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Pepsi has ended its relationship with Lil Wayne over offensive lyrics that referenced Emmett Till. Weezy apologized for the lyrics earlier this week (sort of), but the damage was already done. In a statement, Pepsi would only say the “offensive reference to a revered civil rights icon does not reflect the values of our brand,” offering no further comment. According to the AP, Lil Wayne’s publicist would only say the split was caused by “creative differences.” Lil Wayne had been signed to promote Mountain Dew.
And speaking of Mountain Dew, the brand just pulled an ad created by Tyler, The Creator and starring his group Odd Future, which some said “glorified” violence against women and was one of the most racist ads ever. Bad week for Pepsi.
And a bad month or so for hip hop spokespeople. Rick Ross was dumped by Reebok, also over lyrics deemed offensive to women, making light of slipping “a molly” into a woman’s drink and then sleeping with her.
Is this going to have an impact on rap lyrics? The frequency with which rappers are given these sorts of sponsorship deals?
So after Pepsi’s latest commercial dropped with Beyonce, I happened to overhear a coworker exclaim, “that was the best commercial I’ve ever seen.” Umm, it was a good commercial and all — great maybe — but the best? I wasn’t so sure. So, I had to dip back into my Pepsi inventory and recall some of the cola brand’s spokespersons over the years and after checking out a few videos, I have to say there have been a lot of commercials that could give this latest a run for its money — not that this is a competition or anything. But Pepsi has had some excellent commercials over the years. Here are 10 of the best.
If you’re not into NFL football, Super Bowl parties or even Beyonce for that matter, Sunday’s big game might not be a highlight for you, but the multi-million dollar commercial advertisements might be!
You might have already seen a few ads here or there gearing up for the Super Bowl between the Baltimore Ravens and San Fransisco 49ers and the record-breaking audience it will receive, including Beyonce’s Pepsi ad for her sponsored halftime show, but there are many more to come. From big household names like Toyota to smaller, but well-established products like Mio drinks, we are anticipating some of the biggest Super Bowl commercials ready to premiere this coming Sunday evening. Are you?
Today and again in two weeks all eyes will be on Beyonce Knowles as she performs at the inauguration and Super Bowl. As someone who has music from every solo album Beyonce has ever recorded, I can say that I have been a long time fan. So I never thought I would be giving people — especially children and communities of color — this piece of advice: do not listen to Beyonce.
You would have to be living in a bubble to have missed the news that Beyonce cut a reported $50 million, multi-year deal with PepsiCo. Although the deal may meet Beyonce’s and Pepsi’s mutually-beneficial marketing needs, it does not serve the best interests of the U.S. public, which is in the midst of working to combat an obesity epidemic.
While the marketing tactics of soda companies are not new — after all, Beyonce, Sofia Vergara and so many other superstars past and present have been used by soda companies to encourage people to consume unhealthy beverages for decades — what is new is that this deal comes during a time of increased public concern about the role that sugar-sweetened beverages play in contributing to weight gain.
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It sounded like a good business move for Beyoncé — a $50 million deal with Pepsi. But now health advocates are urging the singer to walk away from the partnership.
Beyoncé has been a Pepsi spokesperson since 2002 when she replaced Britney Spears as the face of the soft drink brand. But when PepsiCo re-upped with the superstar for the 10th year, they sweetened the package. As we recently reported, under the new deal with Pepsi, Beyonce will be a “brand ambassador” for Pepsi and will not only appear in a new set of ads but Pepsi will also be supporting the promotion of Bey’s next album and sponsor her upcoming world tour next year. Her face is even on limited edition cans, which will be available starting in Europe in March.
Wait a minute, says the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). The organization says that the beverage company is “promoting an unhealthy drink in the midst of current health issues” and that Beyoncé should distance herself from such a company. The connection, says CSPI, is counter to her image of a healthy lifestyle. The organization has even gone as far as to issue a letter to Beyoncé in which they wrote: “Your image is one of success, health, talent, fitness and glamour. But by lending your name and image to PepsiCo, you are associating those positive attributes with a product that is quite literally sickening Americans,” reports EURWeb.
But CSPI has come up with a compromise: They suggest that “Beyoncé should consider donating her take to hospitals, diabetes organizations or other groups,” according to the website.
Since Beyoncé has been with Pepsi for a decade already, one wonders why the health group waited this long to criticize the partnership. One reason the CSPI could acting now is that recent reports say that PepsiCo added yet another artificial sweetener to its Diet Pepsi brand. The addition of acesulfame potassium, which joins the existing sweetener aspartame, will boost the longevity of the drink’s taste.
Should Beyoncé back out of the deal?
Beyonce and Pepsi have signed off on a deal estimated to be worth $50 million that will make the two brands partners, not just for commercials, but for the entertainer’s creative endeavors.
