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Topic: Africa

Hugely Popular Viral Video About Uganda Has Its Critics, Too

Activist's film is accused of oversimplifying conflict

An emotionally touching short film about Ugandan violence has become a viral sensation for the nonprofit Invisible Children, racking up a combined 15 million views on Vimeo and YouTube in…

South Africa's Ban of Anti-Atheist Ad Is Truly Brainless

One complaint dooms billboard

I normally wouldn't side with a church that's using ads to mock unbelievers, but it's hard to understand why the billboard above was banned in South Africa. One complaint—one!—was all…

Nando's Ad With Mugabe, Dead Dictators Pulled in Zimbabwe

Chain cites threat to workers there

Zimbabwean strongman funnyman Robert Mugabe cavorts with other reviled world leaders—Mao, Saddam, Gaddafi, Idi Amin, P.W. Botha—in this amusing spot from the Nando's fast-food chain in South Africa. The commercial…

Axe's Fallen Angels Banned in South Africa

After offending one guy

It's been nine months since we wrote about the Lynx/Axe body spray ad in which horny angels fall from heaven, but it's apparently taken that long for South African regulators…

Virgin Mobile's Boob-Flashing Spot Gets Covered Up

Actresses are in their 20s but look younger

Check out this dreck—a Virgin Mobile commercial from South Africa that was just banned for appearing to sexualize young girls. The ad shows four girls flashing their breasts at a…

South African Chain Chides Singer for Flubbing Anthem

Quick response creates PR coup for Nando's

In an unfortunate incident, South African singer Ard Matthews forgot the words to his own national anthem during this week's announcement of the country's Rugby World Cup Squad. To understand…

Ad of the Day: KFC

Is the chicken chain overreaching by trying to be too artful?

It's still a long way from fine dining, but KFC suddenly seems interested in providing an aesthetic experience. At least, in its advertising. At least, overseas. Last month, we took…

The Spot: Ghost Story

A financial company's ad offers a haunting vision of life's regrets and a plan to avoid them

GENESIS: Alexander Forbes, a South African company in the cold, impersonal business of financial planning, wanted to connect emotionally with viewers and impart the warmer message that it can make…

Cadbury's Dancing Monks Are a Total Embarrassment

Cadbury's Glass and a Half Full Productions comes up empty with this visually lush but oddly soulless 90-second spot filmed in China by Ogilvy Johannesburg. It features a monastery of…

Axe Embellishes Your Relationship Status on Facebook

Axe has come up with a mildly amusing Facebook app for young men that generates a fake relationship-status update to make it appear as though the user is involved with…

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