Thursday, April 30, 2009

Those Wacky Ads From Japan

Times are tough for everyone. Look at Brad Pitt who has to support 27 adopted children by moonlighting as a chauffeur for a Japanese Sumo Wrestler. Actually the Hollywood Hunk is pictured filming a commercial for Japanese TV. Like many celebrities, Brad Pitt has a yen for making these ads. The ad being filmed is for Japanese cell phone company Softbank. More of these “Japanads” can be found here. They feature celebrities like Hilary Duff, Wham! and Mariah Carey in a series of wacky and incomprehensible ads.

Not all ads in Japan use celebrities. A competitor of Softbank, emobile, probably wanted to get Barack Obama. The cost of obtaining the endorsement of a sitting President must be too big for emobiles pockets. Instead they used what the Japanese must consider the next best thing to represent America's first black President. They got a monkey.

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