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Posts Tagged ‘Ben Ouellette’

Cigarettes and Bodily Waste: The Ugly Truth

Lately, there’s a lot of content to cover on the bathroom humor beat. Yesterday, we reviewed some poop comedy for the new Clorox campaign. Today, we have a 30-second spot titled “Poop vs. Pee” from Arnold Worldwide and truth, the anti-smoking organization. This ad takes a radical shift in tone from meaningless poop jokes. There may be some uncomfortable chuckling here, but the point is to make the viewer aware of two facts: methane, a chemical in dog poop, can be found in cigarette smoke; urea, a chemical in cat pee, is also used in cigarettes. As you’ll see in the clip, there are some silly sound effects and visual representations to make it obvious that bodily excrement is gross, and in turn, chemicals found in our waste shouldn’t be voluntarily inhaled.

On truth’s website, you can read about their strategy for raising awareness, which is echoed in the commercial. They don’t tell people to stop smoking, because that sort of pitch doesn’t work on little children, let alone addicted smokers. So, to get the point across, they appeal to their target audience with alternative methods, such as disgusting facts. Stripping away moralistic lecturing in favor of poop jokes might just be bizarre enough to catch someone’s attention. Credits after the jump.

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Jack Daniel’s Celebrates America’s Hand-Crafted, Independent Spirit

“Craft is about a commitment to a standard, and to a way of doing things…a real appreciation of doing things the right way,” Christian Helms, an Austin, TX native who’s one of Jack Daniel’s annual Independence Day poster creators. This year, Arnold Worldwide’s moving from Yee-Haw Industries and working with independent artists from not only Austin, but Berkeley, CA and Brooklyn, NY to create hand-made posters representing the importance of tradition and craft.

The American whiskey brand documented each poster-maker’s process, reflecting the time and energy put into their unique creations. Jack Daniel’s still mass-manufactures their whiskey (otherwise you couldn’t buy it for 15.00 at your local liquor store), but this campaign gets at the down-home, historic roots of the amber liquid creators.

The videos are featured on Jack Daniel’s newly redesigned website (also an homage to the history behind the brand) and on Facebook. They’ll also be shown in bars across the nation, alongside the finished posters.

America the Beautiful: where independent artists, international agencies, and whiskey giants celebrate together. Happy fourth!

More images, videos, and credits after the jump.

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The Zac Brown Band is Jack Daniel’s Model of Responsible Drinking

From Arnold Worldwide comes a new campaign for Jack Daniel’s that lauds the seriousness of responsible drinking. And, who better to instruct America’s whiskey drinking public on the importance of togetherness and watching your friends’ backs than Georgia-based Grammy-winning country group, the Zac Brown Band? With beards like that, it’s fully believable that the band has some veteran experience with imbibing Tennessee bourbon.

As you might recall, Jack Daniel’s partnered with ZBB in August for an integrated campaign and tour dates that included some heavily sponsored sold-out tour dates. As part of the next phase of the campaign, ZBB is starring in two new TV spots for Jack, beginning with “Responsibility” (above). With the tagline “Protect Your Band,” ZBB calls for the watching over of one’s bros when leisurely ingesting liquor.

So, dear readers, when the upcoming weekend threatens to claim one of your own, remember the wise words of the Zac Brown Band, and leave no man behind. Credits and one more spot follow after the jump.

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