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Anna Wintour Defends 'Kimye' Vogue Cover Social media backlash, lampoonery dogs mag

Anna Wintour today defended her decision to put Kanye West and Kim Kardashian on the latest Vogue cover, following backlash from readers and reports West had begged for the honor for…

March 24, 2014, 3:41 PM EDT

Is This Obscure European Sock Company the World's Worst Advertiser? Ads have incest, nudity, profanity, euthanasia

There's dark humor, and then there's morbid humor. And then there are these French-made ads for Burlington socks, which likely don't qualify as any sort of humor whatsoever.  The brand's newest…

March 13, 2014, 12:29 PM EDT

D.C. Metro Ad Says Women Care More About Shoes Than Train Reliability Campaign touting progress takes big step backward

The D.C. Metro's newest ad campaign, dubbed "Metro Forward," took a giant step backward recently with a sexist print ad that suggests women would rather talk about shoes than public…

December 4, 2013, 8:57 AM EST

GoldieBlox Deletes Beastie Boys Song but Not Without a Few Choice Words for the Band Saga ends on non-apology

GoldieBlox went from hero to zero in one short week, putting our ad-loving hearts through a roller coaster of emotions. Now, it's belatedly making amends by removing its parody of…

November 27, 2013, 10:19 AM EST

Beastie Boys, GoldieBlox Fight Over 'Girls.' Is It Copyright Infringement or Fair Use? Rain on the parade

UPDATE 2: The Beastie Boys released this statement Monday:     Like many of the millions of people who have seen your toy commercial "GoldieBlox, Rube Goldberg & the Beastie Boys," we…

November 24, 2013, 9:15 PM EST

Chess Players Finally Get Their Faces on a Billboard, and There's an Uproar Webster athletes whine

It seems chess players, even grandmasters, just can't win. Witness the ridiculous scene down in Missouri, where Webster University put up an amusing billboard on I-70 featuring two members of its…

November 11, 2013, 10:25 AM EST

Kmart Is Getting Stuffed for Opening on Thanksgiving Morning, and Its Tweets Aren't Helping 150 canned replies

Kmart really, really wants you to know that it plans to staff its stores on Thanksgiving with seasonal employees who want to make some extra money this holiday. How do…

November 6, 2013, 11:42 AM EST

Barilla Plans More 'Inclusive' Ads Following Chairman's Anti-Gay Comments Backlash 'helped open our eyes and ears'

Better late than never? Six weeks after its chairman's anti-gay comments provoked consumer backlash worldwide, Italian pasta maker Barilla says it is taking steps to show it has learned from the…

November 5, 2013, 7:27 AM EST

'We Love You Long Time' Billboard Doesn't Get Much Love for Very Long Radio station's ad gets taken down

Portland, Ore., talk radio station KXL-FM had to take down its "We love you long time" billboard—placed in Chinatown, no less—after complaints that it played on racist stereotypes about Asian…

October 29, 2013, 1:27 PM EDT

Austin Bar Makes Amends After Putting Out the Year's Worst Sidewalk Sign Employee fired, cash raised

There are awesome chalkboard sidewalk signs, and there are less awesome chalkboard sidewalk signs. Minibar, a bar in Austin, Texas, recently put out a less awesome chalkboard sidewalk sign—and then…

October 10, 2013, 10:13 AM EDT