Every weekday, PR Daily associate editor Alan Pearcy highlights the day’s most compelling stories and amusing marginalia on the Web in this, #TheDailySpin.
Despite its reputation as a forum for nymphomaniacs and con artists, I’m not averse to browsing the occasional Craigslist thread for an extra ticket to a concert or sporting event. However, in all my pursuits of passes to
Disney on Ice
Lollapalooza, I’ve never come across a classified quite like this …
According to Deadspin
, a guy, who was dumped by his girlfriend recently, is looking for a “hot” Ravens fan replacement to accompany him to this year’s Super Bowl (all expenses paid). Of course, it’s in exchange for sexual favors. This is Craigslist, after all. And it gets worse: The “lucky” lady must hang out with his aunt and uncle, too.
Craigslist is also included in Silicon Valley Business Journal
‘s rundown of average ticket pricings for the Ravens/49ers matchup from various online providers.
If the New York Post
is correct, I predict we’re about to see an excess of
Craigslist posts in search of chicken wings on Super Bowl Sunday. With less than two weeks before the big game, the National Chicken Council reports that demand for wings this year is at “an all-time high” due to decreased wing production brought on by high corn and feed prices.
Doritos, on the other hand, is certain to be as present as it’s ever been in the recent past. Returning with the brand’s popular “Crash the Super Bowl” campaign, Advertising Age
explains why the viewers haven’t soured on the user-generated commercials.
Unfortunately, the same can’t be said of a new commercial for IKEA Thailand. According to the International Business Times
, the transgender-themed spot has incited outrage from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Questioning (LGBTQ) community as well as activists who feel the ad is both a “negative and stereotypical” depiction of the transgender population and "a gross violation of human rights.”
Conversely, Italian clothing retailer and controversial advertiser Benetton has debuted a new campaign featuring Brazilian transgender model Lea T
that we can presume will find favor with LGBTQ supporters.
“Cats To Go,” a New Zealand campaign started by Gareth Morgan that’s sure to find favor with man’s best friend, has one simple goal: rid the country of all its pestering felines to protect the nation's unique native birds. ABC News has the full story
Perhaps equally as peculiar, Boing Boing
reports that a grassroots legislative campaign in Finland, where a recent change to its constitution allows the public to put any proposal up for a parliamentary vote by garnering 50,000 or more signatures, looks to reform the country’s copyright law.
Meanwhile, TNT is up to old tricks with a sequel
to the second most-shared ad ever
. However, rather than ambushing a village square with “choreographed chaos” in Belgium, this time the network has traveled—antics in tow—to Holland:
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Continuing to globetrot, we now venture to Istanbul, where Turkish communities are irate over a LEGO “Star Wars” set of Jabba the Hutt’s palace that they claim is modeled after its Hagai Sophia mosque. According to the Daily Mail
, Muslims are calling from an apology from the toy manufacturer for cultural insensitivity.
While not necessary an apology, Subway has finally responded to critics that the chain is shorting its customers on the length of its footlong subs
. The company said in a statement
that it has “redoubled” efforts to ensure consistency and correct length in every sandwich.
Billboard hopes it was correct in the direction it took its new logo
. Created by well-known graphic artist Michael Bierut, along with the brand’s own design team, the updated masthead is part of a larger redesign of the company’s namesake magazine and charts, as well as both marketing and digital platforms.
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