Thursday, September 12, 2013
A moment of silence
Like the attack on Pearl Harbor or the Battle of Gettysburg, the Twin Towers falling is a permanent marker in the history of our nation. The last thing anyone needs is an advertiser telling us to "never forget."
As if we ever could.
On 9/11 do something because it's the right thing to do and if people find out, they'll give you credit. Self serving promotion on this day that has so many emotions attached to it by everyone in the nation has very little upside and a whole lot of downside as AT&T and Tumbledown Trails found out.
Frankly, even though this "tribute" is beautifully shot, edited and scored, it's still an ad for beer no matter how loudly the folks at Budweiser say it's not.
Next year please, if you must commemorate 9/11, do so like most Americans, in a moment of self-reflective silence.
Thinly veiled attempts to connect with consumers through their grief is just a little more than I can take.