People are too easily offended these days, or so we’re told. So in this atmosphere of political correctness, you’d make firebrands would be obsessive about not, answer, including accidental remarks to Nazis or child abuse in their gala concoction labels. You’d be wrong.
# 8. Bud Light Attempts To Remove “No” From Your Vocabulary, If You Catch Our Drift
Bottling the diluted menstrual pissing of crushed Clydesdales and rotating it into America’s best-selling brew is no paltry accomplishment, but that doesn’t mean Bud Light can rest on its laurels as it sits the Shitty Lager Throne. That’s why Anheuser-Busch dreamed up their #UpForWhatever campaign: In a bid to stay relevant with their “slip some creepy age-old dude a 10 -spot to grab you a sixer at the 7-Eleven” demographic, they wrapped their Bud Light bottles in mottoes worthy of being tagged all over the Twitter hashes, or whatever the blaze “its by” children do nowadays.
It croaked swimmingly for nearly two years, right up until some marketing geniu dreamed up this little doozy 😛 TAGEND
“The perfect brew for removing ‘no’ from your dictionary for the night.” Yeah. What the innovative memories at Anheuser-Busch swore was a harmless reference to the fact that their concoction could lighten limits and to be translated into maybe, we don’t know, some harmless BASE jumping or something( DISCLAIMER: DO NOT BASE JUMP WHILE DRUNK ), moved off to the entirety of the brain-having world-wide as an ardent blurb of alcohol-assisted rape.
Twitter instantly illuminated up with a more appropriate hashtag — # NoMeansNo — Anheuser-Busch problem an official justification, and the production line cranking out the piquing labels was downed quicker than a Bud Light love after trying his first large-scale boy beer.
And speaking of creepily sex marketing selects …
# 7. Woolworths Names Their Line Of Girls’ Beds After A Novel About Copulation With An Underage Girl
You probably know Woolworths as the store that banished George Clooney in O Brother, Where Art Thou ?( though from all of them or exactly the one is still unclear ). You probably know Lolita as the contentious fiction about the entirely more whimsically named Humbert Humbert having boatloads of sex with his 12 -year-old stepdaughter. Put the two together, and you end up with the particleboard batch of awkwardness that is the Lolita Midsleeper Combi 😛 TAGEND There is no imaginable caption here that doesn’t result in us running straight to hell .
Once you’ve had a chance to get over the initial appall( that Woolworths still exists ), we should give the series recognition where credit is due: As soon as a parenting website elevated a kerfuffle about the exceptionally repulsive savour of the product’s branding, Woolworths removed it from their shelves and promised to find out what in the exact fucking potential suppliers had been inhaling while referring it.
And now that we’ve given them some recognition, let’s yank it straight out from under them: In their official response, Woolworths claimed that absolutely no one at the company was aware of the statutory-rapey undertone of “Lolita, ” and in fact none of them had ever heard of the book( or either of the two movies based on it ). Somebody slept through English class.
You’d think you’d remember a school notebook embrace that is practically child porn .
Hey, to talk of English class …
# 6. Anti-Drug Campaign Pencils Promote A Very Pro-Drug Message( With Use)
Assuming you went to public institution at any point since Ronald and Nancy Reagan combined into an illicit-substance-slaying Voltron in the 1980 s, you probably remember having the “say no to drugs” message beat into your delicate cranium. Possibly the only good happening about such exhibitions was the free anti-drug paraphernalia allows one to peddles the theme, and for one fourth-grade class in Ticonderoga, New York, it was no different. They get free pencils!
You’ve probably seen them pop up in your Facebook feed and accepted the latter are Photoshopped 😛 TAGEND With every crank, the girl became more addicted to the devils weed .
Somehow , not a single adult at the Bureau for At-Risk Youth realized that their anti-drug pencils became far less anti as they were sharpened — it took a 10 -year-old student to point that out. The group instantly reprinted the pencils in the opposite attitude, thereby driving countless fourth-graders incurably mad when their secondhand pencils read “Too Cool To.” Too cool to what? TOO COOL TO WHAT ?!
