27 Controversial Print Ads

Advertising is all about grabbing the attention of the audience and making an impact. Some advertisers, take it up an extra notch, and present their ads in such an unusual, extraordinary, yet disturbing manner, that they end up having some controversial results. However, in the advertising industry, controversy is nothing new, and as long as that prevails, some advertisers think that it is okay to use this kind of advertising, known as “Shockvertising,” to promote their products.

What this does is, that it not only attracts the audience but it has an impact on the viewer’s mind that he/she will still be thinking about that product long after seeing the ad. What they do not realize is that showing such commercials on national television or in national newspapers, means exposing them to the young generation, and most of these ads, as you will see below, are highly inappropriate for younger children to see, either due to explicit content, or due to racist or sexist messages.

The debate lies where, despite the inaapropriateness, these ads are a product of the height of creativity. And naturally, one person’s creative output is offensive to another, and the other way around. But at the end of the day, it is bound to act like a double-edged sword. It can either make you or break you. It can either lead to career suicide or make you climb up the corporate ladder.

Here are 27 of the most controversial ads over the years.

American Laser: Hair Removal

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Panasonic: Intelligent Face Detector

panasonic-intelligent-face-detector

Lifebuoy: Kitten

lifebuoy-kitten

WWF Brasil: Tsunami

wwf-brasil-tsunami

St Matthew in the City Church: Mary Christmas

st-mattew-in-the-city-church-mary-christmas

Hell Pizza: Hell Cross Bun

hell-pizza-hell-cross-bun

Antonio Federici Ice Cream: Immaculately Conceived

Immaculately-conceinved

Ashtray Mouth: Roach Girl

ashtraymouth-roach-girl

Aware Helpline: Verbal Abuse

verbal-abuse

Caribu Bitter: Canari

Caribu Bitter: Poison

caribu-bitter-poison

Children Health Foundation: Child Abuse

children-health-foundation-child-abuse

Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers: England

Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers England

Community for the Elderly: Hangman’s Noose

community-for-the-eldery

Don’t Cut a Dream

dont-cut-a-dream

Family Network Foundation: Dad

family-network-foundation-dad

Good Parent: Girl

good-parent

Government of the State of Santa Catarina: Hamburger

Government-of-the-State-of-Santa-Catarina-Hamburger

International Society for Human Rights: Burka

burka

Just Liquid Hand Wash: Maggots

just-liquid-handwash

Keimling Vegetarian Restaurant: Chain

Keimling-vegetarian-restaurant-Chain

Marie Claire: Mouth

marie-claire-mouth

Masterlock: Hippes

masterlock-hippes

McDonald’s: Individuals

Mcdonalds

Popeye Detergent Hipoalergenic: Hell Raiser

Popeye-Detergent-Hipoalergenic-Hell-raiser

Roy Awards: Eyes

roy-awards

WWF: Baby

wwf-baby


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1 Comment

  1. xiant says:

    very controversial !