Controversy

Santa Abducts and Tortures a Single Mother in 2016’s Weirdest Christmas Ad

A bizarre Christmas commercial from Russia is under fire for showing Santa Claus trying to teach a single mother a lesson in being a better parent—by abducting her and dragging her through the wilderness by a rope and eventually pulling a knife on her. And the ad's creators seem baffled that anyone could have a problem with it.  The spot, for Credit Bank of Moscow, was created by ad agency 3Sba. It is beautifully shot, which makes it even weirder—clearly no expense was spared in producing the film, yet how no one raised a red flag during its creation is baffling. 

Zales Jewelers Gets Heat for Putting a Lesbian Couple in Its Holiday Ad

A new ad from Zales Jewelers is just what you'd expect of a jewelry brand at the outset of the holiday season—30 seconds of beautiful couples, sparkly rings, heartfelt music and emotional voiceover. But its inclusion of one same-sex couple has some people up in arms. More and more brands have been supporting the LGBTQ community, particularly since 2015's Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling. Jewelers, in particular, have generally embraced the community—it's a good market for selling rings, after all.

This Playboy Model Had the Best Response After Her ‘Vulgar’ Lingerie Ad Was Banned

An ad for Playboy lingerie from Australian retailer Bras N Things has been deemed by the country's ad watchdog to be too risqué to be shown on digital billboards. But the model in the spot has some choice words for critics who called the ad "vulgar" and likened it to "amateur porn." 

Despite Backlash, Calvin Klein Keeps Its Racy New Ads Online

Calvin Klein surely knew its new ad campaign would ruffle some feathers, which is probably why it's choosing to weather the storm of online outrage rather than back down on its new creative.

Lands’ End Apologizes for Having an Interview With Gloria Steinem in Its Spring Catalog

Lands' End had been on a mission to shake its milquetoast reputation, but its latest effort might have just backfired—big-time—as the fashion house, known for its rather bland staples, issued an apology for featuring famed feminist Gloria Steinem in its spring catalog. 

Thai Brand Apologizes for Blackface Ad That Said ‘You Just Need to Be White to Win’

A Thai company has apologized for producing an ad for a skin-whitening product that featured a woman in blackface and suggested people with dark skin are losers.

Meet the British Brand That Gleefully Hates ‘Fatties’ and Their Sympathizers

Not everyone thinks having a so-called beach body means being a svelte, bikini-clad model. Now, British people are creatively reminding one advertiser of that.

Chicago Ad Fed Likens Creative Skill to Penis Size, Angering Those Without a Penis

It's not just dudes in the Chicago ad scene. But promos for the city's American Advertising Awards show, happening next Wednesday, certainly seem to think everyone has a penis.

Urban Outfitters Just Hit a New Low by Selling Bloody Kent State Sweatshirt

Filed under: The most WTF thing we've seen in months.

Is Apple’s ‘Perspective’ Film a Bit Too Much Like OK Go’s Recent Viral Video?

Does the three-minute "Perspective" film that kicked off Apple's product event on Tuesday borrow ideas from a popular music video by OK Go?