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French Newspaper Exploits 9/11 in New Ad


If only you dumb Americans would have thought ahead and built shorter towers.

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  1. classy

    Posted by: gomez | Sep 7, 2010 3:10:30 PM

  2. Maybe a WWII joke about France in retaliation? Really so tasteless.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Sep 7, 2010 3:14:06 PM

  3. Aside from not making sense - the terrorists would have aimed lower, obviously, unless it's saying the towers should have shrunk? - this is offensive, exploitative, and SICK. And this close to the anniversary, are you fucking kidding me?

    Posted by: Kevinintexas | Sep 7, 2010 3:16:08 PM

  4. Totally tasteless...

    Posted by: CKNJ | Sep 7, 2010 3:17:09 PM

  5. I agree with MR, tasteless.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Sep 7, 2010 3:18:30 PM

  6. While this is tasteless, I can't help but think of all the Americans who exploit the events of 9/11 all the time. What's all this anti-Muslim hatred floating around if not certain segments of the population attempting to exploit fear that stems from 9/11?

    Posted by: Vince | Sep 7, 2010 3:20:19 PM

  7. Oh, snap! That's right. It was two accidentally low-flying planes that brought 'em down.

    Posted by: anyway | Sep 7, 2010 3:23:46 PM

  8. I think that's hilarious!

    European humour - Yanks just don't get it, do they?

    Posted by: James | Sep 7, 2010 3:25:41 PM

  9. Anyone notice the Palestine flag in the lower right corner?

    Posted by: A. Beaverhausen | Sep 7, 2010 3:26:32 PM

  10. Sorry, lower *left*. I can't see straight at the moment.

    Posted by: A. Beaverhausen | Sep 7, 2010 3:28:22 PM

  11. Same could be said about the Eiffel Tower. It was once a target as well.

    Posted by: Maverick69 | Sep 7, 2010 3:32:02 PM

  12. There are about three thousand reasons that is not funny.

    We silly Americans...

    Maybe an American ad with Marianne posed seductively on the muzzle of a Nazi tank gun would open a few French eyes.

    Posted by: Christian | Sep 7, 2010 3:34:45 PM

  13. I don't think you can pin this on the French anymore than you can blame all Americans for temporarily re-naming french fries "freedom fries" after France's refusal to back the Iraq invasion. This is one company trying to garner some attention and it is utterly tasteless

    Posted by: jamesintoronto | Sep 7, 2010 3:36:28 PM

  14. isn't this the country that passed a law banning muslim women from wearing burqas and niqabs in public spaces?

    Posted by: moon_river | Sep 7, 2010 3:44:10 PM

  15. wow... are you really so stupid as to assume that, because this one ad agency produced this one ad, french people all together deride or mock or would like to exploit the events of sept 11? well, in that case you ARE dumb americans. wow just wow.

    and also, beaverhausen, the plo flag in the lower left corner is the cover of courrier international with a heading quoting ha'aretz, an israeli newspaper, saying that 'palestine will be [their] vietnam'. it's no secret that europeans in general (as well as the rest of the world) are more sympathetic to the palestinians than americans are; but if your post is to imply some sort of admiration or support from the french for jihadist terrorism, then i don't know what world you live in...

    Posted by: daftpunkydavid | Sep 7, 2010 3:47:39 PM

  16. @daftpunkydavid: It is what it is, shit-for-brains. I made a simple observation. So you think Palestine's flag just randomly appeared on the ad from out of nowhere? No human being was involved in designing the ad...it just happened all by itself?

    Posted by: A. Beaverhausen | Sep 7, 2010 3:54:58 PM

  17. Perhaps if they had built less ugly towers?

    Anyway, even if the joke is not your style, it's a joke. Lighten up. For those of you who think the work of an ad agency represents the views of a nationful of people, go back to sleep.

    Posted by: Zlick | Sep 7, 2010 4:00:54 PM

  18. @beaverhausen: OF COURSE, it's not random. that's the point of having a magazine that generally deals with CURRENT events. it would not make much sense to have an ad or a cover that relate to events that are not happening right now.

    did you know that the 9th anniversary of the wtc attacks is around the corner? did you know that the palestinians and the israelis have just started their umpteenth peace talks? ok, then, when you put 2 and 2 together, you get this 9/11 ad for a magazine whose cover is the one with the plo flag...

    wow... just wow.

    Posted by: daftpunkydavid | Sep 7, 2010 4:11:09 PM

  19. Wow...to all the Eurotrash on here blowing this off as a simple joke we are not getting...Ill be waiting with a grin for you're next disaster.
    As far as my fellow US brethren...dont bother getting offended anymore...THEY ARE FRENCH...i mean..really...
    Its like the retarded kid trying to grade your term paper.
    When France becomes relevant in anything aside from wine and smoking, then we can take it seriously.

    Posted by: JT | Sep 7, 2010 4:14:45 PM

  20. @daftpunkydavid: I was giving them the benefit of the doubt that they were just inattentive and careless. Thank you for turning my observation-without-comment into a categorical acknowledgement that the ad's secondary insult was completely intentional. I don't know what you think you've achieved, though.

    Posted by: A. Beaverhausen | Sep 7, 2010 4:29:48 PM

  21. Come on, it's been 10 years, wash that sand out of your vagina. gallows humor is part of the healing process.

    Posted by: DJSauvage | Sep 7, 2010 4:44:43 PM

  22. uh, it's been 9 years, not 10. Some of us know people who died that day. Justifying this "joke" is indefensible.

    Posted by: Laurie | Sep 7, 2010 4:53:04 PM

  23. "Some of us know people who died that day?" Ok, granted, you and others in your same situation probably won't laugh at this. Get a grip, though - because not everybody on earth knows someone who died on 9/11. Are you also against jokes about any act of war or violence, including those committed by the U.S. government, where people who know people who died might hear the punch line and be offended? And what's the statute of limitations for black humor? 10 years? 20? 9.5?

    Posted by: Zlick | Sep 7, 2010 5:02:26 PM

  24. @ beaverhausen: mmmh i don't think you were giving them the benefit of the doubt. quite on the contrary, i think you were implying that there was some sort of good ole' america-bashing from the french with a sprinkle of pro-palestinian propaganda.

    when i read your comments, the impression that i got of what you were trying to convey was: "look! they don't like us and they don't like israel either", which is what spurred my response. please note that i don't say that i myself like the ad. i just want to call out people who would infer that this ad is representative of french attitude towards what happened on 9/11 and, flowing from this, people who would want to make an amalgam between france and anti-us or anti-israel jihadi movements in the world.

    i understand it makes for quick, simple, catchy arguments, that potentially generate lots of traffic on a website, but there's always more to the story. these things are not so simple. it's not always a us-versus-them or good-versus-evil world. it's just ridiculous how everything these days is dumbed down be it on tv, in newsweek or on blogs.

    rant over. for now. lol.

    Posted by: daftpunkydavid | Sep 7, 2010 5:05:09 PM

  25. What about the pentagon and the mystery target of the 4th plane?

    Posted by: anon | Sep 7, 2010 5:10:08 PM

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