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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Good or Bad ad placement at Stockwell?

Depending on how you look at it, this is either genius ad placement at Stockwell or pretty unfortunate.

Righteous Kill Ad at Stockwell taken by coconinoco

As the inquest into the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes at Stockwell London Underground Station continues, leading to prosecution of the Met Police under the health & safety legislation, some eagle eyed person took the photo above. Thanks to David R for forwarding me the photo and to Coconino who identified himself as the person who took it.

The headline for the ad for De Niro & Pacino's new film Righteous Kill says "There's nothing wrong with a little shooting as long as the right people get shot".

Update - The Guardian have just picked up this photo & post and made the following point - "Unfortunate juxtapositions are an inevitable hazard of billboard advertising. A colleague reminds me that a poster for The Descent was on the side of the bus that blew up on 7/7. Posters for the Arnie film Collateral Damage were hastily removed on 12th September 2001. Last night on Comedy Connections' Rising Damp special you saw a horribly apt ad for the 1984 production of Joe Orton's undertaker comedy Loot, which Leonard Rossiter was starring in when he died backstage.

Can you think of any more? And what is it that's interesting here, exactly? Do we just like a morbid laugh? Or does this sort of thing jolt you into feeling queasy about entertainment that treats death glibly?
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