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9/11 Coke display in Walmart: just about as wrong as you can get


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Is that for real, or some Walmart hater's Photoshop job?

I'm no fan of WM (every time I walk in, I leave wondering why I walked in) but don't care what they do one way or the other.

The most bad-tastey 9/11 thing I've seen was a mural on the Continental tire cover of a car.  I think it was a '58 Chevy.

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offended by that? Don't watch this...

Whether that's a real ad or a parody, it's still in incredibly poor taste. Like using photos of holocaust survivors to advertise weight-loss aids.

Nobody with any kind of emotional intelligence could think either of these is remotely acceptable.

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I was offended by the Mitsubishi Presidents Day Sale...  from the folks who brought you the Zero

When I pumped gas in high school, one of my regular customers was an old guy who drove a Toyota (back when you didn't see all that many of those) with an American flag on the radio antenna and a VFW vanity license plate. Yes, I'd shake my head every time he drove away....

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There is an alarming trend of not thinking about saying or doing something without thinking about what is said or implied.  And then when there is a backlash then trying to say that is not what I meant. Its sad that some can't realize that they are stepping over the line of good taste. Its inmaterial whether it was coke cola or walmart or both. It is patentedly offensive. 

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I was offended by the Mitsubishi Presidents Day Sale...  from the folks who brought you the Zero

Back in the 1980s, I frequently visited NAS Atlanta, Dobbins AFB, and Lockheed. I was surprised to see a lot of Dodge D-50 pickups running around in either Navy or Air Force blue with yellow stenciling (probably Navy...I think AF ground equipment at the time was gray).

The Dodge D-50 was, of course, built by the very same Mitsubishi.

I always wondered if the guys in purchasing knew that.  ;)

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I think almost all references to 9/11 in advertising are in bad taste, some things are best left alone. What Walmart did was no worse than any other advertisement that crosses the line, but, that being said, I haven't been in a Walmart store in nearly a decade, so my image of them can't get much worse.

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I was offended by the Mitsubishi Presidents Day Sale...  from the folks who brought you the Zero

Was that a specific promotion or are you making a general observation?

If that was a specific promotion, absolutely tasteless.

If in general...remember, that although Mitsubishi was one company at the time, it was mandated to break into several parts after the war, so Mitsubishi Motors of today has only vestigial relation to the Mitsubishi Corporation of days of yore. 

That, and to preclude them from participating in President's Day promotions along with the other car companies would be anti-competitive at best.

Trust me, Tom, I understand what you're saying, and find the irony of a descendant of the company that produced the bulk of what was used to attack Pearl Harbor a bit odd, and ever-so-slightly disquieting promoting cars during an American holiday.

Charlie Larkin

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the irony of a descendant of the company that produced the bulk of what was used to attack Pearl Harbor a bit odd, and ever-so-slightly disquieting promoting cars during an American holiday.

I think sometimes you just have to let the past be the past: an awful lot of German soldiers rode to war in a GM truck, and an awful lot of Americans bought a "Strength through Joy Wagen" in the 1960s... The Mitsubishi selling cars in the 1980s is NOT the same Mitsubishi that built the materiel for Pearl Harbor, any more than the VW that will sell you a Tiguan today is the same company that created the "peoples car"...

bestest,

M.

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if we don't overeat and spend, what's the point of a holiday?

'murica!

Well, you just have yourself a Happy 9/11 Day then, sport. Don't choke on misplaced sentiment.

Those of us who appreciate what it means to be American, and who remember the outrage we felt seeing our own innocent countrymen slaughtered by insane fanatics may view the anniversary somewhat differently.

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doesn't it get mighty uncomfortable?

Only having to put up with fools.

Always full of snide remarks, never offering anything helpful in any context whatsoever.

WHY do they come here? They obviously don't BUILD models.

Maybe there's a forum for little jerks who get off pulling the wings off of flies, or tying tin cans to cats' tails.

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I don't think it was all that bad.  Now if they had couple of model airplanes stuck in the towers, that would be in real bad taste.  Nowadays people seem to get their knickers in a twist and get offended by the smallest silliest things.

It actually reminded me of when the twin-towers were still around. Kind of like when I look at the cover of the Supertramp's "Made in America" album.  I visited the WTC in the '70s and still have fond memories of that trip to NYC.

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