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Old 24th March 2013, 07:33   #1
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Just when you thought issues between Italy and India are dying down, a leaked Ford Figo advertisement depicting former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and a car trunk full of gagged and handcuffed women has sparked yet another controversy.

Produced by advertising agency JWT India, one of the ads for the subcompact car shows a cartoon of three scantily clad women gagged and crammed in the trunk of the Figo while Mr. Berlusconi looks back from the driver’s seat, flashing a peace sign. The tagline at the bottom reads “Leave Your Worries Behind with the Figo’s extra-large boot,” referring to the former Prime Minister’s many affairs and bunga bunga parties.
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“We deeply regret this incident and agree with our agency partners that it should have never happened. The posters are contrary to the standards of professionalism and decency within Ford and our agency partners. Together with our partners, we are reviewing approval and oversight processes to help ensure nothing like this ever happens again,” Ford India said in a statement to The Hindu.
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There's another ad depicting Paris Hilton in the driver's seat with the Kardashian sisters in the boot. I've attached the image from Ford's advertisement below. It is felt that Ford India had the timing all wrong, releasing what many people term "sexist" advertisements, on the heels of the ghastly delhi rape incident that brought to light the problems Indian women face.

I think there's a deeper problem here that's not restricted to Ford. It's about time we male enthusiasts, as part of the larger car community, dissociate automobiles from this idea of "masculinity". Car makers, especially in India, are only too happy to play into the idea that cars are "boy's toys" and women are inept as far as an automobile is concerned or comes in the way of our "automotive nirvana". The problem is compounded in India when women drivers are heckled or intimidated while driving because they are in such few numbers. Team BHP has been at the forefront of promoting gender equality among auto-enthusiasts and we members should be wary of advertisements that have the potential to offend.

On the flipside, many comments on foreign media sites such as Autoblog suggest that the Indian mentality is too sensitive and doesn't respect free speech in the manner it should be respected. Its tricky to find a balance, but a Government ad-monitoring agency on the lines of the Censor Board that approves films would reduce the number of occurrences when interest groups are offended.
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What did Vettel, Hamilton and Alsonso do to Alan Mulally


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Probably nothing. But since that's supposed to be Michael Schumacher, it tells a lot

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It is felt that Ford India had the timing all wrong...
Yes, the timing was surely wrong because all the scams and frauds had dried up and media was looking for some new bakra. Anyway, this is best left for Ford to deal with and shouldn't have anything to do with India.
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It has nothing to do with Ford guys. Most advertising agencies have politically incorrect stuff in their offices.mimicry, videos, audio and photo shopped images .I mean the creative artists come up with crazy ideas. Or just to showcase their talent .

Most probably it was uploaded to showcase the ad agencies' creative chops at a website where all kinds of weird ads are uploaded all the time.

Something like the Hitler videos on you tube.

Maybe they do this for fun!
The storm being caused is due to the bad timing of the uploads online.

I doubt ford knew about these let alone authorise their release online .

Its satire on the lives of celebrities.
Just wrong timing!
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Help me understand something basic. Was this approved for publication, was it published, or was it created without permission and leaked on the net?

If the latter, I dont think Ford India should apologize (unless they specified this stupid concept) for the runaway "creative" minds. JWT for sure has a BIG mess on their hands.
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Help me understand something basic. Was this approved for publication, was it published, or was it created without permission and leaked on the net?

If the latter, I dont think Ford India should apologize (unless they specified this stupid concept) for the runaway "creative" minds. JWT for sure has a BIG mess on their hands.

It's not published yet. It's just a leak from the Hindu. Read today's Hindu Newspaper and you will understand clearly.
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This is as ridiculous as some political party making a big issue out of a facebook post. Everyday thousands of such crazy ads are done by ad professionals in their free time for privatle consumption. Some of them do end up in closed forums where these creative minds hang out. They are never meant for release in publications. It's just like how some guys/gals crack 'adult jokes' while talking amongst friends.

It's deplorable that a reputed newspaper like Hindu jumped the gun and published it as a front page news item, and that too with the image.
Defnitley a case of falling newspaper standards. The article in Hindu says " The draft advertisement was presumably outsourced to JWT India, and meant for the Italian and American markets."
What they didn't know is that, Ford doesn't even sell Figo in either Italy or America.

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This is as ridiculous as some political party making a big issue out of a facebook post. Everyday thousands of such crazy ads are done by ad professionals in their free time for privatle consumption. Some of them do end up in closed forums where these creative minds hang out. They are never meant for release in publications. It's just like how some guys/gals crack 'adult jokes' while talking amongst friends.

It's deplorable that a reputed newspaper like Hindu jumped the gun and published it as a front page news item, and that too with the image. Defnitley a case of falling newspaper standards.
I am traveling and cannot access it, but if so, its a sad reflection of what comprises news today. In which case, poor ford's name is being dragged in the muck for no reason - it should be JWT!

Here is another case of another someone who took a joke too seriously, and ended up ruining their career and hers: http://techcrunch.com/2013/03/21/a-d...ut-of-control/
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poor ford's name is being dragged in the muck for no reason - it should be JWT!
true! well, they've axed their own feet; may lose the account too


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Here is another case of another someone who took a joke too seriously, and ended up ruining their career and hers: http://techcrunch.com/2013/03/21/a-d...ut-of-control/
whoa! that's one thing leading to another, spiraling out of control!
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Seems unlikey that the ads have been approved by FORD. They might as best been presented to Ford. The JWT head has come out and gave a comment that it was not an official ad and had not been approved by Ford for publishing. He did say that the employees concerned made a mistake and had an error of judgement.

No comment on what awaits the erring employees.
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Seems like an indirect way to catch the attention of the masses. Advertising without really paying for it. Every newspaper/website is carrying these pictures now.
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Even more coverage of this issue:

http://www.salon.com/2013/03/25/ford..._trunk_of_car/

Its getting a bit out of hand, methinks?
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Unbelievable how politically correct the world is getting. It is a joke and if people can't treat it as such, it shows a complete lack of sense of humour.

Nowadays everything is mired in terms of being PC, that you are better off not even attempting to use your brain apparently. Sad reflection of society.

All those ad photos are meant to evoke a chuckle, not be treated as literal fact.
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