today's AMAZING TV AD : honda's "cog" 2 minute tv spot

for more on this, go to this post :; april 14 post.
the inspiration is mount pinatubo when some years ago, all of a sudden, after decades of being dormant, it decided to erupt, spewing debris and ash several kilometers high, blowing ashes to float everywhere, far and wide, turning the skies gloomy gray as far away as metro manila, hundreds of kilometers away, covering metro manila streets and rooftops with thick ash. the pinatubo eruption was so powerful that its ashes changed the color of sunsets not only in the philippines but also worldwide.

that's what happens when clients and advertising agencies decide to run ads not worthy to be called advertising. its dark, its huge and very irritating and unfortunately, everywhere!

all they are doing is wawam! what a waste of advertising money!

here is a first row view of Philippine Advertising and Philippine Marketing.

mount pinatubo erupts shooting ashes several kilometers high, then floating to blanket many other towns hundreds of kilometers away

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

nike - used the offensive athlete on a cross image before

nike's abuse of creative license in using the image of chirst and the crucifixion is apparently nothing new. it's a different country, in england, but the same kind of offense was made - the use the cross and the same arms of the athlete stretched out to mimic how Chirst was when he was nailed to the cross.

while this ad is more offensive, because of the use of red paint which can be seen as blood, the pacquaio ad is as offensive just the same. the outstretched arms of pacquiao is NOT a pose for prayer and there is no hiding from that. the clear intent is to have a double meaning from the image - that of prayer largely due to manny kneeling down and the more offensive idea of Christ on the cross.

Nike attacked over Rooney 'warrior' picture

Drenched in blood-red paint and screaming a war-cry, this chilling image of Wayne Rooney was last night condemned as 'offensive', 'exploitative' and 'tacky' by MPs and church groups.
He may yet turn out to be the saviour of England's World Cup campaign, but the Christ-like pose of the striker in a new Nike campaign yesterday provoked fierce condemnation.

Five people complained to the Advertising Standards Authority watchdog on
religious grounds within hours of the advert being posted.

Its other interpretation as a battle cry from the dark ages or throwback to the Crusades was equally unfortunate as the poster's launch coincided with the first outbreak of serious violence involving England's army of fans in Germany on Monday night.

Labour MP Stephen Pound said the advert was 'truly horrible.'

'This is such a horrible image and is so horribly war-like that it can only be described as Nike being crass, offensive and insensitive as they try to hitch poor old Rooney to their commercial band-wagon.'

The MP for Ealing North added: 'He should go out and wear Adidas instead. It's offensive on so many different levels and extremely nasty.

'Wayne's a good Catholic boy and I think the obvious crucifixion nuance is one part of it, but the aggressive nature of the pose is something we could do without.

'If we have learned anything about football in the last few years, it should be that it doesn't need big business trying to inject even more aggression into the mix.'

Nike, who have a £5m contract with the 20-year-old striker, pleaded that they were merely showing him in his trademark goal-scoring 'celebration' gesture and denied they had sought to make any comparison with Christ on the cross.

Rev Rod Thomas of Church of England evangelical group Reform was not convinced. It's quite a disturbing image and because the paint is wet, it really looks like blood,' he said. 'It's offensive on several different levels'

'It therefore brings to mind the crucifixion to many people, and why Nike would want to do that, I haven't a clue, unless it is simply as a publicity stunt.

'The trivialisation of Christ's suffering is highly offensive to Christians and to God. This will cause real hurt to people.

'The other aspect of it is the aggression contained in it, bound up with the flag of St George, which you might see as a throwback to the Crusades, which is hardly going to go down well with Muslim countries. It's offensive on several different levels.'

A spokesman for the ASA said the complainants who had see the advert either in a huge 60ft wide roadside hoarding in West London or in some national newspapers, all thought the picture was a reference to the crucifixion.

Some added they found the image 'alarming'.

The picture was the product of a three-hour photoshoot by an unnamed hotographer and was the brainchild jointly of Nike executives and their advertising agency Wieden and Kennedy, which also has accounts with Honda, Pizza Hut and Yakult yoghurt.

Although the poster was prepared a few weeks ago, during Rooney's enforced absence from the pitch due to a broken metatarsal bone, Nike decided to publish it. along with their logo 'Just Do It', once his return to the England starting line-up looked likely.

The limited campaign is known in the trade by the unfortunate phrase of a 'tactical execution', according to Wieden and Kennedy's website.

The agency refused to discuss the advert, but a Nike spokeswoman said it would not be shown nationwide or in other countries.

'It was intended solely as a celebration of Rooney's return to the team and is based on his own trademark goal-scoring celebration, nothing to do with the crucifuxion at all, ' she added.

'If we have offended anyone on those grounds, we would stress it was unintentional and we apologise. It is not meant to be an aggressive picture, either. It was a case of catching the mood of the nation as everyone urges Rooney on to great things, and of course our slogan puts it perfectly.

'The red paint is not meant to be blood, it's just echoing the body paint which fans cover themselves in and the rest of Wayne's body is painted white. It's the flag of St George, and nothing else.

'We have had nothing but positive reaction to the poster and a lot of people have been asking if they can buy it. We have no plans to produce it as a poster.'

Rooney was wearing a pair of Nike's new Total 90 Supremacy boots when he injured his foot in a game against Chelsea in April.

The firm rejected claims by Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson that the design of the boot had put extra pressure on his metatarsal, causing the fracture. Rooney's girlfriend Coleen McLoughlin also has a £1.


  1. this does not look like anything like a crucifix.

  2. The manny pacquiao ad looks much nicer!!! at mas mukhang cross.


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