Thursday, April 03, 2008

I'm not one to boycott, especially any form of ethanol, but this is a little over the top.

What does it say about our political and business elites, about our poor country, that this is considered fit advertising?

Absolut's (current) PR guy is here:

Jeffrey Moran
Director of Public Relations and Events
The Absolut Spirits Company, Inc.
1370 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019
Phone, direct: +1 212 641 87 20
E-mail: jeffrey.moran@absolut.com

UPDATE: Absolut apology.

UPDATE: SKYY® Vodka, Made in the USA, Proudly Supports Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

dude, it's pretty clever marketing. Makes one think.
Your attempt to feign outrage at a historic map of Mexico used in an advertisement is pathetic and unconvincing. It is almost as if you believe that Absolut is orchestrating some vast Mexican conspiracy to overtake the American southwest and redraw the borders back to 1840. How dare they run an ad like that in Mexico without first consulting with the US Ministry of Public Security?! I shall never imbibe their product again!

I anxiously await your next blog posting where you express outrage at all the "Free Tibet" bumper stickers rolling around.

While you're at it, go ahead and admit that you'd be just as incensed if the ad were "In a Jameson Ireland" with a map showing a Republic of Ireland spanning the entire Island.
Well, I thought my post was actually pretty mild.

I do think illegal immigration is a problem for this country, and I do think our business and political elites have no interest in stopping it. And I am genuinely surprised that Absolut would create an ad guaranteed to alienate a large part of a large market.

As for Ireland, I left the place years ago and have no real opinions about it. Except, maybe, that being an American who was raised Irish makes me better off than about 99% of humanity.
One more thing: That whole Northern Ireland thing is *so* yesterday.

I remember raising the point at a College Lit. and Deb. Society meeting, that Northern Ireland would cease to be much of an issue in a federal Europe. And so it has.
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