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The Two-Way
10:10 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Mountain Dew Pulls Ad Called 'Most Racist ... In History'

A screen grab of a Mountain Dew commercial.
Mountain Dew

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 3:13 pm

PepsiCo announced today that it was pulling a Mountain Dew ad from all its online channels, after it was buffeted by criticism.

Boyce Watkins, a professor at Syracuse University and an outspoken social critic, called the commercial "arguably the most racist commercial in history."

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WRKF
11:50 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Interviews: Child Welfare Expert Dr. Mark Courtney

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 1:53 pm

Jim talks with child welfare specialist Dr. Mark Courtney, from the University of Chicago, about foster care in Louisiana, and the challenges and problems therein. He's joined by Dana Hunter, from LSU's School of Social Work.

Advertising executive Hunter Territo, President of the American Advertising Federation - Baton Rouge, discusses the latest news on Governor Jindal's proposed tax reforms, and a threatened tax on media advertising.

Dan Borne, President of The LA Chemical Association and a deacon in the Catholic Church, talks about the new pontiff, Pope Francis I.

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The Two-Way
12:46 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

'Meaningful' Ads Stood Out As Super Bowl Favorites

Budweiser's Super Bowl spot won top favorite among many.
Budweiser YouTube

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 3:55 pm

The Super Bowl XLVII TV ads told viewers they love animals, laughs and America.

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The Salt
11:47 am
Mon February 4, 2013

'God Made A Farmer' And The Super Bowl Made Him A Star

A still from the Super Bowl ad, "God Made a Farmer"
Youtube

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 5:14 pm

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Super Bowl XLVII
10:32 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Super Bowl Ads: Winners And Losers

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 10:51 am

Some people enjoy the Super Bowl commercials more than the football game. Host Michel Martin and Tampa Bay Times media critic Eric Deggans run through the best and worst ads; from senior citizens making late night trips to Taco Bell to nerds getting really sloppy kisses.

The Two-Way
11:49 am
Sun February 3, 2013

Gun-Control Battle Spills Over To Super Bowl Ads

Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is airing a 30-second spot in the Washington, D.C., area calling for background checks on all gun sales.

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Media
3:10 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

For Super Bowl Ads, More Social-Media Savvy

Deutsch LA

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 6:17 pm

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The Two-Way
8:36 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Wacky Super Bowl Ads Are Already Getting Serious Play

The Volkswagen Super Bowl 2013 commercial is among the ads that already surfaced on social media. Some critics say its racial tone is demeaning.
Volkswagen via Youtube

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 4:07 pm

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Super Bowl XLVII
11:50 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Jamaica Embraces Controversial Super Bowl Ad

The predominantly black country of Jamaica is embracing a controversial Super Bowl commercial that depicts a white office worker from the U.S. Midwest feigning the Caribbean island's lilting patois accent to display a cheerful, upbeat outlook.

Some U.S. critics have described the pregame Super Bowl ad from Volkswagen of America as offensive and culturally insensitive. But the charged reaction has met with puzzlement in Jamaica, which has very visible white, Asian, Middle Eastern and mixed-race minorities that also often speak with the local accent.

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Super Bowl XLVII
11:45 am
Wed January 30, 2013

At a Glance: 5 Super Bowl Ad Teasers to Watch Before the Game

At least 15 advertisers are expected to launch teasers for their ads running during Super Bowl XLVII. The goal is to create interest for ads without spilling the beans on the Game Day spot. Here are 5 teaser ads to seek out online before the game on Sunday:

1. Mercedes-Benz: In a spot that has gotten 5.4 million views on Youtube.com, supermodel Kate Upton wears a low-cut tank top as she oversees football players washing her car.

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