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More than 20 of the worst (and best) online advertising fails ever

Updated 4 years ago
Published Apr 8th, 2015 4:32PM EDT
Online Advertising Companies

Catching people’s attention as they browse the web isn’t easy, and advertisers are constantly coming up with ways to make online ads flashier and catchier. Of course, there are also some advertisers that, in hindsight, would likely preferred it if people had not seen their ads because of some unfortunate ad placement.

You have to see these to believe them.

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Business Insider recently slapped together a slide show of some of the worst online advertising mishaps we’ve ever seen. Some of them are absolutely hilarious while others are horribly inappropriate, and all of them are unfortunate and unintentional.

Here are some examples:

An ad suggesting we should “put a fembot in the White House” appeared above an article about Hillary Clinton.

Another unfortunate ad placement suggests Jesus might be “to blame for the next attack.”

This ad recruiting Uber drivers appeared next to an article about an Uber driver arrested for allegedly attempting to burglarize a fare’s home after driving her to the airport.

We wonder if there’s big demand for White Castle’s BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders in Jerusalem.

And how about an ad asking if marijuana is “really so bad for my child” next to an article about a kindergartener who sprinkled marijuana on a friend’s lasagna in the school cafeteria?

For the rest of the advertising fails, follow the link below in our source section.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.