# 5. Nike “Gold Digging” Shirt Honors Female Olympians( By Suggesting They Have Sex For Money)
At the 2012 Olympics in London, the U.S. females were picking up so much better golden that it examined as if they’d is a requirement to contract a friggin’ cruise liner to lug it all dwelling. This was the perfect the possibilities for Nike, practically the appearance of sporting success, to capitalize on developments in the situation by selling a T-shirt for women to wear as they celebrated replied sporting success while wrapped in the lazy arms of their La-Z-Boys.
In a move that is written in bold, red-faced Sharpie at the tippy crest of every sane marketing executive’s “DO NOT DO” list, Nike inexplicably decided to channel their inner Kanye West 😛 TAGEND
“Now, we ain’t sayin’ she a gold digger.
( We’re branding it on her chest in stylish golden foil .) ”
That’s right: Nike commemorated the stupendous achievement of some of history’s most skilled athletes by trying to sell females shirts announcing to the world that they’re fucking beings for coin. Nike tried to pass the stunt off by saying they were just being ironic, a phrase that Alanis Morissette might characterize as “trying to capitalize on their relationship with Kanye to help move his stupid Air Yeezy sneakers.”
Who would have concluded? It figures .
# 4. Walmart Features A Badass Skull T-Shirt( Spoiler: The Skull Is A Nazi SS Logo)
There is no activity in existence — whether it be playing the cowbell in a garage band or picking up Hot Pockets down at the Walmart — that can’t be made to look badass by wearing a sufficiently skully T-shirt. And it’s entertaining we mentioned Walmart, because it just so happens that’s the -A1 perfect recognize to adorn yourself in accordance with the arrangements befitting ‘8 0s metal straps and your asshole cousin alike.
Back in 2006, they somehow managed to find robe racks capable of withstanding the red hot manliness arising as a result of this bad boy 😛 TAGEND Awesome ! Does that design look familiar to you? It did to Maryland blogger Rick Rottman where reference is recognized the shirts at his neighbourhood Wally World. Here, let’s see if the insignia doughnuts any bells when you see it on the band of this cap 😛 TAGEND Opposite of breathtaking ! Now that the feeling of dreaded is building in your gut, let’s drive that motherfucker dwelling. Here’s a photo of one of the evilest bags of dicks ever to fidget the appearance of the Earth, Heinrich Himmler, wearing that extremely hat 😛 TAGEND Awesome exactly drooped and expired under his bespectacled look .
Specifically, that epitomize is a Totenkopf, and the one plastered all over Walmart’s T-shirts was the form preferred by the most vindictive of the already indescribably frightful Nazis: Hitler’s SS. The ones with the dirtiest handwritings even called themselves Totenkopf Squadrons. The point that the T-shirt had “Since 1978 ” etched beneath this epitomize goes to show that one of the job requirements for a reject department store clothes designer is a truly illustrious ignorance of history.
After Rottman pointed out the rock-fucking madnes of glorifying such a epitomize, Walmart immediately recalled the shirts, alleging, “Respect for the individual is a core values of our company” — assuming their company doesn’t employ said individual, of course.
And while we’re on the subject of Nazis …
# 3. Amazon Graces Commuters’ Posterior With Nazi And Imperial Japan Imagery
Imagine, if you will, an adorable, elderly Jewish duo. We’ll call them Simon and Gena. Though Simon and Gena have made a long, mainly glad life for themselves in New York City, the tattoos on their forearms are an everlasting reminder of the horrors that the basest of human rights perversion can inflict upon an gullible world-wide. Now, imagine this delightful age-old duo toddles onto a commuter train one day and this is the only set available 😛 TAGEND Heil-y shit ! Yes, that’s an American flag with a Nazi eagle and Iron Cross in place of the 50 whizs. And as they reeled to the opposite side of the car in the throes of an advertising-induced Auschwitz flashback, they’d see this 😛 TAGEND Land of the Rising SON OF A BITCH !
