Marketing and advertising is a tricky area. On the one hand, being shocking can be a good tactic, as it can provoke viewers to be interested in the product, as well as bring a lot of attention to the company. On the other hand, being shocking can produce offensive material that only causes many people to get upset. However, sometimes there are advertisements that are so terribly put together that it is more hilarious than offensive. The following list is a compilation of marketing campaigns that are so awful, it is a wonder the creators of the campaigns still have jobs.

UNICEF Blackface Ad

UNICEF launched a Schools For Africa campaign in Germany, but at the time there was no way to use actual black children in the ad, so they decided to paint the faces of white children. Needless to say, it did not end well.


Scent of Suffering

Demeter, a fragrance company, wanted to do their part in paying homage to the victims of the Boston marathon bombing, so they came out with a scent that smelled like smoke and burning rubber.

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