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5 of the most controversial ads pulled from TV screens in the midst of Kendall Jenner-Pepsi aftermath

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The ad, in any case, is not the first to stretch the limits and be all around chastised by TV viewers. Here’s a glance at five different ads/promotions that got yanked taking after quick backlash.

1.) Nationwide’s Super Bowl ad, 2015

A young boy describes all the activities he’ll never be able to do — because he died in a home accident. A narrator then says, “At Nationwide, we believe in protecting what matters most — your kids.”

Critics decided the ad was too morbid for football’s biggest night of the year. It was pulled before the Super Bowl and replaced with an ad featuring actress Mindy Kaling.

 

2.) Carl’s Jr. Super Bowl ad, 2012

Carl’s Jr. has been known for its racy commercials featuring scantily clad models in bikinis chomping on burgers. In 2012, Sports Illustrated knockout Kate Upton was featured in a Carl’s Jr. ad that found her writhing around in a convertible while sweating, removing clothing and chomping on a burger. It was banned from airing during the Super Bowl.

Last week, the company decided to stop its raunchy ads altogether. A commercial showed a fictional Carl Sr. removing his son, Carl Jr., from the premises (who was “responsible” for the risque ads).

 

3.) Daisy Girl ad, 1964

This may be the epitome of controversial television advertising, and it goes all the way back to 1964. The political ad, for incumbent president Lyndon B. Johnson, aired during the 1964 presidential election cycle against opponent Barry Goldwater. It aired only once but was considered crucial in the enormous victory Johnson had over his Republican counterpart.

In it, a young girl plucks flower petals, and begins to count but gets stuck or distracted at nine and pauses. Then, in voiceover, a more masculine voice counts down from ten before a nuclear explosion ensues. The perceived opponent, Goldwater, is not mentioned in the ad, but he had campaigned for using more aggressive military action, including nuclear weapons if necessary.

 

4.) GapKids ad campaign, 2016

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In 2016, Gap pulled its ad for kids clothing that depicted a 12-year-old white girl leaning her arm on an 8-year-old black girl. The two are adopted sisters, but critics perceived the commercial as “racist,” the Daily News reported at the time. Gap replaced the image in its campaign and apologized for the unintended racial message.

 

5.) GoDaddy’s Super Bowl ad, 2015

The game-day commercial for the domain name provider was pulled in 2015 after it depicted a lost puppy finding his way back home, only to be sold off again because the owner had sold him on a GoDaddy website. Critics and animal rights activists took to Twitter to pan the commercial for being insensitive. Some believed it injected humor into a situation that is not laughable — the adoption of animals in need of a home. A Change.org petition emerged to get GoDaddy to pull the commercial.

 

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