Funny Friday: Courting Controversy

A funny approach to a not-so-funny problem

Thought-provoking article by CBC’s Terry O’Reilly, about how risqué song-writer Bennie Bell got around censors in the forties by releasing his double-entendre laden songs only on the unmonitored medium of jukeboxes.

Fast-forward to the internet age, and YouTube provides an opportunity for advertisers who want to push the boundaries with suggestive ads that might not meet the approval of public broadcasters.

It’s not a carte blanche ticket to offend, however, as O’Reilly points out: sometimes one can go too far. So getting that audience response research is essential — along with a healthy dose of common sense.

Check out some of the funny and provocative ads (and bad fails) on Terry O’Reilly’s page.