5. Sony “Playstation Portable White is Coming”
4. Nivea "White is Purity"
Had Pepsi not aired its advertisement the exact same week, Nivea’s “White Is Purity” post would have likely garnered a lot more attention. Nivea’s post, which resided on its Facebook page for two days, was blasted by many for “promoting white supremacism.” At a time when racial tensions are high, it is appalling that the brand would consider posting a message that could be perceived as racially insensitive.
3. Just For Feet “Kenya Mission”
You guessed it, another advertisement related to racism. Even 18 years ago, brands were making this same mistake. In 1999, while a forgettable SuperBowl played, an unforgettable commercial aired. This spot shows a Kenyan runner get drugged by mercenaries who then “shackle” him with shoes. I’m not sure what was the underlying motivation for creating the spot, but it certainly reflects racism. Just For Feet was so disappointed with the result, they actually sued creative agency Saatchi&Saatchi.
2. Pepsi “Kendall Jenner”
1. Nationwide “Boy”
In SuperBowl XLVIII, Nationwide rolled out the most depressing commercial to ever air. The message they created did not fit the context of the SuperBowl, a light-hearted and fun event in any form or fashion. Instead, it caused parents throughout the country to worry and grow anxious. We don’t tune into the SuperBowl to see sad commercials, we tune into the SuperBowl to for humorous and inspirational content.