Thursday, December 20th, 2012

‘Race jokes’ in South Africa

South African advertising is known for its eagerness for political commentary; very little ends up being off-limits. Blink Stefanus, or BS Beer (the double meaning for ‘bullshit’ being an obvious choice) is no exception. In September this year the brand won a Pendoring, a local South African advertising award for TV and print campaigns in the Afrikaans language.

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Nike Chiefs

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

If you’re not on TV, you don’t exist

This commercial is currently saturating terrestrial British TV channels. BMW shows off new wheels on sanitized streets of Cape Town. Narrator likes to work hard, play rough. Don’t like black coffee. Brother Freddy is a model. He...

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Sunday Ephemera No.6

The wages of identity politics. When the memory of the 19th century radical American leader and thinker, Frederick Douglas, was enlisted (hopefully unsolicited) for a commercial for 1970s TV ad for afro hair gel.

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Everybody Say “Yeah Yeah!”

Some of us will be a bit preoccupied with, you know, the biggest event in the world this weekend so it’s only natural that this Sunday will come and go without our tuning in to watch the...

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

And Then There Was Adidas

“adidas Originals invites you to join David Beckham, Daft Punk, Snoop Dogg, Franz Beckenbauer, Noel Gallagher, Ian Brown, Ciara, Jay Baruchel, DJ Neil Armstrong and some of your dear, old friends for an intergalactic 2010 FIFA World...

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Vamos a ir a Sudafrica

Whether you’re in the Netherlands, Australia or Mexico, it seems Africa looks the same (but you already knew that). In yet another “original” 2010 World Cup promo, we find actors and newscasters from Mexico’s Televisa network “on...

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Animal Kingdom

It will get ridiculous over the next month.   For now the price goes to goes to the Australian media company, Optus. This is the concept for the ad, above: “… To prepare for the 2010 FIFA World...

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

It must be Africa

EDIT: Earlier today I saw this ad on a feed from Dutch TV during the Ghana-Holland friendly. And then it did not look funny. It’s getting ridiculous. Children, animals and Masai. The commercial by ING Bank, official...

Friday, May 21st, 2010

The best World Cup commercial?

After my praise of Bono earlier today, you must be wondering: No I am not lightheaded.  It’s the World Cup stupid. Clever commercial by Nike. Probably the best of the 2010 bunch I’ve seen thus far. And...

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Welcome to the Rainbow Nation

So, the BBC has unveiled this trailer, titled “The World Cup from the Rainbow Nation,” to promote its coverage of the 2010 World Cup. As The Guardian notes, the clip features “a montage of African...

Sunday, September 6th, 2009


The Nigerian government is upset with a new (internet only?) commercial for SONY’s PS3 video game console. The government’s ire is reserved for the character who says 8 seconds into the ad: “You can’t believe everything you...

Sunday, August 9th, 2009