Pepsi announced today — through a press release and an article in The New York Times — that Beyonce will be a “brand ambassador” for Pepsi, appearing in a new set of ads for the soft drink brand as part of the “Live For Now” international campaign. Beyonce has been in Pepsi ads since 2002. The ads will begin airing after she performs at the Super Bowl, which Pepsi is also sponsoring.
But the relationship goes deeper than that. Pepsi will also be supporting the promotion of Bey’s next album, which will be released at some to-be-determined date in 2013 and sponsoring Beyonce’s world tour next year. There will also be a variety of other creative projects like live events, videos, and other Pepsi/Beyonce doings supported by a Creative Development Fund. There’s already a hashtag for the partnership: #LiveForNow. The limited edition cans (above) will be available starting in Europe in March. And you’ll even see a cut out of the image below at your local supermarket.
These sorts of partnerships are nothing new. What’s different is how elaborate they’ve become, intertwining with a performer’s activities so that they’re associated with many aspects of an album, book, or other work. The Times talks about the partnership between Bey’s hubby Jay Z and Microsoft for the release of his book Decoded. And, you’ll recall, Pepsi partnered with Nicki Minaj for ads and other sponsorship opportunities. (There was some drama related to that deal and Minaj’s judging spot on American Idol, which is sponsored by Coke. A quick check of the Pepsi website shows no sign of Minaj.)
Stop the track, let me state facts. Bey told you give her another minute and she’ll be right back!
Though it’s already been
annoyingly obvious that neither pregnancy nor motherhood has managed to slow Beyonce down, it’s clear the 31-year-old self-proclaimed female version of a hustla is gearing up to make 2013 her year. On top of being slated to earn $4 million for a New Year’s Eve concert in Vegas, landing the Super Bowl Halftime show in New Orleans February 3, and reportedly gearing up for a new album release, let the Dream tell it, oh yeah, and that HBO documentary, Pepsi has just launched images of it’s latest campaign and it’s got Bey’s face all over it— literally.
See what I mean.
According to the New York Times, “The multiyear campaign is estimated at $50 million, the bulk of it for media placements and promotions around the world, and the remainder split roughly equally between Beyoncé’s fee and what Pepsi calls a creative content development fund.” In a statement, Beyonce spoke on her ever-developing relationship with Pepsi, which kicked off way back in 2002, saying:
“Pepsi embraces creativity and understands that artists evolve. As a businesswoman, this allows me to work with a lifestyle brand with no compromise and without sacrificing my creativity.”
Backing up that thought, Brad Jakeman, president of PepsiCo’s global beverage group, told the NYT:
“Consumers are seeking a much greater authenticity in marketing from the brands they love. It’s caused a shift in the way we think about deals with artists, from a transactional deal to a mutually beneficial collaboration.”
This mutually beneficial collabo is supposed to kick off sometime in 2013, the year of the Bey apparently, but no official date has been established. All that’s known so far is that sometime after her superbowl halftime show, Beyonce will appear in a TV ad for Pepsi which will be her fifth with the cola brand. After that, you can probably expect her face to follow you all throughout the grocery store, as it will be plastered across Pepsi cans for who knows how long. All I have to say is for people who are already sick of seeing and hearing about Beyonce wherever they go, 2013 is going to be a rough year for you.
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It seems to be over before it got started. Back in March, Lil Wayne unveiled a joint campaign he made with PepsiCo’s Mountain Dew. It was a multi-million dollar deal called the “DeWeezy Project” that the rapper announced at SXSW. And while the terms of the agreement were not revealed, it was said to be Mountain Dew’s biggest celebrity deal to date, Forbes reported.
Now, Lil Wayne is marking the end of the project with the new commercial for Mountain Dew. That clip is below.
Haven’t heard of the DeWeezy Project? When it was first announced, there seemed to be major plans, such as a possible feature film for Weezy, Forbes stated. It doesn’t look like all of the project’s goals were met.
One achievement the project did accomplish is a new skatepark in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward Village, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Lil Wayne was there for the unveiling in September. We’ve also got a clip of that below. According to a press release, the skatepark was designed and built by renowned skatepark developer California Skateparks and landscape architect Tim Duggan, of Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation, under the direction of GLU Agency. The eco-friendly skatepark was designed to mirror the landscape of the Lower Ninth Ward.
“The main floor of the indoor park represents a portion of the street grid around The Village, with a line down the center representing Caffin Avenue. Connecting bank and quarter pipe end pieces at either end of the park represent the Mississippi River and the Bayou Bienvenue,” notes the press release.
The DeWeezy Project wasn’t just a skatepark. Through the project, Mountain Dew has also partnered with Stoked, an organization that promotes personal development, academic achievement and healthy living to under-served youth via action sports.
