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1960s Adman Makes a Hilarious and Obscene Visit to a Modern Agency (NSFW) This guy makes Don Draper look classy

We've already seen how Joan Harris (aka, Christina Hendricks) might adjust to life at a modern ad agency. Well, this guy is way more of a train wreck.

Canadian ad agency Zulu Alpha Kilo put together this crazy video for Wednesday's Agency of the Year event in Toronto. It's hilarious, if you don't mind a little nudity, profanity and off-color humor.

It took some balls to make this. Well, one nasty, hairy, protruding ball.

Credits below.

Video is NSFW for various reasons, but watch it anyway.

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October 31, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

Real Beauty? Nah, Victoria's Secret Would Rather Celebrate the 'Perfect Body' Brand's play on words comes off tone-deaf

Victoria's Secret is under fire for its newest bra campaign featuring the tagline "The Perfect 'Body'," suggesting on first glance that these women have it, and you probably don't.

More than 10,000 people have signed a U.K. petition calling for Victoria's Secret to  "apologise for and amend the irresponsible marketing of your new bra range 'Body'."

"Victoria’s Secret’s new advertisements play on women's insecurities and send out a damaging message by positioning the words 'The Perfect Body' across models who have exactly the same, very slim body type," the petition notes. "This marketing campaign is harmful. It fails to celebrate the amazing diversity of women’s bodies by choosing to call only one body type 'perfect'."

Of course, the brand isn't literally saying its models have the perfect body. It's a play on words with the popular "Body" line of bras, and the ad copy clarifies: "Perfect fit. Perfect comfort. Perfectly soft."

But at a time when unrealistic body images are such a controversial topic, this tagline has understandably sparked some fires in social media:

This year we've seen quite a few female-focused brands toss aside the whole idea of perfection. Aerie refused to Photoshop models, ModCloth pledged to be transparent about retouching, Dear Kate focused its underwear campaigns on "real women"), so one has to wonder if Victoria's Secret just made a tone-deaf misstep or actively decided to troll the competition.

October 30, 2014, 5:50 PM EDT

Netflix's Fun Outdoor Ads Use 100 Awesome GIFs From Shows and Movies And some of them are even responsive



GIFs have left the nest!

The digital video files first made a jump to TV a while back, thanks to Fiat. And now they've ventured all the way outside in a fascinating Netflix campaign from Ogilvy Paris.

For the streaming service's launch in France, the agency created 100 different GIFs, some of which "reacted" to current events and even things like the weather (for example, a rainy scene from a film when it's actually raining at a bus stop).

People who hate GIFs will surely be appalled at this. And yes, it's a little jarring to see the hypnotic-looping videos running on large formats outside. But they're undeniably eye-catching in ways that other digital video just isn't.

Check out the case study below.

October 30, 2014, 3:29 PM EDT

And Here Is Nike's Grand, Gritty Salute to LeBron James and His Return to Cleveland The homecoming ads continue

LeBron James can go home again. And again. And again.

The NBA star's return to Cleveland from Miami was always going to be fodder for numerous ad campaigns. And indeed, we've already seen spots from Beats by Dre and Sprite this week. Now it's Nike's turn to get epic—timed to Thursday night's Cavaliers home-opener against the New York Knicks.

It's suitably goosebump inducing, as LeBron leads not just his teammates but all of Cleveland in a massive pre-game huddle—the ultimate come-to-Jesus moment for the city's once-and-again favorite son.



Nike Basketball partnered with Wieden + Kennedy for the spot, which was directed by the Malloy Brothers. LeBron's mom, Gloria Marie James, makes a cameo, as do Coach Dru Joyce and teammates Kyrie Irving, Dion Waters, Anderson Varejao, Shawn Marion, Tristan Thompson, Matthew Dellavedova and Joe Harris.

Nike is also introducing the LeBron 12 Hrt of a Lion shoe today, and is currently working on the nine-hour process of unveiling a 10-story, 25,000-square-foot banner on Ontario Street welcoming James back to Cleveland.

October 30, 2014, 2:07 PM EDT

20 Years Before It Was Cool to Cast Gay Couples, Ikea Made This Pioneering Ad Patrick O'Neill looks back at his 1994 spot

The mini-wave of brands casting gay couples in TV ads this year continues to rise, with the likes of Honey Maid, Cheerios and DirecTV all diving in. More power to them. But Ikea was the first marketer to feature a gay couple in a mainstream commercial. Twenty years ago.

The 1994 spot below, from Deutsch, ran after 10 p.m. in three markets where Ikea then had a significant presence: New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. The late-night airing ensured that the ad wouldn't be seen during "family hour" programming. That concession, however, did little to quell the objections of the American Family Association and its leader, the Rev. Donald Wildmon.

