13 Of The Biggest Brand Fails Of 2014

These ridiculous ad screw ups for 2014 are as infamous as they come from lude, sexist, to just plain stupid. Sit back and relax as you get your dose of total screw ups from the company ads.

13. Kurl-On Mattresses


In an attempt to sell mattresses last year Kurl-On mattress did an ad depicting Malala Yousafzai being shot by the Taliban and then bouncing back off of one of their mattresses. Ogilvy India apologized for the ad, and they should have!

12. Subway


Female empowerment was definitely on the rise last year. Unless you were Subway telling them that the right way to eat would be in their sexy Halloween costumes. The ad did not last very long on YouTube.

11. Life Alert

Life Alert just made the lamest “I’ve fallen and can’t get up!” ads we have ever seen. Like the old lady laying at the bottom of the stairs screaming. The only screaming this prompted was from their Facebook fans.

10. Esurance


Esurance quickly pulled down this sign after realizing that from a distance rather than reading “Cover your home in a click”; people were seeing “Cover your home in a dick.” Probably not the best insurance advice you can give to the consumers.

9. Anthropologie


This company based in Beverly Hills was ushering breastfeeding mothers off of the sales floor into a stock room where the ladies could finish in private. This raised a lot of problems for the PR department and was quickly resolved with more training.

8. Bud Light


Bud Light did a pretty good job last year with their “Up for Whatever” campaign. But when they decided to take their “Whatever USA” party-town portion in Crested Butte, Colo., many of the locals were not happy that their quiet serene mountain community would be interrupted with beer drinking youngsters. The event ene made national headlines because of the protests that happened before the event.

7. Victoria’s Secret


After their campaign called “The Perfect Body”, Victoria secret caught a lot of backlash from many people. Especially since not even the supermodel-making lingerie company could get away with this type of advertising last year they changed the theme to “A Body for Every Body.”

6. McDonald’s


McDonald’s new mascot named Happy which was aimed at children was intended to make people smile. Instead it made them run screaming.

5. DiGiorno


DiGiorno screwed up big time with a twitter post that had the hashtag #WhyIStayed not realizing that the same hashtag was used for post that was dealing with women who stayed in abusive relationships.

4. Urban Outfitters


In an attempt to make a vintage Kent State University sweatshirt, Urban Outfitters had what looked liked blood spatters. Many thought that this was crazy especially since four students died at Kent State during an anti-war protest in 1970.

3. Cadillac

Was this one was the most hated commercials of last year? This Cadillac commercial definitely was it. After showing Neal McDonough waxing poetic about the virtues of working hard and owning stuff, and throwing in a few digs at other countries for not buying into the same philosophy. Cadillac decided to dismantle the ad team that created this one due to the “lack” of sales in result.

2. US Airways


This one definitely tops the charts and should never be tweeted from an airline. This is a photo of someone using a model airplane as a sex toy. Even though it was completely by accident the agent that was responsible for this one was removed from the company.

1. U2


After forcing more than 500 million desktop and iPhones to have their new album whether you wanted it or not caused a lot of people to be unhappy with U2. Obviously their deal with apple might not have been the best deal.

By Hannah Jones

Hannah is a Manchester based writer who has spent many years studying and working in the field of journalism and psychology. Hannah enjoys swimming, meditation and dog walking. Her favourite quote is, 'If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you.'