Helicopter advert withdrawn for showing attack on mosque

#1
Doh!!! Who came up with this beauty :roll:

An American helicopter-maker has withdrawn a "highly offensive" advert depicting US special forces storming a mosque.

The full-page colour advert showed American soldiers abseiling on to the roof of the "Mohammed Mosque" with the words: "It descends from the heavens. Ironically it unleashes hell."




The Osprey is built in America, with help from British firms BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce. Bell Helicopter, one of the joint makers, said the advert had been approved by its staff but they had not had the authority to do so.

"We consider the ad offensive, regret its publication and apologise to those who, like us, are dismayed with its contents," the company said.

"We immediately requested that our partner's advertising agency withdraw and destroy all print proofs and replace it with one that was appropriate."

The Council on American Islamic Relations said that, had the picture shown a church, there would have been a major row.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/10/06/wosprey06.xml&sSheet=/news/2005/10/06/ixworld.html
 
#2
Just digitally 'paint' over the dome and you have any building on a Middle Eastern street corner. Can't argue with that as there is a lot of US activity in the area so it prtrays a real view of hoe the Osprey would be deployed. No need for a mosque, but I like the attitude of the advert.
 
#3
Plant-Pilot said:
Just digitally 'paint' over the dome and you have any building on a Middle Eastern street corner. Can't argue with that as there is a lot of US activity in the area so it prtrays a real view of hoe the Osprey would be deployed. No need for a mosque, but I like the attitude of the advert.
If thats the case, why dont they just 'move' the osprey 20 yds to the right and show the troops landing in the street rather than storming a mosque? In todays cclimate, this was bound to cause offence, and i suspect that the author KNEW this!

And yes, the advert is top notch apart from that blaring mistake :D
 
#8
Fair one! I mean, with all those power/telephone lines in the way, the only safe place to deploy 'em was in the grounds of the mosque. I'm sure Allah wouldn't mind...
 
#11
Looks good to me, really can't see what's the problem? are we saying that the terrorist doesn't use mosque's for:

Command and control centres
Weapons hides
Safe havens for planning and rehersals
Staging RV during foreign fighter insertion
etc,etc,etc,etc..................................................................


 
#13
I bet it's hot in those balaclavas and the two blokes forward are going to get the right arrse when the bloke at the back with the RPG NDs.

Not yet Abdul! Stay Calm!
 
#15
Can't see a problem. Mosques are routinely used by insurgents. Both Germans and we used church spires for FOOs in WW2. That's life, that's war. The 'sensitivity' is being exploited by professional islamist protesters, and/or western liberal hand wringers. Get over it. Everyone gets tret the same, egh.
 
#16
Agent_Smith said:
If thats the case, why dont they just 'move' the osprey 20 yds to the right and show the troops landing in the street rather than storming a mosque? In todays cclimate, this was bound to cause offence, and i suspect that the author KNEW this!

And yes, the advert is top notch apart from that blaring mistake :D
Ah, let me quickly digress and talk about the Osprey itself.

Here's the fun part :):
It's inherently unstable and aerodynamically flawed.
It's unsafely designed.
It can't autorotate.
It can't flare.
It has the same range and much lower payload than existing helicopters.
It can carry just over a squad (15).
It costs about five times as much as a helicopter.
The Marines have to develop new carriers to hold a full squadron.
It can't perform tactical insertions because it cannot descend faster than 800 feet/min.
There are no large side doors for quick exit.
Yet it also cannot be armed, even with a machine gun.
It's faster, which also means no attack helicopters can escort it.

Bad advertising is the least of their problem. :p

The FAA refuses to certify this piece of junk.
Osprey is the most expensive example of military-industrially corruption in history (at least the F-22 flies). $16 billion wasted, and countless fatal flaws (literally) covered up.

There's a reason why the Bush I administration cancelled it 16 years ago.
 
#19
Who says that that is a mosque? Plenty of buildings with a domed roof, I would also expect some more decoration on the top and a suitable platform from which to issue the call to prayer.
 

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