French newspaper ad blames us for 9/11 terror attacks (the World Trade Center was just too tall, damn it)

by editor on September 11, 2010

Every year, at least one advertiser somewhere in the world is guaranteed to exploit the 9/11 attacks with a tasteless ad.

French newspaper Courrier International gets the “honor” this year with an ad suggesting that we could have avoided 9/11 if we’d simply built the twin towers a bit shorter. The ad shows two jets flying over a substantially shorter World Trade Center along with the headline, “Learn to anticipate.”

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MyFoxLA has the tasteless details:

The website Ads of the World reported that Saatchi & Saatchi France is the agency behind the ad.

The Montreal Gazette reported that the campaign is an attempt to imply that the newspaper’s coverage will help readers anticipate major events.

The 9/11 terror attack are only one of the events used in the promotion. The campaign also uses the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy and the 1969 moon landing.

Many who have posted comments about the ad on various websites are upset about its insensitivity.

“Stupid beyond belief. There will NEVER be a right time to reference 9/11 in advertising,” reads one comment on the website AdFreak.com. “Oooh, I know, perhaps the Saatchi creatives could do one on the deportation of gypsies from their country,” quipped another post on the site.

Considering that the campaign features three American news events, perhaps the campaign should feature a new headline:

France. Where you can anticipate that nothing of any significance will ever happen.

Source: MyFoxLA.com

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USN-RETIRED
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Anyone remember the John Cleese line from Fawlty Towers – “He’s from Barcelona”? ( All 12 episodes available for download at isohunt.com )

This whole affair can be explained and summarized in two words – “They’re French”.

‘Nuff said. 😉

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john
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Those french fags that made the ad were dimitized and sodomized by the muslims and in thier own eyes young, hip and edgy liberals. Which translated to my language means dumb ass effeminate collaberators.

Paden
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Anthony Bourdain makes my skin crawl, he thinks he’s such a badass.
I think he’s just an ass.But he kept his nasty comments to himself when Nugent was a guest..

RockingHorseGuy
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You don’t want to be badmouthing America when Ted’s around. I bet he’d curb his foul tongue around Chuck Norris, too.

john
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If bourdain would have been stupid enough to say something anti American to Ted he would have been bitch slapped and they would have to edit out all the rightious Ted Nugent comments at bourdain.

Iraqvetkyle
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Screw the french

USN-RETIRED
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Oh, those silly French, the end-product of the Rationalists. How’s Voltaire working out for you now?

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity……..under Shari’ah 😉

matthew s harrison
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Saatchi & Saatchi can blow me! As can the French(though they would probably enjoy it, so I take it back about the frogs).

What kind of moron does it take to run an ad like that? I will tell you-the same kind of editor who puts a headline behind John King on CNN yesterday asking the question “Did the US overreact to 9/11?”. I SEE DUMB PEOPLE!

CO2Insanity
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This is especially screwed up since their HQ is in NYC.

Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide•Headquarters: 375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014, USA•Tel +1 212 463 2000•Fax +1 212 463 9855

Tom
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do they even realize the terrorists were AIMING at the WTC?? building them shorter wouldnt do much good!

Harry Bergeron
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I hope some bright person over there organizes a boycott of products featured in ads done by Saatchi & Saatchi. They would lose their business rather quickly.

Bet they didn’t anticipate THAT!!!

GregoryTart
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The french did this design , huh? Wheres the one with the maginot line?

idaho2run
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At the risk of offending the French upon penalty of…um…oh yeah. Piss off frogs!!!
Let me know how the muslim takeover of your filthy spineless country is coming.
Very cosmopolitan and sophisticated, making a mockery of something like 9/11.
Why many Europeans look down and spit on anything American is beyond me, given the state of Europe these days. Having spent considerable time in Europe, I don’t get it that much.
Maybe if Luxemborg or Monte Carlo invades France, they can ask for our help. What with their vaunted military, with rifles that have never been fired in anger, only dropped in surrender. Vive la France!

john
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france, the most worthless of all the western country’s and soon to be a muslim country at that. I’ve said this before, the u.n. should be relocated to france and the U.S. should pull out as a member so that the next time Germany invades france can call on the u.n. for help. Must be in a frogs blood to be like that, look at Anthony Bourdain, I used to enjoy his show but lately as he has percieved himself a success and a celebrity now he likes to use the show to belittle anything middle America or conservative but will kiss much ass when in a muslim country. I don’t watch that fool any more.

KimmyQueen
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He has dissapointed me, but then again I dont know why as he has never said anything conservative before. He is an apologist for being American as well.

France is a beautiful country but I got to say it would be even better without the people that live there.

Kevin
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You say ‘us’. I thought you were an Australian outfit, mostly because your posts occur mostly in the middle of the night in America. Was I mistaken?

Administrator
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We’re in California. We just release a batch of articles in the early AM hours.

Ken.ca
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The Maginot Line. “Learn to anticipate.”

theBeachBumConservative
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theBeachBumConservative

I wish we could revise this Ad so that is shows a picture of Saddam hanging from the end of a rope. Or maybe a Picture of Guantanamo, and send it back to them.

Learn to anticipate!

Bob Porrazzo
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What else can you expect from the global elite, who now laugh at us on this day while they spread their tyranny?

danybhoy
Member

The 9/11 Report is worthless, the fact that Jamie Gorelick was on the panel instead of in front of it explaining herself about why she decided to make sure our intel agencies could’nt share info. You know, the “wall of seperation” we all heard about. Look into her, wherever she has been, there is a trail of destructuion, & she’s gotten rich doing it as well. She makes me sick.

Bob Porrazzo
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Have you considered the following…

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2010/09/anniversary-of-911.html

” * Current Republican Congressman Jason Chafetz says that we need to be vigilant and continue to investigate 9/11″

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRj3r0fBppI&feature=player_embedded

” * The former director of the FBI (Louis Freeh) says there was a cover up by the 9/11 Commission”

http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2005/11/17/122900.shtml