The explosive growth of companies throughout the world has turned the advertising field into quite the competitive landscape. From flat-out offensive to pure ridiculous, advertisements sometimes cross the line – and in big ways. With all the content produced, it seems some overly offensive ads (which should never have been made) somehow slipped through the cracks. In other cases, vintage ads which may have been accepted then easily violate our sensitivities these days. Find some of these here in our list of 25 of the most offensive advertisements ever created. We still can’t believe these ads ever existed!

25

Comparing Naomi Campbell to chocolate never ends well

cadbury naomi campbell ad

theguardian.com

24

Because guys with afros can't be "civilized"?

nivea recivilize yourself ad

http://www.businessinsider.com.au

23

Sound relationship advice

reebok girlfriend ad

erikanapoletano.com

22

It seems they've changed their advertising agency since then

van heusen ad

styleite.com

21

Federici Ice Cream is definitely pushing the boundaries

federici gelato priest ad

20

More beautiful – from dark to light

dove beauty ad

thesocietypages.org

19

Could have just said you'd order a pizza

Schlitz beer ad

historybyzim.com

18

How did this ever pass the focus groups?

leggs ad

nydailynews.com

17

A margarita to die for

hacienda ad

aorakest.wordpress.com

16

Wonder if this was seen as provocative then, too…

sega ad

http://www.8-bitcentral.com

15

The images from a similar Game Gear ad seem to confirm the wonder

sega game gear ad

http://www.gamebreaker.tv

14

"She acts like an early Christian about to be lunch for a lion, but gives in."

kill a woman ad

nesbitsvintage.com

13

This is plain creepy

love is baby soft ad

complex.com

12

Didn't anyone see the World War II ad "We can do it!"?

ketchup ad

m.smh.com.au

11

We can see why they went out of business

coffee spanking ad

http://www.businessinsider.com.au

10

"Oh, it's the best Christmas ever!" said no woman ever upon opening a Hoover

hoover ad

kenlevine.blogspot.com

9

Work Hard, Look Cute?

wife vitamin ad

kenlevine.blogspot.com

8

Who can resist a message of "smoke and be skinny"?

Lucky strike ad

likeables.wordpress.com

7

They say sex sells, but this is a bit much

trapped my man

pinterest.com

6

Was it so sexually suggestive in those times, too?

Tipalet ad

tobacco.stanford.edu

5

Not purely offensive but a bit shocking considering what we now know

cocaine toothache drops

4

The "Super Seven Incher"

burger king ad

qualitylogoproducts.com

3

Shaming people isn't the best way to advertise

peta save the whales ad

nutritionunplugged.com

2

Not really the best comparison for being addicted to fashion

fashion junkie

designbump.com

1

For when you really need to get clean

soap ad

boredpanda.com

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