New Yorkers are NOT liking AMC's new Mad Men ads.
Even though the billboards of Don Draper "falling" (above) are references to the show's opening sequence, families of 9/11 victims are taking serious offense to the ads.
Here's what Deborah Burlingame (whose father piloted the jet that was forced to crash into the Pentagon) had to say about the ads:
"I find it impossible to believe that any advertiser could be so stupid as to think you can put up a billboard in New York City which shows a human being tumbling down in space and not imagine that this will evoke the tragic memory of those poor souls on 9/11."
"I think this advertiser has decided that creating a controversy, at the expense of the thousands of people who will be hurt by this image of man falling to his certain death, is worth it."
And more from Nancy Nee, whose firefighter brother was killed in the 9/11 attacks:
"It seems that Hollywood, and now advertising, doesn’t care about the sensitivities of the families and New Yorkers."
And here's what the Mad Men creators had to say about the ads:
"The image of Don Draper tumbling through space has been used since the show began in 2007 to represent a man whose life is in turmoil."
"The image used in the campaign is intended to serve as a metaphor for what is happening in Don Draper’s fictional life and in no way references actual events."
What do U think? Are these Mad Men ads offensive???
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