Bogusky takes a pop at Coke
Former Crispin Porter + Bogusky co-founder Alex Bogusky is behind an anti-soft drinks film for the Center for Science in the Public Interest which mocks Coca-Cola's famous polar bears
Coke has used animated polar bears for many years in its advertising. In the film, which features a track by Jason Mraz, The Real Bears make reference to some of the problems associated with excessive fizzy drink consumption, including tooth decay, the onset of diabetes and even erectile dysfunction.
The CSPI, a US advocacy group with a mission "to conduct innovative research and advocacy programs in health and nutrition, and to provide consumers with current, useful information about their health and well-being", has launched The Real Bears website to host the film. On it, the group lists various 'lies' supposedly told by the Big Soda industry. In a clear nod to Coke's 'Open Happiness' strapline, the site is titled The Unhappy Truth About Soda.
Since parting company with CP+B, Bogusky has undergone something of a Damascene conversion, becoming active in opposition to some of the brands he once so enthusiastically promoted. His book, the 9 Inch Diet examined the effects of portion control on obesity, while he has supported and reportedly donated money to a campaign in California to introduce a law on labelling foods that include GM ingredients. CP+B's clients included Burger King, Domino's and Coke Zero during his time there.
Bogusky told USA Today that "You know the American diet has gone the wrong way when it's considered normal to drink massive amounts of liquid candy. This is a cultural wake-up call." A Coca-Cola spokesperson responed thus: "This is irresponsible and the usual grandstanding from CSPI."
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Hurrah for common sense... at last.
Such a refreshing change from the standard moronic tosh.
Alex Bogusky without a doubt pulled a Don Draper. Read about it here: http://advertorious.com/2012/10/10/alex-bogusky-pulls-a-don-draper/
excellent because of form and content
What a brilliant consumer awareness video, I love it. Anything that pokes fun at the mega brands that are making the world fat and ill gets a thumbs up from me.
Coca Cola's response is just hilarious too!
Great piece of work, and it restores a touch of faith in an industry that's been part of the problem for a long time.
Alex is a creative stud!
The sad thing, unlike advertising, it's all true.
A well produced film, I hope some of the target market get to see this. Coke's response just reinforces the opinion that they don't care at all about social responsibility!
This should be shown in every country!
Nice one! not sure about the ending... pouring the sickly goop into the sea would probably ruin our environment too.
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