Samsung, 'The Halloween House'
Thanks to the fact that we are living an actual real nightmare, COVID-19 has pretty much cancelled Halloween, but the naughty sprites at Samsung have created a spooky house powered by its smart app, using various types of projection mapping, a big old robot skeleton, dancers and some illuminated pumpkins. Not exactly soil-your-pants scary, but an entertaining half term distraction for any socially distanced little spook.
The Kazakh Tourist Board, new slogan
Borat has literally haunted Kazakhstan for years. But the Kazakh Tourist Board has accepted that its tormenter isn’t necessarily as scary as it first thought and has, quite rightly, grabbed a bit of free film publicity by adopting his "very nice" catchphrase.
"In COVID times, when tourism spending is on hold, it was good to see the country mentioned in the media," said Kairat Sadvakassov, the deputy chairman of Kazakh Tourism, speaking to The New York Times and then the Huffington Post. He said that adopting Borat’s catchphrase “offers the perfect description of Kazakhstan’s vast tourism potential in a short, memorable way”.
Kazakhstan has decided to embrace Borat’s catchphrase and turn it into the country’s new tourism slogan: Very nice! https://t.co/iHngxsQHLZ— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 26, 2020
In fact, even Sacha Baron Cohen sent an email of affirmation, again published in The New York Times: “I chose Kazakhstan because it was a place that almost nobody in the US knew anything about, which allowed us to create a wild, comedic, fake world. The real Kazakhstan is a beautiful country with a modern, proud society – the opposite of Borat’s version.”
Tampax came out with the line “Let’s celebrate the diversity of all people who bleed” in support of trans rights in September, but frighteningly it has taken until late October for anyone to take notice of the messaging, with a somewhat predictable and, frankly, tired outcry on Twitter – proving that decent messaging has zombie potential.
Fact: Not all women have periods. Also a fact: Not all people with periods are women. Let's celebrate the diversity of all people who bleed! ????: @gobeeharris #mythbusting #periodtruths #transisbeautiful pic.twitter.com/5s1416cZBw— Tampax (@Tampax) September 15, 2020
It is a brave thing to do, but not stupid; it is not alienating its wider customer base, just including a minority of its existing customers. Simple, positive, purposeful PR that came back from the dead!
Not so much a miss by Fray Bentos, but it was trending on Twitter as a result of the “demon” Conservative MPs voting against free meals for school kids, using the argument that Fray Bentos pies (and the like) were being traded for drugs as a monetary alternative.
Even if this were true, which I have to say seems unlikely that drug dealers are accepting fray bentos pies and frozen peas, why would you punish millions for the sake of stopping it a handful of times. Maybe you want all hard up parents to be vilified. https://t.co/J2FqicMjbv— Jess Phillips MP (@jessphillips) October 23, 2020
It just felt that one decent, funny reactive line from Fray Bentos could have exposed the ridiculousness of the comments and denial of politicians to give deserving kids a 'treat' - a decent square meal.
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