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28 Banned Ads, Products and People

— February 14, 2009 — Marketing
Finding out that something has been banned often raises its allure; for that reason, advertisement and commercials that have been rejected from airing on public TV, appearing on billboards, magazines, or general marketing approaches considered too risque for a product can often get even more buzz than the campaigns that do make it.

In fact, we've seen a flurry of ads so shocking, some o four writers have speculated that they may have been designed to be rejected in order to create hefty buzz on a budget; after all, a huge part of advertising costs lie in having something aired or published.

The internet makes it possible for us to see these ads that in the past would likely have remained unseen outside of their creative agencies. That being said, be prepared to be shocked and amused!
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
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Banned Video Graveyards
Banned Video Graveyards
YouTomb
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24
No More Scrabble on Facebook
No More Scrabble on Facebook
Scrabulous Game Banned?
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23
Swear Jars
Swear Jars
Budweiser Viral Banned from TV, Flourishing on Web
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22
Banning Gay Commercials
Banning Gay Commercials
Gayonnais Ad Leads to Heinz Boycott
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21
Fake Blogs Banned
Fake Blogs Banned
Crackdown on Corporate Fakes (Watch Out Wal-Mart, Sony and McDonalds)
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20
Banning Size Zero
Banning Size Zero
US Considers "The Beauty of Health"
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19
Banning Cars In School Zones
Banning Cars In School Zones
UK Encourages Kids To Walk
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18
Digital Cheating
Digital Cheating
Top Chess Player Banned for Using Bluetooth To Cheat
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17
Banning Food Photography
Banning Food Photography
NYC Chef Bans Food Photography, Bloggers Rebell
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16
Blashphemous Cosmetics
Blashphemous Cosmetics
Looking Good for Jesus Banned in Singapore
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15
Banned Mini Ad
Banned Mini Ad
Controversial Guerrilla Campaign
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14
Big Blog Pranksters
Big Blog Pranksters
Gizmodo Blogger Banned from CES
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13
Next Top Model Judge Janice Dickinson Banned From Fashion Week
Next Top Model Judge Janice Dickinson Banned From Fashion Week
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12
Banning Controversial Ads
Banning Controversial Ads
Kotex Beaver Ad
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11
Banning Lady Boys
Banning Lady Boys
Thai Men Must Keep Balls
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10
Scratch & Strip Label
Scratch & Strip Label
Sexy Beer Banned from Shelves
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9
Controversial Cuisine
Controversial Cuisine
8 Banned Foods
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8
Sexy Xbox Game Banned
Sexy Xbox Game Banned
Mass Effect Banned in Singapore
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7
Political Pride Protests
Political Pride Protests
Sarah Palin Drag Queens Banned at Gay Carnival
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6
Getting Naughty With Vegetables
Getting Naughty With Vegetables
PETA's Pro-Vegetarian Commercial Banned from Super Bowl
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5
Sexy 'Booth Babes' Banned at Game Trade Show
Sexy 'Booth Babes' Banned at Game Trade Show
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4
Size Zero Models Banned By Unilever
Size Zero Models Banned By Unilever
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3
Banned Shockvertisements
Banned Shockvertisements
Overly-Morbid Print Ads
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2
Banvertisements
Banvertisements
10 Over-the-Top Ads Banned Worldwide (This is Why We Love the Web)
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1
Banned Celebrity Ads
Banned Celebrity Ads
Eva Mendes for CK Secret Obsession
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