History Horrible / Advertising

8th Aug '16 7:25:39 PM TheFallofElDorado
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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.]] It was also spoofed by BBC Radio 6 Music's Adam & Joe in the "Song Wars" segment, with a song entitled "The Mind of a Pirate".

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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.]] It was also spoofed by BBC Radio 6 Music's Adam & Joe in the "Song Wars" segment, with a song entitled "The Mind of a Pirate". ''Series/TheITCrowd'' also parodied the absurdity of the ads [[https://youtu.be/ALZZx1xmAzg here]].
7th Aug '16 7:30:09 PM Spyspotter
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* In 2005, '''UsefulNotes/McDonalds''' launched an online viral campaign that was designed to promote the company's "YoungerAndHipper" image. Using a series of banner images emblazoned with young people eating double cheeseburgers, the ads were meant to convey a more playful attitude (in tandem with the company's well-established "I'm lovin' it" campaign). Sounds good, but during the creation of this campaign the ad agency that oversaw it decided to run with the slogan "Double cheeseburger? [[TotallyRadical I'd hit it. I'm a dollar menu guy.]]" They didn't realize that [[AccidentalInnuendo "hit" is a common slang term for "have sex with"]]. When the banners appeared on sites like ESPN, the public reaction was immediate and fierce. The banners were pulled after a firestorm of controversy and mocking from the public and various online advertising blogs, with [=McDonald=]'s executives chalking up the failed campaign to not understanding what the term meant. The "I'd hit it" campaign is now a regular fixture on "worst marketing campaigns of all time" lists.
7th Aug '16 5:32:38 PM tvtropesruinedmylife22
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Advertisements litter every television, newspaper, and website they can find... and naturally, consumers will fall over and ''buy'' what's being promoted. But, why buy certain products if their ads are DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible? These advertisements are so bad that they even drove the people who ''liked the product in the first place'' away. This is the bottom of the barrel for commercialism.

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Advertisements litter every television, newspaper, and website they can find... and naturally, consumers will fall over and ''buy'' what's being promoted. But, why buy certain products if their ads are DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible? [[DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible so bad, they're horrible]]? These advertisements are so bad that they even drove the people who ''liked the product in the first place'' away. This is the bottom of the barrel for commercialism.
4th Aug '16 6:49:15 PM KoopaKid17
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* If you live in one of a handful of major cities in the United States, chances are you've heard the '''Kars-4-Kids''' ad on the radio at least once, which is one time too many. Apart from its [[MostAnnoyingSound incredibly grating jingle]], sung out of key by a child who sounds bored out of his skull, the ads also make no mention of the fact that the money is donated exclusively to yeshivas and Hasidic causes, understandably frustrating anyone who might need that money and either isn't Jewish or not of that denomination. On top of that, the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8UV7SAhvG4 video version]] of the ad (featuring precocious kids that seemingly were ripped out of a ''Life With Mikey''-esque casting room miming instrument playing terribly) is played seemingly '''every inning''' during the local SNY broadcasts of Mets games and has as much [[http://previously.tv/television/these-are-the-ads-that-try-mets-fans-souls/ hate by]] [[http://www.avclub.com/article/ira-kaplan-why-he-hates-worlds-most-annoying-jingl-223869 Mets fans]] as they have for the team's owner, Fred Wilpon.

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* If you live in one of a handful of major cities in the United States, chances are you've heard the '''Kars-4-Kids''' ad on the radio at least once, which is one time too many. Apart from its The [[MostAnnoyingSound incredibly grating jingle]], jingle]] has two versions: one sung out of key by a child who sounds bored out of his skull, the skull and another with a child having an Auto-Tuned voice. The ads also make no mention of the fact that the money is donated exclusively to yeshivas and Hasidic causes, understandably frustrating anyone who might need that money and either isn't Jewish or not of that denomination. On top of that, the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8UV7SAhvG4 video version]] of the ad (featuring precocious kids that seemingly were ripped out of a ''Life With Mikey''-esque casting room miming instrument playing terribly) is played seemingly '''every inning''' during the local SNY broadcasts of Mets games and has as much [[http://previously.tv/television/these-are-the-ads-that-try-mets-fans-souls/ hate by]] [[http://www.avclub.com/article/ira-kaplan-why-he-hates-worlds-most-annoying-jingl-223869 Mets fans]] as they have for the team's owner, Fred Wilpon.
28th Jul '16 7:15:49 AM Gorank
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* '''Burger King''' had their notorious "Where's Herb?" ads in 1985-86. The gimmick was that Herb was a man who had never eaten a Whopper in his life, and customers were to be on the lookout for Herb at their local Burger King for a chance to win $5,000. In addition, customers could get Whoppers for only 99 cents if they told the cashier "I'm not Herb." (or if they ''were'' named Herb, that "I'm not the Herb you're looking for."). After initial mass confusion caused by people not being given any hints as to what Herb looked like, he was revealed at a Super Bowl game in January 1986... at which point nobody cared anymore [[note]] Though Herb did get to be a guest timekeeper at Wrestling/WrestleMania 2, for all that's worth [[/note]]. Not helping was a controversy stemming from the fact that a 15-year-old boy spotted Herb at a Burger King in Alabama, but as he was underage the prize had to go to a friend of his who was in the restaurant at the same time, which in turn led to the Alabama state senate declaring consumer fraud. The campaign lasted only three months, and Burger King's profits plummeted by 40% as a result. ''Literature/WhatWereTheyThinkingThe100DumbestEventsInTelevisionHistory'' lists this at #42.

