Thursday, January 19, 2012

Greenpeace uses dead, oil-soaked birds to create protest art.

Cheap, disgusting, pointless trick, or creative, heartbreakingly powerful marketing? (As a man who hates most people and loves all animals, you know where I stand.) Objectively, it falls somewhere between the two.
Backstory: Last October, container ship MV Rena ran aground in the Bay of Plenty off New Zealand, leaking hundreds of tons of heavy oil. Greenpeace says 20,000 birds died as a result— the worst ever NZ maritime environmental disaster.
Greenpeace used some of the birds to create prints, some of which were sent to celebrities. The campaign is a protest against the Kiwi government’s decision to open its waters to deep-sea oil drilling.
The Radiohead almost ruins the video for me. Silence would have been much better. Video below. For many more Greenpeace stunts—from interesting to idiotic—click here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i would have a couple of prints framed and hung in my flat, or even a t-shirt printed. After that I think it's poor, the gravity of the situation isn't emotive enough.

9:38 AM  
Blogger phillibuster said...

I like it.
As a person that typically get's pissed off by any activist group, environmental included, I think this is effective because I didn't hate it.

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's like a cheap rip off of this project:

10:44 AM  

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