Misadventures in advertising

For the most part, companies hope that their copious ad spending will boost their image with consumers. These campaigns had the opposite effect.

The Toronto Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays
Child abuse: It's fan-tastic!
The Toronto Blue Jays trumpet the arrival of designated hitter Frank Thomas with a TV commercial in which the 6-foot-5, 275-pound slugger - nicknamed "The Big Hurt" - is seen pillow-fighting with a small boy. He swings so hard he sends the child flying from the bed. Though the boy pops up unhurt, the ad is banned by the Television Bureau of Canada.
Last updated December 18 2007: 12:27 PM ET

Procter & Gamble

Cartoon Network

Swiss newspaper

Google

The Toronto Blue Jays

The European Union

Chrysler

Taco Bell

Jessica Simpson

The Virginia Tourism Corp.

Iberia Airlines

Intel
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