What the fock was that?! Is that for real? I hope not!
There is no way that that is real. And if so it’s very very bad. I don’t think either the palistinians or isrealis think that suicide bombimg is a laughing matter. HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE.
Actually I read somewhere that VW is ticked off about this. No they did not do this.
Yeah it crosses all sorts of lines and isn’t going to help American/Muslim relations - but heck I can’t help but laugh. Thanks for the post - I needed that.
Polo is one tough little car. Well, not exactly little.
Here is word on that Polo ad. However, check out this VW ad (for real) promoting the new Golf. Pretty brilliant remix if you ask me:
From NewsToday (newstoday.com)
“Whether or not it’s an inside job, Volkwagen is planning legal action against the creators of the Suicide Bomber Volkswagen Polo viral ad that has been making rounds this week. While it’s not clear in the New York Post article, the likely recipients of Volkswagen’s legal weight will be creative shop Lee and Dan who have admitted to creating the ad. Planned or unplanned, VW is getting some precious, free publicity this week.”
RIDING THE AUTO-BOMB (NY POST)
By HOLLY M. SANDERS
January 20, 2005 – Volkswagen is planning to take legal action against the masterminds behind a hoax VW commercial depicting a suicide bomber.
The video clip, made in Britain and appearing on the Internet, shows a Middle Eastern-looking man dressed in camouflage and an Arafat-style kaffiyeh getting into a VW Polo, a much-smaller version of the VW Golf sold in the United States.
He drives the car up to a outdoor cafe packed with people, and the ad then shows a bomb belt under his jacket as he pushes a detonator. The bomb goes off, but the car contains the explosion — earning the tagline: “Polo. Small but tough.”
The spoof, which created a stir when it began circulating on the Internet, is the work of Lee and Dan, a British pair who specialize in outrageous ads. The duo has done legitimate ads for Ford and Casio, among others, and feature their work on the site LeeandDan.com.
Dan, who declined to provide a last name, told The Post the video was “accidentally” released on the Internet. He stressed that Volkswagen had “nothing to do with it.”
“We apologize if it caused any offense to anyone,” he said.
Internet blogs and chatboards speculated that the ad was intentional and sanctioned by Volkswagen as part of a so-called “viral” campaign intended to generate buzz and rapidly spread via the Internet.
“No one from Volkswagen or any of its ad agencies of record cooperated or were involved in the production of this,” said company spokesman Tony Fouladpour. “We are planning to take legal steps.”