Domestic Violence and the NFL

Everyone knows that the NFL has a problem with domestic violence (as in, the players are violent and then they get caught). Ray Rice, Ray McDonald, Jonathan Dwyer, Quincy Enunwa, Junior Galette, and Josh McNary have all been arrested for domestic violence in the past year (for a complete list of NFL arrests dating back to 2000, see here). The league came under fire for their lenient punishments for these crimes over the past several months, and is in desperate need of some good PR. Apparently it’s here. The NFL donated airtime during the Super Bowl to a group called No More (which may or may not be associated with the NFL, I can’t really tell) and they’re airing a commercial promoting domestic violence awareness.

The spot is inspired by a Reddit post from last year written by a 911 dispatcher. Redditer /u/Crux1836 tells a story about a woman who called 911 pretending to order a pizza. He thought it was a prank until he realized that she was in danger and her attacker was in the room with her. This commercial has this phone conversation as a voiceover while showing scenes of a house that looks like its been through a fight. NFL commissioner Roger Gooddell promised to impose stricter guidelines regarding domestic violence among players, so maybe this is the step in the right direction. This is the first time an ad about domestic violence will be aired during the Super Bowl.



Here are two things I don’t like: football and shitty beer. In fact, they are pretty high up there on the list of things I really and truly dislike. But wrap them up in puppies and pretty horses and a fantastic cover of a late-80s hit? I’m totally into it.

So cute. I die.

Last year’s puppy love fest was voted “Best Commercial” by viewers during the game on Hulu (and won a bunch of other awards too). AND LET’S NOT FORGET 2 years ago when they made everyone cry with a clydesdale baby and Fleetwood Mac. This trilogy of pure sentiment was created by ad agency Anomaly.

For Your Consideration.

AMC released a super-fun Emmy season ad campaign for Mad Men, casting the stars of the show in Sterling Cooper-era advertisements. Obviously, being a sassy redhead myself, Joan’s is my favorite, but I think Roger Sterling’s is the most spot-on in terms of art and wording.

Is it weird that I read both Don’s and Peggy’s ad in the voice they each use when they pitch? I can hear it, it’s great.

Advertising wins again.

Let’s get a couple of things straight: Budweiser is gross, traditional beer marketing is gross and sexist, and hot guys with horses and puppies always win.

Let’s not forget last year’s Super Bowl commercial triumph. Budweiser horses with Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide?” Genius. Their entire advertising team deserves a raise.


In unexpected news, aerie, the lingerie line from American Eagle, has launched a campaign full of unaltered photos. No airbrushing, no unnecessary editing, nothing. 

The purpose of ‘aerie Real’ is to communicate there is no need to retouch beauty, and to give young women of all shapes and sizes the chance to discover amazing styles that work best for them. We want to help empower young women to be confident in themselves and their bodies. -Jennifer Foyle, Chief Merchandising Officer

They also announced that they plan to incorporate different body types onto their website. I think this is an awesome step in the right direction (yes, I would have loved to see models who aren’t thin, fit, conventionally beautiful, and from a wider range of ethnicities, but Ill take what I can get). The cynic in me can’t help but think that in six weeks or six months, this isn’t going to be the case anymore, but I hope they keep their word.

Gold Dinos.

Sometimes, dinosaurs just want to look good too. Louis Vuitton redid their 5th Avenue windows for their Pre-Fall 2013 collection (sidenote: Pre-Fall is not a season. The end.) and apparently took some inspiration from the Natural History Museum in Paris’s Les Jardins des Plantes. The display includes a Stegosaurus, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops and Velociraptor modelling handbags.

Magna Carta Holy Grail

Not strictly Bey-related, but Mr. Knowles-Carter is close enough. The following ad was played during Game 5 of the NBA Finals:

Part Samsung commercial, part discussion on the making of art in the current world, the three-minute ad shows Jay working in the studio with Pharrell, Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, and Rick Rubin.

And these are the best parts in GIF form:

Hov and a piano.

Rick Rubin and Rick Rubin’s beard on a couch.

Swizz Beatz feeling the beat.

Pharrell being so fucking adorable and continuing his streak of inspired fashion choices.

Timbaland showing his Illuminati pride.

Jay and Pharrell being adorbs.

Fresh to death.

And more Jay because that face.

“We don’t have any rules, everybody is trying to figure it out. That’s why the internet is like the Wild West. The Wild Wild West. We need to write the new rules.” – Jay

Samsung is offering Magna Carta Holy Grail free to a million Galaxy users 72 hours before its general release through a customized app on their devices.