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Archives: August 2007

Dude… What’s With The Girl Sitting On Your Lap?

One of the things that drives us nuts about the ad industry is that everyone is posturing. What happened to being humble, curious or even just “nice?” Here’s an example provided to us by a tipster. Harry Bernstein (aka Harry Beee) is a Senior Art Director at Berlin Cameron United. He was featured last year in New York Magazine’s Lookbook. And now… Heron Preston, who’s such a cool guy, recently held an interview with Bernstein about his job. While we hear that Harry has done some excellent work on Heineken and some other brands, he also happens to be responsible for that terrible 50Cent commerical for Vitamin Water that had folks other than just us poking holes in the execution. Hey – everyone screws up once in awhile. That’s not what we’re jaw droppingly taking note of.

In this interview, he goes on to talk about his past at Ogilvy, how he loves to hang out and how great it is that securing a global account lets you fly around the world. Here’s a gem of a quote: “You know… you try and cast hot girls.” And then… WTF? Harry has his girlfriend (?) or just a girl (?) sitting on his lap during this entire video. We just can’t take him seriously. No way. Dude has zero humility. You gotta watch it.

Promise. We’ll get back to highlighting some campaigns for the rest of the day, but we just couldn’t let this one pass considering the amount of recent emails/comments we’ve gotten about the state of women in the ad industry. Come on… when women represent just over 50 percent of the US population, but account for 80 percent of US consumer spending you gotta wonder if dudes like this can work on accounts that aren’t male centric. Is it Mad Men all over again?

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McCann Erickson Makes A Really, Really Dumb Mistake


Check out the Intel ad above featuring a Causacian white-collar employee standing over six prone black men. We’re guessing that is one of those ads that was created totally unconsciously and with 100% stupidity. In any case, Intel has issued an apology due to severe blogosphere backlash. See the letter after the jump.

So, who is responsible for this total shitstorm? A spokesperson for Intel said that, “I won’t point fingers. Both Intel and McCann-Erickson were working closely on this.” So, we’re still waiting for McCann Erickson’s apology. You know they created the damn thing. The client just foolishly gave it the thumbs up. McCann? Right now would be good…. like right now. Anyone know who the creative director was? Don’t worry. We’re not going to lynch him, but we’re just sort of curious about his/her thought process. Create a fake gmail account and let us know at agencyspy at mediabistro dot com

Meanwhile, Intel competitor AMD has set up a page called “Break Free,” where they highlight all the news of the current anti-trust lawsuit against their rival. Someone should start a page for McCann, which documents all their mess-ups like their L’Oreal/Penelope Cruz debacle or their loss of Buick to Burnett or even, their Powerade ad that was deemed dangerous by the ASA. Sorry, but McCann is fast becoming the agency we dislike most. Can you believe it? Read more