Sex Sells, But These 18 Controversial Ads Crossed the Line – Especially #13!

Basic Marketing 101 – Sex Sells. Every advertiser and marketing student knows that.  You only have a few seconds to grab the attention of your audience, so it is best to use sex in the most creative way possible to immediately grab the attention of your target audience – even if you have to use controversial ads to do it. Controversial ads seem to be the most effective tools to get attention – especially during the digital age with controversial ads, articles, images and other content is almost guaranteed to go viral. However, when it comes to controversial ads and sexual messages, there is a line and you could say that these ads crossed it.

We're pretty sure that chocolate didn't get this nun pregnant....

We’re pretty sure that chocolate didn’t get this nun pregnant….

...but THIS guy definitely had something to do with it!

…but THIS guy definitely had something to do with it!

Was all of this really necessary, Tom Ford?

Was all of this really necessary, Tom Ford?

Vegetarian awareness or promotion for cannibalism?

Vegetarian awareness or promotion for cannibalism?

WHAT THE WHAT???!!

WHAT THE WHAT???!!

Do you even know what Equinox is?

Do you even know what Equinox is?

The product is there, but it's not what you notice!

The product is there, but it’s not what you notice!

You'll never look at a Burger King sandwich the same way again.

You’ll never look at a Burger King sandwich the same way again.

Are you even thinking about buying a UNIT hat when you see this?

Are you even thinking about buying a UNIT hat when you see this?

Can you even see the product? Or, are you trying to see under her dress?

Can you even see the product? Or, are you trying to see under her dress?

Because the only thing you're thinking about is the jeans, right? WRONG!

Because the only thing you’re thinking about is the jeans, right? WRONG!

The message alone is crazy, but the background image is way over the top!

The message alone is crazy, but the background image is way over the top!

We'd rather see the "this is your brain on drugs" egg commercial again.

We’d rather see the “this is your brain on drugs” egg commercial again.

The LAST thing you care about is how much these tights cost.

The LAST thing you care about is how much these tights cost.

Good fashion ad...or the rape scene from "The Accused?"

Good fashion ad…or the rape scene from “The Accused?”

Because rape victims love to drink Vodka.

Because rape victims love to drink Vodka.

An effective anti-smoking ad or child pornography?

An effective anti-smoking ad or child pornography?

Is that what you can expect from the Young Britons' Foundation?

Is that what you can expect from the Young Britons’ Foundation?

 

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