UK Couple Pressure McDonalds To Remove Their Boat From TV Ad
from the you-sure-showed-them dept
In the continuing saga of people thinking they have a right to what other people see, a British couple has pressured McDonalds into removing their boat from its TV commercials. Adweek dug up the ad itself, which you can see below, along with a still image of the boat from the ad:
“We didn’t see the advert ourselves at first, but lots of people kept saying to us: ‘Oh, we saw the Badger on the McDonald’s advert.’ It was quite irritating, especially as we are not fond of fast food and the Badger has a beautiful galley where we cook everything from scratch. We even make our own bread,” said Gloria Parsons, 63, who owns the boat with her husband Alan, 72.
“Then one night we were watching something and the advert was on every break, right across about two hours of the programme. Lots of people were very excited to see the Badger on screen, but we weren’t. She is very precious and very special to us, and we felt upset that this large corporation would just ride roughshod over our feelings. It wouldn’t be acceptable to go into someone’s garden and just take a shot of their house, so why use the Badger?
A radio station heard about them being upset and called McDonald’s, who agreed to re-edit the commercial without the boat and issued an apology. Of course, in the end, the joke may be on the couple, as their efforts have brought a ton of attention to the original ad and just by judging from the comments on YouTube, people really like the commercial.