History Horrible / Advertising

28th Jun '16 1:57:12 PM LightTigerPeaceGrailRace
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** Ads that disguise themselves as error screens. These are pretty much the evolved versions of the Microsoft Box lookalikes, except more aggravating as not only do they come up out of nowhere, they refuse to let you close the tab and ultimately force you to end your browsing session. Adding icing to the cake is the fact that they try to make you call a random number, which most likely gets your computer hacked.


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***Adding icing to the cake is the fact that they try to make you call a random number, which most likely gets your computer hacked. And at least some use a VERY irritating computer voice that repeats the message over every time you try to click away.
28th Jun '16 1:50:08 PM LightTigerPeaceGrailRace
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**Ads that disguise themselves as error screens. These are pretty much the evolved versions of the Microsoft Box lookalikes, except more aggravating as not only do they come up out of nowhere, they refuse to let you close the tab and ultimately force you to end your browsing session. Adding icing to the cake is the fact that they try to make you call a random number, which most likely gets your computer hacked.
22nd Jun '16 7:47:01 PM ThatBitterTase
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* Fax machines might be a bit old-fashioned these days, but they're not completely obsolete, and a number of people like to send adverts to them. Does anyone appreciate having their paper wasted like this?

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* Fax machines might be a bit old-fashioned these days, but they're not completely obsolete, and a number of people like to send adverts to them. Does anyone appreciate having their paper wasted like this?this? This is a very special sort of bad ad, as it may be the only form of advertisement that, by consuming paper and ink, ''costs the viewer money''.
21st Jun '16 10:46:37 AM FromtheWordsofBR
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* There's a type of ad that can only be described as pop-up ads taken UpToEleven - instead of merely opening a new window with the ad, they actually replace the page you're on ''with'' the ad. Pressing back won't help, as the page you ''wanted'' to see won't be in the back history, forcing you to go back to the page before that and find the link again. These ads also [[VeryFalseAdvertising lie to you]], usually pretending to be a software update (or worse, a federal embargo on your machine) which actually is malware or ransomware. On some versions, pressing back will cause a confusingly-worded "Are you sure you want to leave this page?" dialog box to pop up, at which point physically disconnecting from the Internet, going to the local Staples, and getting the sucker nuked and paved is probably the safest thing to do. Said dialogue boxes also sometimes extend ''past the toolbar'', meaning you literally can't click the "I want to leave" button, or sometimes even close the browser. Thankfully, it can't stop the Task Manager, meaning you can at least crash the ad via finding processes to end.

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* There's a type of ad that can only be described as pop-up ads taken UpToEleven - instead of merely opening a new window with the ad, they actually replace the page you're on ''with'' the ad. Pressing back won't help, as the page you ''wanted'' to see won't be in the back history, forcing you to go back to the page before that and find the link again. These ads also [[VeryFalseAdvertising lie to you]], usually pretending to be a software update (or worse, a federal embargo on your machine) which actually is malware or ransomware. On some versions, pressing back will cause a confusingly-worded "Are you sure you want to leave this page?" dialog box to pop up, at which point physically disconnecting from the Internet, going to the a local Staples, and getting the sucker nuked and paved is probably the safest thing to do. Said dialogue boxes also sometimes extend ''past the toolbar'', meaning you literally can't click the "I want to leave" button, or sometimes even close the browser. Thankfully, it can't stop the Task Manager, meaning you can at least crash the ad via finding processes to end.



* [=ZoneAlarm=] free Firewall from Check Point Security for Windows 7/8/10, once launched a grossly-alarmist ad for their paid Anti-Virus suite, by launching a [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zonealarm_alert.jpg pop-up]] warning users of their free firewall that they may be in danger of attack from a Trojan horse (Zeus Botnet). The backlash was fierce, and [=ZoneAlarm=] users threatened or did uninstall the product in retaliation. Let this be a warning that letting the marketing department issue security warnings may not be a good idea; it did not help that the warning dialog resembled a "rogue security software" scam.

