It’s like that new saying we just made up… Absolute power corrupts absolutely. From the looks of it, that’s what most of these contests and polls learned right away. These companies thought they had it all figured out. You can picture them in their boardrooms now. Tossing around bright ideas like, “What if we get the public involved by letting them name the product?”
We get it, coming up with a name for yet another Mountain Dew flavor is hard. You might want to outsource that brainpower to the public, but don’t be surprised if their choice involves Hitler. Now it’s on you to either use it (which we’re guessing you won’t), or scrap the whole campaign and admit that you just straight up lost to the internet. 4chan is out there, just waiting to prey on your precious little online polls. So let these 15 contests and public votes serve as cautionary tales for any future promotional campaigns.
Prince Harry was right — the Royals have no sense of humor.
The “Make Prime Speak” contest was rigged, we tells ya!
People find beauty in Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf.
Humans trained AI to be racist.
Reddit and 4chan think that nobody should hear Taylor Swift.
Everybody was getting “Rick Rolled” in 2008.
They don’t call him Mr. Worldwide for nothin’.
Pepsi Number Fever lives on as a cautionary tale for all marketing campaigns.
Wait… A competition for the wildest college parties was problematic?
Norwegian Air’s mascot was almost named after a church-burning satan worshiper.
Even Fred Durst wanted his name associated with trash.
Holy Contraception, Batman!
Pepsi can’t tell you what to chant, Canada!
So, anywhere in the world?
Leave it to the internet to get Hitler involved somehow.