They’re even more tasteless than I am!
Those of us who make a modest living from the absurd, the ironic and the tasteless cannot sit back and watch other people run such things into the ground. I made the same point recently, when televangelist Pat Robertson hurtled totally off the absurdity scale in his comments about Haiti’s pact with the devil.
Here we go again. Do the images above look familiar? They are supposed to remind you of the footage we saw in January, of an alleged Israeli assassination team that killed a senior Hamas commander in Dubai.
But here’s the thing. These are just Israeli actors dressed up as the hit squad, making a supermarket commercial.
Apparently the ad agency is intentionally evoking those images, creating the commercial along a theme of “shooting down” prices. I swear I am not making this up.
This seems to me to be a level of tastelessness WAY beyond what I aim for in this blog, and it could backfire badly.
Has it occurred to the ad agency geniuses that if some guy is sitting around packing explosives in a vest trying to choose a target, and this commercial comes on….
Well, I won’t finish that thought, I’ll just say I can’t compete with this. Maybe it’s time for me to get a job selling lunch meat door to door.
Top combo: Israeli actors dressed up as members of a hit squad take part in the filming of a commercial for a supermarket in Petah Tikva near Tel Aviv March 10, 2010. An Israeli ad agency, using images that evoke footage released by Dubai police after the January assassination of senior Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh assassination, filmed on Wednesday a television commercial aimed at promoting the “shooting down” of prices. REUTERS/Amir Cohen
Below: Screen grabs of video footage