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'Tasteless' WWF Ad Exploits 9/11

World Wildlife Fund uses attacks to prove environmental point
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 1, 2009 12:50 PM CDT

(Newser) – The World Wildlife Fund roars right into "tasteless" territory with a new ad that plays off the 9/11 anniversary, writes David Gianatasio in the AdFreak blog of Adweek. The print ad shows hundreds of planes converging on lower Manhattan with copy that reads: "The tsunami killed 100 times more people than 9/11. The planet is brutally powerful. Respect it. Preserve it."

Says Gianatasio: "Unfortunately, respect is the main thing lacking here. Exploiting one tragedy to try to prevent another is just stupid and self-defeating, and will always backfire." (Read more 9/11 attacks stories.)

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