Do What The Client Says. Or Else.

According to The Financial Times, a Y&R subsidiary in Zimbabwe has been assisting the re-election campaign of Robert Mugabe.
Below, an example ad courtesy of British political commentator Iain Dale.
Now that the light has been shined on this batch of cockroaches, WPP is divesting itself of the Y&R subsidiary.
I really like the “100%” callout at the top. What’s next? “Now–with extra thuggery!”

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Blogging on AdPulp since 2005, Dan Goldgeier is a Seattle-based freelance copywriter with experience at advertising agencies across the U.S. He is a graduate of the Creative Circus ad school, and currently teaches at Seattle's School of Visual Concepts. In addition, he is a regular columnist for Dan published the best of his columns in a book entitled View From The Cheap Seats: A Broader Look at Advertising, Marketing, Branding, Global Politics, Office Politics, Sexual Politics, and Getting Drunk During a Job Interview. Look for it on Amazon in paperback and e-book editions.


  1. Cockroaches don’t make very appealing ads either. If you’re going to do propaganda, do it right!

  2. i just love the fact that he’s still selling independence thirty years after the fact.
    and what is that grainy image at the top? zimbabweans carrying a colonial on a portable hammock?