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* [=ZoneAlarm=] free Free Firewall from Check Point Security for Windows 7/8/10, once launched a grossly-alarmist ad in 2010 for their paid Anti-Virus antivirus suite, by launching sending a [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zonealarm_alert.jpg pop-up]] warning users of their free firewall that they may be in danger of attack from a Trojan horse (Zeus Botnet). Except this warning also appeared on computers that ''didn't'' have said virus, and the "solution' it presented was to buy the full software. The backlash was fierce, and [=ZoneAlarm=] users threatened to or did uninstall the product in retaliation. Let this be a warning that letting the marketing department issue false security warnings may not be a good idea; it did not help that the warning dialog resembled a "rogue security software" scam.



* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5mGAUwMbXg This ad]] for '''Finally Fast''' (the product's original name). Among other things, it shows a Windows Blue Screen of Death superimposed onto the screen of an Apple [=iBook=] (a pre-x86 Mac), a Firefox "can't find the page" warning in Internet Explorer, and countless other baffling errors. There's also the "music" (a generic looping techno beat they probably got from some public-domain music library), the {{Narm}}y bad acting of the man at the end, and the whiny teenager complaining about how a bad connection was slowing down his ''local'' computer game. You know something's very wrong when the [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 PS2]] controller he was playing it with is the least inaccurate aspect of the commercial.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5mGAUwMbXg This ad]] for '''Finally Fast''' (the product's original name). Among other things, it shows a Windows Blue Screen of Death superimposed onto the screen of an Apple [=iBook=] (a pre-x86 Mac), a Firefox "can't find the page" warning in Internet Explorer, and countless other baffling errors. There's also the "music" (a generic looping techno beat they probably got from some public-domain music library), the {{Narm}}y bad acting of the man at the end, and the whiny teenager complaining about how a bad connection was slowing down his ''local'' computer game. You know something's very wrong when the [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 PS2]] controller he was playing it with is the least ''least'' inaccurate aspect of the commercial.



* In 1999, the fast-growing shoe retailer '''Just for Feet''' decided to create [[http://adland.tv/commercials/just-feet-kenya-mission-1999-030-usa an utterly racist commercial]] for the Super Bowl in lieu of a contest where one lucky person who called in during the third quarter during the ad could win a Hummer. The ad depicted a group of white men in a Humvee hunting down a barefoot black runner in the Kenyan savanna, then giving him a cup of drugged water, and forcibly putting sneakers on him while he is unconscious, followed by him waking up and screaming as he tries to get them off. [[UnfortunateImplications Needless to say]], it launched a major controversy, and was so bad that the company ''sued their ad agency'' for showing the ad at the Super Bowl and insisting that it would have a positive reception among the public. The ad wound up showing during the fourth quarter, and the website and contest hotline ''weren't updated to deal with this fact''. It led to the company becoming a pariah, despite having a great concept for their stores, and a year later they filed for bankruptcy and were bought out by the now-defunct Footstar. It landed the number 1 spot on Website/{{Cracked}}'s 2014 article "[[http://www.cracked.com/article_21245_5-creative-marketing-promotions-that-failed-spectacularly_p1.html The 5 Most Disastrous Marketing Failures of All Time]]", describing it as "creepy", "racist", and "insulting towards its own product".

