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Topic: Controversy

Despite Backlash, Calvin Klein Keeps Its Racy New Ads Online

Brand is staying silent and deleting nothing (nsfw)

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…

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

Brand's pro-life customers weren't happy

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…

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

Skin-whitening spot is pulled

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. The company, Seoul Secret,…

Meet the British Brand That Gleefully Hates 'Fatties' and Their Sympathizers

And flames those who object to its ads

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. U.K. fitness brand Protein World has been…

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

Group defends awards promo

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. "Who measured…

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

One-off product pops up on eBay

Filed under: The most WTF thing we've seen in months. Urban Outfitters, purveyor of clothing and home goods, big-ass floppy hats and occasionally offensive T-shirts, has outdone itself with this product…

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

Band says it even pitched the company on the general idea

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? The band seems to think so and…

Anthropologie Learns a Lesson in How Not to Treat Breastfeeding Moms

Cautionary tale from Beverly Hills

It's World Breastfeeding Month, but Anthropologie doesn't want to see your boobs. Ingrid Wiese Hesson claims she was unceremoniously escorted off an Anthropologie sales floor and into a stock-room bathroom for…

Levi's Banned Some Music Fans From Free Show for Not Wearing Its Jeans

Reasonable or self-defeating?

Levi's has landed itself in a little hot water, after shutting music fans out of a free concert for failing to wear the brand's clothes to the show. Last week, two…

Unwitting Star of Burger King's 'Blow Job Ad' Finally Lashes Out at the Company

Likens treatment of her image to rape

UPDATE: BK has responded to this story. Scroll down for more. Five years after a famously suggestive Burger King ad ran in Singapore, the woman who appeared in it—without her permission,…

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