Morning Update: Ben & Jerry’s parodies Apple’s ‘1984’ ad; Clarkson promises return to TV

AdWeek: Ben & Jerry’s Has Brought Back Apple’s ‘1984’ as a Burrito Anthem for Stoners

Parodies of Apple’s “1984” continue to surface at the oddest of times—such as 4/20, America’s unofficial day of marijuana appreciation.

Ben & Jerry’s has created the spot below to celebrate the Brrr-ito’s bold assault on the despotic repression of … ice cream sandwiches. It’s admittedly a rather odd metaphor and cultural callback, but somehow it still works.

The Drum: Clarkson on Top Gear: ‘I have lost my baby but I shall create another’

Canned BBC presenter Jeremy Clarkson has issued a strong message that he will to return to television with a new car-focused show, admitting that it’s time to put Top Gear behind him.

Following his dismissal from the BBC in the aftermath of an alleged punch up with a Top Gear producer, Clarkson said in his Sunday Times column that “I have lost my baby but I shall create another.

“I don’t know who the other parent will be or what the baby will look like, but I cannot sit around anymore organising my photograph album.”

Mumbrella Asia: Singapore’s ‘Kick the habit’ anti-gambling ad voted nation’s favourite TV spot

Singapore’s ‘Kick the Habit’ anti-gambling ad, which went viral and was spoofed on US comedy shows for inadvertently predicting the outcome of the World Cup last year, has been named the nation’s favourite TV ad, according to a survey of the public by broadcaster MediaCorp.

The ad, created by local agency Goodfellas with media by UM Singapore, claimed the Favourite Television Commercial award at MediaCorp’s Laurels Awards last night, which recognise Singapore’s most popular ads.

The New York Times: BuzzFeed Says Posts Were Deleted Because of Advertising Pressure

An internal review by BuzzFeed last week found three instances when editors deleted posts after an advertiser or employees from the company’s business side complained about their content, according to a memo sent to staff members on Saturday by the news and entertainment website’s editor in chief.

The three deleted posts — out of more than 1,000 expunged for other reasons, according to the memo — had criticized products or advertisements produced by Microsoft, Pepsi and Axe body spray, a Unilever product. In the memo, the editor, Ben Smith, wrote that they were “pulled after an editor fielded a complaint from a business-side BuzzFeed staff member who worked with a brand mentioned in the piece”. Wall Street Journal to launch first site redesign in 7 years

The Wall Street Journal is to launch its first web redesign in seven years, along with a news app for the forthcoming Apple Watch.

The refurbished is set to go live on April 21, signposting a move away from the Journal’s text-heavy look with a less cluttered navigation and a responsive design optimised for desktop, smartphones and tablets.


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