attempt in the early 1990s by Pepsi to make a caffine free version that seemed healthier than the brown alternative. In this commercial, Generation X is clearly celebrating the return of their beloved soft drink in the best way they know how.
They still can't come close to the original 1993 commercial when it comes to really capturing the early 90's.
Now you can enjoy this apparently refreshing taste of your childhood without buying it on Ebay for $80 like this guy. You really don't need to chug your Crystal Pepsi like this guy either (WARNING: 20-year-old soda induced vomiting)
The 1942 ad placed in the New York Times tells a lot about the struggles facing America in that time period. The country had just entered World War II the year before and the war effort was scrambling to out fit a military fighting in Europe and the Pacific, while trying to overcome the economic devastation of the previous decade.
To the fledgling nutrition science and popular assumptions out there, what America needed was more energy, so the advertisers tried to highlight that in its pitch.
Why eat a crummy ol' tomato when you can get so much more food energy from a bottle of Pepsi?!
Apparently, this was part of a larger campaign.
They wholly embraced this image, using the slogan "The Drink with the Quick Food Energy".
Sebastian Coe, Chairman of the London Olympics, issued a harsh warning for spectators attending the upcoming 2012 summer games. In an interview for BBC Radio, Coe cautioned that certain apparel would bar spectators from venue entry -- all in the name of protecting corporate sponsors. When asked if anyone wearing a Pepsi logo would be allowed into events, he replied with a short "No." When pushed for an explanation, Coe had this to say:
You probably wouldn't be walking in with a Pepsi T-shirt because Coca-Cola are our sponsors and they have put millions of pounds into this project, but also millions of pounds into grassroots sport. It is important to protect those sponsors.
He did say spectators "probably would be able to walk through with Nike trainers," although the Nike swoosh at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester has been blocked out in preparation for soccer matches. Maybe his next move is to force Team USA Basketball to put tape over their Nike swooshes.
Coca-Cola, Intuit, and Kraft have joined Pepsi in renouncing membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council, a right-wing, corporate-funded organization that pushed -- hard -- for the shoot-first legislation that is hampering efforts to arrest and prosecute Trayvon's Martin's shooter. ALEC also is a proponent of restrictive voter ID laws; the two issues prompted progressive advocacy African-American group Color of Change to target the group this week with a petition campaign.