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* In 1999, the fast-growing shoe retailer '''Just for Feet''' decided to create [[http://adland.tv/commercials/just-feet-kenya-mission-1999-030-usa an utterly racist commercial]] for the Super Bowl in lieu of a contest where one lucky person who called in during the third quarter during the ad could win a Hummer. The ad depicted a group of white men in a Humvee hunting down a barefoot black runner in the Kenyan savanna, then giving him a cup of drugged water, and forcibly putting sneakers on him while he is unconscious, followed by him waking up and screaming as he tries to get them off. [[UnfortunateImplications Needless to say]], it launched a major controversy, and was so bad that the company ''sued sued their ad agency'' agency for showing the ad at the Super Bowl and insisting that it would have a positive reception among the public. The ad wound up showing during the fourth quarter, and the website and contest hotline ''weren't updated to deal with this fact''. It led to the company becoming a pariah, despite having a great concept for their stores, and [[CreatorKiller a year later they filed for bankruptcy bankruptcy]] and were bought out by the now-defunct Footstar. It landed the number 1 spot on Website/{{Cracked}}'s 2014 article "[[http://www.cracked.com/article_21245_5-creative-marketing-promotions-that-failed-spectacularly_p1.html The 5 Most Disastrous Marketing Failures of All Time]]", describing it as "creepy", "racist", and "insulting towards its own product".



* The notorious '''You Wouldn't Steal a Car''' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmZm8vNHBSU spot]] has been used in ''many'' [=DVDs=]. The commercial compares stealing several items to stealing movies on the Internet, a comparison which is the exact opposite of what anti-piracy lawyers are trying to get the juries to think. You also couldn't skip the ad, making it even more annoying and patronising. But what makes it ''truly'' horrible is the hypocrisy on display - while trying to say "Hey, piracy's bad.", '''it used music [[http://www.dailytech.com/AntiPiracy+Ad+Creators+Fined+For+Stealing+Musicians+Work/article25205.htm without the original artist's permission]]'''. And to compound this even further, said music is {{Suspiciously Similar|Song}} to "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vxel-e-mu_8 No Man Army]]" by Music/TheProdigy. Watch "Commercials I Hate" tear it to shreds [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdvL3FBwHEc here.]]
** The BBC Radio 6 Music show ''The Adam & Joe Show'' created [[http://www.citizen.tv/piracy-by-adam-buxton-jXNXr7SX5G.html this parody of the ad]] in its "Song Wars" segment.

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* The notorious '''You Wouldn't Steal a Car''' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmZm8vNHBSU spot]] has been used in ''many'' [=DVDs=]. The commercial compares stealing several items to stealing movies on the Internet, a comparison which is the exact opposite of what anti-piracy lawyers are trying to get the juries to think. You also couldn't skip the ad, making it even more annoying and patronising. But what makes it ''truly'' horrible is the hypocrisy on display - while trying to say "Hey, piracy's bad.", '''it used music [[http://www.dailytech.com/AntiPiracy+Ad+Creators+Fined+For+Stealing+Musicians+Work/article25205.htm without the original artist's permission]]'''. And to compound this even further, said music is {{Suspiciously Similar|Song}} to "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vxel-e-mu_8 No Man Army]]" by Music/TheProdigy. Watch "Commercials I Hate" tear it to shreds [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdvL3FBwHEc here.]]
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]] It was also spoofed by BBC Radio 6 Music show ''The Music's Adam & Joe Show'' created [[http://www.citizen.tv/piracy-by-adam-buxton-jXNXr7SX5G.html this parody of in the ad]] in its "Song Wars" segment.segment, with a song entitled "The Mind of a Pirate".
11th Jun '16 9:19:08 PM JEFFWONTLEAVE
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* In the UK, '''Diet Coke''' hired Welsh singer Duffy to make a commercial launching their new advertising slogan [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQ3sCdXd70Y "Hello You"]]. The ad showed her stealing a bicycle and riding through town (including ''right through a supermarket'') to get to her concert, minutes away, all the while singing an extremely off-key version of an old Sammy Davis Jr. song. The campaign was intended to make Duffy the face of Diet Coke throughout the "Hello You" campaign, but negative audience reception led to the whole thing being scrapped. Advertising standards then had to investigate complaints that the ad encouraged dangerous behaviour by showing her riding a bike at night with no helmet, lights, or reflectors.

