These Australian Tampon Commercials Are Batshit and Delightful

Feminine hygiene brand Carefree is taking a new approach to marketing towards the Australian consumer. New ads by DDB Sydney feature hosts by the name of Fanny Glitterwinkle, Harmony Freebush and Stefan Van Der Blöed. The commercials are funny, weird and — surprisingly — actually use the word "vagina." » 8/25/14 12:35pm 8/25/14 12:35pm

The Awful Swagger Dads of Advertising Need to Get Got

It's been well documented (if not well researched): At some point in the 1990s, Ad Dads very suddenly became moronic punchlines. I don't know who was more responsible for this—ad agencies or brands or Homer Simpson—but the tipping point was reached quickly. It was an anti-Mad Men ad movement. It was anti-creative. And… » 8/22/14 11:20am 8/22/14 11:20am

TV Shows Are Now Blatantly Ads For Crap You Don't Need

These days, we are constantly being sold products and experiences but now, companies are getting more trixsy. Instead of just airing a commercial selling a trip to Las Vegas, the city’s Convention & Visitors Authority is collaborating with shows like Logo’s RuPaul’s Drag Race, drawing in fans of the program and… » 8/12/14 6:40pm 8/12/14 6:40pm

Fashion Insiders Sad Their Pseudo-Controversial Ads Are Boring Us All

Unfortunately, it seems that outrage provoked by fashion advertisements is a finite resource that's all but vanished, leaving behind nothing but a Pinterest board filled with overexposed photographs of handbags and the dried-up husk of an Abercrombie catalog from 1998. How the world suffers now. » 7/28/14 5:50pm 7/28/14 5:50pm

Katy Perry's New Perfume Ad Is a Socio-Political Nightmare

Katy Perry is the undeniable queen of glitzy glammy things that miss the mark. Whether it's sporting a ridiculous grill in an Ancient Egypt-themed music video or giving a performance in a smorgasbord of pan-Asian imagery (a visual P.F. Chang's), or having her backup dancers wear bodysuits that resemble a caricature » 7/11/14 1:00pm 7/11/14 1:00pm

Period-Obsessed Tween Opens a New Chapter in Great Menstrual Marketing

The team behind HelloFlo has followed up last summer's blockbuster commercial hit with a new ad for their period starter kits. This tween is so Judy Blume-ready to get her period that she fakes it with nail polish on a pad, prompting her mother to throw her a First Moon Party as "punishment." I wish these parties were… » 6/18/14 3:00pm 6/18/14 3:00pm