Bad news for Madison Avenue

September 15, 2008

Here’s another of those dire photo caption warnings. We’ve seen them before. You will note below the caption says you may NOT use this handout photo for advertising!

chavez-crop-0914-180.jpgI know, that’s very bad news for you ad agencies planning campaigns for army surplus fatigues or red berets for the Christmas market.  And while this picture would seem perfect thanks to those banners, do NOT try using it for a glossy socialism ad!

Lastly – are you listening, Hasbro?  – if you’re marketing GI Joe Hugo Chavez action figures for boys, you’ll have to look elsewhere for a photo to use on the box. I don’t make the rules, I just enforce them.

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chavez-0914-300.jpgVenezuela’s President Hugo Chavez arrives to attend a military exercise in El Guri, in the southern state of Bolivar, September 13, 2008. REUTERS/ Ho-Miraflores Palace. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.

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Crimson and clover… Over and over…

Posted by Bandage | Report as abusive

Well, there goes my Christmas present idea… darn

Posted by Maggie | Report as abusive

do the rest of the banners combine to spell “socialism or death”?? even better!

Posted by jbs | Report as abusive

This is not all it’s Caracas up to be…

Posted by Dee T | Report as abusive

perhaps you can explain why this is “bad news for madison avenue”. it is unclear from the piece.

Posted by ddave | Report as abusive

Too bad! It would be a great picture for Venezuela ad people to use in marketing Venezuelan cocaine – Chavez walking up a path lined with cocaine – at least, I assume that is what the white powder is on both sides of the trail.

Posted by Mike Priz | Report as abusive

how do we know you didn’t put the caption on the picture? How do I even know this is real journalism? Is this a blog or a news site? I don’t know!

Even though it’s thoroughly unclear, I think it’d be funny if Reuters labeled the picture not for marketing purposes, then let their blog nitwit loose on the caption. If you can’t report real odd news, make your own!

Posted by i hate blogs | Report as abusive

naaaw. CUTE!

Posted by dani | Report as abusive