TV and Movies·Posted on Aug 4, 2022These 19 Commercials May Be The Most Controversial Thing I've Seen On TVInsensitivity, sexism, and stereotypes galore!by Lashaunta MooreBuzzFeed ContributorLinkFacebookPinterestTwitterMail There's nothing like a brand or company that can effectively communicate through media. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF CBS / Via giphy.com I've always loved watching commercials, eager to see what new creation will be shown. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF CBS / Via giphy.com However, sometimes trying to think outside the box has consequences, especially if the creation is built on insensitivity, sexism, stereotypes, and more. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon / Via giphy.com Here are 19 commercials that were at the center of controversy, in no particular order. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF RuPaul's Drag Race / Via giphy.com 1. Love's Baby Soft "Innocence Is Sexier Than You Think." Ad (1975) View this video on YouTube robatsea2009 / Love's Baby Soft / Via youtube.com This very creepy commercial starts with "there's only one person nobody can resist, and that's a baby," while a woman licks a lollipop. The narrator then says something about the baby growing up to be 'very sexy.' This ad was for Love's Baby Soft's lotion, baby powder, mist, and foaming bath. 2. Holiday Inn's "Bob Johnson" Superbowl Commercial (1997) View this video on YouTube Vickie Davis / Holiday Inn / Via youtube.com In this commercial, Holiday Inn compares their billion-dollar hotel renovations to a tall, blonde transgender woman catching her peer's eyes at a class reunion. The narrator also says, "It's amazing the changes you can make for a few thousand dollars," as the male classmate shudders once he realizes the woman is "Bob Johnson." The commercial received mixed reviews from the LGBTQ+ community and was eventually dropped. 3. Pot Noodle's "The Horn" Commercial UK (2005) View this video on YouTube Advert Commercial / Pot Noddles / Via youtube.com This noodle company is known for its controversial commercials. Their "Horn" one was the icing on the cake for many who disapproved in the UK during 2005. The man walks into a gathering with a horn in his pants; the rest is history. The ASA supposedly banned it. 4. Snickers "Kiss Ad" (2007) View this video on YouTube Nd4SpdSe / Snickers, Mars / Via youtube.com "Do something manly" was the slogan for this Snickers commercial. After two mechanics' lips meet from sharing a Snickers bar, to 'man up,' they pull their chest hairs and slam their heads under the hood of a car. The ad was removed after the LGBTQ+ community said it was homophobic. 5. General Motors "Robot" Superbowl XLI Commercial (2007) View this video on YouTube Pepsi vs Coca-Cola / General Motors / Via youtube.com In this commercial, the robot loses his job and has a hard time with life, so it goes to a bridge and jumps off. A suicide prevention group called for the ad to be removed because of the effects it could have on people. 6. SalesGenie's "Talking Pandas" Superbowl XLII (2008) View this video on YouTube MediosAlternos / SalesGenie / Superbowl / Via youtube.com Whoever thought naming a panda 'Ling Ling' and pairing it with a super cringe, highly noticeable fake Chinese accent should've been in jail immediately. This ad was seen as racist and offensive to the Chinese community. 7. Popchips and Ashton Kutcher's "Dating Video" Commercial (2012) View this video on YouTube ADVexpressTV / Popchips, KP Snacks / Via youtube.com Supposedly, dating and chips go hand in hand, so Popchips decided it would be perfect for Ashton Kutcher to portray different dating candidates. Among the candidates being played by Kutcher was an Indian man named Raj, which sent viewers into a disapproving roar. Many believed it was racist, and it was eventually pulled. 8. Huggies "Dad Test" Commercial (2012) View this video on YouTube vivelapub / Huggies / Via youtube.com Dads are often portrayed as "clueless" when taking care of babies while moms are busy, and in 2012, they were tired of this stereotype. Huggies' "Dad Test" commercial poked a little fun at fathers trying to figure out fatherhood, which didn't sit well with many, and it was revamped after complaints. 9. Mountain Dew and Tyler, the Creator's "Felicia the Goat" Commercials (2013) View this video on YouTube Webownia / Mountain Dew / Via youtube.com Who would've thought a "hip-hop" goat named Felicia would be called one of the most offensive commercials ever made? In the three-part series, the goat starts off fighting with a server, then goes to jail in a lineup full of nothing but suspects that are Black. Tyler, the Creator, who directed the commercials, was the goat's voice and did not believe they were racist. 