Not All Metaphors Are Subtle
This hilarious, double entendre-laden U.K. commercial for the Wilkinson Sword Quattro razor certainly looks innocent enough. In fact, we caution the faint-of-heart to watch with the sound off. You can also see the toned-down American version here.
Not All Commercials Are Subtle, Either
Even muting the sound won’t stop this commercial from steaming up your computer screen. Watch as Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi goes to town on a Hardee’s burger.
And Now, Something For the Ladies
The classic 1994 “Diet Coke Break” commercial proves that women haven’t cornered the eye-candy market.
Really Not Subtle
Aussie chanteuse Kylie Minogue gyrates on a mechanical bull in this provocative ad for the aptly named British lingerie brand Agent Provocateur, proving Victoria doesn’t have nearly as many secrets abroad.
The Heiress and the Hamburger
Padma isn’t the first woman to get up close and personal with a big, sloppy hamburger. Check out Paris Hilton’s ad for Carl’s Jr. The burger itself may only make a cameo appearance, but do you really care?
Eat More Veggies
Big, dripping hamburgers aren’t the only things getting the sexy commercial treatment. This pro-vegetable PETA ad was banned from the 2009 Super Bowl for its complete lack of subtlety, which is really saying something.
Herbal Essences Makes Women Organic
This classic ad features a woman going all When Harry Met Sally for Herbal Essences shampoo. We’ll definitely have what she’s having.
Charlie’s Angel to the Rescue
Lest you think scandalous commercials are a post-millennial invention, here’s a saucy 1973 spot featuring Farrah Fawcett suggestively soaping up Joe Namath.