Pepsi’s the stand-out in gross-out reel of banned ads

It’s the UK’s D&AD Awards tomorrow and Cannes, as ever, is looming.

In our ceaseless examination of the springs of creativity it may be instructive to look at some blasts from the past in this (mostly Mad Men era) compilation reel on YouTube.

They’re supposedly banned ads and you can see why in some cases. The language school one is hilarious. They say that men think about sex every six seconds. In the case of many creative teams it’s clearly a bit more often than that.

The Pepsi one is an impeccable piece of advertising. Can’t see why that was banned unless Coke kicked up a stink.

Oh for some like these over the next few weeks…

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Stephen is a former editor of Marketing Week and London Evening Standard advertising columnist. He wrote City Republic for Brand Republic and is a partner in communications consultancy The Editorial Partnership.