Gracing the subway with the symbolism of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan was the brainchild of Amazon Prime. It was all a stunt to promote their brand-new sequence The Guy In The High Castle , based on the Philip K. Dick novel that posits, “What if America had lost World War II? “
Of course, you — being the well-read and Internet-savvy epitome of connectedness “that youre gonna” — “know what youre talking about”. But expecting the average New York City commuter to know all that … well , no offense to the average New York City commuter, but that was a bit much to expect. Amazon gathered the signage after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced it “irresponsible and offensive, ” thereby unknowingly saving the psyches of our cute( if hypothetical) elderly couple.
OK, one last-place Nazi entryway before we move on …
# 2. Hallmark Makes Gift Wrap For Hanukkah … With Accidental Swastikas In The Pattern
Though holiday gift-giving is generally considered more of a Christian happening — what with their reasonably age-old elves and Coca-Cola and baby Jesuses and whatnot — Jews exchanging offerings at Hanukkah isn’t exactly uncommon. And when decidedly unhypothetical Jewish grandmother Cheryl Shapiro went down to her neighbourhood Walgreens to pick up some Hanukkah-friendly wrapping paper back in 2014, she was in for a appall 😛 TAGEND “What’s so wrong with that? ” you’re probably asking. “That appears room fancier than the Sunday funnies my grandmother applied! ” Well, let’s zoom in on the specific characteristics 😛 TAGEND Happy Hanu-CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS BULLSHIT ?
Yep, this wrapping paper was obscuring scads of tiny swastikas. Now, we get that this was probably an honest blunder. You can probably pick out lots of different figures in the maze-like structure( the company mentions it borrowed the design from a Chinese vase ). But A) this paper is being sold around Hanukkah in traditional Hanukkah colours — the stuff is going to get bought by Jewish beings to wrap offerings in — and B) there are actually lots of motifs you can use that don’t concern reiterated swastikas. We dare say that there is literally an infinite number of such motifs in the universe.
So we can’t decide if this was hilariously bad luck or some wrapping paper designer has become a wisecracker and calculate none would catch it. Either room, it led to a nationwide recall.
# 1. Coca-Cola Hints That All Indigenous Mexicans Need For Christmas Is More Sugar
Be it giving birth to the cartoon that defined an important gob of your childhood or inducing a worldwide push to hug a bloodthirsty monster, Coca-Cola and Christmas get hand-in-hand. Coke crushed out a real stinker for Christmas of 2015, however, by liberating a commercial in Mexico imaging groupings of beautiful, young white people stopping everything to travel to a remote area of Oaxaca, construct a Coke-themed Christmas tree for Mexico’s indigenous Mixe beings, and give them the gift of buttloads of 20-ounce Cokes.
Idyllic, right? Merry motherfucking Christmas and all that turd! Actually, the commercial list consumer rights proposes and health groups on the offensive, because there’s a whole lot of wrong going on that may not be apparent upon first glance. First and most obvious, the ad’s committing off a serious lily-white savior vibe by imaging groupings of( presumably American) lily-white folks strolling in to knock the natives straight in the dignity.
Too, at least one of them had been partaking in the wrong kind of Coke .
Even worse is the fact that Mexico’s indigenous population is suffering from a serious soda problem. Determine, while Americans are gradually beginning to wake up and realize that gulping down bucketfuls of sugar maybe isn’t the room Mother Nature intended us to quench our thirst after all, in Mexico obesity and diabetes are erupting like Mentos mixed with Diet Coke — and that’s thanks in no small-scale role to ultra-sugary drinkings. So giving jugs full of Coca-Cola to an indigenous Mexican community would be like stopping off pallets of Mexican Brown at a heroin rehab.
Which , now that we think about it, may have been the precise goal all along.
For more expeditions we can’t believe someone signed off on, check out 5 Corporate Advertisings That Intention In( Predictable) Disaster and The 5 Biggest Adversity In The Biography Of Marketing .