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Comic Icon Archie Will Die Taking a Bullet for a Gay Politician Small-town everyman becomes a media martyr

Archie Andrews, the iconic American comic book character introduced 73 years ago, will die this month when he takes a bullet meant for an openly gay U.S. Senator who supports…

July 15, 2014, 9:39 AM EDT

Brilliant Ad Protesting the Redskins Nickname Airs During the NBA Finals Evocative, soulful, unsparing

Miami stumbled in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, but a Native American tribe turned up the heat. The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation of California ran a 60-second spot protesting…

June 11, 2014, 8:48 AM EDT

Ogilvy Apologizes for Shooting Malala Yousafzai in Mattress Ad Work from India is shockingly crass

Someone at Ogilvy India thought it would be a good idea to depict Malala Yousafzai being shot by the Taliban to sell Kurl-On mattresses. Clearly it wasn't. Ogilvy has now officially…

May 16, 2014, 8:59 AM EDT

Trained Dancers Are Completely Appalled by This Ballet Ad for Free People Clothing 'This is genuinely offensive'

Imagine a Gatorade ad where a kicker misses every field goal, or a Nike spot where a runner trips over hurdles. It would be a little bizarre. Something similar, though perhaps…

May 15, 2014, 8:18 AM EDT

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

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