That marvelous German condom ad that provoked a little disapproval around here the other day has now been condemned by Chinese upset that the commercial implicitly compared the mass-murdering tyrant Mao with the mass-murdering tyrant Hitler and the mass-murdering wannabe tyrant bin Laden.
The ad agency in question has responded thus:
Recently an ad execution from Grey Germany, which has never appeared in any paid media, found its way to internet websites devoted to showcasing advertising. We have asked that the ad be taken down immediately.
We understand that the ad offended the sensibilities of people in China for its visual reference to Chairman Mao. Grey has offered a heartfelt apology and formally contacted the Chinese embassy in Germany to assure them this unauthorized ad will never run. We have the utmost respect for China, its people, culture and institutions.
One wonders how Grey would have responded if enough neo-Nazis had complained about the inclusion of Hitler in its collection of murderous spermatozoa.