We've just received this video showing Bin Laden telling people to boycott Attentats. Video free for all inside. (Is it Bin Laden? Or Bin Ladin? /bin/ladin? Osama bin Muhammad bin 'Awad bin Laden or Usama bin Laden?)

Yes, of course it's just an ad. This is Adland after all. Sheesh, you didn't think I was serious did you?
Credits withheld at this time.

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Comments (14)

  • areia's picture
    areia

    I laughed. Am I going to hell now?

    Feb 10, 2008
  • tod.brody's picture
    tod.brody

    Yes, and there won't be fourteen virgins waiting for you!

    Feb 10, 2008
  • alex's picture
    alex

    Christoph Luxenberg's recent study of the Koran, translating from Syriac rather than Arabic, points out that the so-called 72 virgins, were more likely to have been 72 'white raisins of crystal clarity'. Not as much fun, I suppose.

    Feb 11, 2008
  • tod.brody's picture
    tod.brody

    The Guardian has a good article, Virgins? What virgins?, on the translation of the word, Abkarun, and the correct number of Abkarun given to martyrs in the Koran.

    But I only metioned fourteen for areia because you don't get full credit for just laughing.

    Feb 11, 2008
  • Allan1's picture
    Allan1

    For whatever reason*, I can't see the additional vid the Dabitch posted.

    However, just the other day some friends & I were discussing the 72 virgin thing. Turns out (according to one of my friends), it's actually 72 Virginians you get to be with when you die. So the 911 hijackers get to see Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, James Drury , etc.

    :-)

    Allan...
    * => This is most likely due to restrictions on my client's site, rather than a problem with Adland/Ad-rag/Commercial-Archive/....

    "Remember, no matter where you go... There you are." (Buckaroo Banzai).
    "Hey, barkeep, 2 Rock Over Hip-Hops and 1 Bach Over Vivaldi with ice."

    Feb 15, 2008
  • Wendall's picture
    Wendall

    This ad would either be wildly successful or burned at the stake in the USA. Probably both.

    Feb 14, 2008
  • Dabitch's picture
    Dabitch

    Which makes it a perfect viral, really. (even if it doesn't brand-build /shift goods)

    Feb 15, 2008
  • tod.brody's picture
    tod.brody

    Yeah, your client probably doesn't want people sitting around all day watching YouTube on their time. :-)

    Feb 15, 2008
  • Allan1's picture
    Allan1

    They really don't even want me doing this!

    Yeah, YouTube is blocked, as is CNN.COM video, MySpace, and my Gmail accounts, Yahoo accounts, and MSN account.

    Oh well...

    Allan...
    "Remember, no matter where you go... There you are." (Buckaroo Banzai).
    "Hey, barkeep, 2 Rock Over Hip-Hops and 1 Bach Over Vivaldi with ice."

    Feb 15, 2008
  • adlib's picture
    adlib

    youtube and myspace have been blocked at my office as well, so I couldn't see this until I got home. Holy politically uncorrect batman.

    Feb 16, 2008

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