Friday Morning Stir

By Erik Oster 

-Leo Burnett and MSL Group created this domestic violence awareness PSA for Allstate’s Purple Purse foundation (video above).

-The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the backlash over Publicis’ awards hiatus.

-WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell is also critical of the decision.

-Publicis CEO Arthur Saduoun, meanwhile, continued to defend it.

-Cannes Lions is creating an advisory committee to “help shape the future of the festival.”

-VML Chicago executive creative director Sean Burns created a gay riff on the Wisconsin state flag for the ACLU of Wisconsin and the state’s pride parade.

-Burger King CMO Axl Schwan said clients shouldn’t treat agencies like “vending machines.”

-University of Illinois researchers analyzed 78 previous studies and their finding “debunks advertising’s oldest myth, that sex sells.”

-An Ohio man is facing charges for stealing over 500 signs. But were they ads?