Wildmon called for boycotts of Ikea stores, one of which, on Long Island, N.Y., was the target of a bomb threat, which turned out to be unfounded. The retailer, however, continued to air the ad, which was part of a lifestyle campaign featuring different types of consumers (a divorced mom, adopting parents, empty nesters, etc.) that began in 1993.

The creative team behind "Dining Room," including creative director Greg DiNoto, associate cd Kathy Delaney, copywriter Dallas Itzen and art director Patrick O'Neill, are no longer at Deutsch. But O'Neill, who later worked at TBWA\Chiat\Day and now is chief creative officer at blood testing company Theranos, shared his memories of helping to create something that didn't win awards but was truly groundbreaking.

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October 30, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

Honda's Double-Sided Story on YouTube Is Mind-Bendingly Brilliant Toggle between perfectly parallel lives

Well, this might just blow your damn mind.

Honda and Wieden + Kennedy London have created a rather incredible "double-sided story" on YouTube to promote the Civic and its sportier sibling, the Civic Type R. While watching "The Other Side," you can press and hold the "R" button on your keyboard to switch between parallel storylines. 

Watch it here: Honda's "The Other Side."

"We wanted people to feel Honda's other side as well as see it," W+K notes today on its blog, "so we dreamt up a technique that brings together both narratives through a simple interaction." (The technique is a bit reminiscent of Interlude's famous interactive music video for Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone.")

Without revealing too much, I'll just say the dual film directed by Daniel Wolfe follows the travels of a seemingly mild-mannered dad who leads a rather interesting double life. 

You can watch a few teasers below, but you really need to see the full experience for yourself on YouTube.

October 30, 2014, 11:58 AM EDT

'Dumb Ways to Die' Returns With a Trick-or-Treat Halloween Special No one is safe when the ghouls come out

"Dumb Ways to Die," the famed Australian train-safety campaign from 2012, has done a couple of encores for special occasions. First it did a Valentine's Day ad. And now it's done a little choose-your-own-adventure Halloween special.

Should you trick or treat the little monsters who come to your door on Friday? Well, both approaches have their risks, it seems—for candy giver and candy seeker alike. "Be safe around Halloween ... and trains," says the copy.

Agency: McCann Melbourne.

October 30, 2014, 11:22 AM EDT

Lena Dunham Gets Her Famous Friends to Model Her Planned Parenthood T-Shirt Floods Instagram with message about voting

If you're one of the nearly 1.2 million people who follow Lena Dunham on Instagram, you might have noticed her posts flooding your feed this morning—shot after shot of her celebrity pals wearing a new T-shirt she designed for the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. 


Dunham partnered with Planned Parenthood as part of her book tour for Not That Kind of Girl earlier this month. Proceeds from the $25 shirt will go directly to funding the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the electoral and political arm of Planned Parenthood. Oh, and if you haven't put it together just yet, the shirt seems to be part of a push to remind fans to vote on Election Day.


Check out the posts below:

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October 30, 2014, 10:57 AM EDT

Wearing a Fake Ebola Hazmat Suit for Halloween? Donate a Real One Instead Publicis Kaplan Thaler brilliantly turns a joke on its head

Planning to dress up in fake ebola hazmat gear for Halloween? That's awfully douchey, don't you think?

Nonprofit humanitarian group Doctors of the World has an idea, though. Why not join the "More Than a Costume" campaign and help pay for real protective equipment used by medical professionals battling ebola in West Africa?

"Health workers needs a new hazmat suit for each of their rotations, and estimates indicate that over 1 million suits will be needed in the next six weeks," says the organization.

For $1 you can donate a glove, and $5 buys a mask. You can donate a hazmat suit for $250, and throw in a helmet for $500. (Or text EBOLA to 501501 to donate $10. C'mon, you'll spend more than that on Halloween candy.)

The initiative was developed by Publicis Kaplan Thaler ‚Äčin partnership with MediaVest and MSLGROUP. Pro-bono print and digital ads are running this week in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and elsewhere. "Here it's a costume. There it saves lives," says one headline.

Props for leveraging the ebola costume craze in such life-affirming fashion. They've created a program that lets people contribute to the greater good, even those who plan to clomp around in bogus boots and breathe through phony filters on Halloween.

See the full ad below.

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October 30, 2014, 10:05 AM EDT

And Here's What Happens When a White Guy Walks the Streets of NYC for 10 Hours Bro culture looks out for its own

If you haven't seen the video of the woman walking down the street getting harassed by gawking dudes in New York City, you should probably check it out. It's truly a despicable display of shameful behavior.

And while it might seem insensitive to parody such a sincere project, the folks at Funny or Die found a commendable balance with their satire showing us what it's like to be a man walking the streets of New York. The results are truly harrowing—but you might not be surprised at all by the way such men are treated. 

As a man who lives and works in the city, I can attest to being treated like this on a daily basis. Take a look.

 

October 30, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

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