Sigh… Crappy Way To Start A Day

I opened my copy of the Wall Street Journal this morning to find this along with an article discussing the worldwide issue of antisemitism:

(credit: Wall Street Journal)

Depressing, but sadly, not surprising. These are the results of an in-depth study (over 53,000 people across over 100 countries in 96 different languages) by the Anti-Defamation League. Silver lining? Only 9% of those polled in the United States are still antisemitic, down from 29% based on the first such study that took place in 1964 (Laos is the least antisemitic country at only 0.2%).

Antisemitism doesn’t surprise me.  It’s been around forever and there will always be people filled with hate.  What did surprise (and thoroughly depress) me was the fact that only 48% of those polled under the age of 35 were even aware that the Holocaust happened. Seriously, what the fuck are the schools teaching?

If you have a WSJ account, check out the article here.  Or, check out the full results of the study at the ADL Global 100 site (numbers to be released at 8:30AM MST).

Posted in Jew.

Today in Badvertising: Norelco Brings Visions of the Buffalo Bill Tuck Dance

I was watching TV the other night and saw this abortion of a commercial:

As the Delta Bravo in this ad closes with the line “I’d Fuck Me” (blurred out muted out of course), all I can think of is Buffalo Bill putting on lipstick, looking in the mirror and saying “I’d Fuck Me” while the girl in the pit desperately tries to escape (skip to about 1:40 if you don’t want to watch the whole scene).

Making customers remember one of the most disturbing scenes in moviemaking history. Good work Norelco. Very slow clap worthy.

Oh, and thanks for including the waffled out picture of the dude shaving his junk on your promo site. Nothing makes me want to buy an electric razor more than when I see a blurred out twig and berries with the following selling point:

“We’d never put your junk in harm’s way. Quite the opposite in fact, the grooming attachment will safely help your junkyard look more like the family jewels they were born to be by doing some house cleaning on those short & curlies.”

Unoriginal, Uninspired, Unwatchable.

Posted in Advertising.

FirstBank Skewers Glassholes

I love FirstBank. They’re local, they have a sense of humor and their humor is typically pretty topical. Their latest spot is entitled “Get Back to the Real World”:

Is it the best commercial ever made? No, but it’s still pretty damn awesome, especially for a smaller, regional bank.  The company has a history of using humor in their ads with mostly good results.

That said, it’s hard for me to judge since:

  • I’m a huge fan of the company
  • I pretty much always show favoritism to local companies and agencies
  • The ad makes fun of glassholes which makes it pretty much impossible for me not to love it

Advertising Agency: TDA_Boulder, Boulder, USA
Company: FirstBank Holding Company

Posted in Advertising.