Harsher In Hindsight / Advertising

Made Harsher in Hindsight by Real Life Events

  • Not too long ago, Greyhound unveiled a series of billboard ads with the phrase "There's a reason you've never heard of 'Bus Rage'", mere weeks before a passenger was murdered and beheaded aboard a Greyhound bus in Canada.
  • WaMu (Washington Mutual Bank) ran ads in the mid-2000s showing that they kept the "stuffy old bankers" penned up where they couldn't get in the way of their innovative financial services. Then they folded in the 2008 banking crisis.
  • Pretty much any pro-smoking ad or cigarette commercial falls under this after it was revealed smoking is a leading cause of cancer.
    • But some are more egregious in their harshness than others, such as this Camel ad, which stated that more doctors smoke them than other brands.
  • After 2012 Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend, Nike pulled a poster featuring the track star, which contained the tagline: "I am the bullet in the chamber."
  • FedEx did a commercial where Steve Irwin (of Crocodile Hunter fame) was bitten by a snake, and croaked because the antivenom wasn't shipped by FedEx and didn't get there. Of course, it wasn't a snake that ultimately killed him, but still...
  • Lose weight with AYDS! Yeah, about that...
  • You've got to feel a bit disgusted that former British and Australian kids star and convicted paedophile Rolf Harris made a public service announcement warning children about strangers inappropriately touching them in sensitive places.
  • There was a TV commercial for Flexon that showed a building ducking out of the way of an oncoming plane. Due to VERY bad timing, this was actually shown on TV a few days AFTER 9/11!
  • Ernest P. Worrell filmed a PSA warning Vern to quit smoking before "the groundhogs will be bringin' you your mail." His actor Jim Varney's cause of death years later? Lung cancer.
  • This PSA on an active shooter situation features one of the shooters depicted in a scenario as wearing a skull face mask, combat gear, and wielding an assault rifle. This is exactly what the person who killed 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs would don.