Posts Tagged ‘soap’

Carl’s Jr. Miss Turkey vs. Axe Shower Gel

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

sjbooher: Here I present two classic, “women as object” ads. The question at hand: which is better, the blatant, simple, give it to me straight version (Carl’s Jr.), or the hide-it-behind-comedy-and-creativity version (Soap dance). I say Carl’s Jr. I respect a person’s attitude/opinion/etc. more if they do not hide behind some illusion and try to dress it up to be something it is not. Both get C-, if only because this brand of ads probably works to some degree, or it would not be so prevalent. At least I hope this brand of advertising is not both tasteless AND ineffective.

jtherkal: No contest for me. I think if you check waaay back on this blog, maybe you’ll find me giving an A+ to the Paris Hilton Car Wash ad for the same burger chain. I’m a fan of Carl’s Jr.’s blatant attempt to combine my meat with a piece of meat. Sometimes I don’t like self-aware advertising, but I think the gimmick and writing here are clever enough. Ms. Turkey! And on her bathing suit…little Turkey Burgers. And that’s just the way it is. Great. A-.

As for the Axe one, there have been a lot of ads done in this category that are virtually the same. This is evidence that either it’s getting hard to do really good ones, or someone is getting lazy. I don’t really like the music, I’m not buying that part of the guy’s washing routine is the exact same motion as untying a bikini, and I’m left wanting my implied nudity when the girls don’t finish the ritual. Still, those girls are hot. I’m buying some Axe. B-. For babes minus bikinis.

Dove Men Care — Bobby Hurley

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

sjbooher: ARE. YOU. KIDDING. ME. What’s next Jeffrey Dahmer for Heinz ketchup? Osama Bin Laden for Water Babies suntan lotion? How about throwing Kim Jon-Il in the adidas “All In” campaign? Look, I am a Michigan alum and a Carolina fan since a young kid, so I know I’m biased. But the Duke basketball team is one of the most hated, if not the most hated, team in college athletics! And they are personified most by either Hurley or Christian Laettner! And THAT is whom you pick as your spokesperson? Good thinking. I’m guessing a lot of people felt the same way, because by Duke’s second tourney game this weekend they had switched this spot out for one featuring Magic Johnson. Amazing. What are you doing? F.

jtherkal: I didn’t dislike this ad when I first saw it. Probably because I didn’t remember it. And I didn’t remember it because I didn’t notice it. So that’s not a good start. However, if the tag line is “comfortable in your own skin” it makes perfect sense. Bobby doesn’t care that you don’t like him or that you hate Duke. He’s comfortable being that guy. Bobby knows, haters gonna hate. But that doesn’t mean he can’t use soap. That being said, this felt cheap. Like some college kid made it with iMovie. Maybe Bobby was the only person those college kids could get. D+.

sjbooher: I hope Dove is comfortable in it’s “selling less product” skin.

#2.11 — Dove — For Men

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

jtherkal: Few problems with this one. First, get a professional to make this song sound not like shit! And second, you can’t follow up a song about being a stereotypical man by trying to sell DOVE soap. Anyone who buys into that anthem knows Dove is for girls with soft skin. Maybe if you renamed it HAWK! And do you need to show a hunk lathering up in the shower for us to understand it’s soap? Any stereotypical man (apparently the audience here) knows that you should get homophobic feelings when you watch another man shower. C-.

sjbooher: That song is terrible. Also, at first he has three boys… and then some of his kids are little girls? Unless he’s holding Michael Jackson-style sleepovers? F.

#5 Creativity’s Most Viewed–Dove, Onslaught: B-

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

The beauty industry telling mothers to talk to their daughters before the beauty industry does. Wait, so you’re telling us to talk to them before you do? Aren’t you talking to them as we speak, pumping out commercial after commercial? Your attempt to clear your conscience is to warn us that you’re bombarding our children with unhealthy advertising? Come on. The message seems really hypocritical coming from Unilever; the same company that owns SlimFast, Pond’s, Axe and Lynx. Are you kidding me? Lynx!?

(and this is a nice one from Axe Mexico)

After thinking about it, I don’t like the ad’s message either. Seems to me the beauty industry is the only one looking out for the future of our young women, trying to help them become sexy, beautiful, successful ladies–instead of fat, pimpled disgusting slobs. I don’t know about you, but I’ll take a slightly anorexic bitch over an obese hairy cow. Thank you beauty industry.