Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Writing on the Wall

Seemingly a revival of political graffiti in the area. Adverts for the new KitKat senses bar have been defaced at various points in SE London, including this example in Adelaide Avenue - now featuring the slogan 'Riot not Diet! Give us a break' (see Green Ladywell and Blackheath Bugle for others). The objection is to the advertising slogan 'Good will to all women: 165 calories', rephrased by one critic as Merry Christmas you fat cows, love from Nestle.

Meanwhile in New Cross I spotted two painted renditions of the slogan 'Solidarity with the Greek popular uprising' this week, at the bottom of Pepys Road and Jerningham Road. Both have already been removed, but possibly prompted some travellers on the A2 to ponder events in Greece since the shooting dead by police of 15-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos on 6th December.


Anonymous said...

I'm glad it's not just me who finds that advert really insulting and demeaning, then.

Anonymous said...

Glad it's not just me who finds that advert insulting, then.

Anonymous said...

It's not just "Merry Christmas, fat cows", it's also "Merry Christmas, you frigid cows". It's now par for the course for chocolate to be advertised the same way as the wares sold by Ann Summers.

I saw two big hoardings, one advertising chocolate as offering physical pleasure to women who can't get it any other way, and one for Ann Summers advertising vibrators (with particular reference to the rabbit)...saying exactly the same thing. They were both saying lie back and pleasure yourself using a commercially-bought product, because otherwise you ain't getting nowhere because no-one else loves you and you know it. Putting the two ads in proximity may even have been deliberate?

Wish I could remember the words used and the precise location. This was somewhere on the way to Purley when you come off the M25 at Caterham and have gone past the Ann Summers head office with the interesting-looking "security" building at the gate, which sometimes has one of the Gold family's cars parked in a special spot bearing the registration number "X GOLD X".

Nice to know that others have been offended by the chocolate ads, although their graffiti, while warmly welcomed, misses the above-mentioned aspect.

My spy tells me you love chocolate though, Mr Transpont!


Transpontine said...

Yes, it will take more than some unsound adverts to put me off chocolate. Ban, I wondered whether we might have met - now I know you are privy to my confectionary habits I am intrigued! Perhaps discuss off line (email address is at the top).