Grace Jones was muse and lover to Jean-Paul Goude, when they made this advert together for the Citroën CX, in 1985. For some reason it was banned in “various countries around the world”, and I’ve yet to find out why? (Answers please…) It’s a classic, iconic ad, that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and once may have even tempted a non-driver like me to consider taking-up driving lessons. Well kinda.
Yes, you read that correctly. Maybe there should have been a few question marks in that statement, but there aren’t. It’s an advert for (ironically enough) a new type of condom by the company SKYN, which appears to promote unsafe sex, and definitely promotes a distaste for condoms.
Way to go, guys!
This advert is currently to be seen on a forty foot-high billboard on Manchester’s Canal St, right in the heart of the city’s gay village. Grahame Robertson, the photo’s uploader says:
The ‘Love Sex Hate Condoms’ message - in 6 foot high letters - is irresponsible and disrespectful to a community that has been at the forefront of promoting condom use for over 25 years.
SKYN condoms, who are made by the Mates brand, need to seriously rethink their advertising strategy. This advert will be looming large (literally) over Manchester’s Gay Pride festival, which kicks off in less than two weeks, and it is simply insulting.
If you wish to complain, you can find SKYN on Facebook here.
The war against advertising has recently taken an interesting turn, with 26 artists from 8 countries, traveling across the UK for 5 days, subverting billboard advertising.
Called Brandalism, or “Taking the piss with a point”, it is a clever mix of vandalism, graffiti and art, and is a direct attack on the corporate branding which has become such a blight on our landscape.
‘Following on from the guerilla art traditions of the 20th Century and taking inspiration from the Dadaists, Situationists and Street Art movements, the Brandalism project will see the largest reclamation of outdoor advertising space in UK history as artists challenge the authority and legitimacy of the advertising industry. We are tired of being shouted at by adverts on every street corner so we decided to get together with some friends from around the world and start to take them back, one billboard at a time…....’
Brandalist work includes a reworked Manchester United soccer player, Wayne Rooney lifting the rewards of looting; health warnings placed on car adverts; knife crime underlining trainer wars; campaigns against the London Olympics reclamation of land. These are powerful and thought-provoking works that engage directly with their audience, which seek “to confront the ad industry and take back our visual landscapes.” Below is a selection of some of the artists’ work taken from the Brandalism site. I say, more power to them.
For the upscale brown bagger, wine-o who has everything, or hipster desperate to burnish his street cred without sacrificing the convenience of a cool sip of Sauvignon Blanc.
Wine’O may look like a run-of-the-mill paper bag, but it¬s really super-strong non-woven fabric that¬s quilted and insulated to keep the chill in your chardonnay. Naturally, it’s reusable - so anytime you need to tote a bottle, it’s in the bag.”
Fred and Friends will be selling these soon in case you want to pick one up for that special grapehead in your life.
Toxic marshmallow man Glenn Beck rants and raves at his low IQ viewers and then once he’s gotten them good and mad about what a Communist (possibly Muslim) BAD, BAD, VERY VERY BAD MAN Chief Justice John Roberts really is, he offers to sell them a “COWARD” tee-shit for a mere $30!
The “TRAITOR” design is sure to follow.
Controversy sells, of course, but this is probably the single best use of inciting-rage- in-thick-people-as-a-marketing-tactic as I think I have ever seen! Get an idiot worked up into a lather, then go in for the close.
Motherfucker is slick, Rick!
Damn he’s good!
I’m starting to think that I have underestimated Glenn Beck over the years. It must be really galling for Alex Jones to see Beck bite his act so blatantly and then rake in the millions (Beck made over $80 million in 2011 alone) selling shit like this to pea-brained old farts!
This Troy, Michigan civic brouhaha happened last November—I confess it was news to me—but it’s currently getting a second go ‘round via reddit/r/politics and Redditor ClydeStuff.
Absolutely worth watching, this “reverse psychology” propaganda tactic is GENIUS and could be successfully adapted to a number of different situations in other parts of this country, as you will see:
The city of Troy, Michigan was facing a budget shortfall, and was considering closing the Troy Public Library for lack of funds. Even though the necessary revenues could be raised through a miniscule tax increase, powerful anti-tax groups in the area were organized against it. A vote was scheduled amongst the city’s residents, to shut the library or accept the tax increase, and Leo Burnett Detroit decided to support the library by creating a reverse psychology campaign. Yard signs began appearing that read: “Vote to Close Troy Library on August 2nd - Book Burning Party on August 5th.” No one wants to be a part of a town that burns books, and the outraged citizens of Troy pushed back against the “idiotic book burners” and ultimately supported the tax increase, thus ensuring the library’s survival.
As someone who has toiled in the trenches of advertising and marketing myself, I genuflect to whoever thought this up. This is the kind of thing that can really cheer you up when you’re feeling down about living in an Idiocracy.
The creatives on this Swiftian tour de fource should be snapped up by the Democrats now and given extremely high-paying consultant gigs. And the Democrats should unleash them and fund them to do whatever it takes to deploy this stunt nationally and stay the fuck out of their way.
BRAVO! Standing ovation!
Troy, Michigan’s controversial mayor is Tea party favorite, Janice Daniels. You may dimly remember her as the dipshit who made national news last summer when an unintelligent, unfunny comment she made about gay marriage in New York on Facebook came back to haunt her. Then a few months after that she said she wanted an expert to testify that homosexuality is a mental illness at an anti-bullying educational forum for high school kids!
Last week, reacting to news of the recall vote being called, Daniels, doubled down on the stupid by musing aloud that she felt homosexuality might be “dangerous”—like cigarettes!
Ignorance and ideology is a nasty combination.
Of course as soon as she is recalled, Fox News will probably race to sign-up Janice Daniels as a commentator on gay and lesbian issues! I mean hey, wouldn’t she be the perfect spokesperson for all those dimwitted Christian Americans who have had their First Amendment rights stomped on by TEH GAY AGENDA?!?!?
In 1976 Stevie Wonder’s record company came up with a pretty hip way to promote his new album Songs In The Key Of Life. They outfitted a bus in Sydney, Australia with a sound system and played the album to the delight (and in some cases, consternation) of the bus passengers. They called it the “Wonderbus.”