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Obama Billboard Raises Issue of Advertising Ethics

Obama Billboard Raises Issue of Advertising Ethics

Should political figures be fashion models? We don't do a lot of controversial printing at Hotcards. Most of our customers, like the majority of print advertisers, don't go in for attaching their names to something scandalous. Edgy? Sure. But scandalous? Rarely. Academically speaking, however, it's always interesting to consider the moral and ethical implications of a print design. This week, the whole country is talking about the huge Barack Obama billboard in Times Square. A political campaign ad? Nope! It's an ad for Weatherproof Garment Company, featuring a huge image of Obama in a Weatherproof jacket, next to the slogan, "A Leader in Style." The image, depicting Obama in front of the Great Wall of China, was bought from the Associated Press by Weatherproof, who were supposed to get the appropriate permissions to use the image, but apparently didn't think to check in with the Obama administration. The print ad hadn't been up a day before the White House was […]

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