Camels Chided For Using San Francisco in Tobacco Ads. Use These Sh*tholes Instead.
|Phallic camels aren't welcome in this here town!|
The two chided R.J. Reynolds for using the Haight -- as well as Brooklyn, Vegas, and Austin -- as one of the iconic American locales in a Camels "Break Free Adventure" advertising campaign. The San Francisco officials claimed this was a loathsome -- and illegal -- pitch at the youth demographic; RJR should be ashamed for enchanting youth by "featuring cities, including San Francisco, that are associated with independent music, trendiness, rebellion and freedom."
- Orange County -- the epitome of cookie-cutter sprawl;
- North Dakota -- in winter;
- Imperial County -- with 29.3 percent unemployment, it is, by far, the bleakest workplace in the state. The city of El Centro, meanwhile, boasts the highest unemployment rate in the nation;
- Centralia, Penn. -- This town was abandoned due to an uncontrollable, decades-long fire burning the coal reserves in the ground below. A metaphor that's ripe for the picking;
- Anywhere in Nevada that isn't Vegas, Lake Tahoe, or, possibly, Reno -- High school kids graduate in the morning and take the Greyhound elsewhere in the afternoon;
- The Mall of America -- Naturally;
- Lodi, Calif. -- The town immortalized as a horrible place to be in its own Credence song isn't exactly a bastion of "independent music, trendiness, rebellion and freedom";
- Detroit -- Christ, where to begin?
- Newark, N.J. -- Like Detroit, only with more toxic waste;
- Roubaix, France -- Don't be fooled by the gorgeous architecture of yore: Our international entry is a dead-end, burned-out industrial city in a troubled region. Unemployment is rife, poverty is rampant, and quality of life is merde.
Anyhow, if Camels was made to feature locales such as these in its ads, then the true glamor of smoking would be revealed for all to see.
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