I watched it. Every taboo subject has been lampooned at some time or another. Sure it's insensitive, but if everything were PC, it wouldn't be any fun would it? Carlos will love it, I have no doubt.<br><br>We are what we repeatedly do. -Aristotle
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Offensiveness gets attention and this will surely do the trick. But if it is really trying to show the creativity of the authors in creating the spoof it just doesn't work. They may not be able to find any work at all. Just being associated with it would give me the willies. There are so many great lines of poor taste out there to cross, why cross vile ones? Show more titties instead. Breasts, not bombs.<br><br><br><br><br><br>(__*__) <-- circular sig when standing
This thing has been circulating for more than a year. Bad taste? I think so. Stereotyping of Middle Eastern people? Probably. But worse, it's this kind of trivialization of violence and political extremism that anesthetizes people to these issues. But, this seems to be acceptable these days.<br><br>Suicide bombers as car salesmen. How about OBL endorsing American Airlines? Or Veep Cheney shilling BowFlex? <br><br>
I suppose I found it funny because <br>I come from a long line of auto mechanics.<br><br>It's like a "parrot joke" they're only REALLY<br>funny if you've ever owned a parrot. <br><br>What I found funny was that the car was so<br>strong that there was absolutely no damage<br>(other than the smoked windows in the interior)<br>and the muffed "woof" sound that barely made<br>the potential victim look up from his meal.<br><br><br>
Hyperbole almost always evokes a laugh - if even a nervous one. In that sense, sure, you could say it's "funny". And from an advertising creative POV, sweaty palms is always a goal. But when you have to resort to an issue that in the real world is associated with nothing but tragedy, you're not trying hard enough. As a creative director, that's sure as hell what I'd have told my art director and copy writer had they brought this concept to me.<br><br>There are just some things that ought not to be parodied. Especially in the interest of consumer sales.<br><br>BTW, what the hell does being a mechanic have to do with finding this ad funny?<br><br>
I agree, and I bet LOTZ of very funny ads end up <br>on the scrap heap due to PM or just plain poor taste.<br><br><br>Always judging and selecting (your own) <br>automobiles based upon durability and reliability.<br><br>Believe it or not,<br>generally speaking, the WORSE maintained vehicles<br> on the road are owned by the best mechanics.<br><br>It's like the old chestnut about the cobbler's children. <br><br>
steveg, I was hoping you would comment as a creative director.<br><br>I agree this would not work as ad. It's insensitive to the subject of death of innocent victims. One would not make fun of war or a traffic accident involving death either. These subjects are way too painful especially for the people touched personally by such an event.<br><br>But, I think some people are asking me to take down the ad for the wrong reason, because they kind of feel compassionate with the suicide bomber.<br><br>creativebits / adsoftheworld
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<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>because they kind of feel compassionate with the suicide bomber<p><hr></blockquote><p>Not surprisingly. Both sides of any arugument will have supporters. If you're into that kind of extreme loyalty - if you believe that deeply in such a cause - you're gonna have a different take on the premise.<br><br>I give the creative team credit for looking for a novel way to say "quality construction". Where they failed was in coming up with a positive message that VW could own. Not only is the take-away not positive, the execution wasn't unique. You can substitute the VW logo with Toyota, or Chevy, or BMW.<br><br>
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