Another day, another allegedly racist ad
. This time it’s from Nivea and features a freshly shaved head on the chopping block. Although the “Look Like You Give a Damn” campaign has other ads—including one with a Caucasian male
in a similar pose—some observers are saying that one featuring an African-American and the tagline “Re-Civilize Yourself” take things too far. What do you think?
According to Advertising Age
, rather than debate the ad in question, Nivea took to its Facebook page to apologize for the "inappropriate and offensive
" ad, which the company has since pulled.
What’s up with the men’s grooming industry today? The Abercrombie
PR stunt situation
aside, some brands are still banking on the “Jersey Shore” cast as profitable spokespeople. Case in point: Phillips Norelco’s new endorsement deal
with fist-pumper Vinny Guadagnino.
Congrats, Piers Morgan. You’re now a real host. The “Larry King Live” replacement got his first walk-off
during an interview with none other than Tea Partier Christine O’Donnell. Was she offended he offered her coffee? See why below.
In less entertaining news about an entertainer: One of our favorite TV hosts, David Letterman, is at the center of a jihadist death threat
after the comedian cracked a joke about an al Qaeda leader killed in Pakistan.
In other not-so-entertaining news (despite its name): Supercookies. Yeah, I had the same reaction. Too bad it’s not an awesome new Tollhouse creation. Instead, they’re cookies of the Web-tracking variety baked up by some major sites, such as MSN.com and Hulu. Visitors to the sites, not pieces of cookie dough, are the ones getting burned in this scenario. (via The Wall Street Journal
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In all our escapades through its mock living-room setups and in-store kitchens, never once did we question the origins of the name IKEA. Here’s something
for those who have. (via AgencySpy
Social media moguls by day, cover boys by night. From Quora to Foursquare, see how Details
magazine transformed some of Silicon Valley’s most digitally diligent into dapper male models
for its September issue—all with the help of Ashton Kutcher.
And finally, I’m leaving this one to you, America—well, you and my brother. It appears our economy could use another baby boom