The ad, for a red blazer and pants, said "Shouldn't everyone be well red?" and included the tagline "Teachers' rights vs. Students' rights" and the web address WhereDoYouStand.com. Those who visited the site were then asked, "Should underperforming teachers be protected?"
It's not the first time an advertisement has ruffled feathers. In fact, this misstep is tame by comparison to plenty of other campaigns that have hit the mainstream.
Remember when Calvin Klein came out with those creepy CK ads featuring half-naked, underaged kids being filmed by a creepy director? Abercrombie & Fitch takes a page out of that book almost annually with its catalog, which could be called "Naked Kids Fall 2013." It's like the teen clothing company banks on the press its controversial ads will get it every year.
But that's nothing compared to what Molson faced after launching a campaign to find the best party school in America. It asked students to upload their pictures to Facebook and said it would award whoever uploaded the most pics with a trip to Mexico. The site was flooded with images of underage drinkers in compromising positions.
Speaking of racism, how about this SalesGenie.com commercial that aired during the Superbowl? It has pandas selling bamboo furniture, but in uber-offensive, buffoonish Chinese accents. One of them is even named Ching-Ching:
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's $50 million advertising campaign to attract businesses to New York State is set to launch next week. The money will pay for ads around the country letting business owners know that New York is "open for business."
There is debate over whether that is money well spent.
The Manhattan-based agency that landed the contract to handle the campaign, BBDO, is certainly happy about the launch, as are many economic development agencies and other groups.
But not everyone is singing the project's praises.
"If Governor Cuomo really wanted to make New York "open for business," he could do it without spending a dime," writes the Suffolk County Liberal Report. "Just focus on cutting the three New York State business killers--taxes, regulations and eco insanity."
You'll soon notice a difference in Canadian currency the next time you cross the border. The money has undergone a redesign to make it more durable and secure and to prevent counterfeiting and fraud. $100 and $50 bills have already gone into circulation, $20 bills will come out later this year, and $10 and $5 bills are due by the end of 2013.
Home sales increased in December. Sales rose 4.2 percent to 774 in December from 743 during the same month the previous year. Sales were up 10.4 percent from November's 701 sales, making it the largest December number since the glory days of 2006 and 2007. Newly listed sales were up 13 percent. The positive sales results are being attributed to the region's stretch of unseasonably mild weather.