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* In the UK, '''Diet Coke''' hired Welsh singer Duffy to make a commercial launching their new advertising slogan [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQ3sCdXd70Y com/watch?v=SgP1U8wN0u8 "Hello You"]]. The ad showed her stealing a bicycle and riding through town (including ''right through a supermarket'') to get to her concert, minutes away, all the while singing an extremely off-key version of an old Sammy Davis Jr. song. The campaign was intended to make Duffy the face of Diet Coke throughout the "Hello You" campaign, but negative audience reception led to the whole thing being scrapped. Advertising standards then had to investigate complaints that the ad encouraged dangerous behaviour by showing her riding a bike at night with no helmet, lights, or reflectors.
11th Jun '16 8:55:08 PM JEFFWONTLEAVE
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYRTmtP0Ct0 The preview for]] ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxHitTheRoad'' that was included on the ''VideoGame/StarWarsRebelAssault'' disc is plain horrid. The narrator sounds like he's bored out of his mind and simply reading his lines off a sheet of paper with no enthusiasm, the voice recording is of poor quality (and normally, voice recordings in LucasArts games were of high quality even in the DOS games), and the preview doesn't tell you anything about the game. It just shows random clips, with very vague description. And for reasons unknown, when the LucasArts logo appears, creepy, ominous music starts playing that doesn't fit the game's mood whatsoever.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYRTmtP0Ct0 com/watch?v=OtaCwN6wOAw The preview for]] ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxHitTheRoad'' that was included on the ''VideoGame/StarWarsRebelAssault'' disc is plain horrid. The narrator sounds like he's bored out of his mind and simply reading his lines off a sheet of paper with no enthusiasm, the voice recording is of poor quality (and normally, voice recordings in LucasArts games were of high quality even in the DOS games), and the preview doesn't tell you anything about the game. It just shows random clips, with very vague description. And for reasons unknown, when the LucasArts logo appears, creepy, ominous music starts playing that doesn't fit the game's mood whatsoever.
11th Jun '16 6:50:11 PM nombretomado
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%% * The channel TeenNick, formerly known as The N, has been showing ads for a cellphone service called '''Jamster'''. The commercials originally were just boring and told you exactly what you needed to know about the service, but they soon started to branch out their concepts, many which are SoBadItsGood and are filled with {{narm}}. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7wIgcDwgSQ One in particular]] begins with a groom fleeing his wedding and his bride-to-be being (rightfully) upset. It then rewinds six months to show the girl (reclining next to her boyfriend, who's busy reading a newspaper) using the "Love Calculator" to test their relationship by texting her name and her boyfriend's name. The "live" response comes back to tell her that their chance of success together is 3%. Thinking (rightfully) that it's silly, she ignores it...and then we fast-forward six months to the beginning scene. The commercial implies that if the Love Calculator tells you the chances are bad, then it's best to break off the relationship ''solely because the Love Calculator said so''.

