Controversy Alert: Nike

Exercise is healthy. Exercise addiction is not healthy. So is Nike’s new “Addiction” ad simply provocative, or is it over the line? You be the judge.

Regardless of message, from an artistic standpoint this is one of the best commercials I’ve seen in a while.

Controversy Alert: DirecTV

Everyone loved Gregor the Russian Guy (“opulence, I has it” was one of the best commercial catchphrases of 2010). One of DirecTV’s newer commercials was less popular. And now this. Cue the controversy.

Knowing how sensitive people are, I wouldn’t be surprised if this DirecTV spot has a short shelf life. “The Whale” is played by Vietnamese-American comedian Dat Phan. And the tune in the background is Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” (actually, it’s “He Got Game” by Public Enemy which samples Buffalo Springfield).

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