10. For Goodness Shakes "Awkward Shake" UK Commercial (2013) View this video on YouTube PERPERIDIS SPYRIDONAS / For Goodness Shakes / Via youtube.com Protein shakes are one of those "needed" items for fitness purposes. So, shaking one in public shouldn't be an issue, right? In this For Goodness Shakes commercial, the men are shaking it very inappropriately, insinuating something else is happening. It is supposedly banned. 11. Nationwide's "Boy" Superbowl Commercial (2015) View this video on YouTube USA TODAY Sports / Nationwide / Via youtube.com Many Superbowl viewers were upset that Nationwide chose to pick a touchy subject during what was supposed to be a "fun" occasion. The commercial is about a young boy who will never experience life to the fullest because he passed away from an accident. 12. Carl's Jr. "All Natural Burger" Superbowl Commercial (2015) View this video on YouTube Anthony Kalamut / Carl Jr / Via youtube.com Some might say Carl's Jr. was obsessed with being sexist in their commercials. In this 2015 one, a model walks through a farmer's market naked while items cover specific areas of her body. There was even the punchline, "She's not the only one all-natural," as they introduced their new burger. 13. McDonald's "Favorites" United Kingdom Commercial (2017) View this video on YouTube anarchi.st / McDonald's / Via youtube.com The commercial has mixed reviews, many shaming McDonald's for using ethos in this form; the outrage eventually got the ad banned. The boy asks his mom about his father, who passed away, and they end up at McDonald's talking about his father's favorite sandwich, the fillet, which is also his. 14. Dove's "Real Beauty" Facebook Ad (2017) View this video on YouTube Business Insider / Dove / Via youtube.com This isn't a commercial, but I remember my social media timelines being full of outrage when this ad was seen on Facebook. A Black woman lifts her shirt in three seconds, and a white woman appears. The changes happen again as a Latin woman appears when the white woman lifts her shirt. Many people were confused about the ad's purpose, saying it seemed racist, and Dove issued an apology. 15. Gillette "We Believe: The Best Men Can Be" Ad (2019) View this video on YouTube The Guardian / Gillette / Via youtube.com What happens when a shaving company shares its insight on toxic masculinity? Gillette dropped a campaign in response to the "Me Too" movement that sparked outrage from both men and women viewers. The purpose was to get men to step up when they saw other men being inappropriate toward women. 16. Burger King's "Vietnamese Burger" New Zealand Commercial (2019) View this video on YouTube South China Morning Post / Burger King / Via youtube.com With so many ways to promote a new item, you'd think excluding offensive ideas would be easy. Yet, Burger King in New Zealand thought using chopsticks to eat Vietnamese-inspired burgers was a perfect idea, and they eventually pulled the racist ad. 17. Bristol Dry Gin's "Lootin' Shootin'" UK Ad (2020) Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Catfish MTV / Bristol Dry Gin / Via giphy.com A gin brand in the UK thought using protests and riots to market their alcohol was a great idea. It wasn't a commercial, but the tweet said, "When the shooting starts, the looting starts. Voted No. 1 gin by rioters for its complex botanical mix and high flammability." 18. Burger King's "Women Belong in the Kitchen" UK Ad (2021) Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Soul Train / Burger King / Via giphy.com Burger King in the United Kingdom gave scholarships to women employees, and the commercial consisted of women employees working. Yet, on International Women's Day, BK UK tweeted, "Women Belong in the kitchen," followed by a series of "if they choose to" tweets providing information on their scholarships. The ad says, "If there's a kitchen, women belong there." Many people thought it was sexist. 19. Pepsi's "Global Message of Unity" Commercial (2017) View this video on YouTube Yash Yadav / Pepsi / Via youtube.com Yes, this is *that* Pepsi commercial. Handing someone a soda during a protest for justice and rights is not the best way to communicate unity. Pepsi removed the commercial quickly after it garnered significant criticism. Sadly, many more commercials fit into the controversial category, and there will likely be more in the future. Yet, I have to know, which one do you think should've never left the brainstorming process?