It’s Not That I’m Anti-Erect Penis…

Funny, Uncategorized, US culture

… but is it really a good idea for a major company to convert its logo into an erect penis? (Or reveal the existing erect-penisness of its logo, as the case may be?)

Joe Camel: An early example of the effective use of penis fear in advertising.  (Nose = penis.  Not erect though.)

Joe Camel: An early example of the effective use of penis fear in advertising. (Nose = penis. Not erect though.)

This was playing on TV during a nice, innocuous show about doggies on Animal Planet. It’s not one of those edgy web-only ads you see when you’re reading the Onion or something. (Speaking of the Onion, I immediately remembered their 1989 cover story, “Penis Fear,” which exposed the subliminal use of penises in advertising. Joe Camel was featured prominently. I tried to find that story online but the only references were made by a) me, and b) a guy who said he kept the issue for years and then his wife threw it out. The noive.)

If it were an advertisement for, I dunno, mattresses or something, I could maybe understand it. Ha ha. Clever. But a restaurant?

I mean, I see it now… the Arby’s logo sure does look like (a rather stumpy) erect penis. Or maybe a partially unrolled condom.

These are really associations they want to create?

(I almost titled this “I Don’t Have Anything Against Erect Penises” but thought that might be a bit too much…)

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. dlowan  •  Dec 5, 2008 @2:47 pm

    It looks like Hoss Cartwright’s hat in Bonanza to me.

    And I never really saw Joe Camel’s nose as a penis no matter what they said.

    What’s this “fear of the penis” thing, though?

  2. nimh  •  Dec 5, 2008 @3:41 pm

    LOL! Well it made me laugh, which means that next time I’d see “Arby’s”, I’d probably go vaguely “oh yeah!”, as in, there was something good about them even if I forget what exactly.

  3. engineer  •  Dec 8, 2008 @10:02 am
  4. June Parks  •  Mar 10, 2010 @2:17 pm

    I love Arby’s big, thick,hot roast beef sandwiches!

  5. mike  •  Mar 4, 2014 @11:21 pm

    @dlowan,
    looked up Hoss Cartwright’s hat from Bonanza.
    It looks like the Arby’s logo minus the urethera and ballsack.

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