Skip to comments.Mobile phone ads with Lenin spark anger in Poland
Posted on 01/08/2013 6:48:36 AM PST by Olog-hai
Vladimir Lenin is not considered funny in Poland.
A Polish mobile phone operator that used a cartoon image of the Russian communist revolutionary found itself barraged by angry feedback and responded this week by stopping its advertising campaign.
Older Poles remember the late Soviet leader for shaping a communist regime that killed millions and imposed mass terror in the Soviet Union. A communist regime was later imposed on Poles against their will by the Soviets after World War II.
The company, Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa S.A., counted on younger Poles having shaken such associations, and recently started using a drawing of Lenin in the style of Soviet propaganda in poster and TV ads, with the command Keep Talking!
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More of this “Communism is Hip” marketing B.S. aimed at the young that has infected us here. Glad to see it has backfired.
I guess the back up plan is to use Hitler. We sometimes forget what a laff-riot the Nazis were.
Instead of “Keep talking”, shouldn’t the slogan be “Silence will ensure you live one more day.”
Is this supposed to be a comment on the Poles strange sense of humour?
I loathe “Commie Hip” stuff.
I am just waiting for some idiot in a Che T-Shirt to get beat up by a Cuban-American whose Grandparents perished in a Cuban Prison.
Net-Zero used the style of Soviet propaganda posters to sell its services. I emailed them back and blasted them for their advertising!
And I will not shop at Macy’s due to their logo of a big red star.
Macy's logo has been a star since 1858. 12 years before Lenin was born.
How about “Reporting your relatives and neighbors to the authorities is easy with our “Friends & Family Plan’!”
But they’ve had a long time to “upgrade”.
After all, the Tibetans used a swastika for CENTURIES before hitler was born, but the ancient good-luck symbol has been forever disgraced and sullied. I don’t see any department stores using IT as a logo.
I suppose they that the company involved would find use of Molotov Bread Baskets or Cocktails less amusing.
I was referring to what happened under Lenin.
Incidentally, a big chunk of the Polish territory annexed by the Soviet Union became part of what is now Belarus, and its inhabitants are today living under the dictator Alexander Lukashenko.
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