For the final phase of the project, Weezy reached out to teens. According to TargetMarketNews, “In collaboration with the action sports youth development agency Stoked, the program enlisted 10 teens from the NYC area to work with brand and industry executives… to co-create a :30 second television commercial. Through www.deweezy.com, fans were able to follow the teens’ journey and vote for their favorite concepts and final cuts.”
Although the project is over, there wasn’t much media coverage or even word on just how involved Lil Wayne was and how many kids participated. With the good it looks to be doing, we’re hoping it was more than just a short-lived publicity stunt.
The government doesn’t sleep, but I’ll settle for them having a stadium full of seats. Mayor Michael Bloomberg can be the first in line. The NYC politician wants to place a ban on sodas larger than 16 ounces. Apparently, that’s the biggest problem facing New York and not the 8.1% unemployment rate or the rampant homelessness. Bloomberg has decided that this is the cause for him to put his cape on and fly into action.
His intentions are solid. Obesity is a serious epidemic in this country. While it should be addressed, it should not be legislated to these lengths. He is an elected official, not anyone’s parent or nanny. If he really wanted to stick his nose where it didn’t belong, Bloomberg could use some of the millions if not billions at his disposal and pay off my student loans. He’d get my vote on that. Until then, I need him to get himself all the way together. How can you be against soda but support National Donut Day? I’ll wait.
Not only is this proposed law a government overreach dictating what a person can buy with their own money, but it also falls flat when you really think about it. Sure, you can ban the sale of oversized sodas and try and control portions, but I can just as easily buy two small sizes. Or three. Or four. I’ll chug on a bottle of Pepsi and cheer to the friggin’ weekend while protestors side eye me with pickets raised high in the air. In my best Rihanna voice, “No1Currr!”
Diabetes, obesity and other health related dangers that high sugar intake can cause is very real. It shouldn’t be taken lightly. However, Big Brother needs to fall back on trying to limit choices just because they wouldn’t make the same ones. Bloomberg is not going to get a medal or ticker tape parade for attempting to mandate good health practices. He’ll likely have a riot. The government can’t even balance the federal budget and put suffering Americans back to work, yet they want to occupy vending machines and fast food joints? Are cupcakes, pretzels and candy next on the most wanted list? I’ve got a birth certificate that says I’m old enough to decide for myself what I want to drink and at what size I want to drink it. I’m not the only grown person insulted by the government’s interference as to what I’m supposed to be quenching my thirst with.
While he might have good intentions, don’t fool yourselves into thinking that these good measures won’t pave the way for more laws for the “common good.” Some women choose to put that creamy crack into their hair every 4 to 6 weeks. I do. I’m too lazy to find another way to get my hair layed quick, so does that mean folks might decide that the chemicals in perms might mess me up and will determine how I use one? Uncle Sam might even decide next to ban tampons because it might lead to toxic shock syndrome. Think all that sounds ridiculous? So is putting the blame on soda for obesity and trying to place a Band-Aid on an issue that will not solve the problem.
I love my neighbors and I want what’s best for them. I want every person to be healthy, but it just can’t be done by force. It needs to be of a person’s free will to lead a healthy lifestyle. So until then, please pass the Pepsi.
You won’t be able to get a super-sized soda but you can buy Newports by the carton?! Where they do that at? Oh, that’s right. They want to start in New York.
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In only a matter of a week, Alexis M.’s petition to boycott “Basketball Wives’” spinoff “Chad and Ev” has gone from 691 signatures on day 1 to 17,546 and counting, and now the creator is ready to turn up the heat.
Initially, the goal was simply to have supporters sign the petition and send e-mails to VH1′s CEO, now Alexis is attempting to not only hit Chad and Evelyn where it hurts but the entire network by going after its advertisers. She’s asking those who want to see this program off the air to send letters to companies that support the show through advertising or to stop buying these company’s products all together. Advertisers include Summer’s Eve, Garnier, Twix, Progressive Insurance, Bounty, Pepsi, Proactiv, General Motors, and Burger King, who Alexis reached out to personally. In a petition update, she wrote:
“I’m currently waiting on Burger King’s president to return my phone call. I sent him all the video footage of the ‘Basketball Wives’ violence. Burger King didn’t even know what ‘Basketball Wives’ is. The secretary was polite enough to view some of the video footage of the violence.”
There were reports that all of the organized backlash that’s come against the show since Jennifer Williams announced her lawsuit was prompting VH1 and Shed Media to file a counter suit against her for contract violations regarding bad mouthing the series and doing press without permission, but Alexis says she’s contacted VH1 and found out those rumors were false. So, without any official word from VH1 or Shed yet on these movements, it’s hard to tell what will come of the efforts but VH1 has to be just a little bit—or a whole lot—nervous about losing their “Basketball Wives” empire at this point.
Will you boycott products from these advertisers that support the show?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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