Affordable Asshattery

If you have taste, you don’t flaunt it.
Not so, says Hennessy. The cognac maker asks instead that you defy convention and “Flaunt Your Taste.” To help you do that, Hennessy has a neat little PDF download that you can memorize.
The obnoxious copy in Hennessy’s manual suggests that:

  • There is nothing more powerful in the world than beauty.
  • Patience is the defensive strategy of the uninteresting.
  • Quality and luxury and not “nice to have,” they are the basis of value in life.

You can puke now. When you come back I’ll be happy to share Ewen Cameron’s thoughts with you.
The CEO and ECD at Berlin Cameron United (Hennessy’s agency), said, “You could argue that taste is subtle, but we see having taste as flaunting it. Our audience wants to go out and be noticed, but for their good taste as opposed to objects.”
In other words, Hennessy is the bling you can afford.

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.


  1. I saw one of these over the weekend, and it was gross. Everything that’s wrong with our culture right now.
    It even prompted thoughts of Rome burning.

  2. wow. what a bunch of unbearably pretentious crap. and i like hennessy.