9/11 Tsunami Poster – Insensitivity or Design at its best?

September 4, 2009

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What do you guys think of this poster that was pretty well documented in the media this past week? Is it insensitive …or a well constructed commentary piece? It should be noted that the poster was not requested by the World Wildlife Fund. It was put together by DDB Brazil and submitted to the WWF but was rejected. While I personally find it could be labeled as being insensitive, I feel that the poster was very well designed around its central core idea to bring awareness of how devastating the Tsunami was.
– FlashAddict

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“The Tsunami killed 100 times more people than 9/11.
The planet is brutally powerful. Respect it. Preserve it. http://www.wwf.org”

 "The Tsunami killed 100 times more people than 9/11. The planet is brutally powerful. Respect it. Preserve it. www.wwf.org"

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Keith Olbermann had this to say about the poster in his “Worst Persons in the World” segment the other day:

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DDB, WWF reeling from fallout over 9/11 ad

Friday. In their joint apology for this now-infamous 9/11 ad, DDB Brazil and WWF Brazil mentioned their previous collaborations. Here’s a sampling of ads they’ve done together since 2007.


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Take a look at these otherwise insensitive or offensive poster campaigns as well for comparison by Benetton:

Model sues over “skank” comment

January 9, 2009

I came across this during my morning news headline search – definitely some good stuff here!
– FlashAddict

Former Vogue cover model Liskula Cohen is suing Google in an attempt to reveal the identity of an anonymous douchebag(ette) who is using the Internet giant’s blogging platform to publicly shame her. The blog Skanks in NYC displays MySpace-style photos of the 36-year-old playfully cavorting around, alongside commentary calling her a “Horsey Face,” “ho,” “skank bitch,” “#1 skanky superstar,” “old hag,” and “psychotic, lying, whoring, still going to clubs at her age, skank.”

“How old is this skank? 40 something?”

In revealing the identity of this undoubtedly very healthy and balanced individual, Cohen hopes to pursue a defamation lawsuit. She argues that the blog’s portrayal of her as a “promiscuous woman who is filthy, disgusting, foul and a whore” has hurt  her “reputation and desirability for endorsing products.”

Despite feeling for Cohen, I was highly skeptical of whether she really has a case. So, I called up Kurt Opsahl, senior staff attorney at Electronic Frontier Foundation, for an expert opinion. In order to successfully sue the blogger, Cohen would have to convince the court that the statements are defamatory — “a false and unprivileged statement of fact that is harmful to a person’s reputation” — and not opinion, says Opsahl.

Oh, to see that courtroom debate. (“I submit that it is true that the plaintiff is a skank bitch ho. Exhibit A: Trampy MySpace photos. Annnd I rest my case.”) Opsahl says, “There’s been one California case that dealt with the contention that someone was a ‘skank.’ They found that, in context, it was an opinion.” As for calling her a ho? “That would be defamation if it said someone was engaged in prostitution, prostitution being a crime,” he says. “In context the question would be whether that was the blogger making a factual assertion or a hyperbole, a way of expressing the blogger’s apparently severe distaste for this model.”

In the meantime, the highly-publicized case is driving traffic to the site and, far as I can tell, earning not one ounce of blogger sympathy for the former Versace model. A blogger at College on the Record sneers, “Waa, waa, waa. Yeah, it sucks being called old, but one hardly disproves assertions of desperation by desperately trying to claw down the one blogger in the world that even knew much of anything about Cohen before today.” Another writer at Associated Content suggests that “Cohen ought to be thicker skinned about namecalling [sic] reminscent [sic] of grade school.” A post at Maximum PC is headlined, “Thin-Skinned Model Sues Google.”

Futile as it may be, I fail to see how Cohen’s legal case is the most provoking thing about this story. Maybe we should reserve our disapproval for the obsessive sociopath behind the site.


