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French Ad: Twin Towers Should Have Been Shorter

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posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 02:30 AM
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Playing off the newspaper's "Learn to Anticipate" catch phrase, the ad seems to suggest that those silly World Trade Center architects should have anticipated the terror attacks, and not made such tall buildings.

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Rarely do I get hot under the collar over the exploytation of 911 - or tatsteless adds for that matter.
This one caught me on both.
And this close to 911 (which shouldn't matter but it does somehow).

Hmmm... Ban the add? Nope, cant' do that. Freedom of speech and all.

Ban the French? Nope, it's not like it's their fault collectively.

I guess it's back to Freedom Fries again...

Grrrr....

peace




posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 02:49 AM
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Is there a Napoleon joke in there somewhere?



posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 02:51 AM
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That is sick.

This French ad is sick.



posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 02:55 AM
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I'm just going to force myself to assume that this is a culture-gap kind of thing and that, as an American, I just don't get it in the vein it was intended.

I'm doing this because if I were to really take this to heart I might find myself rooting for Germany the next time they look west and say "Hey... we haven't invaded that country in awhile...."



posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 03:14 AM
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this close to 911


It's been nine years. How long do you need?

People you don't know took down some buildings in a place you've probably never been. How long do you intend to be angry about that?



posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 03:25 AM
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People you don't know took down some buildings in a place you've probably never been.


Oh really?
And how do you know that?

YOU DON'T



As for being angry?

I will NEVER stop being angry - EVER.





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posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 03:29 AM
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Originally posted by LordBucket

It's been nine years. How long do you need?

People you don't know took down some buildings in a place you've probably never been. How long do you intend to be angry about that?


As if the ad in the OP wasn't tasteless enough....



posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 03:40 AM
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Originally posted by LordBucket
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this close to 911


It's been nine years. How long do you need?


LOL I'm pretty sure it's close to the anniversary, not the event.



posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 03:56 AM
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This surely is controversial.

There has been many controversial ads, this one i would rate up there.

Have a look.

i.usatoday.net...

i.thestreet.com...

weaselzippers.us...

4.bp.blogspot.com...

4.bp.blogspot.com...

Especially the last one I reckon is also very controversial. The other ones i chose at random.

Controversy sells ads, and this is what this is about

VVV



posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 04:03 AM
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Funny-ish ad.

Bit distasteful though.. I do admit. It would take me by surprise.. Obviously thats the point.

But to whichever dumb-arses here who are blaming the entirety of France for this ad.. You are idiots.

France is a free country with a free market in a global sense.. Why would the government or people have anything to do with this ad?

And also.. How many American ads, shows, presidents etc etc insult sore points from other nations? MILLIONS. So whisht up.



posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 04:03 AM
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posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 04:15 AM
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I will NEVER stop being angry - EVER.


Ok. But why? Why the emotional attachment? Roughly 34,000 people died in traffic accidents last year. Are you angry about that too? How do you benefit from holding onto your anger..."forever?"

I understand that rationalizing emotion tends not to work. But, this idea of "never forget, never forgive" seems both unhealthy and not very much fun. I mean, we both saw the ad...and you got to be angry, while I got to laugh.

Seems like I got the better deal.


edit on 9-9-2010 by LordBucket because: Second sentence makes more sense when the word "died" is not omitted



posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 04:23 AM
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But, this idea of "never forget, never forgive"

I see I shouldn't' have edited my first reply - taking the 'kinder' rout has only encouraged more presumptions - that fail.


Forgiven? Of course I have. That I ever said I have not is obvious.

As to why I will never, ever forget, and never stop being angry? It's none of your bloody business. My reasons, very close and very personal reasons are my own. *end*

peace
reply to post by VreemdeVlieendeVoorwep

Stunning adds - thanks for the time to post them.
And you're very right, 911 'sells' - and in more ways than one.
For one reason or another this last add just caught me on the 'off' side.
Particularly the intent to shock.
But, as you pointed out - shock and awe sells.

Thanks for your reply

peace


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posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 05:21 AM
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As to why I will never, ever forget, and never stop being angry? It's none of your bloody business. My reasons, very close and very personal reasons are my own. *end*

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Oh my god. Whatta winner.

I think the ad is quite funny, quite clever, it only uses 9/11 because it's so recognisable.
And lordbucket's right, give it up, we all lost someone in that event, we all came under attack, but hey, we're tough aren't we? Or are only some of us tough? 9/11 wasn't the first attack and it wasn't the worst. In fact, it was pitful, and in a hundred years it will hardly be a footnote in history.



posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 05:33 AM
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In my opinion this is really sick and lacks respect and compassion for the dead and their families.

If I didn't know better I would think this was a strategic piece of propaganda to somehow desensitise the issue, given the huge and growing amount of public pressure for a proper investigation.



posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 05:34 AM
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I find the ad gross and shocking. The reaction to the ad depends on one's sensitivity. Ten years have passed, to me it is not a very long time, maybe in 50 years... Others won't be so upset. It's nothing very rational, it's strictly emotional.

Advertising agencies use provocative campaigns. They are being 'creative'. It's a good show of how you can have a crowd react collectively to a simple emotional stimulus.

I have seen two other ads from this campaign, one with Kennedy, the day of his assassination, in a car with a kind of glass roof, you get the idea. And another one I find rather funny with an American astronaut, an American flag in his hands, standing on the moon in front of an already flying Soviet flag.

Hefficide, what kind of cultural gap do you think there is ? Do you picture in your head a group of Frenchmen standing under the Eiffel tower and laughing their arse off in front of this ad ?
9/11 and similar tragedies spark off the same universal reactions all around the world, people are awe-struck our civilized species is capable of that. How you deal with emotions over time is down to individuals, if there is a cultural effect, I believe it's rather marginal. The WTC attack is remarkably universal. Americans will be more sensitive and amongst Americans, New Yorkers will be more sensitive.

I have heard the newspaper's director considers withdrawing this ad if it hurts people. I am sure they will withdraw it quickly, they are having the coverage and free publicity they were looking for. All this was very predictable.
The newspaper is published in french, beyond understanding, the ad is in english. They are looking for controversy and media buzz, I really hope it backfires.



posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 05:43 AM
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Sweet, I'm going to make an add for a plumbing firm that specialises is gas fittings...

Its like a " let the experts handle your plumbing"

Anyways, this cute little blonde wife enters the bathroom, locks the door and turns on the shower....

Little does she know, her "do it yourself" husband has just replumbed the gas BBQ out the back....


I'll leave the rest to your imagination...

But I think playing on other peoples pain is NOT good advertising....

The French add would still NOT be funny 50 years after the fact, let alone 9 years, when some are still grieving...



posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 05:49 AM
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Lol the last one is not real.. there are hundreds of fake adverts all over the internet!



posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 05:49 AM
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Meh, it's just a difference in culture and tastes in comedy. Nothing to get your knickers in a twist about, if people find crude and offensive comedy in regards to 9/11, 7/7 or anything else funny then fair play to them, if others don't then fair play to them as well...i don't understand why we can't just leave it at that? I find dark humor funny, didn't find this particular ad funny but im british...



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posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 05:51 AM
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Originally posted by LordBucket

But, this idea of "never forget, never forgive" seems both unhealthy and not very much fun.


Yup. Neither is it helping the victims. Neither is it helping to find out what happened. Someone who holds a grudge for over 10 years does so because of personal issues, not because of the 9/11 event.



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