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* '''Burger King''' had their notorious "Where's Herb?" ads in 1985-86. The gimmick was that Herb was a man who had never eaten a Whopper in his life, and customers were to be on the lookout for Herb at their local Burger King for a chance to win $5,000. In addition, customers could get Whoppers for only 99 cents if they told the cashier "I'm not Herb." (or if they ''were'' named Herb, that "I'm not the Herb you're looking for."). After initial mass confusion caused by people not being given any hints as to what Herb looked like, he was revealed at a Super Bowl game in January 1986... at which point nobody cared anymore [[note]] Though [[note]]Though Herb did get to be a guest timekeeper at Wrestling/WrestleMania 2, for all that's worth [[/note]].worth[[/note]]. Not helping was a controversy stemming from the fact that a 15-year-old boy spotted Herb at a Burger King in Alabama, but as he was underage the prize had to go to a friend of his who was in the restaurant at the same time, which in turn led to the Alabama state senate declaring consumer fraud. The campaign lasted only three months, and Burger King's profits plummeted by 40% as a result. ''Literature/WhatWereTheyThinkingThe100DumbestEventsInTelevisionHistory'' lists this at #42.
27th Jul '16 10:54:55 PM bowserbros
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** One particular robocall that's been making the rounds in recent months is a scam call stating that the IRS is suing you and that you need to call back to resolve the issue. While the call seems convincing enough, it not only makes this list for being a blatant scam, but also for the fact that [[CriticalResearchFailure the IRS only contacts people through written letters]], rendering the whole attempt futile.
22nd Jul '16 4:08:14 PM atyxyt
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* To promote the game '''Virus''', some marketing group had the [[SarcasmMode smart idea]] of creating a joke program called "Russ", which imitates your computer being affected by a file deleting virus. By the time you probably are in full chaos mode, the ad says, "Thank god this is only a game." and shills the product. People were understandably pissed when this was revealed. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGm8idw45as See this ad in action.]]
22nd Jul '16 9:04:59 AM Maxiboy136
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* Ads that claim that someone made millions through doing something arbitrary. Usually, these ads crop up when you're attempting to download a file, and mess with the download itself. Like fuck off, we don't want to hear how Jim Doe McGee managed to make 300 dollars in a single hour. They're as fake as a Chinese watch, and only serve to scam or infect the average internet user.

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* Ads that claim that someone made millions through doing something arbitrary. Usually, these ads crop up when you're attempting to download a file, and file (and mess with the download itself.itself) or appear in comments sections. Like fuck off, we don't want to hear how Jim Doe McGee managed to make 300 dollars in a single hour. They're as fake as a Chinese watch, and only serve to scam or infect the average internet user.
19th Jul '16 1:09:10 AM dvorak
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* The marketing campaign for the '''UsefulNotes/AtariJaguar''' was a humongous misstep, in part responsible for the death of the Jaguar and its impact on US console development. It featured annoying (e.g. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxuna944dls shrill and condescending]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGvrWvoBkiQ rambling and overly made-up]]) narrators, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQaro-yjBqI grossout "humor"]], BlatantLies regarding the console's technical specs [[note]](the Jaguar was a 32-bit console with two processors, which the advertising department figured added up to 64 bits; by their logic, a modern 64-bit quad-core processor is actually 256-bit)[[/note]], arrogant slogans that channeled the UsefulNotes/ConsoleWars of the era, and a general lack of gameplay footage to offer. It's thought to have contributed to the console's catastrophic launch and eventual failure.

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* The marketing campaign for the '''UsefulNotes/AtariJaguar''' was a humongous misstep, in part responsible for the death of the Jaguar and its impact on US console development. It featured annoying (e.g. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxuna944dls shrill and condescending]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGvrWvoBkiQ rambling and overly made-up]]) narrators, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQaro-yjBqI grossout "humor"]], "humor", religeous harassment,]], BlatantLies regarding the console's technical specs [[note]](the Jaguar was a 32-bit console with two processors, which the advertising department figured added up to 64 bits; by their logic, a modern 64-bit quad-core processor is actually 256-bit)[[/note]], arrogant slogans that channeled the UsefulNotes/ConsoleWars of the era, and a general lack of gameplay footage to offer. It's thought to have contributed to the console's catastrophic launch and eventual failure.
18th Jul '16 12:30:15 AM ArielLightning
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* Adverts that show a random person supposedly saying something to the tune of "I TRIED THIS NEW MEDICINE AND I GOT [[WebVideo/Vinesauce RRRRRRRRRRRIPPPPPPPEDDDD!]]" are a one-stop shop for scams and spamming.

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* Adverts that show a random person supposedly saying something to the tune of "I TRIED THIS NEW MEDICINE AND I GOT [[WebVideo/Vinesauce [[WebVideo/{{Vinesauce}} RRRRRRRRRRRIPPPPPPPEDDDD!]]" are a one-stop shop for scams and spamming.
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