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Burger King's "Moldy Whopper"


This 2020 Burger King commercial's goal is understandable: Prove that a Whopper is manufactured with actual ingredients rather than artificial materials that won't rot by showing how it moulds and decays over time.

McDonald's "Dead Dad" Commercial


In an unsuccessful attempt to promote fast food, this 90-second UK McDonald's ad aimed to touch viewers' hearts.

Jack In the Box "Try My Bowls"


The Jack In the Box "Try My Bowls" ads from 2018 would have been mildly offensive, or at the very least, mildly grating, regardless of when they initially debuted. However, as the company discovered, time is important.

Subway's Megan Rapinoe Commercial


Megan Rapinoe of the soccer team joined fellow famous sportsmen Tom Brady, Steph Curry, and Serena Williams in endorsing Subway's "Eat Fresh Refresh" advertising campaign.

The Donald and Ivana Trump Pizza Hut Commercial


Donald Trump was stirring up controversy long before he was arguably the most divisive president in American history, as evidenced by this Pizza Hut commercial from 1995, for example.

McDonald's "Signs" spot


The signs outside different McDonald's restaurants and the words written there were the subject of a 2015 McDonald's commercial named "Signs."

Carl's Jr. "Border Ball"


The company aired this advertisement, but you probably won't believe it until you see it. On several levels, Carl's Jr.'s "Tex Mex Border Ball" advertisement from 2015 is offensive.

Grill'd "Righteous Burger Guy"


Rightfully so, viewers were outraged by the "Righteous Burger Guy" advertisement for the Grill'd franchise that was produced in Australia.

Burger King Russian World Cup Ad


In 2018, Burger King sponsored advertisements in Russia offering a $1,000 reward and an endless supply of Whoppers to any lady who became pregnant by a World Cup soccer player. And there was no implication or insinuation.

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