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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...

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