20 Suicide-Themed Ads

The Hyundai suicide commercial fiasco has gotten much press. But ad agencies have long loved using suicide as a creative linchpin.

1. Chupa Chups

Via South Africa.
“Get out the way, Dollie. Life’s not worth it without my lolli.”

ID: 1118676

2. Nothing Sucks Like an Electrolux

Probably a spec commercial, and pretty funny.
Not so bad, because the humor is very exaggerated.

ID: 1118607

3. Miu Miu

Part of a Miu Miu ad from 2011 with actress Hailee Steinfeld (wonderful in True Grit). The UK’s ASA banned the ad, ruling that the sad-looking Steinfeld appeared to be in the act of committing suicide.

ID: 1118654

4. Bafco Office Furniture

Your depressed old chair blew its guts out.
The tired “old useless product killing itself” idea has been used over and over and over again.

Via Dubai.

ID: 1118670

5. POM

POM got blasted for this poster ad, not just for the suicide imagery, but also because of over-promising its health benefits just a tad.

ID: 1118663

6. Bridgetone Tires

A real commercial that was later pulled.

ID: 1118611

7. Bagir non-wrinkle suits.

Via Israel.
Ironclad idiotic anthropomorphism.

ID: 1118688

8. Vanish

Via Colombia.
Stained clothes killing themselves.

ID: 1118694

9. General Motors Suicide Robot Super Bowl ad.

GM took lots of flak for this commercial back in 2007.
When it aired, autoworkers were being laid off by the hundreds.
They eventually edited out the suicide scene.

ID: 1118627

10. Oxford Bookstore

Via India.
“The truth hurts. Read fiction.”

ID: 1118709

11. Seidl Confiserie chocolate

Via Germany.
Epically stupid.

ID: 1118727

12. IKEA — Hünge Stool

Fake ad by a Russian ad agency.
Nobody would use a piece of crap IKEA stool for such an important moment.

ID: 1118646

13. Heineken “Fuck It”

British spec spot.
But, Heineken never got it pulled.

ID: 1118631

14. D&AD Awards

Back in 2010, the UK’s most prestigious ad awards show did a series of student-promoting ads showing actual older famous (within the industry) British creatives “killing themselves” because of the new blood.
The ads met with “mixed” reviews.

ID: 1118785

15. Renaxil anti-hair loss treatment.

Via Brazil.
Hair I am to save the day (sorry).

ID: 1118830

16. Virgin Radio

Via the USA.

ID: 1118927

17. Chery QQ

Via Paraguay.
“Less visits to the pump.”
So, pump blow its brains out.

ID: 1118850

18. MeetUp.com

Cat commits suicide because of owner’s pathetic life — which is unbelievable because cats definitely don’t care how pathetic YOU are.

ID: 1118643

19. Pepsi Max — “One very very lonely calorie”

Via Germany.
Pepsi took much heat for these 2008 print ads.

ID: 1118732

20. Lego

I guess the teenager here spent his childhood watching one too many violent movies, and now he’s pounding Dad’s Chivas Regal and about to blow his head off with…a 3-D printed Lego gun. Ad from 2009.

ID: 1118751

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