Adolf Hitler AIDS Commercial and Other Controversial Ads. Here’s a commercial which is sure to generate controversy; it seeks to warn people of AIDS by comparing the disease to Adolf Hitler. The point being that AIDS, like Hitler, is a mass murderer.
Understandably, some AIDS activists are not impressed. Says a spokesperson for a British organization: “Of course there are many HIV organisations that run their own campaigns, however I think the advert is incredibly stigmatising to people living with HIV who already face much stigma and discrimination due to ignorance about the virus,” a spokeswoman for the National AIDS Trust, which co-ordinates World Aids Day in Britain, said.”
The spokesperson adds: “On top of this it fails to provide any kind of actual prevention message (e.g. use a condom) and may deter people to come forward for testing. The advert is also inaccurate because in the UK thanks to treatment HIV is a manageable condition that does not necessary lead to AIDS.”
Skin Whitening Cream for Men: Good or Bad? We human beings really are an unsatisfied lot, aren’t we? Big girls want to reduce their weight or height. Small girls wish they are bigger or taller. Guys with small Ds want to have big ones. White guys want to go dark. Dark guys want to go whiter. And the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.
Here’s a CNN report about a very recent controversy unleashed by a commercial promoting skin whitening cream for men. From CNN: “Cosmetic advertisements in Asia are targeting men with blunt campaigns aimed at skin color that one lawmaker labels racist.”
Air New Zealand Body Painting Ad – Video Commercial. Air New Zealand flight crew star in this very interesting commercial. They got no clothes on. All they have is body paint. An air crew wearing nothing should be weird and yucky but this actually comes across as, well how should we describe it, kinda classy. You gotta give props to Air New Zealand for pushing the creative boundaries. The company also got in the news recently for its body billboard ads.
Update: Sorry, video disabled at source.
Air New Zealand’s Body Billboard (20 March 2009). CNN reports on an advertisement campaign by Air New Zealand which uses human bodies as billboards for ads. We’re not sure yet what to think of it. On the one hand, we think its very interesting but on the other hand we can’t get over the fact that this normalizes the use of the human body as a commodity. Next thing you know we’ll have company logos stamped on peoples forehead. Do we really want that to happen? We think we’ll go crazy when we ride our daily commuter train and all we see are passengers with ads on their foreheads.