Skip to comments."Tsunami" Ad Offends Memory of September 11 Tragedy
Posted on 09/01/2009 12:24:00 PM PDT by nickcarraway
It's enough to turn your stomach. Or, if you're a New Yorker who lived through the September 11th attacks, give you a serious case of the heebie-jeebies.
A new ad purportedly for the World Wildlife Fund features dozens of airplanes converging on lower Manhattan -- featuring the Twin Towers -- with the line "The Tsunami Killed 100 Times More People Than 9/11."
The ad was first brought to our attention by Gothamist, but was originally picked up by Adweek.com's AdFreak blog, which reports that the ad is from the Brazilian arm of the WWF.
Sure, the 2004 tsunami was a horrible tragedy that killed over 200,000 people, and probably gets less media attention in the West than it deserves, but that's no reason to pick a fight with victims of another horrible tragedy.
AdWeek called the print add "tasteless and nightmarish," but that's putting it mildly.
The final line in the ad is "The planet is brutally powerful. Respect it. Preserve it."
AdFreak notes that the ad won an award in the "public awareness sector" and is credited to agency DDB Brasil for WWF-Brazil -- but ran in Israel, of all places. A representative for the US headquarters of WWF said they had been unaware of the offensive poster until today. "We are actively investigating the source of the ad now, but we strongly condemn both the message and the images portrayed," said the WWF-US spokesman Steve Ertel. WWF-Brasil didn't return emails for comment.
Communism killed more people than Nazism.
Abortion killed more people than Communism and Nazism combined.
And need I add tha the tsunami is just a drop in the bucket compared to all of them?
Well there will never be another World Wildlife Fund calendar in our house. SICK SICK SICK ANIMAL!!!
To people in Brazil and much of the rest of the world, what happens to us is of no concern, and in fact, a cause for celebration.
What the Earth may do is beyond our control, and we cannot hold it morally accountable for its actions.
Those two facts totally refute the message of the ad.
Bomb it into submission.
The tsunami was a natural occurence - and dare I add that if the third world countries who suffer the most from these natural disasters would focus a little more on preparing for the future they wouldn’t suffer so much!
The tsunami was directed by 19 Muslims.
“The planet is brutally powerful. Respect it. Preserve it.”
Spoken like another group of mentally ill people with too much time and money.
Think of the Brad Pit character from “12 Monkeys”.
Brazil also just put sanctions against the U.S. and won over cotton.
that is a disgraceful ad!!!!!!
“Mr Gibbs......Does the President condemn the WWF and will he be making a statement about what a lowdown, insensitive, group of environmentalists they are.”
Not in Brazil, of course ...
WOW, that’s tasteless!
I saw that movie at the dollar theatre. Less than 10 cents a monkey.
And President Obama just gave Brazil $2billion to drill offshore.
AUGUST 18, 2009, 1:45 P.M. ET Obama Underwrites Offshore Drilling
Too bad it’s not in U.S. waters.
Well that’s it—I’ll make sure to bring my own grocery bags to the store because our stores have started charging 5 cents per plastic bag and a part of it goes to the WWF.
I realize it’s a drop in the bucket, but...
Ironically, these people want to decrease the human component of the planetary ecology by 80%, and yet cite the tsunami like it was a bad thing.
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