Do the Right Thing – Reading the Screen film of the week

November 12, 2008



Opening Credits with Rosie Perez

Race Rant

Love vs. Hate

Sal and Pino

– opening credits featuring Rosie Perez dancing – who could forget her in this movie with that accent
– that’s the truth ruth – samuel l jackson
– doing the ying and the yang, the flippity flop
– great pan shot rising up from a crane
– shot under Smiley looking up – centered in scene with church behind him
– interracial relationship between MOOOOOKIE and rosie perez (black and puerto rican)
– in comes Danny Aiello with his 2 sons at his pizza shop
– John Turtorro “detests this place like a fucking sickness”
– “This is a respectable business”
– “I’m gonna kill somebody today” – Danny Aiello = prophetic words
– Spike Lee looks so short and small and dopy looking
– mother sister is the actress who played denzel washington’s mother in american gangster
– ossie davis – “It’s gonna be a scorcher today!”
– quick cut shots from person to person as the conversation flows from person to person
– “You the man – I’m just visiting” – martin lawrence to radio rahim
– ossie davis to mother davis conversation – camera angle is slanted from either side to side as they talk to one another
– 3 older black men talking against a red brick wall – prophetic for the heat wave they are experiencing
– nothing but italian men on the wall of the pizza place – “How come no brothers on the wall?!?”
– Mook…stay black!
– Always do the right thing…that’s it? that’s it – I got it…I’m gone (conversation between ossie and mookie – same slanted angles again)
– everyone seeks their relief from the heat in different ways – head in the ice filled sink / cold shower / cold beers / turning on fire hydrant
– everyone makes way for radio Rahim when he comes across the fire hydrant
– but here comes mr soprano bad guy and he gets his car soaked
– moe and joe what sir? did you happen to catch their names?
– samuel l jackson is trying to get spike lee’s attention in the background as he talks to vito’s son on the street
– battle of the beat boxes between the puerto ricans and radio Rahim – camera pans back and forth between the two like a spectator at a fight
– enter celtics fan who scuffed black rage’s white nike sneekers
– this is a free country – a man can live wherever he wants
– slow motion scene as the cops and the 3 middle aged black men eye each other – with sombre solo piano soundtrack overtop
– either you korean motherfuckers are geniuses or you black motherfuckers are dumb
– ossie davis’ speech to the younger generation…”You don’t know shit!”
– nigger this nigger that – favorite basketball player is Magic Johnson – favorite actor is Eddie Murphy – favorite singer is Prince
– deep down I think you really want to be black – get the fuck outta here!
– mookie’s rant – to italian brother’s rant – puerto rican rant – italian cop – korean shop owner rant
– young black girl drawing a picture with chalk on the street of a house, car, sunshine (only place where it will happen for black people)
– slanted camera angles again between Vito and Radio Rahim – as conversation flows
– slave days are over – my name aint Kunta Kinte!
– Pino wants out of the pizeria in the black neighborhood – but Sal’s Famous Pizzeria is here to stay and that’s the way it is
– you better boycott that god damn barber who fucked up your hair!
– if you really tried hard, you could really put your energies into something positive
– Mookie and Pino can’t believe the conversation between his sister and Sal
– D MOTHER FUCKER D!!! – motherfuck YOU!
– older man takes a piss on the wall in front of the others
– Sal is in love with Mookie’s sister Jade
– TAWANNA TOLD THE TRUTH – graffiti on the wall – what does it mean?
– when main characters do sermon like dialog, the camera is always below them looking up as they are centred on the screen
– thank god for the lips, for the neck, for the knnecaps, for the elbows, for the thighs, for the right nipple, for the left nipple
– almost like a zoetrope effect with the light shinning through the ceiling fan – very prolific against their faces
– fight between pino and vito – the light overtop is going from side to side – highlighting the tension between the 2 brothers
– who the fuck does he think he is…fucking don corleone?!? – for making me turn down my box – didn’t even say please
– business was terrific – we had a great great day – nothing like a family working together – gonna rename it Sal and son’s pizzeria
– mookie, there will always be a place for you here – you’ve been like a son to me – four slices and then we’re outta here
– slanted camera angle again to highlight the tension – enter radio rahim and his crew
– I’ll tear your nigger ass off! – seems like Pino is enjoying it though
– the boom box is no more and the silence is deafening – I just killed your fucking radio
– Gary that’s enough – 3 times – SHUT THE FUCK UP – GET THE FUCK UP ASSHOLE! as radio rahim drops dead to the ground
– they didn’t have to kill the boy…as Mookie looks at Sal and his sons – walks over to grab the garbage can
– Da Mayor begs the crowd for calm – someone is gonna get hurt
– Sal finally realizes that he doesn’t understand the community – mookie grabs the garbage can and throws it into the pizzeria – starting the riot
– BURN IT DOWN BURN IT DOWN – mother sister as the camera shows a cracked frank sinatra picture burning
– I BLACK – WE THE SAME – says the korean shop keeper
– back come the cops again along with the fire department – but this time they have the riot patrol
– PEOPLE PLEASE DISPERSE! you’ve had your warning as the fire hoses are turned on the crowd – now they try to fight the fire fighters
– NOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooo – mother sister wails as she collapses in da mayor’s arms
– smiley puts up a picture of malcolm x and martin luther king on the the burnt out wall
– prologue with samuel l jackson – overture soundtrack overtop his speech
– are we gonna live together – together are we gonna live?
– mother sister and da mayor are finally speaking to one another and look down on the block
– my salary is two fitty a week as Sal throws the bills into mookie’s face
– you keep it, you keep it, no YOU KEEP IT – I don’t believe it
– “Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral…” – martin luther king jr.
– “I don’t even call it violence when it’s self defense, I call it it intelligence” – Malcolm X
– final shot in the film is the black and white picture of malcolm X and martin luther king shaking hands and smiling