Monday, July 11, 2011

Horrible Hard Rock Cafe ad exploits Eric Clapton's dead son.

(click ad, via) I'm a couple of months late on this, but I hope it's a scam ad by the Buenos Aires office of Y&R. If not, shame on you, Hard Rock Cafe. Do you have the red pajamas Conor was wearing when he fell to his death on your wall? If you don't know the story, here's a brief Times blurb from 1991. Related: Jacko's (alleged) boy sex used to sell aspirin.


Blogger Kyle said...

Hopefully they're cutting Chris Ware a royalty check for that illustration style.

4:42 PM  
Blogger shannon said...

My son's name is Conor. That doesn't have much to do with how very much I hate this ad. I'd hate it anyway. Fark them so hard.

4:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, I come to your blog, hoping to see something that hasn't been already posted on ads of the world, especially a "couple of months" ago. You used to find great stuff in the past.

5:09 PM  
Blogger Ted said...

This is disgusting to me.

5:14 PM  
Blogger copyranter said...

Anon: it was sent to me by a reader; I missed it first time around. Sorry.

5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The comic is kind of hard to follow. What's up with the panel order? And yeah, tasteless, etc.

Would have been way better off with a made-up story about a popular song. (The guys from Led Zep were on their way to a really amazing party on the 28th floor, but the elevator was broken.) But then, just about anything is better than retelling a tragic story that everybody knows. What's next in the campaign, how Elton John wrote 'Candle in the Wind'?

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric Clapton already pretty-well whored out the situation for his own benefit anyway. Not sure I see Hard Rock as any worse than him in this case.

6:03 PM  
Anonymous Vinnie said...

I never understood the appeal of this campaign. It was widely regarded as "powerful" on aotw. The story aside, I hate the layout. As the person before me said, it's really hard to follow.

6:43 PM  
Blogger spencer said...

Yeah, copyranter, what the fuck? How dare you comment on stuff that's a couple months old? Seriously, what the hell am I paying you for?

8:27 PM  

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