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%% * The channel TeenNick, Creator/TeenNick, formerly known as The N, has been showing ads for a cellphone service called '''Jamster'''. The commercials originally were just boring and told you exactly what you needed to know about the service, but they soon started to branch out their concepts, many which are SoBadItsGood and are filled with {{narm}}. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7wIgcDwgSQ One in particular]] begins with a groom fleeing his wedding and his bride-to-be being (rightfully) upset. It then rewinds six months to show the girl (reclining next to her boyfriend, who's busy reading a newspaper) using the "Love Calculator" to test their relationship by texting her name and her boyfriend's name. The "live" response comes back to tell her that their chance of success together is 3%. Thinking (rightfully) that it's silly, she ignores it...and then we fast-forward six months to the beginning scene. The commercial implies that if the Love Calculator tells you the chances are bad, then it's best to break off the relationship ''solely because the Love Calculator said so''.
11th Jun '16 12:31:24 AM JEFFWONTLEAVE
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk24kX9FESo This]] is just one from a series of utterly bizarre ads by '''Southern Comfort''' for one of their new drinks. They're all totally nonsensical, involving people shouting "[=SHOTTASoCo=]"[[note]]"Shot of Southern Comfort"[[/note]] incessantly, and are animated ''atrociously'', invoking UncannyValley every second and looking like something out of a half-assed Unity engine Steam game. It's hard to comprehend what anybody was thinking during the creation of these things.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk24kX9FESo [[https://vimeo.com/150090140 This]] is just one from a series of utterly bizarre ads by '''Southern Comfort''' for one of their new drinks. They're all totally nonsensical, involving people shouting "[=SHOTTASoCo=]"[[note]]"Shot of Southern Comfort"[[/note]] incessantly, and are animated ''atrociously'', invoking UncannyValley every second and looking like something out of a half-assed Unity engine Steam game. It's hard to comprehend what anybody was thinking during the creation of these things.
26th May '16 5:42:04 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* In 1993, the '''Progressive Conservative Party of Canada'''[[note]]henceforth the Tories[[/note]] ran an ad perceived to be mocking Liberal leader Jean Chrétien's facial deformity, caused by Bell's palsy. The backlash was immediate and furious, with the ad being pulled in 24 hours and then-Prime Minister Kim Campbell apologising for it. Chrétien used the ad to his benefit, referencing his facial deformity and the bullying he had suffered in childhood because of it in speeches that moved the voting audience and caused support to swing to the Liberal party. Chrétien won the election in a landslide, and the Tories were decimated, losing all but two seats and, with it, official party status and all the benefits that come with it. Campbell resigned soon after the election, and the Tories trundled on for ten years, utterly unelectable because of the "face ad" among other things, before merging with the Canadian Alliance to form the modern Conservative Party. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D000Amn9CIA Here]] is the ad in question, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PikszBkfTHM here]] is a news report regarding the controversy.

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* In 1993, the '''Progressive Conservative Party of Canada'''[[note]]henceforth the Tories[[/note]] ran an ad perceived to be mocking Liberal leader Jean Chrétien's facial deformity, caused by Bell's palsy. The backlash was immediate and furious, with the ad being pulled in 24 hours and then-Prime Minister Kim Campbell apologising for it. Chrétien used the ad to his benefit, referencing his facial deformity and the bullying he had suffered in childhood because of it in speeches that moved the voting audience and caused support to swing to the Liberal party. Chrétien won the election in a landslide, and the Tories were decimated, losing all but two seats and, with it, official party status and all the benefits that come with it. Campbell Campbell, who lost her Vancouver riding, resigned soon after the election, and to be replaced by future Quebec prime minister Jean Charest, who was in one of the two aforementioned seats. The Tories trundled on for ten years, utterly unelectable because of the "face ad" among other things, before merging with the Canadian Alliance to form the modern Conservative Party. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D000Amn9CIA Here]] is the ad in question, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PikszBkfTHM here]] is a news report regarding the controversy.
26th May '16 5:02:08 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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** For that matter, certain sound-playing ads are actually a whole commercial, and are designed to begin playing their audio ''before the page is even open onscreen'' so you're forced to either listen to it or click around wondering which open window is playing the sound. It's not as annoying if your computer's sound system has physical controls for volume on it, but if they don't - and you haven't turned down the sound on the computer itself - you just wonder what made the companies think annoying you is a good way to advertise their product.

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** For that matter, certain sound-playing ads are actually a whole commercial, and are designed to begin playing their audio ''before the page is even open onscreen'' so you're forced to either listen to it or click around wondering which open window is playing the sound. It's not as annoying if your computer's sound system has physical controls for volume on it, but if they don't - -- and you haven't turned down the sound on the computer itself - -- you just wonder what made the companies think annoying you is a good way to advertise their product.product. Thankfully, some web browsers, including Firefox and Chrome, now show an icon on tabs that play sound for quicker squashing of those ads.
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