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Brand Bites: Madonna's Censored TV Commercial & Bacontastic Branding

Posted by Abe Sauer on March 30, 2012 12:05 PM

Here's the commercial for Madonna's new "Truth or Dare" fragrance deemed too racy by Disney's ABC TV censors.

Below, enjoy some bacontastic branding mmmoves, and more:Continue reading...

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Hitler Wants You, Belvedere Man, to Use a 'Real Man's Shampoo'

Posted by Abe Sauer on March 26, 2012 07:58 PM

The first thing one has to say about this new Turkish shampoo ad from Biomen is that der Führer did have quite the silky-looking head of hair. The second thing, of course: what the hell is going on here?

It's just one more in a long line of Hitler ads we've examined. And oh yeah, there are protestations. Translation of the ad after the jump.Continue reading...

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Ahmadinejad Breaks Hitler-Mao Stranglehold on Despot Ads

Posted by Abe Sauer on September 9, 2011 12:14 PM

Amsterdam's Lotte Yoga School has received a Lotte comments on its latest campaign.

Advertisers looking to incorporate history's most reprehensible leaders into their spots isn't anything new. As we've noted, the use of Mao, Stalin and Hitler has become so commonplace as to be remarkable only for its unremarkableness.Continue reading...

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Russia's News Agency Allegedly Looking To Rebrand Stalin

Posted by Jennifer Wright on November 9, 2009 04:33 PM

Stalin – he gave woman equal rights in Russia! Admittedly, that also meant the right to be massacred horribly as a portion of the 20 million people he purged. But it would seem the Russian government would have you focus on the former rather than the latter. To that end, they’re holding discussions with PR firms, looking to rebrand Stalin as kind of a good guy, according to EUobserver.

In addition to taking pitches on how to generally improve the image of Russia abroad (clue: this is not the right way to go about it), Russian state-run news agency RIA Novosti reportedly met with PR firms in Brussels to hear ideas for a campaign to rehabilitate Stalin. RIA Novosti denies the reports, but acknowledges working with an agency mentioned in the story, RJI Companies: 

RIA Novosti has not launched any new project on Russia's image; the agency conducts its current activities with the aim of holding a variety of news and expert events in foreign countries and the former Soviet Union, as well as in Russia.

But according to EUobserver, Moscow-based newspapers such as Novaya Gazeta claim that the campaign is already underway in Russia.Continue reading...

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