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Burger King Blasted for Ad That Looks a Lot Like ‘Billy on the Street’

“Man on the street” interviews are popular in advertising. Brands love to take their product to the people to solicit for cheers and raves. But Burger King is getting an earful on Twitter for an ad that looks a little too much like comedian Billy Eichner‘s popular “Billy on the Street” act.
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VP Biden to Appear in PSAs with Mariska Hargitay During Sunday’s SVU Marathon

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Every woman deserves to live her life free from violence and fear. #1Is2Many #VAWA

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Continuing with the Administration’s efforts to stop domestic violence and sexual assault, Vice President Joe Biden will appear in PSAs alongside Mariska Hargitay, aka Det. Olivia Benson on Law & Order: SVU, airing during a marathon of that show on the USA Network this Sunday.

The 14-hour marathon is part of the recognition of October’s National Domestic Violence Awareness month, presented in partnership with Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation and the No More Foundation and highlighting the White House’s 1Is2Many campaign.

“Society continues to misplace blame and shame on survivors — both women and men. That has to end. I am so profoundly grateful to the vice president, who continues to use his voice — and office — to speak boldly about these issues and stand up for survivors,” said Hargitay in a statement.

The episodes that are airing will focus on domestic violence and alleviating the stigma related to it.

The “No More Excuses” marathon event will start at 9am ET and air throughout the day.

 Via Today.com and American Spectator

On the Menu for This Week’s Scandal: Death Threats, Pork Roast & 76-Year-Old Scotch

Let’s start with the worst move of the night: Cyrus did the deed with sex worker and Portia di Rossi operative Michael. (I promise, I’ll learn Portia Di Rossi’s character’s name next week.)

First, Cyrus runs into him while he’s at a restaurant waiting for some business school friends. (He’s using his prostitution earnings to pay tuition.) Then he calls Cyrus at work and they have a flirty convo. Then they end up at a bar.

“You’re thirsty, but you don’t want a drink,” says Michael.

“I don’t pay for sex,” says Cyrus.

“You wouldn’t be paying for sex. You’d be paying for privacy,” replies Michael.

Next thing you know, Cyrus is in a hotel room handing over a $2,500 stack plus gratuities for services and Portia Di Rossi is smiling over a plot well laid. (Ha!)

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NFL Wasn’t Joking About That Beats Ban

colin beatsRemember that time the NFL said players shouldn’t be caught wearing Beats by Dre headphones before, during or after games because the league’s ears belong to Bose? Colin Kaeperneck tried it and got fined.

After a game on Sunday, Kaepernick wore a large pink pair of Beats headphones to a press conference. (The headphones are pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.) For the infraction, Kaepernick was fined $10,000.

But is this all a part of a Beats PR plan?

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Sarah Silverman Says Goodbye to Her Breasts In PSA to Close the Wage Gap

sarah silvermanSarah Silverman is not known for subtlety. She’s putting that gift to work on behalf of the Equal Payback Project, which is crowdfunding for $29,811,746,430,000, the amount women lose during the course of their careers due to the gender wage gap.

In the NSFW PSA, Silverman “the vagina owner” is at a doctor’s office to become the proud owner of a European penis. As a man, she won’t have to pay the $500,000 vagina tax that other working women are subject to by virtue of this inequality. That’s one way to go about it.

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Sex & The City 3 Could Be On the Way: 5 Tips to Modernize the Movie

It’s baaaack! Well it could be. And actually, it never really went anywhere.

The fabulous four ladies of Sex & the City might be strutting their Manolos back onto the silver screen according to social media hints from two of the stars, Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie) and Kristin Davis (Charlotte). Add to that word from Jennifer Hudson — who played Carrie’s assistant from St. Louis in the first film — that there are “talks” happening and you’ve got a serious rumor situation going.

Turn on the TV at just about any time of day and you can catch an old episode of the HBO show on any number of channels. The program made its mark for all the great fashions, the frank discussions of topics a lot of women are interested in, and a portrayal of life in the Big Apple that’s just as quirky, stressful and romantic as any ever portrayed.

But the show is also, in many ways, dated. One of the major criticisms of the show and, later the movies, are that they convey a vision of Manhattan that doesn’t take into account things like the recession.

So if the movie does come back for a third go-round, it’s going to need a big refresh in order to capture the pop culture zeitgeist the way it did back in the 90s and early 2000s. Here are some suggestions for how Sex & the City 3 can refresh the brand.

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Beats Gets Hit With Another Marketing Blow: NFL Bans Them For Bose Deal

colin beatsBeats by Dre headphones have a great relationship with athletes, not such a great relationship with athletic leagues. Bose is the latest brand to negotiate a marketing deal that effectively gives the boot to Beats. The contract with the NFL bans them from pre-season practices and training camps, from actual games, and all televised interviews no matter where they are (in the locker room, during a press conference, etc). The NFL is responsible for enforcing the rule.

Previously, Sony entered into a licensing deal with FIFA and basically banned Beats from soccer matches. Both brands have clearly learned their lesson from the Olympics, in which Panasonic had a sponsorship deal and was overshadowed by all of the athletes walking around rocking their free Beats headphones.

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Better Call Saul Has a Music Video, But We Still Know Very Little About the Show

In a media world where secrets are pretty hard to keep, it’s incredible that a popular, Emmy winning show like Breaking Bad could have a spin-off coming starring one of its most popular characters and we still have very little to go on.

But that’s the case for Better Call Saul, the origin story that traces the life of everyone’s favorite corrupt fixer, Saul Goodman. Up until yesterday, we had a Twitter page, a couple of minuscule teasers, and a hint, care of the creators, Vince Gill and Peter Gould.

Now we also have a country music video, filled with Albuquerque desert, spinning signs and old-timey TVs. And a few shots of Saul right at the end.

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Subway Implies That Women Should Stay Skinny for ‘Sexy’ Halloween Costumes

subway halloween adSubway‘s most recent ad implies that people — “people” meaning “women” — should stay thin past summer because they have to look good in all those “sexy” Halloween costumes like “attractive nurse” or “hot devil.” Because we need more stupid marketing in the world.

The ads have been called sexist. And, yes, meh on this ad. Subway tells the Today show that “some people” (also women) are missing the “intended humor of the ad,” which is another way of saying, “We’re sorry you were offended.”

We’ll propose that the problem here is taste as much as sexism. And no, we’re not talking about the taste of the sandwiches.

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Scandal Thursday: The SOTU, Booty Calls in Room 207 and the War of the Elliots

When we left off last week, we had a Senator in the hospital and another who said she put him there for being a letch. That story line was put on hold this week so we could meet the Elliots, who take domestic discord to brand new heights.

Lisa Elliot, or the “Angel of Mesa” as she’s also known, is a national hero who is in a wheelchair after being hit in the spine during a mass school shooting. Her husband, James Elliot, is a military vet who was tortured by the Taliban. Together, America loves them. Behind the scenes they want to kill each other.

President Fitz wants them sitting in the gallery as he delivers the State of the Union address, which will focus on gun control. Press Sec Abby is pulling out her beautiful red hair because she needs b-roll of heroes in love to make this a successful SOTU. What’s a White House in tumult to do? Sounds like a case for Olivia Pope. #ItsHandled

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