Monday, 5 March 2012

This is hilarious. They'll probably pull this before long. But it would have been better if she had blonde hair and blue eyes and instead of sitting down to talk with the funny brown people had pulled out a sword and slain them on the spot.

UPDATE: As predicted, the ad has now been withdrawn and the original video removed from YouTube. I've put up another link.

Apparently it's now unacceptable to even take note of the fact that Europeans look different from non-Europeans. Every aspect of our distinctiveness must be erased.

European Commission officials were forced moved to pull the film from YouTube on Tuesday after thousands of complaints that the video promoted “imperialism” and “stereotypes” rather than the EU’s “neighbourhood” policy.

Stefano Sannino, the official in charge of the Commission’s enlargement and neighbourhood policy, insisted that the film, targeting 16 to 24-year olds, had been well received by target audiences and focus groups.

“The clip featured typical characters for the martial arts genre: it started with demonstration of their skills and ended with all characters showing their mutual respect, concluding in a position of peace and harmony. The genre was chosen to attract young people and to raise their curiosity on an important EU policy,” he said.

But following many complaints, Mr Sannino said that, despite the €127,000 production cost, the two minute video would be axed.

“The clip was absolutely not intended to be racist and we obviously regret that it has been perceived in this way,” he said.

“We apologise to anyone who may have felt offended. Given these controversies, we have decided to stop the campaign immediately and to withdraw the video.”
Source: Telegraph


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