Lenovo Joins the Malevolent Side of the Online Advertising Industry

On Wednesday evening, the news began to break on Twitter. Computer security analysts had discovered something nefarious about a piece of advertising software called Superfish, which comes pre-installed on cheap Lenovo laptops like the Yoga 2. Superfish was leaving the laptops wide open to takeover by malicious… » 2/20/15 4:34pm 2/20/15 4:34pm

Read No More's Talking Points And Guide For How To Tweet Them Support

Are you ready for No More week? Guess what, it's coming! So are a bunch of tweets that read: "Learn about #NOMORE, a public awareness campaign making a difference in the lives of survivors." And probably people pointing you to this story about a domestic-violence hotline in the Dayton, Ohio area that said it got… » 2/06/15 8:41pm 2/06/15 8:41pm

USA Track & Field: Our Sport Is Cool Because It's Real Basic

USA Track & Field made a TV commercial that aired recently on NBC with enough moving parts to anger or confuse nearly everyone. Which is good for buzz, so it was successful on that front. » 2/05/15 9:09pm 2/05/15 9:09pm

No More, The NFL's Domestic Violence Partner, Is A Sham

The brands have spoken, and they want you to know that domestic violence and sexual assault are bad. In fact, the brands not only think they're bad, but have a theory as to why they persist: the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault don't have a strong enough brand. So, to help get America talking about… » 2/05/15 1:53pm 2/05/15 1:53pm

Why Nationwide Loves Its Dead-Kid Ad

Time for your weekly edition of the Deadspin Funbag. Got something on your mind? Email the Funbag. Today, we're covering Gronk, warring with Canada, caveman masturbation, and more. » 2/03/15 3:17pm 2/03/15 3:17pm

McDonald's Is America's Most Cynical Corporation

McDonald's, the molded plastic king of America's molded plastic cuisine, has decided that money will no longer suffice to purchase its meager offerings; the company now demands that you degrade yourself in order to be fed. » 2/02/15 11:57am 2/02/15 11:57am

Do The NFL's Anti-Domestic Violence Initiatives Actually Even Exist?

As long ago as it now seems, it was only this past July when Roger Goodell decided to suspend Ray Rice for two games after the Baltimore Ravens running back cold-cocked his future wife in an Atlantic City casino elevator. There was outrage, but not enough to change the NFL commissioner's mind. He needed to see the… » 2/01/15 12:12pm 2/01/15 12:12pm

Watch The Deadspin Super Bowl Ad That Was Too Hot For TV!  (NSFW!) 

You know the drill by now: Some dipshit company like GoDaddy or Carl's Jr. makes a lascivious Super Bowl ad, only to be bombarded with a host of last-second edits from the prudes in your average network's S&P department. And then they go ahead and post the uncut ad—highly NSFW (OOH!), like the one above—on their… » 1/29/15 3:17pm 1/29/15 3:17pm

The New McDonald's Ad Is Bullshit

Whether you watched football or the Golden Globes yesterday, you were likely exposed to a new McDonald's ad that featured inspirational messages ("BOSTON STRONG," "HUG THOSE DADS," etc.) from the fast-food company's readerboards around the country. (We made our own, more honest version of the ad, which you can watch… » 1/12/15 2:01pm 1/12/15 2:01pm

Emails: Vice Requires Writers to Get Approval to Write About Brands

At most media organizations, there's a "Chinese wall" between editorial and advertising operations—each department operating independently of one another. At Vice Media—marketing shop first, editorial brand second—that's not quite how it works, according to a series of emails published to Twitter by recently departed… » 10/02/14 12:32pm 10/02/14 12:32pm

Ranking the Hot, Mostly Middle-Aged White Dudes in Viagra Commercials

"In the age of knowing what you're made of, there's no room for erectile dysfunction," says Viagra, who claims that their most recent batch of commercials show men "engaging in daily activities without letting anything get in their way." Right: they don't let anything get in their way of BEING HOT. » 9/24/14 2:18pm 9/24/14 2:18pm

That Stupid Derek Jeter Ad Will Make You Cry For America

On Thursday, The Gatorade Company Inc.—a marketing shop with a secondary concern in the manufacture and distribution of sweetened salt water—released an advertisement featuring Derek Jeter, one of the worst players in baseball. » 9/19/14 5:11pm 9/19/14 5:11pm

A More Honest Version Of Gatorade's Derek Jeter Ad

The Internet's falling over itself today to provide yet another major corporation free advertising in the form of a Derek Jeter video. This one, from Gatorade, is similar to the Nike spot that ran during the All-Star Game; it, too, has some inaccuracies we felt the need to correct. » 9/18/14 2:16pm 9/18/14 2:16pm

Time Inc. Rates Writers on How "Beneficial" They Are to Advertisers

Time Inc. has fallen on hard times. Would you believe that this once-proud magazine publishing empire is now explicitly rating its editorial employees based on how friendly their writing is to advertisers? » 8/18/14 11:41am 8/18/14 11:41am

A More Honest Version Of The Nike/Jordan Jeter "RE2PECT" TV Ad

Nike's Jordan brand released a new spot on YouTube today that has sports media outlets scrambling to heap on as much free advertising for the multinational sportswear behemoth and its retiring Yankees shortstop spokesperson as possible. » 7/14/14 12:25pm 7/14/14 12:25pm

Harrowing Ad Running During Olympics Advises You To Pray For Death

This advertisement, spotted today on NBC Sports Network, seems worth bringing to your attention. Presumably paid for when the time slot was being filled by one of the network's strange gun shows, it features a concerned citizen pointing out that America will, sooner or later, be struck by natural disaster or a… » 2/20/14 12:32pm 2/20/14 12:32pm

"The Big Game" An Unnecessary Super Bowl Synonym, Thanks To The NFL

The Super Bowl doesn't need a nickname. It's the fucking Super Bowl. Alas, as an ever-litigious NFL cracks down on businesses that use those trademarked words in advertising without paying King Goodell an appropriate amount of gold, "The Big Game" has become a go-to for industries that aren't official league… » 1/31/14 9:45am 1/31/14 9:45am

Budweiser's Puppy-Filled Super Bowl Ad Will Melt Your Heart

Here is an emotionally manipulative Super Bowl ad featuring a puppy kissing a horse, which Belgian-Brazilian conglomerate Anheuser-Busch InBev has released in the hopes that sites like this one will cynically link to it, thus associating their Budweiser brand not only with cute puppies, but with a certain edgy, in… » 1/29/14 12:03pm 1/29/14 12:03pm