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

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

Florida Trial Lawyer John Morgan Running Massive Pro-Tebow Ad Campaign

John Morgan, whose "For The People" slogan has made him Florida's most famed trial attorney, might not seem a likely Tim Tebow supporter. Morgan's a devoted supporter of liberal causes, and Tebow is not. That isn't stopping Morgan from launching a huge campaign to get the Jacksonville Jaguars to sign the… » 5/08/13 11:59am 5/08/13 11:59am

Here's A 1984 Commercial Starring Chris Berman Shilling A $50 Satin…

The year is 1984. ESPN has just become America's biggest cable TV channel, reaching nearly 30 million homes. It has not, however, yet shown a profit. Perhaps in an attempt to create a new revenue stream (the days of five-dollar subscriber fees being well into the future) the brains in Bristol started selling… » 3/08/13 10:30am 3/08/13 10:30am

Expensive Cable Sports Are Always Expensiver Than Ever

Today the New York Times's Brian Stelter crunches the (preposterous) numbers and finds runaway sports-programming costs weighing down the cable bill of everyone in America, whether or not they give Shit One about sports. The phrase "impending $7 billion deal with the Dodgers" should give you an idea. Other, more… » 1/26/13 4:00pm 1/26/13 4:00pm