PETA is up to it again, gaining easy publicity (yes, I get the irony that I’m posting it here) by convincing women to appear nude in their ads. This time, it’s Miss USA pageant winners Susie Castillo, Shandi Finnessey, Shanna Moakler, and Alyssa Campanella.
“I was so disgusted that I would wear this skin of this living being on my body and consider myself beautiful,” Ms. Finnessey says in the press release. “What would happen if that happened to a human being? We would be outraged. So what’s the difference?”
No animals were exploited in the making of this ad. Well, maybe one species.
For those of you who haven’t followed the American TV comedy Arrested Development, Cross plays former analyst/therapist Tobias Fünke, a member of the tragicomic Bluth family by marriage. His total lack of self-awareness, including the implication that he is homosexual, is played for awkward laughs, as is his rare psychological disorder of “never-nude” syndrome:
Tobias suffers from “never-nude” syndrome (which, as the narrator states, is “exactly what it sounds like”) and wears denim cut-off shorts under his underwear (and underneath that, a tube sock) at all times in order to avoid anyone (including himself and his wife) seeing his genitalia. The condition is similar to severe gymnophobia, although it is portrayed humorously. In the episode “In God We Trust”, he attempts to reach out to his nephew George Michael during his tenure in the “Adam” muscle-suit for the “Living Classics Pageant” mistakenly assuming they have the same phobia (in reality, George Michael is trying to impress his cousin, Maeby). He conquers this for a time in the middle of Season 1, but after a close-up picture of his genitalia is shown on the evening news (where it has been mistaken for a photo showing evidence of WMDs in Iraq), he is driven back to the cut-offs.
Hard days for copywriters nowadays. Each message should be as compact as possible.
Not for The Animal Care Society, a nonprofit that saves dogs and cats from euthanasia.
Rather than using disturbing imagery, they chose to tell the uplifting true story of Betsy, a dog that was actually saved by The Animal Care Society (ACS).
Nice work! And smart that they use the same story on the ACS homepage.
The science is questionable. I’m pretty sure that carnivorous animals have lots of intercourse, too, and most animal sex (with exceptions such as bonobos and their uptight primate cousins, humans) is pretty nasty, brutish and short.
It’s a historic day. The day that PETA came with ads without nudity.
It’s about horses. And drugs. In the year in which we are ashamed about Lance Armstrong. And there is more which we should be ashamed: horse racing.
These new ads are made for PETA’s mobile billboard and will be displayed to visitors of the 2013 Kentucky Derby.
The billboard draws attention to the misuse of both “therapeutic” and illegal drugs that the racing industry uses to keep injured and tired horses running, leading to the deadly breakdown of more than three horses every day on U.S. racetracks.
PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo: “The biggest tradition in thoroughbred racing isn’t fancy hats or cocktails—it’s illegal drugs that cause countless tragic breakdowns and the deaths of dozens of horses on racetracks every week. PETA’s message to people who care about animals is that when it comes to horse races, don’t attend ‘em, don’t watch ‘em, and don’t bet on ‘em.”
Horses who survive being pumped full of performance-enhancing drugs and being forced to run at breakneck speed face another threat: When thoroughbreds can no longer run, they are often sold at auction, packed onto crowded trucks, and shipped to slaughterhouses, where they are shot in the head, are hoisted into the air by one leg, and have their throats slit so that their flesh can be sold for human consumption.
Above is only a tiny slice of this brutally simple infographic by Joe Chernov, VP of Marketing at Kinvey and Robin Richards, the head of design firm ripetungi.
Rob says, “The great irony is that the shark is arguably the most feared animal on the planet, yet whereas they killed 12 people last year (a peak year), we kill that many every four seconds. Please share this infographic and check out the organizations listed in the footer. Maybe with enough support we can do something to curb finning and protect the ocean’s apex predator.”
There are roughly two popular styles to promote vegetarianism. The PETA way: showing hooters because vegetarianism makes you beautiful and horny.
The other way is a funny video always ending with horrible pictures about factory farming.
This new campaign is from the second category.
It’s funny and I like it. But I’m also curious about another angle. That we see so little.
In Mad Sausage we see a hungry young man gets served some serious food for thought when a sausage starts telling his dramatic life story. What he hears will change his life forever.
Director Louis van Zwol decided to create this spot after reading ‘Eating Animals’ by author Jonathan Safran Foer. Together with production company IamErika, he assembled a team of advertising and film professionals from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, who wanted to make a difference. This project is a product of both their love for film and sense of ethical responsibility towards animals.
Manti Te’o is a linebacker on the University of Notre Dame’s legendary football team. He has also been the object of ridicule, lately, over the revelation that his “girlfriend” whose death he was mourning doesn’t exist.
It’s Mental Health Awareness Week in several countries, so it seemed like the right time to share this series of illustrations by Toby Allen, titled “Real Monsters”: Although it could be misconstrued as literally demonizing people with mental illness, the externalization of the various disorders as evil creatures who prey…
In early October 2013 a boat filled with African migrants sank off of the Italian island of Lampedusa, killing at least 111 people, and more than 200 are still missing. Friday the 4th of October 2013, was declared a day of mourning in Italy. The event has brought much introspection…
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