Unilever Accused Of Campaign For Real Hypocrisy

Thanks to HighJive for spotting this LA Times article spotlighting Unilever, the makers of Dove, Axe, and Fair & Lovely skin whitening products: A consumer group accused Unilever of hypocrisy Tuesday for running conflicting advertising campaigns — one for Dove that praises women and their natural beauty and one for Axe that the group said […]

SpongeBob LeadPants

Good lord…it’s become a daily occurance, the recalling of something made in China. Now, it’s SpongeBob SquarePants address books that are being recalled: An Ohio importer recalled nearly 250,000 SpongeBob Square-Pants address books and journals made in China because the bindings might contain hazardous levels of lead paint, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday. […]

Selling It Over There So We Don’t Have To Sell It Over Here

Seems that American brands have also invaded Iraq. From USA Today: Many Iraqis are developing a taste for American-brand products, which were banned under Saddam Hussein and are becoming increasingly popular. Rice, salt and canned goods are among the most popular American products at the Al-Ameer market, owner Mohammad Abbas said. “American items have a […]

We’re Huge In Sweden

So I made my debut on Swedish National Radio today, on the show Medierna talking about the 2 Unilever ads that have quite different messages. If you’re curious, click here to listen or download the June 30th show. It’s a 30 minute show, and I appear somewhere around 26 minutes into it. But except for […]

AdPulp Fans In Sweden: Tune In On Saturday

It’s definitely not every day that I get a call from a reporter for Swedish national radio, but the other day, I did. In response to the Dove/Fair And Lovely comparison I wrote about, I was interviewed by Sara Heyman, a reporter for Sveriges Radio, Radio Sweden. I discussed the two ads and the fact […]

Skin Whitening Ad Makes My Skin Crawl

Okay, for decades women all over the world have been guilt-tripped by advertising into changing their looks. But, wow, seeing this spot is just…well…take a look: It’s just so…blatant. I’m guessing the Cannes judges fawning over the Dove “Evolution” spot won’t be talking about the cultural impact of this one. [UPDATE] I didn’t know this: […]

Love, Austin

Danny G. asked me earlier today if I’m too hung over to post. He asks because I’m in Austin for SXSW and I haven’t been blogging about it on this site. I have made a few posts at BFG Blog about my experience, and I made one at Leftover Cheese about the film “Silver Jew.” […]

Dude, Your Bike Is Sceamin’

The iPod is spawning a whole industry of complimentary devices—even Nike has joined the action with their Nike+iPod Sports Kit for runners. Now, a New Jersey man is marketing his own invention that turns one’s bicycle into a portable stereo. According to Asbury Park Press: Just over a year ago, while riding his bicycle with […]

If It Were Only True

Strange New Products helped introduce hangover helper, Security Feel Better, last fall. According to their report, SFB has a distinctive pear flavor, and comes in a 30ml bottle, small enough to carry in a coat pocket, handbag, or glove compartment. The manufacturer, PPN SA, says that after drinking a full 30ml bottle, consumers can expect […]

Is Calling It “Coke Blak” Supposed To Make It Seem Kewl?

From Reuters: Coca-Cola Co. the world’s No. 1 soft drink company, on Wednesday said it will launch a coffee-infused soft drink called Coca-Cola Blak in various markets around the world in 2006. A Coke spokesperson said Coca-Cola Blak will be a mid-calorie drink, similar to Coca-Cola C2, which was launched in April 2004 and contains […]