Friday, 3 February 2012
“I’m all for protecting the kids from seeing things they really shouldn’t be seeing, so I understand and agree with certain things not being shown on public television. But I also recognize that sometimes NOT getting shown on TV can actually be a huge benefit!
First of all, when marketers are free from the normal constraints of advertising sometimes they can come up with really “attractive” ads. And banned commercials are great examples of advertisements which obviously received excellent Return On Investment, based on the sheer number of online views each one received. Indeed, these are the most popular of all banned commercials.
I don’t know about you, but I’d be happy to have one of my ads viewed as many times as the worst performing of those featured here…”
The above image is an ad by Jean-Paul Gaultier. I was searching for it in his archives, but couldn't find it. It appeared in magazines around 1990. I wondered why there was no trace of it online -- had it been banned?
It features a giant woman in a body stocking, into which two rows of mammaries have been stitched. She is high on a pedestal. She is on all fours. She is powerful, a roar comes from her open mouth. She wears very dark glasses. Beneath her, are tiny, tiny men suckling from her many breasts.
I think that Jean- Paul is playing with the notion of the Fertility Goddess. She is powerful, more powerful than we could dream.
While searching, I came across some great "banned" stuff. Here are a few of the images.
And this one from Snidely Whiplash
For more banned advertisements click here.